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Press Publish Portland

Hi All

I’m speaking at Press Publish in Portland, Oregon March 28, 2015. This is a WordPress conference–and will focus on blogging–and my talk will focus on how comments on Jadepark saved my life. In more ways than one.

Would love to see you there, if you’re in Portland. Attendance does require registration, but you can use the coupon code CHRISTINE40 to get 40% off.

And I’m delighted to point you to my speaker spotlight over at Press Publish.

It’s been amazing coming out of anonymity. And I’d love to see you in Portland.

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what to blog, what to blog

Thinking of what to blog. Coming up short. Any of you have any questions about writing or otherwise, you’d like me to address?


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I am teaching. Boy, I am exhausted. But I had a fantastic first day of class. Now back to vegging out in recovery.


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went to sleep, woke up the next day and all was better. i even went running, and that felt good too.

but the holocaust museum shooting? tragic.

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just so I’m not deleting


I KEEP WANTING TO HIT THE DELETE KEY. I deleted a total of 1,945 words out of the novel yesterday, and I attribute it to the bitter resentful anger with which I’ve sat at the office (an office which has nothing to do with writing) WAITING TO GO HOME. Seriously, I am dependent on someone else for a ride home and IT IS DRIVING ME NUTS.

Today, despite the extra time at hand, I have banned myself from the novel manuscript because indeed, I know that I would just do the same: I’d probably delete an entire chapter at this rate.

Why is it that I aim my fury at my novel manuscript, much like cutters aim their rage inward at themselves, manifesting in behavior like cutting and slicing away at their own skin to release that pain? I am no longer a cutter, but in this way I am still a cutter: the emotional path is the same, and I cut away at the novel, which is really an extension of my body. Instead of just fucking getting pissed.

I cannot STAND it when people make me WAIT–as if their time is eons more important than my own. Actually–it’s not “as if”–they must truly believe that what they have to do is more important than anything I could be doing. Sometimes I get an apologetic shrug but if I were to make a point of this, communicate my mood, I’ll get a rebuff, I know it.

Maybe it’s my week off from exercise–I’ll go running tomorrow and see if my mood improves, if my teeth ungrit, if my rage subsides.



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$17.29 thus far

Ha.  This is the post I was writing about all the submissions I was sending out to various litmags a few months ago.  I’d spend $17.29 thus far, and titled the post (and then wrote nothing else).

Believe me, I’ve spent waaaaaay more than $17.29 in postage since.  And waaay more than that in contest entry fees.

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I am going through all the unfinished blog posts…this blog post only had this picture and the above title, “reverso.” Uh. Dated November 30, 1999. When I had hair long enough for a ponytail. Wait. Did I have this blog in 1999? No.

Anyway. That’s all. I’m just cleaning out the old blog posts but loathe to delete them ruthlessly.

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forefront of mind

  • The world is falling apart.
  • But…I am going to finish my novel in 2009.
  • The world is falling apart.
  • But…I’m going to travel anyhow. I am going to use my credit with jetblue and fly out to New York, Februaryish. Looking for friends to house me!
  • The world is falling apart.
  • But…I’m going to hum a cheerful song.
  • The world is falling apart.
  • But I’m going to seek out friends.
  • The world is falling apart.
  • But there’s always a way around.


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omg mumbai

sending positive thoughts to all in mumbai. may peace return to your city quickly.

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Happy turkey day

Happy turkey day everyone. 🙂

We’ve been up since dawn cooking…
Done: pumpkin pies, creamed spinach, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes…

in progress: prime rib

Tomorrow: marjoram brussel sprouts with pine nuts, candied yams, stuffing, turkey…

Absolutely NO writing done. Meanwhile, all my friends are tweeting their usage of Write or Die–I guess today I’m going to die…under the weight of cooking. 🙂

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okay. i just read the last few blog posts: i’ve been cranky and down on myself. i swear, back to regular funny programming soon.


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to a cafe!

Yesterday, I rediscovered a great writing venue: a cafe that I used to frequent when I was an undergrad at Berkeley 15ish years ago. In between classes, I used to sit at one of the tables and scribble into my notebook and compose poetry (because that is what I used to write). And I think I even wrote the first draft of my first published story at that cafe, too.

I hadn’t been in many years–mostly because parking sucks in the immediate southern boundary of the Berkeley campus. But I set out with renewed vigor yesterday afternoon and lucked out with a parking spot and sat myself down with a hot chocolate.

Boom! I was inspired and off writing.

Going to head there again today.

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