The thing is, I have
been (sort of) around, mostly for theWrittenRevolution
if at all, but not much elsewhere here (or on Facebook, to prove a point - at least when I neglect my online friends, I neglect them everywhere and equally?), and this isn't to say I will be because I don't want to jinx myself, but just to say where I've been.
also been writing, as you've probably noticed - I completed NaPoWriMo, with The Found Poetry Review's PoMoSco project! Incidentally, I'm not touching found poetry again for ... a while. Found poetry poets (found poets? are the rest of us lost?), you have my complete and utter admiration. Anyway, so, I'll be posting a few poems - from NaPoWriMo and otherwise - from now on, but not all at once. Hopefully you'll like them.
Also, speaking of poems, three poems of mine
are up on The Kajal Collective, and Idiopathic
is now up on Wordgathering (with an audio recording done by Jill Khoury), which is a journal for and about disability literature. (Thank you all again for your advice re: my editing dilemma!)
In other news, I got a pretty medical bracelet! Actually, well, my neurologist gently ordered me to get a medical bracelet after all the complete nonsense my brain and body've been pulling lately, so. (I'm on so much medication, you guys, I have a morning and night routine.
Apparently I'm severely vitamin d deficient as well as everything else, so.) Apparently there's an epilepsy society that has free ones, but I figured if I was going to get a medical bracelet, it was going to be a medical bracelet with style,
so, therefore, this is my early birthday present:
It's pretty gorgeous.
Oh, and, I'll have the job in August, I think! I'm pretty sure, anyway, because they called me up about the tutoring and there's a summer school in August, and it sounds good. Also, about August, my housing arrangements have changed because of flighty flatmates, but not to worry, the new place (now a flat instead of a house) is equally gorgeous and has a super spacious balcony where I will put all the plants
, and it also comes with the benefits of a) being much more similar to my place in Shanghai and b) having only one flatmate, who is a very close friend of mine and absolutely wonderful.
I'm in Shanghai now, actually, I have been since the start of June (because my mother missed me awfully and whisked me off as soon as she could). I got to see and do so many wonderful things before I left, though: I went to an Alexander McQueen fashion exhibit, which was absolutely gorgeous; saw an opera - The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny -
as a part of a study (Alabama Song
was my favourite - you can listen to Angel Blue sing it beautifully here
!); saw Punch and Judy live at Covent Garden; etc, etc. Exam results and whatnot are coming at the start of July, so that's scary, though hopefully it won't be too bad. Still, I was completely right: linguistics is easily the best thing in the world, don't let anyone tell you different.
Apart from that, I've been reading and watching a lot - I have this friend, actually, he's like a drug dealer except he gives me free comics and takes me to free movies and plays (he's the one I saw Treasure Island
with at the National Theatre!), so not like a drug dealer at all, but the point is, I've now read so many
comics and watched -
well, not as much, but I've dabbled in anime and cartoon shows more than I did previously. Don't worry, though, it's a mutually destructive friendship: I've given him who-knows-how-many books and made him watch equal amounts of anime and tv shows.
He also gave me a Batman notebook, which had stickers,
and now I have a Bat-Mac!
Anyway, I'll stop now. Oh, before I do - the journal title is from In Jerusalem
by Mahmoud Darwish, which is an absolutely sublime
poem that I highly recommend, by a poet who's quickly becoming one of my favourites. How are you, what are your plans for the summer?