I lowered my distraction shields for a while yesterday and got pulled into a black hole of pleasant wandering. So I have a list of to-blog clips now over in my google-document catch-all for this purpose. Oh, and a few more pictures from the snow, like the one of Mole-ester Dog above that has nothing whatsoever to do with the source of my distraction. Which is…
A friend told me about RedRoom, a place where writers can meet, share and gain visibility within their readership and with colleagues. So I spent more time than I should over there, and should you care to, you can go there and:
☼ read a couple of pieces that are selections from What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader
☼ listen to a couple of audio clips of pieces also in the new book, short essays that were on WVTF in days past, another new one coming up there next week–Monday, I think. I’ll add that one when it’s up on the station site, and link to it via RedRoom.
And in that same steeple-chase diversion I also 1) discovered that Slow Road Home is now apparently entirely readable via Google Book Search (via Table of Contents, perhaps other ways as well) and 2) the book is available in more libraries than I knew–only about 15, but including Harvard, Berea, Chapel Hill, and my alma mater, Auburn. If it were not self-published, it would be in many more, but there’s still unfortunately the stigma of second-class citizen without the imprimatur of approval by a “house” no matter how shabby its standards might be.
PS: the dog did lose fractional points because he still bears the blemish of discolored fur on his left hip from standing for too long too close to the wall heater two months ago. Picky judges!
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