The monthly performance laboratory in Venice Beach, Max10, held a special women’s humor edition on March 3, 2019. I was invited to participate and pulled out a fantasy short story I’ve been working on called, Knife Witch. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with audience members coming up and wanting more of the character and world. A thousand thanks to the folks at the Electric Lodge for running this great experimental space for the last 15+ years.
I want women to see themselves as heroes with all the synonyms…
t is always a surprise to me how different a painting looks the next day. Sometimes a favorite suddenly looks out of whack, and I hurry to fix it, upset that I posted something so off.
Putting sensory detail in writing connects the reader’s body to the character’s, puts them inside the story, triggering the very same associations that they would have in life on, say, hearing a cricket or needing a tissue for a dripping nose. That is what makes a story real for the reader.
Wisebabe Claire DeLune (aka Susan diRende) explains “box envy” on Freud Nite in the Insomniacts Cabaret Seattle Fringe Festival.
Most dogs hate skateboards.
Or skateboarders. The distinction is unclear, because I am way too busy controlling my dog to make detached observations.
I enjoyed this video by Emilie Graslie of The Brain Scoop talking about the bullying aspect of sexist comments on the internet and how it affects women.
These guys throw in every cliché in the book for your entertainment.
Hat tip to Upworthy.com for posting a video from 2009 that highlights a story by Neil DeGrasse Tyson that was in response to a question about genetic differences in women possibly accounting for why so few women enter scientific fields. His story about his journey to becoming a scientist illustrates his final point, which is that BEFORE scientists — and the rest of us — talk about genetic differences, we have to come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity.
The Upworthy video doesn’t play. Here’s a YouTube link that should start just before his comments, which begin in answer to a question at 1:01:48.
Apparently we have 2 systems for thinking in our heads. One is effortless, unconscious and very fast. It uses rules of thumb, prejudices, habit, and fuzzy approximation to get us through with a minimum of effort. It’s right about 70% of the time, and it believes that “done is beautiful.”
Today is the Feast day of Saint Rock or, as he is familiarly known, Saint Rocky. Saint Rocky is the Patron Saint of Dog Lovers, having been kept alive in the wilderness when he was sick by a dog who brought him bread every day from his master's table.
I knew after writing the first two sentences that I wanted to spend more time with my narrator, Rose, and was willing to write a whole book just so I could listen to her take on this world and others.
"Yes, I am a terrible person refusing interplanetary refugees, but then I am not a candidate pretending that you should give me the power to combat global warming with a nuclear winter. I am not a candidate to run anything, not even my own life."
It took me 19 years to go from the idea of Unpronounceable to the manuscript to finding a publisher to the book in print.
Under the Village Tree features the work of Korean artist Yisook Kim in a picture book that brings the heart of traditional Korean village, the village tree, to young readers in the US.
Susan diRende will be sharing the inside story on A Year in Miniature soon. Stay Tuned!