Monday, December 13, 2010

I feel this urge to apologize for not posting in a dog's age, but I'm going to resist. Just say that things have been full, and all the regular stuff of life continues: writing, teaching, reading, playing, working, thinking. And, very importantly, seeing movies.

We went to see Black Swan the other night, and it was over-the-top crazy-beautiful. natalie Portman's performance was exquisite and scary. She was like a rose, so delicate that just looking at her would make her petals fall off. An exquisite performance.

Right now, at my bedside, the following stack of books: Just Kids by Patti Smith. From Stones to Schools by Greg Mortensen, the three cups of tea guy. Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl, another amazing poetic play. She has so much to teach about having a light touch. I hope I learn the lesson someday. Positivity by Barbara Frederickson, a gift from a good friend, about how to court and nurture positive emotions.

I am completing the zillion plus one revision of The Recruiter (how many times have I written this?) I decided this play is like a bad boyfriend, the one who is not quite right, but you can't break up with. I feel like that woman who always tells her friends, "It's over," but then goes back. The friends are long since tired of the drama, they roll their eyes, under their breath they mutter, "Yeah, right." That's where I am with the play.

The book of poems on the other hand, really is getting better and stronger and closer to publication. (No! Really!) One of the poems, "Cathedral", was even solicited to be on a web site called And they are even going to pay me for it.

Meanwhile, the cat is biting his nails and I worry--is this normal? Is he anxious? He's our problem child--shreds the curtains, attacks his sister, chases his own tail--which is probably why i love him best.


Andrea said...

love your musings today, especially to see what's in your stash of books at the moment. Someone I know keeps a running list of books they read by each year, and I find it interesting to look back..10, 20, 30 yrs to see what you were reading then! PS maybe your cat needs a nightguard -- I bet she grinds her teeth at night too.

Christy said...

My cats do that once while. I think it's just a grooming thing.

Alison said...

Christopher says he's just pulling off his old nails so the new ones can come through...I forgot to mention a biography of Chekhov which I am also reading. It's good for me, because I have always had Chekhov up on a pedestal. To me he is the perfect man. If I had ever had a son, I would have named him Anton. If I ever have a dog, I will name him Chekhov. But in the biography I find out that he was cranky and somewhat distant and frequently short, human. Good to know. He's still one of the greatest writers ever, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

thanks for not changing the name of this site as once contemplated
see how we almost fly
says so much...