Monday, October 31, 2011

Pre-NaNo Warm-up

Vera Kalman is working on the food truck Destiny's Sammies when an inspiration comes to her. As she writes it it gets lodged in between in the sandwich Samuel Rosavsky III has ordered (skinless & boneless sardines mashed with a little mayo & mustard, tomato, lettuce, onion between two slices of lightly toasted rye). She has to follow him in order to get it back, and if she does, will she still have her job with Destiny?

Will she still want it?
What was on that piece of paper?
Was it a menu?

Rice and beans. Hot sauce
The green kind: habanero
Tortilla. Eggs. Grits.

Tzatziki. Hummus.
Kotopoulo patates.
Baklava. Kafe.

Ground chuck for chili,
Meatloaf with barbecue sauce
Vegan nut loaf too.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Between clouds, sunrise
pouring warm waves of butter.
Words make me hungry.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

National Novel Writing Month 2011

National Novel Writing Month is coming up in just 8.5 days.
About a month ago, I was feeling do I want to do it? What am I going to write? Last year's novel was full of gruesome stuff...what do I want to do to challenge myself this year, if anything?
And since I seem to be writing lots of poetry, why should I write a novel?
Then I started reading the NaNoWriMo local forum. Friends are getting excited about it, and it's just catchy. Like the flu (by the way, did you get your shot yet?).
So I'm looking for ideas for my NaNo novel.

(1) Poet drives a food truck by day, burns food while distractedly writing about the beauty of her/his cuisine...offers poems to patrons. Becomes a hit with the local foodies.

(2) Food truck driver/chef/poet while playing in a big pile of leaves with her nephew (or niece) uncovers a dead body. Yuck. She knows who it is and hijinks ensue as she is suspected and has to clear her name. She names her food truck: Bug Juice and Mystery Meat. Becomes a hit with the local foodies.

(3) Food truck driver/chef realizes her special sauce induces a trance state. She sends her astral body all over the universe to get new recipes.

(4) Food truck driver/chef Protagonist suddenly finds herself in charge of a non-profit agency when the director promotes her just before dying of something that kills quickly and relatively painlessly, but it's a disease, so don't get all suspicious. Protagonist (P. for short) has to lead a ragtag team of misfits to accomplish great things all the while doubting herself.

oh good grief. I'll just start writing and see what happens.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Only a test

A test.
Get me to Facebook, pronto.

Shanah Tovah! It's wrestling time!

I have just started teaching at my synagogue, Kol Ami. This teaching thing is a volunteer deal (I could get a break on synagogue membership, but the synagogue needs the money more), but will give me experience and get me back into doing something I loved...oh about 9 years ago. It will also help me hone my own views about god, gods, no-god etc. And I find teaching Bible stories a good way to let people know that there are more than one way to see things. Unlike most Conservative and Orthodox Jews, I do not believe that the words of the Torah are set in stone (so to speak), but whatever's there that has shaped the lives of Jews throughout the ages is important to read, to learn so that we can keep engaging with the concepts.

I find that I cannot and do not want to escape it: I am Jewish. For good or ill, it's a large part of what shapes me...especially since when I was younger and wanted to know more, my family kept me in the dark (Mom: we can't afford to send you to religious school or synagogue; Grandpa: we'll send your brother, but not you, because it's not for girls).

Therefore, it's tied to my identity as woman, because, who are they to deny me what I want to know? And to my life as a librarian, because I believe everyone should have access to the knowledge they desire. Because when you know stuff, you enrich yourself in ways that can never be taken from you.

A Pintele Yid