Monthly Archives: April 2008

Yoga, revisited

I was inspired by Jade Park’s posts on yoga
to start practicing again. Yesterday morning I did about 2/3 of the primary (Ashtanga) series, and felt so much better afterward. I’ve been so stiff from all the walking, sitting at my computer and lying in bed sick, and it felt fantastic to stretch again. Amazingly, my wrist didn’t hurt AT ALL (but my tail bone did for some reason). It’s been about nine months since I’ve done yoga, and the padmasanas (lotus poses) were hard on my knees, but otherwise all went pretty well.

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Other blogs

I wanted to mention a couple new blogs that I really like. One is Steam Kettle Parents a beautifully written and insightful blog about parenting by a friend of friends of mine. The other, Million Dollar Ideas, written by my colleague Gerry Jones (NOT the Gerard Jones of Everyone Who’s Anyone fame) is wonderfully innovative in that each post is a chapter of his latest book. Check them out!

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The mundane update

And now for the mundane update! Shea is four months, and he’s rolling over, laughing and grabbing onto his feet. We had some pictures taken of him today, which I’ll post once we get them. I already mentioned that we started feeding him rice cereal last week, and he seems to like it. Today I did the choo choo train and the airplane, then got bored with that and did a tug boat, a skiier, a duck, a rabbit and a pig. When he smiles, I sneak the spoon full of sticky goop into his mouth and he spits most of it back out onto his bib. We do this naked to avoid washing too many clothes.

I’m still on Weight Watchers, although I’ve stopped entering all my points for lack of time. Now I just do the weight update every Monday and so far I’ve lost 20 pounds, leaving just eight to go. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to exercise much lately because I injured my foot from walking so many miles carrying Shea in the Baby Bjorn. I went to Baby Boot Camp last week and was limping pretty badly the rest of the day, so I’m taking a break from all walking and running right now. And I caught a nasty cold, so I can’t do yoga or swim either.

My ongoing writing goal right now is 10 hours per week, which may not seem like much, but A) It’s more than I can handle and B) It’s amazing how much you can get done in 10 hours when you’re on the stopwatch and really working 10 FULL hours (after all breaks and e-mail, etc. time is deducted). I’m in this goals group where we set goals every two weeks (mine is 20 hours of writing) and we have to pay $5 if we don’t make our goals. I stayed up late trying to make them when I was super sleep-deprived this week, which is why I got sick. But I got to 18 hours, which is pretty close.

I’m really enjoying the revision process because, after taking three months off, so many problems are glaringly obvious. I’ll read a section of a chapter and write in the margin, “CUT!” and then another section that I really like. It’s not all that simple, but I think I can make a lot of significant improvements by simply putting in the time. The problem, as always, is prioritizing that time.

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At the intersection of parenthood and art

I’ve been thinking lately about what my blog is about, or should be about. I feel like it needs a theme instead of just my ramblings about what exercise class I took this week, etc. But then I realized that in a way it does have a theme, which is how to balance writing and parenthood. Those are the two most important things in my life right now, or at least the things that take up most of my time and energy, and managing both is a challenge. So that will be my “focus” from now on. I even created a tagline: “At the intersection of parenthood and art, life happens.” But I don’t know where the tagline shows up. It’s just some invisible thing inside my blog, I guess. Anyway, that’s what my blog will be about from now on. And, occasionally, the mundane update.

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Dublit: Literature for Listeners

I just realized that I posted this as a page instead of a post (thanks to WordPress’ new design). So now the launch party is over, but Dublit has just begun …

Dublit is having its launch party this Thursday evening. I’ll be at home watching Lost while the munchkin sleeps, but the story I read at Inside Story Time was recorded for Dublit and will be online once the website is up and running. You can also record your own stories and post them. I have one already recorded (a Porchlight trial run from last year) that I plan to upload. Dublit is a fantastic way for writers to share their stories, and I encourage you to support it by recording your own stories and uploading them, listening to the stories of others, and going to the launch party this Thursday (but only after you’ve Tivo’d LOST). Dublit’s also a great way to check out a book before you buy it. One story/book I highly recommend is The Last Summer of the World by Emily Mitchell. She read at Inside Story Time, and her reading will be posted along with mine on the Dublit site. And, for the record, Emily isn’t a friend of mine. I just found her writing beautiful and wanted to run right out and buy the book after I heard her read (which I still plan to do).

Launch party info:
When: Thursday, April 24, 7:25-10:25 p.m.
Where: Space Gallery, 1141 Polk St., San Francisco

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Poetry for Water

FYI:
POETRY FOR WATER
THURSDAY MAY 1ST 7.00PM

An incredible evening with Dave Eggers, Maxine Hong Kingston,
Roger Housden, Elizabeth Rosner, Nina Wise, and great music

to Bring Clean Water to the
Samburu People of Northern Kenya

COWELL THEATRE, FORT MASON
$30.00 tickets at Fortmason.org/boxoffice
Tel 415 345 7575

Dave Eggers, best-selling author of What is the What, reading by acclaimed author Maxine Hong Kingston, poetry readings by Roger Housden ( author of the Ten Poems series) and poet-novelist Elizabeth Rosner, live music, and performance artist extraordinaire, Nina Wise.

Host/MC: Beth Lisick, author of Helping Me Help Myself

All money raised goes toward building the second of a series of water catchment areas along the migration route of the Samburu people of Northern Kenya, near the border with Ethiopia. The water will save their children from the fatal diseases of polluted water sources, and will also help to sustain the Samburu’s fragile nomadic way of life.

The groundwork is administered by a global charity, Wherever The Need. David Crosweller, the founder, will be here from London to give a brief talk and slide show on the project

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Reading Tonight

Here’s a reminder that I’ll be reading tonight for Inside Story Time at Edinburgh Castle. The theme is CELEBRITIES, so if you want to hear about my brush with fame, come on out! Other readers will be Elizabeth Bernstein, David Gleeson, Andrew Altschul and Emily Mitchell.

What: Inside Story Time
When: 630-8:30 (I’ll be in the first half hour)
Where: 950 Geary between Larkin and Polk

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