Oh, don’t mind me. I’m just staring at pictures of wild mice in between producing tasks. This is my “keep calm and carry on” stratégie du jour.
Made coffee cake for Mom & Dad’s football brunch party. It’s also our prize for even waking up this morning since last night was our first night of sleep since last Tuesday. One night of sleep per every 3-4 days awake is how we’re going to make these deadlines…
At tonight’s Hugo House’s Lit Series, my friend Elissa Washuta (washuta) shares a new piece on New Jersey’s geographical entanglement with ghost stories. I love the intersection of ghost lore and locational trauma, so I’m ADORING this piece. (at Hugo House)
James McBride praises our favorite bookstore, Elliott Bay Book Company: “Independent bookstores are the last line of reason and discourse in our country.” (at Town Hall Seattle)
Deadlines for the film, deadlines for Samudre Media clients, deadlines abounding everywhere. It’s deadline Whack-a-Mole season.
We’re both finally over the bronchitis (Vasant still has the cough, but he got his energy back today.) We are back in fighting form just in time to start scrambling on everything right now.
We’re pulling all-nighters for at least the next week. I might start dropping key elements of the English language after a bit. Walk into a wall or two. It’ll be okay. We thrive in pressure. Specifically, if you have a very loose, end-product-only definition of the word “thrive,” which we do.
I hope all of your Octobers are going well and are full of fun trips to sincere pumpkin patches, lovely apple orchards, and cheesy haunted houses.
Lilo and my mom’s dog, Chester, are having the best snuggle time ever right now.
Rebecca Brinson was the best boss I ever had. We worked together at Hugo House years ago, and I’ve been in awe of her since the first day I met her. Stylish, savvy, quick and determined, on top of being a great writer and a skilled editor, she is now co-helming the new organization City of Literature with one of my favorite authors, Seattle’s own Ryan Boudinot.
I’m so excited to be here filming the first of their many events as we, as a city, bid to be part of UNESCO Creative Cities network, to be designated as the City of Literature.
Braised chicken in caramelized onions, celery, carrots, rosemary, garlic. Add water and sherry and two cups of wild rice. Sprinkled with gruyere. Serve with roasted acorn squash and voilà: MAGIC FALL DINNER!
I may be going crazy on the film, but I made time to cook this tonight. I needed a nice cozy meal.
I’ve reached that point in my year where coffee is no longer helping, just maintaining awakeness, as in, “Oh it’s 11am and I shouldn’t go back to bed. Where’d I put that pot of extremely concentrated french press?” At this point I usually do a detox, but that’s a luxury I can’t afford while producing. So intravenous coffee consumption is next…
Filming former US poet laureate Kay Ryan at Hugo House, who opens with an amazing and heartbreaking poem “After Zeno.”
Her Word Works talk tonight is on the oft-overlooked function and mechanics of rhyme in poetry. I love the occasional rhyme in poetry and love hearing this amazing poet who brought rhyming back, in defiance to so many who looked down on rhyme in the 20th century.
Important late night discussions with my sister.
Ted Kooser tells the audience that, for the pleasure of hearing poetry read amongst the Chihuly, we’d all be given dust rags and expected to clean later. (at Chihuly Garden and Glass)
Filming poet Ted Kooser for Seattle Arts & Lectures tonight at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Trying not to be distracted by the pretty glowing glass flowers above. (at Chihuly Garden and Glass)
Today, Claire recorded the first part of our film’s score at Jack Straw Studios. I am so immensely proud of her and the amazing work she’s done. I can’t wait for you all to hear this music! Our movie is honored to have it. (at Jack Straw Productions)