Thursday, October 28, 2010

So another week has slipped away and the weather has turned windy, cold, and rather nasty. The cats are going crazy over the leaves blowing outside and I really need to straiten up the tornado that struck both my dining room and the studio downtown. But there is work, and making books, and photographing things. Plus, I seem to be needing an inordinate amount of sleep function lately. Last weekend found me hopping a train to Detroit and Theatre Bizarre, which was sadly canceled at it's intended locale due to code violations (no doubt related to the funhouse, all the stage constructions, and the ferris wheel) but was moved to a theatre downtown instead, and was still glorious fun, all circus banners, sideshow performers, amazing costumes and more. I hope they get everything squared away for next year since we merely got a taste of the whole event and definitely want more.

Otherwise, I am still working slowly through various projects and trying to keep reasonably warm. I have fixed my toner issues, so the chaps from the sale are, for the most part, on their way (or will be tomorrow.) as well as the last two weeks of general orders. I am making progress on book layouts and am halfway through next year's round of submissions, which are once again making me angsty.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


The days, the weeks, and heck, the months seem to be creeping out from under me in a furious whirl of projects, work, and mundane tasks, the going to and fro. I've been amiss in posting, mosly because I scarce have a second where I shouldn't be working on something else, and once one dragon is vanquished, one fire put out, another appears. Some days are good for work, clear headed, cutting and precise, and others, dull and muddy-watered.

Last friday's reading for dgp was awesome and I am continually amazed by the poets who allow us to publish their books. And there are so many more to come, including the big poetry/photo collab by Robyn Art & Robin Barcus Slonina (who incidently had a write-up on her State of the Dress project here). I am working my way slowly through the backlog, and will be releasing some new titles in the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Otherwise, there are Halloween preparations and television vampire indulgences, as well as household tasks and re-arrangements. I moved the poetry shelves into the living room with the fiction ones (which also allows room for expansion), then moved all my fabric and sewing supplies into the dining room instead, where I've actually been using the machine. (not like I'll be hosting any sit-down dinners anytime soon anyway). I've been sewing some more pillows, and have a good start on a bark cloth purse, as well as some necklaces involving the coolest repro vintage brothel tokens. (some of them rather racy and hilarious..)

Friday, October 08, 2010

The days are getting shorter, the weather cooler, and it's very tempting to spend the day curled up under a blanket with your favorite dancing girl press titles. So that means it's about time for a sale. From now through Halloween, get any 5 dancing girl press books for a mere $20...

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

in brief

There are so many interesting things afoot, experiments, cats in bags, new projects, that I'll be sharing in the coming weeks I scarce know where to begin. Fall always means a renewed sense of purpose for me after the long, lazy summer . I'm feeling a bit more like myself these days, a little more fired-up and organized (as opposed to smoldering, damp, and all unruly). The poems are coming again and for the first time in a while, I don't hate them. I have a couple of art series I am in the midst of and a sketchbook full of more ideas. The Arcana projects results so far as AMAZING and went over well at the Myopic event, and I have about 8 chaps in various stages of layout that will be coming very soon. No doubt my moods will get a little shifty as it gets colder and greyer, but I'm hanging in there. New dresses help, as do copious amounts of apple related baked goods. By virtue of some very generous wholesale orders, I managed to do a good filling out of my shoddy fall wardrobe (sweater dresses, cardigans, tights, boots, all after living blissfully most of the summer in warm-weather dresses and flipflops), bought a new router to replace my wonky one, and managed to assemble and amazing Halloween costume for Theatre Bizarre. I am hoping to get to work on putting it together this weekend since it's fast approaching and there is much to be done in the way of fake blood and gauze bandages...

Sunday, October 03, 2010

an evening with dancing girl press

with readings by Naomi Buck Palagi, Sara Tracey, Jamie Kazay, Susan Slaviero, Kristy Bowen & more...

friday, october 15th, 7pm
potbelly sandwich shop
55 e. jackson (jackson & wabash)