Writers in San Francisco – One Group Faces the Metropolis Armed Only with Booze

So this weekend I poodled into the City (AKA San Francisco) for David J. Williams‘s reading and question & answer session at Borderlands. Coincidentally, it was also worldwide Knit In Public Day. No I don’t knit but there, listening to Dave’s excellent dramatic reading from his second book, was a young lady with one of the Borderland’s naked cats on her lap, knitting. Funny how cats gravitate to knitters.

Borderlands was, as always, a gracious venue and a splendid time. After, a group of us went across the street to the Phoenix to do what writers do best (no, not write) drink and eat. Dave has some excellent West Coast friends (all involved in a consorted effort to get him to move to this side of the world) and it was an interesting mix of techies and writers, fellows from Clarion, ex-co-workers, college roommates, and even high school alumni.

After that, it was off to Writers with Drinks, which was not at all what I was expecting. I was thinking some kind of Inside the Actor’s Studio with multiple authors. (Perhaps this is a result of my Victorian salon mentality.) It was, in fact, more of a poetry-slam style variety show wherein each writer read from his or her book. There was even a stand-up comedian. I drank a very large screwdriver and don’t remember much, although there was some very good Ethiopian food involved. All-in-all a most enjoyable evening.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
These days it’s all about layered knits and cardigans. Missoni’s fall runway showed a lot of layering of multiple shades, I like it, but it feels a little Lawrence of Arabia.

What I love is all the 1950’s influenced cardigans, some with bows and some with military details.

Your Tisane of Smart:
A Harvard Psychiatrist Explains Zombie Neurobiology
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Steampunk literature as pastiche over on Steampunk Scholar.

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: A full and honest review up on Janicu’s book blog. As a result of this review, I extend the mild raspberry of “I told you so” to a certain person who made me modernize the nookie – pttttt. As to the caricatures, wha ha ha, oh the shilly-shallying that will occur in Book the Second. The great fun of caricatures is mucking them about once you have set them up all prim and proper.
Steampunk short: Troublesome beastie is about an adventure of its own.
Changeless: Gone poof. Starting to gather corrections. Release date unknown.

Quote of the Day:
“Reading usually precedes writing and the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.”
~ Susan Sontag


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