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September 9, 2007|Posted in: Uncategorized

Been getting some good ones lately — lots of people loving the Backyard Bliss column as well as the monthly Muse column in the Sun. However, not everyone is thrilled to read about me, for which I can only say, thanks for sharing:

“Julia, please stop writing about yourself; no one cares…It’s bad enough you’re monopolizing all the local papers and even The Monthly. Every article lately from you is practically all “I, Me, My Family.”

Heartwarming, huh?

Mmmm. And yet. That’s what we writers do, so unfortunately, that’s what we’re gonna have more of. No one’s holding a gun to your head and saying “Read or die.” So stop reading it, if you don’t like it. Take a fat chill pill and turn the page, or hit “escape.” Bub-bye.

And anyway. Get ready for some more. I’m heading back to the Island of Alameda for a little more Me Me Me. I’m back at the Sun 2 days a week now and planning to work on more local stuff there. The Monthly is in tandem as of now — two jobs for the price of one…make that three jobs. I’m also at The Music Scene and freelancing. Possibly to pick up some extra shifts at Books Inc. as well. The holidays approach and those gifts don’t buy themselves.

Also on the agenda is Alameda Literati, coming up Nov. 3. I’m in contact with writers and editors, setting up the panels. Also planning to have the youth writing contest and all the rest of the good stuff. A bit hectic here in the next 2 months. Stand back or you might get sizzled.

Other than that, I’m working my way down a huge thank-you list (please be patient, generous friends — there are many to write) and still cleaning up after the festivities, vacation and more.

Garden, cooking, kids and more. You know. The usual.

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Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger. She is the author of six books: three novels, one poetry collection, and two women's history. She was the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, in 2014-17. She's also the conservatrix of The Doris Diaries, the diaries of her great-aunt Doris Bailey Murphy. She has a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University, and MA in Early 20th C. British Literature from Cal State Hayward. Julia's articles have appeared on Salon, Thrillist, Paste, Scary Mommy, Narratively, Yahoo News, Your Tango, and Sweatpants & Coffee. Her articles have also run in Redbook, Woman's Day, Country Living, House Beautiful, Town & Country, the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Magazine, Quill, and MadeLocal. She was the founding editor of weekly Alameda Sun and literary zine Red Hills Review. Her poetry has been in The East Bay Literary review, Postcard Poems, Americus Review, Cicada, Tiferet Review, and many others. Julia has been recognized several times by the San Francisco, East Bay and Peninsula Press Clubs as well as the California Newspaper Association for her blogging since 2003.

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    September 12, 2007

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    Steinbeck said it best: “Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.”

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