A grey, opaque endless skyline seems about right.
Like most, these past days have been a mixture of anxiety, stress, anger, and shame (and some more words; please insert your favorites). Besides our electoral PTSD we’re all dealing with from the past year and a half, the onslaught of the rapid and flawed news cycle can make anyone’s heart explode.
Hyperbole aside, it’s been rough days. For the time being, I’m generally staying away from the news, letting my eyes scroll over my newsfeed. Somehow I’ve become more tolerant of inane articles about technology (read: Wired). These briefly distracted me from the racists and bigots who are being given powerful positions and platforms.
For a while, consuming books and television felt hollow and frustrating, writing useless. I have no doubt that others feel or have felt this way recently. So, I leave you with internet potpourri for a momentary mental health break.
- Bronx Zoo Breaks World Record For Largest Display Of Origami Elephants, “People from all 50 states and 40 other countries responded to the zoo’s call to send in origami elephants…”
- The Gothic Life and Times of Horace Walpole, “Two-hundred and fifty years ago, Horace Walpole published ‘The Castle of Otranto,’ a strange, campy book that’s widely considered to be the first Gothic novel. In real life, Walpole’s family was beset by tragedy and his life’s obsession was a Gothic castle called Strawberry Hill…”
- Magical Realism Bot, Pure fun and hilarity. Scroll through the feed for a quick pick-me-up.
- Jeff Koons Is Giving Sculpture to Paris to Remember Terror Victims, If you would like something else to be annoyed about, turn your attention to this hideous statue. Even though I think it’s an excellent idea to give art to Paris to honor and remember, we don’t need to send Jeff Koons’ kitsch. Let’s workshop this one, US Ambassador to France.
I’ve been pulled in a few too many directions as of late but I thought I would lay out what’s been happening recently and some of my to-do’s.
- New poem up at Translations of Dead German Poets.
- NO MORE BOOK REVIEWS! I swear this time. They take up too much of my free brain space. No more (well, at least not in the foreseeable future). A published book review really takes a lot of time. You have an initial draft, edits/back and forth with an editor, and also the time it took to read the book. My desire for my own writing and book choices certainly outranks that of publishing a measly review. Only books I have chosen for myself so be prepared for more write-ups for fiction coming soon.
- Playing catch up on my favorite blogs. I’ve been a bit quiet lately. I’m not a big fan of the way that WordPress organizes the blogs I follow; plus I am sometimes negligent in pressing the ‘Follow’ button. I’ve always used Google Reader but now with its demise, I must find something new to organize everything. Suggestions greatly appreciated.
- Things I’m happy with: Writing! Yes, I’ve finally gotten some more words down on the page for a book I’m writing. This plot is a bit twisty, so may I share my new favorite virtual corkboard that helps me stay organized and it’s free? Definitely recommended. www.stixy.com/
- Even with all of this mind-stretching-in-different-directions, I still try to put up a few interesting writerly, bookish things on the ole Twitter feed even if I can’t get to the blog. www.twitter.com/AcidFreePulp
In keeping with #5 of last month’s post, A New Year for Acid Free Pulp, I’ve taken the plunge and signed up Acid Free Pulp for a Twitter account. My intention with this is to offer another venue in which to help people
procrastinate find intriguing news and information about everything book related that I can offer. Just want to read the blog? That’s great! Perfect! I love having you but in addition to my regular blog posts, the new Twitter account will also act as a resource for interesting news articles as well as writing & publishing opportunities and events coming up that might not necessarily merit an entire blog post.
You can follow @AcidFreePulp.