Days Too Short

August 22, 2005|Posted in: Uncategorized

Ack. Ack. I know that’s the Bill the Cat sound but I can’t believe it’s Sunday night and I am whupped. And the weekend is gone. And there’s so much to do. Ack. ACK!

Just wanted to include a picture of my handsome stud-man who swam/rode/ran a triathlon this weekend with injuries and did extremely well regardless. He’s my hero.

A few more words — been worried over my Great-Aunt Doris, who is 95 and who has been an inspiration and a cheerleader of mine for literally my whole life. She has been having some health issues and just had a pacemaker put in last Thursday night, so it’s been a bit touch-and-go this weekend. Hope she will be feeling stronger and back home again soon.

Lots of great feedback over last week’s Red Hills Review reading — want to post more about that but must gasp for breath. Also, I have been invited to read at Oakland’s Art & Soul Festival, at the Oakland Lit Expo, Literature Without Borders event. Very exciting; it’s an event I’ve been wanting to do for several years. Yay! It’s Monday of Labor Day, at about 4 p.m., at the Lit Expo stage, if you’re in Oaktown. Check it out…

Also, East Bay Express did a write-up about the event — it’s online at present:,
or in the current issue on the streets as we speak (until Wednesday, anyway)!

To wit:

WED 8/17
Alameda Red Scare
Julia Park, an associate editor at Alameda Magazine, has this thing about the color red. Her Red Hills Review publishes poets and prose writers in classic little-lit-mag fashion, and when she and her associates gather for literary events, they try to outdo each other by dressing in red from head to toe, “the more flamboyant the better,” she says. The red tide sweeps into Books Inc. (1344 Park St., Alameda, 510-522-2226) this evening (7:30) when Red Hills stages one of its regular readings from its own pages. — Kelly Vance

Kids are at their dad’s for a few days, I am solo, still trying to put my apartment together. This is the last gasp for getting organized before school starts, so we’ll see what we can do. Next: Alameda Literati. Ack! Ack! Ack!

Advice to Aspiring Writers: Busy is good but organized is better.

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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of "Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop" and "Veronika Layne Has a Nose for News" (rep'd by Booktrope). She is the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. Her articles have appeared in Thrillist, Quill, Paste, San Francisco Chronicle, and in many magazines; her latest poetry appears in The East Bay Literary review.



    August 23, 2005

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    Okay. So where exactly is the pic of the stud-muffin? Try visualizing THAT after the swim leg of a triathlon. Ack! Ack! for sure.

    Great stuff that RHR is getting more coverage. East Bay today, tomorrow the world. By the way, I didn’t see RHR among the scads of little journals in Pegasus on Shattuck when I browsed about there the other day. Check ’em out.

    Jack Buckley


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