Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Busy week so far, and I have precious little energy to spare for some reason, but I ended up attending Last Rites at the Baltimore Hostel on Sunday, and good times were had! Laura van der Berg read, and she apparently taught at my alma mater not too long after I graduated. She teaches at Gilman now, where my dad went until he, ahem, left for greener pastures at Boy's Latin. Smalltimore, indeed. Anyway, the Last Rites crew are a fun bunch, and they invited me to read in January, so hopefully I'll have something half-decent prepared by then.

I also read from Cat's Cradle at a Banned Book reading on campus, which was sparsely attended but still fun. It's not often that I get to use the phrase "wide open beavers" in a public forum (I was referring to a different book of Vonnegut's, but it still seemed appropriate), and I need to do so more often. I'm going to make a real effort to attend more open mics/readings in the future, as well; I'm not normally a joiner of things, but there's a weird energy in parts of Baltimore's literary community that I like, and I need to put my work out there more than I do. I keep saying that, I know, but that's because if I don't constantly remind myself of my promotional failings, I will continue to spend my free time watching Netflix in my underpants instead of making a name for myself. There are a couple of readings this month that I'll do my best to make, schedule permitting, and a rare Buzzov-en show on the 1st that I'm rather excited about.

But before all that happens, I've got homework to finish. Ta.

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