Posts Tagged With: Ploughshares

Cowboys and Elephants

Today marks the publication of the sixth and final post on Literary Cowboys for Ploughshares . I talk Star Wars, Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, and much more.

“The Myth of the Literary Cowboy, Part 6: Save a Horse, Write a (Space) Cowboy”

In the coming months I’ll continue to write for Ploughshares on all things lovely and literary.

 

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Also out this week is the summer 2013 issue of Brain, Child featuring my essay, “The Elephant Maker.” It’s available on some news stands and online here.

 

XO

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Five Things that Rocked May 12-18

1. I wrote this post about The Blind Assassin. I got this tweet in reply. Swoon.

2. My Wromance (writing romance) A.J. Kandathil wrote about the Five Pillars of Place using Park and Rec on Ploughshares. ‘Cause that’s how she rolls ( awesome, that’s how she rolls).

3. While you are on the  Ploughshares blog, take a gander at the piece I wrote about Cowboy Poetry. You should read it. It’s okay, you can click now. This list will wait.

4. The Office aired its final episode. I cried. I’ll write about it next week. In the meantime, rewatch The Office or watch it for the first time. Either way, win-win-win. In the meantime, enjoy this:

5. Two of my favorite shows growing up were Designing Women and The Golden Girls. This article reminds me why I loved Dorothy and may be like her in about thirty years.

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A Guide to Cowboy Poetry

The fifth part in my series on Literary Cowboys is live on Ploughshares today. Mosey on over and give it a look-see.

“The Myth of the Literary Cowboy, Part 5: Cowboy Poetry”

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is for 10 things that rocked this week. See how I did that? It’s X day, but I’m twisting it for my own meaning. Perhaps I should got into politics. This week was pretty stellar, I have to say, so coming up with 10 instead of 5 was an easy task.

  1. Buzzfeed article are regulars on my list because they are so darn funny. My favorite from this week? “26 Reasons Kids Are Pretty Much Just Tiny Drunk Adults.”
  2. Kendragarden talks about her love of Horror movies. She likes what she likes and that’s okay.
  3. Artist Jhenai Mootz gave a fantastic Wild Women interview.
  4. We’ve been watching House of  Cards on Netflix. It’s shaping up to be really intriguing, although I have mixed feelings about Kate Mara being the Mistress–again.
  5. Loving the new season of Mad Men? Over on Ploughshares, A.J. Kandathil (my new pen pal bestie) discusses the “hidden narrator” who drives the series. A thought provoking take on a show that often defies explanation.
  6. Caitlin O’Neil’s “Riding in Cars with Words” reminisces about how her childhood road trips have shaped her as a writer. Plus it has a Muppet video, which is always a good decision.
  7. Part Four of my look at Cowboys debuted this week. I hope people are enjoying reading these posts as much as I’m enjoying writing them.
  8. It was a big week in general for writing on my end: both Cinefilles and The Baraza featured my posts, on Shakespeare and Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers, respectively.
  9. Peggy Orenstein’s look at the sexualization of Candyland is insightful and thought provoking.
  10. Speaking of Orenstain, I finished reading Schoolgirls and wrote this post on it. The reaction has been fantastic. Thanks to all of you who have Tweeted, Shared, Commented, Emailed, and Texted me about this post and how much you can relate. My only regret is that I only have one copy to lend out and the line is getting longer every day.

What rocked your week?

XO

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L is for Love It

This would normally be my day for Five Things that Rocked this Week. Keeping in the spirit of A to Z, instead I present my list of things I loved this week.

  1. Discovering the Dog Shaming website from a colleague. Seriously, this made my week a little brighter.
  2. Buzzfeed usually gives me something to delight in: this week it is 20 Literary Facts to Impress Your Friends. (Add to number 6 that he also believed in spontaneous composition. See Bleak House.)
  3. Calves’ Feet and Cake: Adventures in 100 Year Old Recipes. Try it in case you might like it (the post, not necessarily the calves’ foot jelly).
  4. For writers, check out this post about submitting. It makes some interesting points.
  5. Finally, my husband is being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa today for his excellent work in academia since leaving his job a year ago. I’m terribly proud of him. Well done, Kitten.
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F is for Five Things That Rocked March 31 – April 6

So perhaps this is a bit of a cheat with my A to Z challenge, but it just happens that F falls on my normal Five Things day–it’s meant to be!

