Soon, I’ll return to archiving my work here. The new owner of California Literary Review originally expressed interest in employing us writers, but it turns out he’s just milking the now-defunct site for the (rather unimpressive) ad dollars. It makes me sad and more than a little angry that my work’s in the hands of someone with whom I’ve never even corresponded. C’est la vie.
I haven’t been consuming media at nearly the rate I was a few months ago; instead I’ve been vacationing, gathering new creatures, and being an adrenaline junkie.
I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge, which I actually think was more stressful for someone who a) is extremely wary of other people, and b) had not been on a bicycle in at least 15 years, than skydiving was. Nonetheless, I am absolutely, 100% in love with northern California. When I was in San Francisco with family as a teenager, I felt at peace there. The same is true as an adult – despite the many drawbacks of living there, I clove the electric hum and drone of the city, which seems a living animal. The whistling wind as it sluices through those massive hills is a siren song, even if it’d likely mean cutting my hair to avoid tangles. I feel drawn to the chilly air even in midsummer, to the pleasing anonymity, to the dank whoosh of Muni trains and the abundance of beautiful places tucked into secret niches. I feel at home amidst the vast, unending mishmash of people. I don’t hold out much hope, but I’m applying for jobs in the next few weeks and we’ll see if anything sticks.
I got a kitten. His name is Oliver, and he sleeps like a dude.
In actual media news, I am that fucking loser who likes going to movies alone (especially horror), so I took myself on a matinee date to The Conjuring. I came out of a solo show of Sinister (link to CLR review here – pardon the messy look of it) jangling with nerves, loving every minute of it. I saw Paranormal Activity and Dark Skies by myself, too – but they were hardly satisfying. Insidious left me thrilled and mildly spooked, and The Conjuring left me feeling similarly. Read more