Showing posts from June, 2011

Really, Jenji Kohan??? REALLY??

You robbed me! BRING BACK ESTEBAN!! I don't care how you do it, but it must be done. This is merely a repeat of last season with Nancy adventuring through the world of Manhattan rather than across the United States. The Esteban plot was the richest thing you had going in a long time. So NOT resolved!


I have few pleasures in my life. I only had my corrupt Esteban for two episodes last year...and now I don't have him at all. Work your t.v. magic and bring him back!!! PLEASE!!!


WEEDS!!! So excited!!!

Emma Watson:

In a recent interview, Emma Watson was asked:

You have all the opportunities in the world, you could have taken a year or two off but you’ve decided to study. What’s the reason for that?

She answered:
I just love learning. I’m like addicted to learning. I just want to know as much as I possibly can. It’s never enough for me. And I’ll never stop. I just really love knowledge. Addicted!

Yet another reason to love her.

Here is the entire INTERVIEW.


POTTERMORE is coming!

Yes, I do realize that it is a self-serving business decision on her part (at least in my opinion), but I understand why she has to do this. The digital world is fraught with dangers for authors/publishers, and this is the perfect way to keep some control over all of that and to keep the franchise alive.

But, most importantly: IT IS JUST FREAKING EXCITING! Because I LOVE Harry Potter!!!

Five years ago today...

Five years ago today, my dad survived cardiac arrest--a very rare thing to survive, for those of you who know. He was substituting for a bass player in a "battle of the bands" contest, a completely spur of the moment thing...and it saved his life. I have never written about that day/time on the blog (except for one brief post in July of 2006), and it is still difficult to do so now. But, today is a celebration. And I am going for it. (And, this post, long as it is, isn't even the entire story. There are so many moments that I can't record...just because they are still too painful/emotional to relive, or because they are too private to talk about.)

I remember everything about that day.

I was working for the Institute of Reading Development in Birmingham and got home around six or so. I was so tired and I was sitting at the kitchen table when dad kissed me goodbye and told me he loved me.

That evening, as I tried to unwind from the day, mom and I were talking about how…

Such a nice article about beloved Wayne Greenhaw and our magazine:


About Wayne Greenhaw...
In addition to being disci­plined and steadily productive in his creative craft and career, Wayne Greenhaw was an avid encourager of colleagues and others in the local and regional writing communities. I looked up quotations about that rite of passage, and this one, which is credited to Henry David Tho­reau, seemed apt for Wayne: "Live your life, do your work, then take your hat."

About Alabama Heritage...
The most elegant magazine on my coffee table, Alabama Heritage, combines luminous photography with illuminat­ing essays about people, places and incidents in the state's history. Published quarterly by the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History, this periodical, now in its 25th year of existence, provides entertaining erudition and enlightenment.

Another great McSweeney Letter...

Book Dating: I've been around the block a time or two.

No, I still am not in the mood to post a review of The Chronology of Water...not sure how long it is going to take me to do that.

No, today, I must alert you to the book I picked up last night:

(Source: A review is on that site, too.)

Oh, wow. Now, I can't say for sure because I haven't finished it yet, but if this book continues to draw me in as much as it did from the first page, then we have a winner!

And that is my subject for today: book dating.

I have decided that buying books is a lot like dating. You search and search for the perfect book, one with which you share a perfect chemistry.

Those of you who are readers know exactly what I am talking about, right? The book doesn't have to be literary or anything--it just has to connect with you and feed you in some way. You fall into it, becoming totally absorbed to the point that you forget time passage. It is like the perfect date or conver…

Scheduling is my nemesis.

Really. I need to get in a better work routine. Once I figure it out, I will be so much more productive.

Must read:

My friend Elizabeth's article on "Where I Write" -- featured on The Rumpus site:

Where I Write: A Table Meant for Dining

Yes. I know.

I haven't been good about updating. Let's just say that I have a lot on me right now. Crazy pressure: lots of writing projects, a sickly dog, a full time job, etc. But I will be back as soon as I can manage. Meanwhile, shorter posts will have to do. :)

I haven't slept well this weekend for worrying over my dog. If you have read this blog long enough, then you know how attached I am to Casey. He is really old, and he has been through just about everything with me. If you aren't a dog/animal lover, then you don't know what I am saying. But Casey and I...we have a bond! It is going to kill me when the day comes.

That being said, I have to learn to enjoy the good things and the good days. But I am sick of feeling loss.

Other than that--which has dominated the last week of my life--I have been trying to write on three different projects, including editing the chapters I have of my dissertation. I have started the Tumblr...which isn't really a commitment of any kin…

Beautiful photos of Oxford...

Just because my dad was such a cute kid:

Photo of my grandfather (William Neville Reynolds) with daughters Sharon (left of him) and Jeanne (right of him), my grandmother (Jean Galloway Reynolds), and my dad David (far right).

Amaryllis in Blueberry (By Christina Meldrum)


Very bad and brief synopsis: The story revolves around a family of six that begins to crumble in their suburban 1970s existence. The father, desperate to regain some semblance of control, packs everyone up and moves them to Africa. Much chaos ensues.

Seriously. Read a synopsis here or here.

As for my overall opinion: hmmm...this is difficult. I really loved it until the last 1/4, because I felt as if the author was suddenly playing the drama card/gotcha card to amp things up. In other words, she took a perfectly meaningful story (beautifully written, as well) and then, at the end, popped in WAY too many surprise moments (which, honestly, weren't that much of a surprise, but they reeked of trying to surprise you...and I found this annoying).

Still: I really liked the book and I would recommend it.

Reading it has been a strange experience. I read a review of Amaryllis in Blueberry before I bought th…

Oh, well: I have a Tumblr

Yes. I did it. I started a "Tumblr" blog page, too.

However, it is more graphics/short entry oriented--and it is ALL about Victorian literature. So, it is in no way a new version of this blog. might want to stay away, because it is named after and mentions Augusta Webster, specifically. Sorry, sweetie, but I love her. :)

Susie's new Tumblr: The Snow Waste

Taylor/Burton: the movie

It is official: Scorsese to direct Taylor-Burton movie.

I don't feel good about this, even with Scorsese directing. There are some things that should not be touched. This is one of them.

Besides, who is the world could pull off the acting???

AH Field Trip: Moundville and the Pie Lab

Today, I took my first field trip as an employee with the staff of the magazine. We had an excellent time. :)

We all piled up in the van around 8:30 a.m. and made our way to Moundville State Archaeological Park. Upon arrival, we watched a video about the park (Moundville is amazing...have blogged about it before). Basically, this archaeological park is one of the most important in the southeast. It isn't that the mounds are larger than other mounds, but the significance of the community here (the last Native Americans left sometime in the 1400s, I believe) is impossible to overstate. At first, it was an important political center, and then it turned into a hugely significant spiritual center and city of the dead. The park just underwent a huge renovation and the museum now houses (temporarily, at least) some amazing artifacts--like the Duck/Serpent Effigy Bowl that I will show a picture of below...

Anyway, after the video, Meredith and I wanted to climb to the top of Mound "B,&…