Monday, September 12, 2016

Internal News: 9-12-16

Goodness, there have been an embarrassing lack of updates 'round these parts. I have indeed been working at various things, reading a lot, and still spending perhaps too much time online. Summer was also full of a fair amount of travel.

Excuses, excuses. Let me update you on what I've been doing for the past six months.

First up, Harlot went through some editorial changes and then an uncertain future, so my one post for them is all that will be up, for now.

I wrote five different Notes From Elsewhere at Word Riot since I last updated here, so do check out the WR blog for literary link goodness. Most recently, I swoon over David Mitchell (as is my wont), and Tom Cox is a recent favorite. Expect another update over there soon.

In June, Electric City Creative — the arts and culture organization run by myself and my husband, Tyson Habein — had a significant hand in Big Sky Pride. We hosted a pizza social, a bike ride, a dance party, and Tyson spoke at the rally. Here's our profuse thanks to everyone involved.

Also, during that time, I launched my new project, Queer in Montana.

I wanted to profile some of the LGBTQ+ people living in our area, partially to dispel some of the myths about living in Montana (We're a purple state, not a red state!) and also to shed some light on what it's like to be a not-straight person in a not-populous state.

I've posted five interviews so far, and there will be more to come. I chose Medium as the venue mainly because I didn't feel like the profiles fit in on this site (which is mostly full of book reviews), and also because I planned on keeping a pretty loose schedule with this project. It's open-ended and not time-sensitive, but Medium offered a potential larger audience without... Well, let's be real: Without a tremendous effort on my part, beyond sharing the links on all my online haunts. I do obsessively share all links everywhere, as you may well know.

Still, to keep up on those posts, either follow me on Medium and/or subscribe to my updates on Facebook, where you'll see everything I'm working on.

Also, I have an "official" page now that lists all my various writing/artsy accomplishments... sarahabein.com

It's sectioned off by type of work: fiction, nonfiction, social media, interviews, editorial gigs, that sort of thing. Getting that site organized gave me a tidy sense of accomplishment.

What else? Yes, my book reviews here have tapered off a lot, but I'm still relentlessly reading and rating books on Goodreads, and have at least offered a few thoughts on most of those books. There have also been a lot of Doctor Who audios this year in that mix of books.

Here are a few recommendations before I go:

After Disasters by Viet Dinh is the best book I've read so far this year. It's full of love, lust, loneliness, and longing — AKA all my favorite things to read/write about.

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire is a poetry collection by the same woman who wrote the poetry portions of Beyoncé's "Lemonade," so you know it's going to be good. I bought this collection almost immediately after finishing the video.

Our Man in Iraq by Robert Perišić was a book I'd won through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway ages ago, and somehow I never got to it until recently. It's a short, darkly funny look at the spectacle of media cycles in the newly capitalist Croatia.

Also I finally read The Bone Clocks and Slade House by David Mitchell, and they increased my deep love for him as a writer. Number 9 Dream from him will be coming soon.

Those are far from the only good things I've read recently, but perhaps those recommendations will get you started, should you be looking for something.

Soon I'll be reading a galley of Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz, and I'm quite excited to check it out.

Until next time, friends...