Wednesday, January 22, 2014

gestation & all that follows living

i get excited about things ending & things beginning.  ending: this book of mine, this four year ordeal, will be in my hands in a month's time, give or take a few days.  this brings happiness/elation & finishes out a major part of living so i can start anew--a new book in a fresh way, new section of living.  life measured in books.  those lion years done.  the experience of working with bruce covey & the fine folks at coconut books has been exceptional.  i know i'm in good hands & i know this will be a good-looking book.  also in the mix of things rounding out towards final is abe & my anthology.  a month or more & we should be ready to hand it over to lost roads press.  i couldn't be more excited.  this will probably we the last anthology i ever edit, as it's a ton of work.  more than i ever thought, that, then times it by ten.  also: up in the air is my job.  loyola is cutting down from seven full-time instructors to three, & i'm up against wonderful teachers who have been at loyola for years & years.  it's hard, probably most so in that i can do nothing but wait.  & so i must. for a another two weeks or so.  i'm loving my students this semester; i'd hate to have to go.

office hours selfie

jim wrote this week to ask how the ponies are in argentina, lol.

winter time makes me want to cook/eat casseroles

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” 
― Flannery O'Connor

i bought this etsy print for myself for christmas.  i put it in a frame & hung it near my bed so that when my eyes open in the morning first thing i see is mary flannery o'connor.  i say now what would mary flannery do with all this?

“I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.” 
― Flannery O'ConnorThe Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” 

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.” 
― Flannery O'ConnorCollected Works: Wise Blood 

“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.”
― Flannery O'Connor

“Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.” 
― Flannery O'Connor

“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” 
― Flannery O'ConnorThe Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

“The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.” 
― Flannery O'Connor

“If you don't hunt it down and kill it, it will hunt you down and kill you.” 
― Flannery O'Connor

“I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing.” 
― Flannery O'ConnorThe Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

Sunday, January 12, 2014

jan: we ok / we hang on in

nola:  love x 4

she quickly said no to my green drink.  good taste sasstrid.

these space heater days of jan.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

some o' my fav pics from over the holidays / i needed time away from the comp but i'm back now and here i come 2014 / wishing you all the best this year!

thanks for the polar vortex universe! / back in NOLA / back in school / pretty unwilling to go outside today just yet / yuck, cold!

sitting right in front of the space heater / it was in the 20s outside / yuuuuuck

this is about right / 8 hours drivin with two fat cats in me lap

there are cats under those blanket piles