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Below are the 12 most recent journal entries recorded in calliope07's LiveJournal:

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
9:31 pm
Every now and then I get a nudge from Fiery Faerie, saying UPDATE YOUR LIVE JOURNAL, FOOL! SO...this will be a short update....because I am in a huge SLUMP at the moment. I think a lot of this has to do with being the mother of a teenage daughter who is a great kid, but had One Really, Really, Really Bad Night this past weekend, and we're still suffering fallout...suffice it to say that I had to fetch her at the police station and a court date is looming. Nobody was hurt thank god, she has learned some life lessons the hard way, and we'll look back on this some day and say...hoo boy, THAT sure sucked. But at the moment, it is still sucking. Anybody have any great stories of people who made some mistakes as teenagers and turned out to be better adults for it? Whew...

Current Mood: restless
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
11:02 pm
The LJ "Special Needs" woman returns...
It was just pointed out to me (by that sweetie pie, Fiery Faerie) that it has been a terribly long time (um...months?) since I posted something here, and so I am BACK! As always, I'm not sure what to say...I don't have a lot of interesting fan fiction to talk about, but I will try to write something interesting anyway...

I finished my master's degree thesis...now there's something! I am in an MFA program in creative writing, and my thesis was on defining and exploring young adult fiction (which is what I'm writing these days), and I fnished it last Thursday! About 45 pages, with bibliography and outline. Cool!

I also wrote a short piece for a gathering of writers this weekend, from my master program. We'll be gathering for fun, food, alcohol...and critiquing each other's 1000-word stories and Annie Proulx's book of short stories, Heart Songs. Nothing like a group of writers for fun, frivolity and literary highjinx. My story is about a woman having an affair with her boss...he tells her they're through...she finds out she's pregnant. Good times.

Other news is that I just joined a blues/rock band as their female singer, and my first gig is May 20! Wahoo! Lots of Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Joss Stone, Nora Jones....FUN! Gotta figure out what a rocker/blues chick is supposed to wear on stage. I'm thinking black, but that's as far as I've gotten...

Oh--spent the weekend in NYC, and stopped in at Chumleys in the village, which used to be a Speakeasy in the 1920's, and then was this huge literary hangout, where people like Ernest Hemingway, Eugene O'Neill and F. Scott Fitzerald hung out. Tried to soak in some of those vibes... And HEY! When was Darcelona in Washington Square?! We were there too, on Saturday...I guess at around 4 pm, watching these adorable twins, Tic and tac, do a comedy/gynmastics routine. Funny.

So...am I back in the good graces of Life Journal-land? Sorry to be such a loser with this....but I'll try to do better!

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, February 10th, 2006
11:11 pm
Feelin' Groovy
Hi.. This is me, after two cosmos. Happy tisply. I mean tipsy. Talk about a lightweight. Anyway, it has occurred to me that it has been way too long since I did anything live-journally, and yet I love reading all the things everybody else writes. Feel a bit like a stalker when I'm not contributing. But sometimes, it seems like there's not much to say! Oh--something fun today...at Barnes & Noble while working the cash registers, two guys told me I was beautiful. (At my age, this is a stop-the-presses, "dear diary" kind of event.) Never mind that one of them was over 60 and needed a cane, or that the other was obese and bald. They made me, for a little while anyway, feel gorgeous! So hey, I take this stuff when I can. So there.

We'll be getting a nahr-easta here tomorrow, (uh, that's Maine talk, for a big honking storm out of the northeast), so maybe a foot of snow or more. Can't complain, it's been a mild winter so fah. I mean, FAR.

Anyhow, gotta go...two cosmos make me sleepy. Keep writing, you fascinating, wonderful people.

P.S. The reason my music is "Surry with the Fringe on top" is because my husband and i stepped into a restaurant/bar tonight, to the sounds of a chubby woman on keyboards playing this song, while her partner played trumpet along with it. There was something surreal about this...but of course I broke into song, "chicks and ducks and geese gotta scurry...." Sometimes I just amuse myself.

Current Mood: recumbent
Thursday, January 26th, 2006
10:16 pm
Even middle aged folks get angsty
For all of you folks in your teens and twenties, is it weird to hear that even people in their forties sometimes feel like they don't know what they want to be when they grow up...that they can feel deep longings, wonder occasionally what they're missing out on, etc...? We all yearn for contentment, it seems, but the journey is never over. Sigh. Maybe contentment is not all it's cracked up to be. Always striving for something means there's a life spark in us...moving us forward, helping us grow.
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
9:26 pm
Hey, Surprise Surprise. Calliope07 is back!

