May 3, Houston: The big one -- the Inprint reading -- occurs at the Alley Theatre on Monday, May 3. Do not miss it or you'll be sorry. I'm not kidding -- I'm going to say the craziest, most intellectual yet hilarious stuff I can think of, and I'll be sharing the stage with the ultra sexy Oscar Casares, too.
June 24, Houston: I'm one of the peeps scheduled to read at Poison Pen, at Houston's famous Poison Girl bar. Besides me, everyone there will be ultra, *super* sexy. Come see me and drink!
June 26, Washington, DC: I'll be reading at the American Library Association conference. Come on down.
My other blog: Go read my the Houston Chronicle parenting blog (or my ChronMomBlog, as I like to call it) and make sure my kids won't resent me more than other kids resent their own parents.
Buy my new novel, Lone Star Legend. Already did? Well, buy a few more for your friends, then. :)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008News!
You guys, I landed a new day job. Just gave two week's notice. This new job is more applicable to my skill set, too. Long-time readers will remember that, for the last five years, I've been working in the lucrative Puppy Wedding Arrangement industry. (Not to be confused with the Dog Wedding Planner industry, which is slightly less lucrative.)
Now I get to use my writing skills, and be a Dog Catering Menu Writer. As everyone in Houston knows, dog catering encompasses way more opportunity than dog weddings. I'm going to have to get a different kind of license. But it'll be worth it.
In other words, I'm not planning on talking about this job in great detail, either.
Cat Porn News
Yesterday I came home from work dead tired and decided to doze a little bit on my bed. No sooner had I closed my eyes, then Toby and Starbuck began trying to get it on. Silently, this time, but still.
"You guys. No," I said weakly. They jumped off the mattress and slunk away.
I don't know why they have to do it while I'm in the room. They have all day alone, practically. Maybe they're exhibitionists. Maybe they aspire to be porn stars. Cat porn stars.
Starbuck's porn name is Kitty Delite. Toby's is Johnny Frisco. That's what they told me. Now I'm supposed to find them an agent. That's what they said.
Not much else to say at the moment.
It seems like, the more I accomplish in real life, the less I have to tell y'all on this blog. :)
More later, then. Y'all take it easy. 8:46 PM #
Comments:CONGRATS! wow, that is so wonderful for you!!!
I must admit to reading the first paragraph no less than 4 times until I just shrugged and kept reading and then read the part that said that you were not planning on talking about this job in great detail either. I really really really was confused. heh.
But here is a toast to you *clink* and many well wishes on your expanded horizons!!!
# posted by Pixielyn : 9:14 PM
Dude, awesome. My heart always shrivels a little when I hear you refer to workplace. My motto was, "when you aren't that into your dayjob, then change it up every year or so". At least you get a new lunch crew. Also I hear that dog catering is the new feline erotica representative.
# posted by autonomy as a guiding principle : 10:39 PM
This is great news. I'll be eager to see how writing on the job affects after-hours writing.
# posted by Marigoldie : 12:32 AM
Yay! Congratulations! That's great news. Although I thought you were more into "Cat Weddings" and "catering" instead of dogs. LOL! Those cats crack me up!
Seriously congrats on the new job and I can't wait to hear all about it. I'm still carrying around your yarn book! We need to have lunch again soon.
# posted by ShoeGirl : 7:56 AM
Does this mean I get to hate you because you no longer have to deal with the hell that is 290?
Oh and, HUGE congrats!!! Unless I hate you. ;-)
# posted by : 8:03 AM
Yay, congratulations on the new job! It's always so great to hear about someone making a change like that. I hope it is all you hope it will be!
I think Starbuck and Toby are seeking your approval of their relationship.
# posted by jam : 10:29 AM
I guess you don't know WHAT the cats are doing when they're home by themselves. You know, once the genie is out of the bottle . . .
# posted by : 9:54 PM
Pixielyn: Thanks. Basically, I'm moving from one boring (but lucrative) industry that gives you no sense of purpose to another (that begins with the same letter as the first, incidentally). That's all. I used to say that when I worked in non-profit, I was feeding starving puppies. Now I'm broking dog weddings. Next I'll write menus for dog caterers. That's my extended metaphor for my career arc. (Day job "career," that is.)
Autonomy: Thank you. (I played editor on you. Approved the first comment, then saw your substitution, but left the first instead because I liked the cat porn joke. :) )
Marigoldie: It can't possibly make me write less, I figure. As it is, I can barely stand to get on the computer when I get home. Also, this job's writing will be very, very dry, so I don't think it counts at all. Hope not, at any rate.
Shoegirl: Thanks! Oh, yeah -- the yarn book. I almost forgot...
Jennifer: I'm actually going to work in the same neighborhood, so save your hate for something more enviable. :)
Jam: First, your comment made me laugh. Then, it struck me as completely true. Next time they do it, I'm going to praise them and congratulate them on finding love.
Heatherkay: Right? I'm thinking "Why can't you cats just do it all day, when we're not home, then rest at night?"
I think they did it again last night, but either they're getting quieter or I'm getting used to the sounds.
# posted by Gwen : 8:20 AM
Well very big congrats! I have always found in my life that when things are going well I cannot write. I hope to never hear from you again, lol.
# posted by : 2:04 AM
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