So, first things first:
I’ve had a wasp named after me, which might be the coolest thing EVER. You can read about it here. And here. And here (snarky!). And here……. and about a gajillion other places. Apparently this is a big deal in the world of wasps.
And it’s a big deal to me, because it’s AWESOME. Not least because my wasp is a “parasitoid wasp,” known for its “deadly reproductive habits.”
No comments, please.
While you mull on that one, here she is! Ain’t she a beaut?
That pin, however, looks uncomfortable.
Anyway, terribly excited about all of this, of course. It’s not often one has a wasp named after oneself, and I’m delighted. Thanks to Donald Quicke for thinking of me!
Other Things I Like right now, besides having a wasp named after me (!!!), include some awesome books.
First off, I read Sophie Littlefield’s Garden of Stones and I about died. For those of you who don’t know me well yet, Sophie is a good friend of mine.
I also think she’s a genius.
I adore her books. Her Bad Day For Sorry mysteries are some of my faves, and I recently raved about her new e-book mystery, Blood Bond. Sophie’s an amazing writer, and it was with utter joy that I read Garden of Stones, in which she really comes into her own.
The book is beautiful. The prose is tight, elegant, and understated. The story is fantastic, integrating a mystery plot into the setting of Manzanar, one of the Japanese internment camps set up during WWII. I learned so much from reading this book, as a writer, as a reader, as an American, and as a friend. The book is about love and sacrifice, and contains some amazing themes. One of which, the idea of beauty as a curse, is a favorite of mine to explore and see explored.
Other Things I Like include the fact that my good friend Mark Henry re-released his short story Seafoam as an e-book. It’s SO TWISTED AND CRAZY you have to read it, now. It’s only $.99, and it’s amazeballs. Also, insane as only Mark can be insane–brilliantly, and touchingly, and filthily.
In other news, I’ll be in Dallas next week for Dreamin’ in Dallas, where I’ll be running workshops on hot seating, deep point of view, and time management for authors. Can’t wait to be somewhere WARM and to see my friends in Dallas. For those of you in the area who can’t attend the conference, there is a public signing on March 29th:
Hope to see you there! xoxo