Writing, Cleaning and Courses

What do other people do on Saturday? Lounge around the house, or go out for a hike? Take courses online to learn some new skill, or spend the day surfing Wikipedia and browsing through YouTube?

I've spent most of my Saturday working on the introduction for an anthology that will be out later this year. I'm not at liberty to give the title or subject matter at the moment, but I was honored to be asked. I just finished a rough draft and sent it to BFF Kathy for a once over. Kathy has been a saviour the last couple of months by helping me with final edits on Conquering Venus. Maybe because of the day job, various blogs and social networking sites, I feel my writing has become less -- for lack of a better word -- precise. I've found myself making sloppy mistakes and word choices, not to mention forgetting all the rules of punctuation. With the impending publication of the novel, the release of the Poetry Atlanta DVD and planning for the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, time suckage is at an all time high. I'm trying to figure out how to lighten the load this summer. I'll let you know how that works out.

My evening task is to finally clean out my bedroom closet and the six boxes of old magazines and newspaper I have stored there. They are going to recycling this week. I need more storage space and why I've been hoarding them (and moving them from apartment to apartment) all these years is beyond me. I've started feeling like Little Edie from Grey Gardens. Pretty soon I'll be wearing my pantyhose over my pants under a short skirt. Or using the skirt as a cape. 

Tonight -- against my better judgement -- I plan to succumb to the Twilight craze. The movie came yesterday from Netflix. I gave up on vampires after the first three Anne Rice books (they all sucked after that...sorry, Anne) but everyone is Twilight crazy these days, so it's time to see what the fuss is all about.

Comments

Liz said…
Well done on the writing and cleaning, Collin, a must-combination for the next week or so for me too! (hopefully more writing than cleaning though : ) )
Lisa Allender said…
Congrats on more poems getting published!!
I know whatcha mean about "saving magazines". I keep thinking there's something I might "need" them for(?!).
christine said…
Glad to hear about the anthology. If I were making one I'd include you at the top of my wish list. You have a very contemporary, fresh voice.

I agree about the Ann Rice books. But I loved the first three. That Stephan, that Lestat...
jaxx said…
a virgo can only think of this as a perfect weekend. i always feel better after organizing my closets or drawers or whatever. one (fairly odd) habit i've gotten into, whenever i'm throwing or giving anything away, is to say to it "thank you for serving me". doing this is often followed by an unexpected and unusual coincidence having to do with the items i let go of.

hope it all went well!
Maggie May said…
ugh the movie was so bad. the new one looks much better. you are such a hard worker, always plugging away.
January said…
Cleaning: a necessary evil. Ugh.

I love that you make time so many projects at once. And it's nice that you have help every now and then.
Emily A. Benton said…
I liked Twilight, but I knew what I was walking into.

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