Published December 8, 2010 by Robin
The Fireside Follies reading at Brooklyn Fire Proof was a success: I decided to read the NYT essay, which was great, because I’d originally written it to be read aloud. People laughed where they were supposed to laugh. Bushwick Daily covered the event, and posted photos, here.
No matter what I write, visually my thoughts come out of the printer looking the same: black text on white pages. Seeing new pages is always comforting, to print something is to complete one more step in the writing process–first draft, finished work, whatever. But with the move across the country, everything I was looking at was new, so I wanted to look at things in a new way, too. So while I continue to write essays that tell deeply personal stories, I’m also having a lot of fun doing other things creatively, too. In the next month or so I’m playing with making a zine, starting a new blog, and possibly even a piece of art. WIth words, of course.
Melissa Febos was one of the readers at the Fireside Follies reading; she read an excerpt from her memoir, Whip Smart. It’s an amazing book, her writing has really helped me think about the story I want to tell, even though my story is very different. So, I’m still structuring the book, and it’s a slow process. An essay featuring some of the material is close to being ready. I’ve got some free time coming up around the holidays, and I have a lot of catching up to do.
Katarina, who created the blog Bushwick Daily just this year, asked me to be part of her photo essay series, and Quel Beast offered to style it. She was thinking minimal, low-key, sort of serious–maybe even black and white. He was thinking–outrageous, colorful, over-the top. It’s funny that their visions were so different, and ultimately she got shots of both. I don’t think it would have worked as well, if it had been only one or the other. Life is serious, and ridiculous. At least, my life is. Here’s the story.
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Published October 14, 2010 by Robin
–I am reading on October 23rd at Brooklyn Fire Proof for the Fireside Follies. Event details here. I’ve had a crazy amazing, great year, and it means a lot to me that my first-ever NY reading is in Bushwick. The reading series is brand-new, too, so I’m excited to be part of their inaugural event.
–The first two stories from my collaboration with street artist Quel Beast are out. I started out thinking I would write one essay and one profile, and so far instead I’ve been working on a nonfiction experiment: I created two stories–one a remix of the other. And the essay is still in my head waiting to be written down.
–This is a busy month, the other members of my writing group are actively shopping their finished projects. I’m really happy for their accomplishments and I’m learning a lot about what it takes to find the right people to work with. I’m reading, writing and editing a lot for and with friends, and I have 2 or 3 more essays on very different topics close to being ready. I’m writing all the time, or else I’m talking about words and art with other people.
Published October 3, 2010 by Robin
October 12, 2010: Fireside Follies #1, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, New York
Read at the first event in this new series, curated by Eric Nelson and Mike Lala; the reading was named as a Time Out New York critics’ pick. The reading included talented writers Matthew Zingg, Justin Richards, Melissa Febos and Emily Gould.
Published September 23, 2010 by Robin
I’m working on a couple of short profiles of artists I like. It’s fun to ask people what they do and why they do it. I have three new essays nearly finished. (So close!) I’m happy with their progress.
Late in August I received a great belated birthday present. An author and human I admire sent an email to let me know he loved my recent essay. Loved! He also said, “Stay on the brave path.” Wise words for anyone.
New York bursts with the harvest of culture in September. In one week’s time I’m hoping to attend LitcrawlNYC events, a reading by a favorite writing teacher, the Brooklyn Book Festival, a Susan Shapiro-hosted event, and at least a dozen gallery openings (first fall art season).
I’m looking forward to a couple of ongoing volunteer opportunities. These will support my goal to get out of the house, and help me put down roots in my new city.
I’m reading great words, and I’m spending far more time than I used to connecting with writers and artists to discuss and share our works in progress. I’d like to lead a regular writing workshop in the future, but for now, the informal connections are helping me stay focused.
New opportunities to collaborate, to edit, to assist continue to arise spontaneously, and I welcome these. As time allows I’m happy to read others’ work and offer my feedback. I’m not sure when my own reading may be, hopefully I’ll have news on that soon.
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