You know what I mean. That great quote by Mr. Hitchhikers Guide: “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” That happened to me this week. I was working on not one but two stories to submit for contests with March 31 deadlines, and as I sat down to submit one of them on Monday night, I discovered I’d fallen victim to the East Coast bias. Here on the West Coast at 9pm it was still March 31, but over there on the other side, it was already April 1. No foolin’.
Which sucks, but it gives me time to work on the stories a bit more.
One deadline I didn’t miss though was the deadline to apply for the Lambda Literary Foundation 2014 Writers Retreat. My friend Leah Horlick was a participant in 2012 and said it was fantastic, and Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the instructor for the fiction portion of the retreat. So, fingers crossed.
Tonight is the reading at Green College with Nancy Lee and Laisha Rosnau. I just finished Nancy’s novel The Age and am reading Laisha’s book of poetry, Pluck. They’re both pretty amazing. If you’re in Vancouver, you should really come to this. You should also stick around for the reading by the fireside at 8pm, which will include me along with colleagues Nicole Boyce, Sarah Higgins, and Sugar le Fae. Should be fun.
Speaking of fun, here’s a picture, courtesy of my friend Ruth Daniell, from last weekend’s reading at the UBC Bookstore. In case I hadn’t mentioned it, I’ve cut my hair, which means I no longer look like my author photo…..