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now we are thirty-five

Today I am thirty-five years old, which means this blog is five years old (and flax-golden tales are four). Five years sounds comparatively short but July of 2008 feels like a lifetime ago. More than a lifetime. I’m not the girl I was then. I don’t think that girl could have imagined this particular version […]

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tarragon & bone

This is the aforementioned tarragon and bone rug. Technically it has three different colors, though, so I’m not entirely sure what to call the pale pale shimmery green, as I’m guessing the darker one is tarragon and the background is bone. The internet tells me that the word tarragon derives from something French for little dragon, […]

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on time and the not having of it

This post has been a long time coming and I suppose that’s fitting, since it’s mostly about not having time to write. Apparently that includes proper blog posts. Though this is not a proper blog post, this is a long rambling thing about what my life has been like lately. I am not saying this […]

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please remember me, happily

I don’t know what to say about 2011. This year was too full to be easily condensed into a December 31st blog post. Everything looks different than it did this time last year, and only partially because I have new contact lenses. I have a new life, in so many new ways. I’m still adjusting. […]

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you used to write magnificent.

I get a lot of spam comments on the blog. Like a lot a lot, so I apologize if real comments get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish real comments from spam, like this morning there was this one: Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been […]

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miscellany & musings & music

Pardon me, but where did August go? Excuse me whilst I cling to this final day, in denial that the morning will bring September in all its autumnal, impending book release glory. This post is going to be all over the place, be prepared. Proper blogging keeps getting lost in the wilds of the to-do […]

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Eep.

Hi. I have been completely useless. I keep squealing at people on the phone when I’m not rendered utterly speechless. At this point I think my agent would be shocked if we had a conversation that didn’t partially involve stunned silence on my part. I think I EEPed at him. That’s probably not very professional. […]

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so long, 2009.

There is a fluffy coating of snow falling outside my windows, obscuring what’s left of 2009 in powdered sugar white. White primer to paint 2010 over. Ten years ago tonight I was ringing out 1999 in the dearly departed Grotto nightclub in NoHo. The only bit I clearly remember is asking drag queens about the […]

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springy

For spring, which has sprung, a random list of artsy things I would like to do/try/attempt someday, when time and space and money and such fickle things align properly: Re-finish and creatively paint furniture, in muted technicolor funky-but-classy patterns. You know, when I have the room to strip and store furniture. Art dolls, quirky creepy […]

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brave knights on valiant panthers

I finished draft 4 of the novel on Monday. I think it’s draft 4, it might be draft 3.5. I immediately found about 8 things that need changing but since that draft is now safely in the hands of three trustworthy beta readers (if they’ve already beta’d it are they gamma readers now?) so I […]

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