Variety– Limpwrist to Work to …..

~ MM is the greatest; he’s got some mad skills. Chick here to check out this page he created to pimp out Limpwrist.

~ Today, I had my first disappointment with the new job. When I interviewed for the new job I was told that I would have 2 weeks vacation. Now the person I interviewed with, who is also my supervisor, told me she is sorry for the miscommunication. In book it isn’t miscommunication when you flat out tell me something then basically say you didn’t. The lack of vacation time poses a big problem for me since I’m going to the Key West Literary Festival in January, which will have be off Wednesday to Wednesday. Another supervisor told me I could work longer shifts on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday to help with the time loss– it is a nice gesture but when you depend on 40 hours a week it isn’t enough.

~ Check Charles Jensen’s blog today and scroll to his entry 11/20/07. He has a new chapbook with a fabulous cover titled The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon.

~ Paul and I watched the Hairspray remake last night. I prefer the 1988 version— even if that means I lose some gay points. Michelle Pfieffer did an amazing job playing the bitch. Evidence below:

2007 AIDS Walk Poetry Book Raffle

I wanted to be creative when announcing the winners for the poetry book raffle, so I asked blogger friend Montgomery Maxton, who is always creating interesting Youtube clips, to create a Youtube clip to draw the winners for the contest. Being the great guy he is, he of course helped me out. Please click his name; give his blog some love. Here’s his video:

Funeral Today

Aunt Betty’s funeral was today. Her daughter, my cousin, asked my mother if I would be a pallbearer. Normally, I have a standard answer of no to the pallbearer question because I often find myself too emotional at the funeral of a family member. I thought of what Aunt Betty would say if she heard me answer no. She would have given me hell in her special and funny way.

I’m going to miss her presence at family gatherings– miss how she calls people out for BS, miss how she makes me laugh and smile with her honesty.

I am in such q need for a nap….. so it is about to be nap time. When I wake, I’m going to post a video made by friend and poet Montgomery Maxton announcing the winners of the poetry book raffle I conducted to raise funds for the 2007 AIDS Walk.

ToasterMag… Volume 2, Issue 6 to Come

The last issue of ToasterMag will be updated in a few weeks. I’m still disappointed that it is coming to an end, but it’s like Jessica Tandy’s character in FRIED GREEN TOMATOES says, “God doesn’t close a door without opening a window.”

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes to read the work of Beth Gylys and Theresa Davis; both are featured in the Freehand Department in Volume 2, Issue 5. Reading their poems is time well spent!

I am excited to announce that the last issue will contain work by Kate Evans, Jessica Hand, Montgomery Maxton, Megan Volpert, and of course, yours truly. The last issue is going to be fierce from the poetry stand point.

What to do?

I am too far behind– no Nelson interview posted yet, have yet to finish organizing the office, need to send out email regarding Atlanta Pride, emails regarding a poetry fundraiser…… the list could continue.

I’m off work because I woke up not feeling well, and if there is one thing I have learned quickly is to listen to my body. A day of rest will have me back at work tomorrow going full force. However, I plan to squeeze in a couple of tasks from my list (if I don’t, I might go crazy).

I want to give a huge heartfelt thank you to Montgomery Maxton and Kate Evans. MM is using his blog in a creative way to help with fundraising for my AIDS Walk Team, Team Truvy. (Take a minute to check out his post!) Kate Evans was the first person to donate to Team Truvy. Again, thanks MM and Kate!

Mother’s Day– My mother visited on Saturday, and my gift to her was a meal. We had salad, lemon pepper chicken, rice, veggies, mac&cheese, and baked potatoes. I cook from time to time; however, it typically isn’t a meal like this, and I have to admit– cooking a “big” meal isn’t an easy task. I need to buy my mother a big ass thank you card for all those meals she cooked and continues to cook for the family.

When my mother cooks she is always getting up from the table for one reason or another so another else has to; she says it is what mothers do, so I enjoyed that my mother actually sat and relaxed when I asked (and demanded) her too while I did all the work. Her taking it easy made me smile and feel good.

Poem to Read & ToasterMag Reminder


~ Check out Montgomery Maxton’s poem “Hotel Fire.” MM has a pretty snazzy blog too.

~ If you haven’t already, please take some time to check out the April issue of ToasterMag before the May issue is updated.

~ Rented THE QUEEN last night. Netflix it…. go to Blockbuster… view the movie some how— Helen Mirren’s performance is worth it!