Friday, March 16, 2007

Fabulous Site For Women Artists

Another girl at play.... Check it out!


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

My Cat Likes Coffee

So yeah, I'm back up to a cup a day. And this morning, as I was holding my cup in my left hand and surfing through the BBC's newsfeed with the other, Janus (the Runt) comes up and sticks his little head into the cup and laps up a few sips before I could stop him.


Monday, March 12, 2007

Oh, And My Ploy Worked

I've got a draft of the short story I wrote about on Friday. Whoo-hoo!


Honestly, The Only Appropriate Response Is "Wow!"

BBC reports that

Israel has recalled its ambassador to El Salvador after he was found drunk and naked apart from bondage gear.

Reports say he was able to identify himself to police only after a rubber ball had been removed from his mouth.


Saturday, March 10, 2007


Plus we saw Gomez on Friday night at Webster Hall. And afterwards? Philly Cheesesteaks. Not as good as in Philly, of course, but pretty good for NYC.


Oh, yeah. It was fucking awesome. And you know, not overly bloody. I mean. For a war movie and all.

We saw it at a 42nd St theater. (The Imax at Lincoln center was sold out until MONDAY.)


Friday, March 09, 2007

Writing Fear

I've been struggling with writers block for over a week now and I'm determined that today I'm going to break through it--somehow.

The issue? I've recently decided I was going to have to go let my first novel go and that decision has prompted a freezing up of writer-MinervaJane. Sad but true.

Now, I have to say that I'll always hold a special place in my heart for that book.

It was my first. And I had such a great time living inside that daydream. I remember one summer in Virginia. Late august afteroons when I'd set my laptop up in the backyard and type away. Days lost in the world of those characters. My whole self full with their lives and tragedies.

But I just don't think my writing skills at the time were up to the task of realizing the story. Rereading sections that I wrote two or three years ago has been quite a shocker.


I've been writing some short stories and have been on the verge of dipping into a new novel (a stack of notes already!) for over a year now. I promised myself this past New Years that I was going to set up a schedule of: short story; chapter; short story; chapter. Except this one story--Story Y, let's call it (creative, aren't I?)--is caught in my gullet.

Rod had an idea last night, though. An idea borrowed from our friend M: start writing the story from scratch--not even looking at the previous draft. You can always go back and mine thr first draft for content later, but for now, just rewrite from the beginning.

Today I'll try it. Because I have to have a draft ready by next Thursday for the group and I'm determined not to submit any more of that novel. I just can't go back to that thing anymore. Time to let some things pass. Some things go, no matter how bittersweet.


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Did anyone else see this...

Swiss accidentally invade Liechtenstein...

"ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein."

Read the whole thing here.

Guess they're a little out of practice.