Where have I been? Um. Let's see. There was the job at Barnes & Noble, 30 hours a week leading up to the holidays when I'd only asked for 20. Then of course there was Christmas, which I think was in there somewhere. Wasn't it? A lot of that time is a blur, frankly. Then I spent ten days in Maine for my MFA in creative writing. It was another AMAZING time with a community writers...workshopping each other's stories, attending seminars presented by faculty and graduating students (that'll be me, next winter!), going to readings (where faculty and students read their stuff..I only dozed off a few times, usually when the poets read...not that I don't like poetry, it just lulls me to sleep...), and general bonding and intellectual discussion. (Plenty of goofy, childish discussion too, of course.) I am in some ways, still exhausted.

But now I'm back in the real world (more or less), back at B& N (just three days a week now), back to my semester of writing (my next MFA residency isn't until July), back to being a mom and wife and lousy housekeeper and general resident of the universe. (Sorry, the end got a little too philosophical...or is that just dopey?) It's late (if anyone other than me thinks 9:30 p.m. is late, that is), I'm tired, I'm using too many parenthetical statements (see what I mean?) and I will end for now.

It's good to be back...at least pretend you missed me. :)


Current Mood: recumbent
Friday, November 18th, 2005
9:56 pm
Manga Woman
Today at Barnes & Noble, (where I work part time) I spent a great deal of time in the manga section, shelving books. Wow, there is a lot of stuff there....(Nikki, there's one about a faerie...I think that's even how they spell it...are you aware of this?) So many things to get hooked on, yes? I'm glad I know a little bit about it, even if it's not much...

I am loving my job, in spite of the fact that it pays poorly. It's so good for me to be out in the world (instead of planted in front of my computer ten hours a day), that I should pay THEM for the therapy this job is for me! This will probably wear out in a week or so, but for now I'm having a blast.

wa hoo....

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, November 13th, 2005
4:45 pm
Random Thoughts
The Live Journal drop-out returns...!
I know, I'm terrible at keeping up with this. But here are some random thoughts, just to make sure you all know I'm still here, and I do check in and read everybody's else's posts pretty regularly. Which is FUN and interesting. :)

Yes, I am a Bookseller at Barnes & Noble, and YES it is great so far. My funniest story to date: I was working the info booth, and a guy with a thick Indian accent called in asking us to hold "The Joy of Sex" for him. I said (very professionally of course), "sure, we'll have it waiting for you when you come in." (snickering to self). So he comes in and gets the book, and is upset that we were holding a sex book for him. Turns out he wanted "The Joy of Sets", some obscure math textbook that we don't carry. I thought this was hilarious (although I was professionally apologetic, of course), but this guy had NO sense of humor.

Well...I must run. I guess this was very nearly a random thought (singular). I guess that's all I can handle at any given time these days. :)

Carry on....

Current Mood: lazy
Monday, October 31st, 2005
9:25 pm
Booking it
Just popping in with an update for a change! I had an EXCELLENT weekend at Drew, seeing D'Arcy and Carolyn, and of course....my sweetie pie, Nikki. We listened to the a capella groups sing, and as soon as Nikki opened her mouth to sing her solo in "Collide", I could barely see her...all that misting up and stuff. Geez...you'd think I was her mother or something. But really, let me go on record to say that Nikki's voice is GORGEOUS. So there. Other favorite memories from Drew: Nikki & D'Arcy singing to us in Japanese...Nikki DANCING for us in the dorm room...and driving back from dinner in the car with N, D, Carolyn and Tom, listening to Jack Johnson on the stereo ("Bubbly Toes"?), me telling everyone that THIS was the point in the song where everyone must shimmy (if you know the song, you know where that is)....then looking back to see everyone doing just that! This memory makes me happy...

As for other journal-y things, I started at Barnes & Noble today...kind of interesting, hearing about the culture of the company, blah blah blah...then lots of cash register training. The bad part about that was that it meant standing there listening to this woman blather on about the nuances of cash register labor...and I literally almost passed out. I guess the fact that I'd worked out like a maniac before work and skipped lunch (not to mention bumping my head so hard on the car door yesterday that I have a huge goose egg today...don't ask...it's a boring and embarrassingly clutzy story.) led up to that moment of near-fainting. And I'm not a fainter, usually. Maybe I'm not cut out for cash-registering, who knows?

