Saturday Evening Post

October 7, 2007|Posted in: Uncategorized

You know that list of stuff I was supposed to do (below)? I did it all. Except the thank-ee notes, and I’ve just been told I have a year to say thanks. I don’t think that’s true (I think people have a year to give us gifts if they wanted to). But maybe everyone believes in the year-myth and that gives me a reprieve. Then people keep telling me not to write them TY notes. But I must. It’s The Law. Seriously.

This has been a krazy week, super busy but more to come. Lots going on at the Sun and getting ready for new pages, new ad campaigns, new sections, new columns, etc. We’re getting ready for a new craft corner where we go to various classes like beads, knitting, glass-etching, whatever, and write about it. Then we’re in the midst of a Think Pink for breast cancer month, so tomorrow Carrie and I are doing a pink photo shoot (Ana doing the pix). We’re dressing all in pink. We’re trying to work up a thing where we invite the town of Alameda to show up at City Hall wearing all pink and we’ll take the photo and put it on the front page. Couple of weeks from now, maybe. Wow! It’s true! Maybe…

Just got the Literati youth writing contest underway, and also set up the guidelines for the holiday writing contest we’re also having at the Sun. Literati prep continues, with new plans for an exhibition of Jane Austen books, costumes and accessories, as well as a literary philatelic display. Vendors and purveyors and authors are contacting me left and right. The PR needs to go out on the wire this week, and I have been collecting stuff for goody bags for participants, and for raffle baskets. (Please let me know if you have logo stuff I can drop into the bags — keyrings, pens, matches, gum?) My living room is a disaster. Truly. Filled with Literati stuff. I’ve had meetings nearly every day for Literati or Sun or whatever, ack.

Wrote a big editorial for the Sun last week, which got me some mail and some guff, also did that Urinetown review for the 2 papers. This weekend I did an interview with Pat Potter of The Music Scene and Pucci’s fish market fame. He’s performing locally in his House of Floyd band Oct 27, so I’m writing that up for the Sun. I have a visit to Laci’s textiles museum in Berkeley scheduled for next week to write about for The Monthly. I finished the piece I was working on for Alameda Mag about local heroes — really enjoyed doing that, even from sickbed. Lovely people out in this world. Nice to get to know them.

The garden is fading fast. We still have tomatoes but even the potted plants are looking bedraggled. About time to replant everything. (Oops, I should switch this to the Bliss blog — gotta stick to gardening over there!) I’d like to decorate a bit for Halloween — I mean, I’d like the kids to do so but all in good time.

I have that pink photo shoot tomorrow and the rest of the day will be spent working on Literati stuff — flyers, PR, poster designs, etc. (plus groceries, menus, laundry, housework, watering the yard). So much stuff to do. So little time. I have a month — exactly 4 weeks. Watch me spin.

In the meantime, book ideas, stories, a new novel, and more are swimming in my brain. Stand back. This could get — fun. Gonna go snuggle with my hubby now so I can get an early start in the a.m.

Ciao, bellas.

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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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