Friday, February 04, 2011

Things to Celebrate

UPDATE: I'll be reading as the narrator for the College of Saint Rose Women's Initiative's presentation of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues Saturday night at 7pm. The show plays on Sunday at 3pm with my fabulous colleague and friend Angela Ledford as narrator. Tickets benefit Equinox. Girls Next Door will be performing at the interval.

The desk wombat announces (though the odd angle makes it look like a two-legged creature, eh?) that there is some news to share. First, that my William Blake-inspired short story "Eating the Dream" has received the FEMSPEC: The Best of the Second Five Years first prize in fiction. They're going to announce the prizes at the Popular Culture Association Conference in San Antonio and also at Wiscon, but I won't be able to be there. FEMSPEC also gave prizes for criticism, memoir and poetry. A big party has been planned to celebrate. Congratulations to all the winners!

The other good news is that I have my ticket to Rome for spring break where I will be staying with the fabulous Alessandra. I can't wait! I've never been to Italy. I was hoping to go last fall, but things didn't quite work out. So tell me your useful Italian phrases and recommendations! I definitely want to see the Caravaggios and probably the Coliseum and the catacombs and who knows? Dance in the Trevi Fountain! I want to relax and eat good food and drink good wine and laugh and talk. Whatever happens, I'm sure I will have a wonderful time.

Kit Marlowe has been busy, too, talking about making book trailers at Tease Publishing's blog and she'll be reading from The Mangrove Legacy for the Tuesday Talking Teaser this coming week over at JoJo's Books.TODAY! Kit is the Friday Guest at Isabel Roman's blog: stop by!

10 comments:

Peg A said...

Congrats on the prize! You find these very cool obscure contests...

Also congrats on Rome, I am very jealous. I have a little book of "Wicked Italian" if you want to borrow it!

Can you fit a big ham into your suitcase?

Also, that wombat looks kinda creepy today.

K. A. Laity said...

LOL -- my poor wombat! I think she looks cute. I will see about the ham. I'd love to borrow "Wicked Italian" so I can scandalise people, though Alessandra tells me Romans are the monarchs of the gesture.

FEMSPEC is a journal that published my story, so it was already a good thing. They last gave out "best of" prizes at their five year anniversary. They're quite good at promoting women in speculative fiction both as creators and as critics.

Todd Mason said...

"Andiamo al ristorante!" Always useful. <My first phrase of the language of some of my fathers.

In all this tumult, will you or the Womby have a Forgots-About Book?

Ciao, amica...

K. A. Laity said...

Todd, thanks for the useful phrase! I'm sure I'll use it LOTS :-) I am hoping to have a book for later, if I can scramble through everything.

A. D. Brent said...

"The Vagina Monologues" was the last play I saw in London - oh so long ago... Break a leg!

Great that you're finally going to Roma! I LOVE the Roman Forum - all those amazing and ancient ruins. Throw an extra coin in the Trevi Fountain for me - the coins I threw in don't seem to be working ;)

K. A. Laity said...

Is it terrible to admit that I've not actually seen the play? I am looking forward to the performance. Perhaps it's the best way to be introduced to it.

I will certainly throw another coin in the fountain for you! You must be able to return. I have so much to see, I can hardly wait.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Your life seems to be a cabaret.

K. A. Laity said...

Old chum! Sorry can't hear the word without wanting to sing it. I certainly do my best to have every day wonderful.

Todd Mason said...

Adding song and dance to THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES might well be an interesting project...

Break a hym--er. leg!

K. A. Laity said...

Har -- I can almost imagine...