So now it's Halloween and we get NO trick-or-treaters out here in the country. We didn't even buy candy this year. We decided if even ONE trick-or-treater shows up, we'll give him or her a twenty dollar bill instead of a fun-size three musketeers bar.

Happy Halloween!

Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, October 21st, 2005
6:03 pm
ISBN (I Sell Books Now)
Well...just gonna try this LiveJournal stuff again...UPDATE: I got the job at Barnes & Noble. (Among the other holiday hires...kind of a big cattle call.) The pay is truly, truly terrible....but I have to remind myself of the employee discounts (guess where I'm doing all my Christmas shopping?!) and the fact that I'm doing this not to become wealthy, but to get myself out of the house and give me a break from my writing for a while. Plus, they say I can be the visiting author's bee-yutch, following them around, fetching coffee, whatever they want. So that may be cool. I guess I start in mid-November.

In the meantime...I'm writing, reading, going to the gym and ignoring the piles of laundry in my bedroom. (Sure sign of a creative mind? or just an excuse to be a slob?)

Current Mood: mellow
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
9:36 am
Okay, so I have been a huge Live Journal loser, and I'm going to try and get with the program. Where do I start? I guess I can write about anything, right? I would like to say that I was thrilled to win the Imagine Ink Mythology challenge this week! I was honestly surprised, because there were so many incredibly imaginative, fascinating stories there. I'm looking forward to doing more writing for this fun online group...a nice break from all the writing I'm doing for school right now!

Let's see...what else to write about...? Oh, last night I went to see my husband in "The Music Man". He's a huge theatre guy (though his day job is computers), and he's SO much fun to watch on stage. At the end, he actually played a trombone. (They didn't have 76, but it was still effective...)

HEY! Here's something very cool! On Tuesday, I have an interview at Barnes & Noble! They're hiring for the holidays, and I want to work there part-time, so I still have time to do my writing, but also GET OUT into the world from time to time! I know writing is a solitary pursuit, but geez...ten hours of solitude a day can be a bit much. The thought of being around all those BOOKS makes me giddy. I'd love it if I could work with visiting authors...but chances are, I'll be on the floor or working a register, which is still okay with me.

Other stuff...? OH--yesterday, I went to hear Kate Chadbourne sing at a local cafe--she's a woman I met at a writer's conference last summer, teaches Celtic storytelling and music at Harvard. She's AMAZING. She wrote a song about Medusa that inspired Nikki in her story...I told her about it, and she says she would be honored if she could read it! (What do you think, Nikki?)

HEY--the sun is out (after nearly 2 solid weeks of rain and flooding--what is going on these days?!), so I think I'll go out and take a walk. Yay.

(How was this? It was fun...so I'll try to do more of it.) :)

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, September 11th, 2005
9:52 pm
writers are so cool
This was a good day...I went to a reading at a bookstore near here (a fundraiser for Katrina victims, organized by Amy Tan), and some big-name writers were there, just a few feet away from me. Alice Hoffman was there (she wrote "Practical Magic", which was also a Sandra Bullock movie), and so was Susan Orlean (her movie "The Orchid Thief" was turned into "Adaptation" with Nicholas Cage). One of my MFA instructors was there, too...so very cool! Some day, people will come to bookstores to hear ME read my stuff. YESSS! (Just you wait, it will happen...I'm making those dreams come true even as we speak.)

Current Mood: rejuvenated
Saturday, September 10th, 2005
1:34 pm
just chillin
This is my first official, non-Nikki-assisted journal entry. Um...HI. It's a Saturday afternoon and I'm LONELY. My husband's off enjoying a boys' weekend, my kids are out, and I'm watching old movies on TV and feeling slightly pathetic. Wow...how's that for a depressing first entry?! But all is not as sad as this sounds...I tend to be good at rallying. Why, in just moments I plan to change the kitty litter, go to the transfer station (translation: the dump) and maybe even go out and weed the gardens. Even I am stunned at the excitement of my life. Nikki, is it okay to sometimes be pathetic in these things? Life will be much better tomorrow...I plan to go to a bookstore where they're having a fundraiser and reading to benefit the Katrina victims, and some people from my MFA program should be there. I'll write a happier entry after that, okay? Hooray for me!

Current Mood: lonely
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