Tuesday, August 17, 2010

alert and not alert

Last night was the first night I slept in the apartment alone since hearing of the attacks in my neighborhood. An attempted rape two doors down. A burglary a few blocks away. Women followed in the neighborhood. Before bed I double checked all the doors and windows and slept with a bat within reach. Last October after I had my apartment broken into it took me months to sleep without waking up in the middle of the night. I slept with the living room lights on last night.

I've still very tired from last week. Even though I rested all day Sunday and took a two hour nap yesterday, I fell asleep before 11 last night. Very odd. I had dinner with the family last night but didn't have the energy to engage. My dad asked me about Squaw Valley but I didn't have the energy. Recovering.

I'm rereading the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix. I love fantasy. I need the escape, the psychic candy that comes from fantastical creatures. I'm also listening to Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. Lowry's language has me by the throat, enraptured and a little terrified. I'm waiting for The Time of the Doves by Mercedes Rodoreda to arrive, under recommendation from an instructor who told me my sentence structure would benefit from reading her.

I'm probably going to head back to my father's village for the holy festival the first week of October. I'm thinking of going to Veracruz first for a few days I've never been to Veracruz and I crave a few days of sea and solitude. I look forward to returning to Mexico since I write so much down there and the stories abound. I'm working on a new story that takes place in the village. The story is funny but dark and ultimately very sad.

Happy 79th birthday to my grandma, the crazy cougar.

6 comments:

strum the sky said...

I do so enjoy reading your blog, keeping in touch, and sending you stealth thoughts of support and long love. Enjoying that you're reading the Abbhorsen Trilogy, and wondering what you'll make of it. Nix is so different from deLint, but really one of my deep favorites. Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy yet? Some fictions keep the imagination fizzing and sparking...

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Alert and Non alert is the good reading book with many strange thing inside about the life.The author has mentioned many incidents about him.

Maaji Swimsuits said...

I think you first go to Veracruz for a few days, I've never been to Veracruz and I sea some few days and solitude. I can not wait to return to Mexico since I write a lot there, and stories abound.

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