nalohop's blog

Day off so far

  • Woke. Sleep app (Sleep Cycle) says my sleep quality was 89% last night. Vast improvement over the past few weeks, where it's been hovering between 35% and 54%. Guess last night's hot bath worked.
  • Checked email. Emailed permission for a prof to include one of my short stories in a course packet.
  • Checked the condition of plaster casts I left to cure overnight. (I'm teaching myself plaster casting.) Learned a) don't pour the plaster past the midline, or it affects the clarity of the cast; b) mold release is my friend. Failing that, a hammer. c) Don't make a mold out of anything I'm not willing to destroy.
  • Washed two loads of dishes; one by hand, one in the mini countertop dishwasher.
  • Breakfast: tasty, though unbalanced: bacon, castelvetrano olives, a cherimoya.
  • Started writing. Got stuck on an historical detail (where would 19th C travelling circuses have gotten the water they must have needed daily for cooking, laundry, feeding animals, doing dishes?). Managed to abort the resulting web trance and continue writing. Footnoted places where I need to research circus water sources and when a word/phrase came into usage.
  • Wrote just over a page, iow 262 words. Low by size queen standards, but twice what my capacity has been lately. Another sign my mental stamina may be improving. Amazing what a regular paycheque can do to improve sleep, alleviate hunger, raise iron levels, afford medication, reduce stress! Noticed that I write narrative by figuring out protagonist's bodily sensations with each new action/experience, and deciding which sensations to describe/invent, and how to write them. I find that so much more effective than naming emotion after emotion.
  • Washed another load of dishes. Things get kind of hairy during the teaching week; dishes get done not so much.
  • Jay Lake's cancer fighting fundraiser; please help if you can

    Oh yes, I did

    Opened Blackheart Man file tonight. Couldn't face it. Instead wrote 500+ words of a story about chicken pieces. Oh yes, I did. Had fun, too.

    That's my secret

    (Pace the Hulk.)

    NTS: look up how tinderboxes work

    Took a few minutes' break from work stuff just now to write a couple new pages in Blackheart Man. But now it's well after midnight, and a long day tomorrow. Me for bath and bed.

    U of Cali Riverside seeking creative writing profs in noir, poetry

    ...and apparently, if your application is a high priority but you don't have a terminal degree, we (the Creative Writing Department) can make a case for hiring you, especially if you have strong publications and relevant teaching experience. More information here.

    "Obtain Checks" on Twitter has hijacked my Twitter name

    Long story, but suffice to say, @nalohopkinson on Twitter is no longer me. Under that name, you'll find some kind of spammy get-rich-quick scheme. I'm now using the Twitter handle @Nalo_Hopkinson, and you can find my Twitter posts here. Yes, I've probably done everything you could think of to suggest. I'm also in the process of appealing to Twitter. So far, they seem to be of the opinion that simply using the same name as another person isn't theft. However, my name is unique in the world, and as a sole proprietor and author, it is my brand. Someone else who uses it is, for all intents and purposes, claiming to be me. I will keep plugging at this. Wish me luck.

    do it like

    Today, what with the wrist brace, the arch supports, the bunion cushioning, and the usual foundation bra, I feel like nothing so much as a collection of mechanical supports cinctured around a fleshly integument.

    Yet, perhaps counterintuitively, I feel like dancing. Have been working out choreography in my head to "Do It Like A Dude."

    Busy day

    Just taped an interview with Shelagh Rogers for CBC Radio. She was in the CBC Toronto studios, and I was at UCR's radio station, KUCR. Thanks much to Eddy in the KUCR studio.

    Now I have office hours, then a couple hours of teaching, and right after that, a Skype discussion with Merle Collins's class at U. Maryland. All on four hours' sleep.

    I could have scheduled this day better, is all I'm saying. But I'm having so much fun! Plus, walking back from the radio station, a plot insight I had last night about Blackheart Man opened up into a characterisation insight on my protagonist, and loose ideas for a bunch of new scenes to write.