A Funny Smell

“Art doesn’t have to be serious to be meaningful”, Rommy said. “Sometimes a smile or even a full belly laugh can be more healing than somber contemplation.” She is correct, methinks. So here is my bit:

“A Funny Smell”

They say she is slow and chubby,
and will leave
a funny smell on your fingers.

They tell me he is full of himself,
and shuts down
when things are getting good.

The ones who adore her,
say he is a fake, a fad,
too fast to give pleasure.

Those who lust after him,
say she is old, impractical,
a match away from poof.

I say, love her and love him…
for the bookaliciousness of her scent
and his noveltifficacious ways.

a wee note…
– Rommy also requested lightheartedness, some nonsense words, and “something that feels innocent or child-like.” Well, I say that 1 (or 2) out of 3 is not a total lost. Whenever my poetry or fiction ventures to explore the elaborate realm of children, the wee ones my Muse encounters tend to be rather creepy. So, um… yeah *cough* 1 (or 2) out of 3.
– Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads (Stuff and Nonsense)
– and to Open Link Night, over at the dVerse.

art-of-bent-objects-by-terry-borderArt of Bent Objects, by Terry Border

Diversity Reading List for 2017

“Beware! Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.” I’ve no idea who said those words. But I agree. So, I read as much as I can. If I can’t completely kill ignorance, I plan to keep it maimed and twitching and screaming for mercy.

I just finished my self-imposed Goodreads reading challenge for 2016. I didn’t add specific titles to that list… I just danced through my to-be-read mountain. This year, I have added 9 books—fiction and nonfiction. And, as usual, I’m reading/rereading a handful of books written in Spanish.

At the end of this post, there is an empty list. I would like to fill it with the title of a book read by you. Not just any book, I want to read one of your favorites. Would you please leave the title of one of your favorite books in the comments? I will throw all the titles in Random.org and read the winner.

One more thing, I’ll write a poem review for each of the books on the diversity list.

Diversity Reading List:
Borderline, by Mishell Baker
* Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older
– The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
– The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg
– The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi
– Size 12 Is Not Fat, by Meg Cabot
– Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany

Books in Spanish (some of these are rereads):
– Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), by Gabriel García Márquez
– La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits), by Isabel Allende
– Antes de ser libres (Before We Were Free), by Julia Alvarez
– La bruja de Portobello (The Witch of Portobello), by Paulo Coelho
– Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros

The Favorite Book of One of My Wicked Darlings:
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

* Read, but not reviewed.



Dorothy Is Hispanic, Toto Is a German Shepherd, and the Wizard of Oz…

…is from New York. Yes, my Wicked Luvs, the wonderful Vincent D’Onofrio is the Wizard of Oz… And Dorothy speaks Spanish… And the Munchkins are huge! And I’m completely in love with the Witch of the East’s red and black dress. I really enjoyed the screening of the series, can you tell? I haven’t watched anything in real time for quite some time, but January shall find me watching this one on TV. I suspect this might be one of my favorite retellings of L. Frank Baum’s story.

NYCC was magnificent this year. We had a bit of a false start—information about schedules and locations was a bit… unclear—but all was well after I devoured an enormous guava (the brilliant panels and the abundance of swag might’ve helped too *cackles-infused giggles*).

I only attended two panels this year: the screening of Emerald City (as you might have figured out by the abundance of Oz squealing filling the 1st paragraph) and the Scream Queens: Female Horror/Thriller Writers panel. The 1st promised a yummy TV series and the 2nd added at least 13 more books to my to-be-read pile.

On the health front, I was nervous about attending Comic Con this year… I was concern about bathroom availability (Crohn’s Diseases and other tummy inconveniences make access to clean bathrooms a bit of a big deal). But I managed just fine—the lines were long, but the stalls were clean and plentiful.

Also, while at Comic Con (not in the bathroom *cough, cough*), I learned that a friend who has been out of publishing commission for 4 years or so (due to chronic illness) is back at it again. She just signed a contract for 3 books, and I will probably be blabbering about her fantastic tales as soon as she tells me that it’s all right to do so. Her recovery makes me super happy and gives me all kinds of hope for my own situation.

I didn’t take as many pictures as I’ve taken in the past, but you can click here and here to see two of my favorites on Facebook. I must show you the swag though… which I, of course, will share with you… some during Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World (have you joined yet?), and I will offer more in giveaways as I finish reading them.

Oh, and yes, I predict some serious cosplay in the future…
the black and the red (and the expression on East’s face) make cosplaying inevitable.