Les Semaines

December 31, 2011

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
what I'm writing § retrospective: old journal

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Year-End Report

I apologize for being so silent. 2011 was such a quiet year that I have little to say, and honestly I haven't written here because I felt there was not much that needed saying since the Clarion West Workshop and Write-a-thon this summer (see my livejournal for those weekly reports).

Right now 2012 feels remarkably hopeful to me, and I'm optimistic about things, both personal and professional. I hope all of you feel the same way, and that our optimism proves to be warranted. A healthy, productive, prosperous, fun, and adventurous year full of love, friends, and dreams come true to you.

Happy New Year!

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Listening

My Top Dozen of 2011 (in alpha order):

Also enjoyed:

  • Jenny Hval, viscera (not sure how much I love this yet; it's certainly intriguing)
Disappointments:
  • Björk's Biophilia (I would say only half of it is that memorable—I certainly haven't been drawn to listen to it much)

  • Fallulah, Black Cat Neighborhood (enjoyed its pop energy for a while, but it didn't stick with me other than the weirdly timed "Bridges")

  • Jorane's Une Sorcière Comme Les Autres (covers, most of which I just didn't find as compelling as her own songwriting)
Best discoveries (some belated):
  • Emma McKenna (She has an odd voice that may be an acquired taste, but I loved it from the start. It's so expressive, and a match for her incredibly powerful and evocative songwriting.)

  • Pylons! (How come Jim knew about them but I didn't?)

  • Eliza Rickman (charming and promising quirky pop)

  • Lia Ices, Oy, Agnes Obel (see above)

  • That Natural History Museum has more tracks available at Carol Keogh's set on Soundcloud. This made me SO happy.
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Reading

I read a lot of books this year, but didn't manage to list them all and so I can't really effectly make a favourites list, but stand-outs were:
  • Kate Beaton, Hark! A Vagrant
  • Franny Billingsley, Chime
  • Sarah Rees Brennan, The Demon's Surrender
  • Stephanie Burgis, A Tangle of Magicks
  • Annie Dillard, The Living (can't believe I waited so long to read this one!)
  • Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution
  • N.K. Jemisin, Kingdom of Gods
  • Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
  • Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races
  • Jo Walton, Among Others
Also:
  • Gayle Forman, where she went
  • Alison Goodman, Eona
  • Seanan McGuire, One Salt Sea (love this seris!)
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch
  • Janet Paisley, Warrior Daughter
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts, Power and Majesty
  • Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
  • Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (wow, nonfiction!)
  • Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bones
I'm sure I missed a few that I loved, but here are the ones I loved that I can find a record of reading.

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Writing

2011 was a good year for my writing.

First off, two specially cool things:

  • I was featured poet for Goblin Fruit's Fall 2011 issue
  • A grad from this year's Clarion West Writers Workshop set a poem I wrote inspired by their class to music. This is a first for me, and I was delighted personally, professionally, and as a music lover
Other accomplishments:

  • made some edits to novel #1 that I'm really happy with and will shortly complete
  • am ready to start submitting poetry manuscript again
  • revised many poems
  • sent out 11 batches of poems (out of which 2 acceptances [2 from 2010 submissions], 7 rejections, 2 still no word)
Poems published:

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Retrospective: old journal

Hope to pick this back up in 2012.

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