Last updated August 13, 2019.
- When I return to work this week, I’ll be working with Josh, Robin and Patrick on PR planning for our Fall schedule of classes and events.
- I’ll also be working on getting the new org website up and running.
- Inkstravaganza is on October 24th, so I’ll also be working on all the print items for that event.
Aztlan Libre Press
- We’ve been getting orders in from the Uni of Texas Rio Grande Valley (Emmy Pérez), and Uni of California in Santa Barbara (Ben Olguín) for copies of Amalia Ortiz’s The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs—always super grateful when our books get picked up for college curriculums.
- If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Amalia’s book, you can order it here. If you teach a class that could use it, let us know by emailing email@example.com—we’ll send you a review copy.
- The next thing we’ll be working on is book prize submissions.
- The new press website is up and running but it isn’t as impressive as I hoped it would be. I may look for another theme and move it over in the fall.
- Amalia Ortiz’s book launch was on July 27, 2019 at the Guadalupe Theater. Watch the full performance here at HowlRound.com.
- Amalia & The Canción Cannibal Cabaret also received a raving review from Rudolfo Anaya, author of the classic novel Bless Me, Ultima.
Peru Trip / Travel
- We just got back from a 10-day trip to Peru. Spent time visiting Lima, Cuzco, Puno, Machu Picchu, we had long drives through the Sacred Valley, we visited the Floating Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca (pronounced Lake Tixticarca by locals, we’re told), and experienced the beauty of the Andes Mountain. I took lots of photos, which reminded me of how much I love photography, people, and traveling.
- We want to keep the momentum going and hope to visit Oaxaca in the next year.
- Reading. Right now I’m reading Yuri Morales’ Signs Preceding the End of the World after seeing Patti Smith post it on her Instagram page.
- Logging-Typing. I have chingos of journals from over the years and I start-stop logging (days) typing (old entries) in a Scrivener file labeled Book of Describings. It’s an unwieldy crazy project that has no edges and is kind of a mess but I’ll work that out somehow. I would like to get to the point where I can lift David Sedaris’ method of noting throughout the day, typing up those notes the next morning (reading and revising), then binding those typed notes every 3-4 months. Wow, he’s been doing it for years.
- Spanish. I was on a roll for a while, studying/reading via LingQ nightly. Then I let it slip right before leaving to Peru. It still helped quite a bit, especially with my comprehension. I also caught myself mixing English and Spanish more than usual while in Peru. I’ll still keep going at it. 20 minutes a day.
- Keto and Intermittent Fasting. Working on cutting back on sugar and on lengthening the time I can fast (currently at 16-hours daily).
I’m still not working on personal projects as much as I’d like. Here’s some of that:
- Categorizing old work for a couple of poetry collections
- A fragment journal of my time working at a microbrewery
- Putting Juan’s MAS information into a pamphlet for printing
- Printing a planner that works for me—I’m a planner geek and I would like to work on a layout that includes all the elements I like from others