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THE BOOK OF LIZARDEK
The Thai food was EXCELLENT. Pad Se Ew, my favorite!! :)

Despite the putzing around, I got an article re-written and a poem sent off to Mosaic Minds, which I'm also the new Poetry section editor for. :) If anyone reading this is interested in submitting work, especially poetry, to the zine, the theme for the 2nd issue is Nostalgia.

I want to write and write and write until my fingers fall off. How come I feel like everything I write has been written before and better? I want everything I write to come out perfectly even though I know that is not how it works. Sometimes I can, though, and that makes me want to be able to do it all the time. If I can whip something I've thought about out on to the page and be perfectly satisfied with it as it is, that's great. But sometimes I have to rewrite and revise until it barely resembles the original and is much the better for it and which way is better? Writing makes me wish for uncrampable hands and a writing style that goes faster than thought. How much do I lose because I can't get it down fast enough?

Wouldn't it be great if I could just think my poems and essays onto the page without having to type or write them down? I could get one step ahead of myself that way. The words would just appear, black and bold, perfectly typeset, beautifully indented and punctuated. A human word processor. Just look at a page and think. To delete, just think about it erased and POOF, it's gone.

In Dune, Leto Atreides II has an Ixian machine called a dictatel which prints thoughts by a device implanted in the brain. That's the kind of thing I would love to have. How come all the cool stuff is in books? All the cool people too. When I get asked those questions about what one famous person would you like to meet, living or dead, my answer is always someone fictional. How incredible it would be to meet your favorite characters and be a part of their lives and have them be a part of yours in a way that isn't restricted to the covers of a book! Would they lose something in reality? Is my perception of a character so influenced by the bias I bring to reading and by what the author tells me, or would they be true to themselves in a way no author could plan?

And how different would I be, if I were fictional? Would I be any different at all? The story of a woman who met her true love and moved to Sweden, and so on. I wonder if fictional characters know when you've finished reading. Perhaps they sit inside their books and wait for someone to open the cover and begin reading. Imagine them playing cards and sleeping until someone picks up the book and starts their own personal movie rolling again.

What if they could peek out and read me while I was reading them? Would I make them laugh and cry and angry and silly like they make me? They could be as absorbed by my story as I often am by theirs. After all, I am fictional in the sense that I have written my own story, right? You're reading it now.
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mood: cheerful
music: Darling Buds—Crystal Clear


Comments

Hmm, I think all the best characters are in books because the people who write them combine all the neatest character traits from all the neatest people into one super-cool character. I know what you mean, though.

I was just looking at your webpage, for the first time, and oh, my gosh! You guys are all so cute! I'm serious, don't try to say you're not! Next time we Gbg people have a get-together with you Malmö (does Malmö have a good abbreviation?) people, we MUST meet in person. I'm such a recluse, though. Sheesh! Anyway, I wanted to mention that I've written some poems, and I think I have one or two that're kind of about nostalgia. I also have paintings. What I'm saying here, is I'd love to contribute to that great 'zine! I just don't know if I can commit to an article (at least not a long one) since I'm starting a class here in a couple of weeks to go alongside the full-time job I've already got. But I'd love to help. Or be interviewed, or something. Should I show you the poems?

Cute?! who, us?! naaah.

well.

okay. I will concede that I have the cutest kids on the face of the planet. muahahahhahaa!! :)

And you are SO right about getting together in person. I can't wait to meet you :) We're probably hosting the regional in the fall, perhaps I can get you to come down for that.

And I WOULD LOVE to see your poems. I've looked at your website too, although it was awhile ago, and you're an incredibly talented person. I'm not sure who is handling the artwork side of things, but same_sky or carrieb will know. Short articles are welcome, too! Anything! And there's always next issue :) :) :) I'm thrilled you would like to contribute!

Neato! So without digging anything up yet (I'll have to go find my poem book) I can direct you here, for tonight. They're not all by me, but some are. Other's are just some of my favorites, and some by some silly cousins. hehe.

http://www.augustsson.net/jessica/Poems/index.html

Art, such as it is, is me. :)

Would you guys, then, be interested in putting up art sometimes? I see there's a Creative heading. Or do you have something else in mind? I'm sure there are other creative people out there too! :)

I think the intention has always been to highlight art as well on MM, but there was so much else to be dealt with during the first issue that it ended up being mostly photography. Can you email me at poetry at mosaicminds dot net with the poems you want to submit? Your REMEMBERING poem might work, although despite the title, I'm not sure the subject matter is really nostalgia *smile*. What else do you have in your poem book?

Sure. :) Originally we had planned to have both a photography and an art section, at the request of some of the staff members, but after a while, it suddenly became clear that no one really wanted to handle such a thing, so we decided to make both of those things into bonus features. We didn't really have any art in the first issue, but there are photographs in sidebars on a few pages.. we'll do the same for art if anything is submitted. You can send something for consideration to kisha @ mosaicminds.net. :)

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