January 4-5, 2010:

A word about my journal–it is sporadic, episodic, more about writing than personal stuff, and antic. Meaning basically I write it when I want to, say only as much as I care to, and amuse myself. Sometimes I give writing advice, sometimes I review books and/or movies in sound bites rather than in any orderly or academic way. And always I have to amuse myself or boredom would lead me to drop it for good. So enjoy. Take away from it what you will, what you can. Notice, it is not interactive in the usual way of blogs. That would make it too much like work. Certainly send me email–janeyolen.com–to comment or critique. I may or may not answer you. But if you have a question that could lead to a mini-essay, I will write it under the rubric “Interstitial Moment.” If you scroll down, you can find many of those Moments here and in the archives.

Book stuff: Writers critique group Tuesday, as always some stunning work by the ladies who I am honored to claim as my friends. My amazing agent Elizabeth is chasing down editors who owe me word on projects or money or both. I worked a bit on Girl’s Bible, wrote a poem for the Miss Rumphius Effect poetry stretch, a short essay for someone else. Skype visit with some lovely kids in Kentucky.

Personal: Lots of physical therapy stuff, all really helping. Went to see “Invictus,” with friend Bob Marstall, about the first days of Nelson Mandela’s presidency and the astonishing win by the Springboks rugby team for the world cup which helped relations between Boers and Blacks in South Africa. The movie was surprisingly good but a little slick. Have to do some in depth research to find out how true it was to the actual history.

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