  1. The A to Z challenge. Not only have I had the chance to think outside my normal posting ideas, I’ve gotten to read some really cool blogs. I’m excited for the rest of the month to unfold.
  2. This tribute on Cinefilles to late film critic Roger Ebert. I actually started crying when I heard the news. He was a great writer, lover of film, and an inspiration.
  3. The news that I have been invited to be part of The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2013 anthology. Last year it was an honor; this year it is mind blowing to be included again. Look for more on that as the publication date nears. Also cool? Two days after that contract came through, I had an article accepted for the summer print issue of Brain, Child, my favorite parenting magazine.
  4. Ploughshares has been pretty fab this week with selections from Ian Stansel, Ali Shapiro, my girl A.J. Kandathil (Seriously, why aren’t you following her blog yet?), and little me with more cowboys and a threatened ass-kicking.
  5. Texas VegFest with my favorite trouble-making buddy, Mitzi. Okay, we haven’t gone yet, but how is it not going to rock?
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Five Things that Rocked March 24 – 30

  1. Rebecca Meacham’s post “Relationship Rescue! Courting Your Long-Lost Writing” talks about post-mortem Victorian photography and snuggies. How can this not make my list?
  2. Parents shouldn’t pick and choose rules because it ticks me off. Read more.
  3. I love television, but I don’t care about some shows I should. Check out my latest on the Baraza.
  4. Speaking of television, I’m totally hooked on Top of the Lake on the Sundance Channel. It’s some of the best work I’ve seen from Jane Campion. Putting aside Elizabeth Moss’s sometimes fading accent, it’s a really complex, engaging mini series.
  5. Game of Thrones Easter Eggs. That phrase, even without this tutorial, rocks. And on the topic of GoT, this Bestiary post is slick and the perfect prep for the Sunday night premier.

XO

A

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Five Things that Rocked March 17-23

1. This post by Rebecca Makkai on what not to ask writers at readings. Considering that I am attending an evening with the center of my writing universe, Margaret Atwood, in roughly two months, I love the tips. Truth be told though, I’m probably just going to wig out like a first American trip Beatles fan, clawing my face and sobbing. (Writers: The Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest ends April 2. Enter now!)

2. My cat may have her own following where she misinterprets Edith Wharton and tells our Border Collie she’s the next chapter of death. Read about her here.

3. This Tweet from my Ploughshares buddy, A.J. Kandathil. If you haven’t checked out her posts on television connected with writing, you kinda suck. Go do it now, then follow her blog. It makes kittens do that cute kneading thing.

 

3. Blogger Brittany Gibbons is wearing a bikini on the internet. It’s fantastic. Go see why.

4. Amanda Fall. Do I need to say more than that? Her interview, Part 1 and Part 2, gave a little peek behind the creative wonder of her world, in particular Sprout. She’s a big deal. The end.

XO

A

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Five Things that Rocked March 10 – 16

  1. A big week for writing and reading. Seriously. It required its own post.
  2. This open letter to Harper’s calling them out for publishing almost no women.
  3. The Veganville video from SNL. I won’t even both linking it because I know you’ve seen it.
  4. Book Riot’s lit nerd cartoons.
  5. It was spring break. I slept in. That always rocks.

XO

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Five Things that Rocked Feb. 24-March 2

  1. Book Riot’s feature on “America’s Most Beautiful Public Library.” KC library children's area
  2. My two day tribute to El Mariachi on Cinefilles: This review of the film itself and this review of Rodriguez’s book about his experience, Rebel Without a Crew.
  3. This video:
  4. Tasha Golden’s tips for giving readings on Ploughshares.
  5. Kristen Kish being named Top Chef. Her follow up interview on Watch What Happens Live showed that she knows how to stay classy.

XO

A

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