October 1st, 2012

What I’ve Been Up To

I was doing so well at the regular posting for a while there, but seem to have fallen off last week. Do I have excuses? Not really, but here’s what I was doing instead of blogging:

1) On Tuesday night, I went to the Bibliobash, where my fellow Biblioasis authors were reading. I was late, because of my evening class, and so missed all the actual readings, but still managed to a) get Alice Peterson’s excellent collection signed, purchase CP Boyko’s new one and c) chat up the authors. I meant to buy the new Chekov translation by David Helwig, but due to a miscommunication, didn’t–next time!

2) Following that, I had a migraine for 48 hours (unrelated…I think). For those familiar with migraines, mine are not the worst kind–some people see auras, throw up, and basically have to be alone in a silent dark room until things improve. My migraines are usually of the sort I can function through, albeit not cheerfully. The worst-case scenario is fairly serious pain, shaking hands, nausea, and an inability to concentrate, which is where we were on Wednesday, a day on which I slept for close to 16 hours. It was sort of glorious, in a way. The worst of the pain had abated by evening, but it took another day to shake it completely.

3) On the weekend, we went to stay in a fancy hotel, a treat given to us as a very lovely wedding gift. Since the hotel was in Toronto, we figured we didn’t need to bother with tourism or posh restaurants, so we spent the whole time in the hotel. Swam in the pool, examined the fancy piano bar, then ordered pizza and watched 4 hours of televisions–we don’t have TV at home, and the lost art of channel surfing is sorely missed. The best part was re-watching *Edward Scissorhands* after an interval of 20 years. It’s still so gorgeous and moving, but the ending???? SPOILER ALERT: Winona Ryder decides their love is too difficult so she leaves Edward all alone in his house at the top of the hill. Then she returns to her normal surburban life for FIFTY MORE YEARS, with only a slight tinge of regret. Why is she not a really horrible person??? Why????? Ahem.

4) Throughout all of this, I was reading Pasha Malla’s People Park, an extremely overwhelming experience. Were it not for my abiding love of Malla’s first book, I would not have touched *People Park*–500-page alternative realities are not my friends, normally. Just a personal preference, not a judgement. So perhaps it was for lack of context that I was so overwhelmed by People Park–so wildly ambitious, so diverse and imaginative, so *weird.* I don’t know if it was brilliant or terrible or what. I’m leaning towards brilliant, but I would really like to talk this through with someone, only no one I know has read it yet. I tried reviews online, but seem to stick with effusions or excoriations without much explanation or examples. I know, I know, reviews aren’t tutorials, but you’d think someone could help a girl out here. Did *you* read People Park? Any thoughts?

3 Responses to “What I’ve Been Up To”

  • Frederique says:

    Let’s get this bad boy to the finish line!!!

    751) Honey barbecue sauce
    752) Stamp collections
    753) Scrunchies (yes, I’m not afraid to say it!!!
    754) The University College of the Cariboo (RIP)
    755) The Schumpeter column in the Economist
    756) Tide pens
    757) The day before you go to a new country for the first time
    758) Grosgrain ribbons
    759) The ubiquity of Cherry coke in the United States
    760) Limited edition Pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses
    761) Tassels
    762) Fake moustaches
    763) The George Bellows retrospective at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
    764) Peggy’s Cove
    765) Homemade meatball sandwiches
    766) Dry-erase boards
    767) Sparrows
    768) Any sort of certificate of recognition, even if it was clearly made in MS Word
    769) The Oprah Winfrey Show (I miss it terribly)
    770) Colouring
    771) Ferns
    772) The opening bit of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
    773) Antananarivo as a city name
    774) Commemorative loonies
    775) Blueberry fritters at Tim Hortons
    776) The shape of the state of Oklahoma
    777) Getting upgraded to first class
    778) San Francisco
    779) Butter tarts


  • Frederique says:

    Ok, I was going through my contributions to the 2007-2008 1000 things we like and I found this chestnut:

    490. The name “Mitt Romney”

    Oh dear.


  • Rebecca says:

    Well, um, I’m sure you had your reasons…right?


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