Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I am still a blogger at heart.

Hello, readers.

Next week my two-year term as Houston’s (first) poet laureate ends, when city officials take the laurel wreath off my head and put it on my successor’s. When I get home from that ceremony, I’ll make a pot of coffee, put on my reading glasses, fire up my Netflix queue, pull out my knitting needles, finish this scarf I’ve been making with sock yarn, simultaneously do some laundry, cook something healthy for dinner or else make an excuse to go out to eat, and then finish my next book, which is a YA novel I’ve been working on for a few years now.

Actually, I’ll do all that, but not until later in the day, when I’m done at my day job.

Also, amidst all that, I’ll do some blogging.

Right now, two people/entities are waiting for me to write blog entries for their sites: The Houston Public Library and my day job. I’m going to write the library one pretty soon. I’m going to write the day job one… never, I think. That’s not an official part of my duties–just something they thought would be nice. If everyone on my team would contribute blog entries to the team blog, they said, that would be nice. Right now I’m letting everyone else be nice in that way. Right now I have other people for whom it’s more important to do niceness.

Here’s a blog entry I wrote for someone else (Poets & Writers) a little while back, accompanied by a photo of me taken a long while back:
Houston Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda Explains her Life to Strangers

I’ll be back in a little while. Y’all be good and have fun.

Gwen

Posted in writing on 05/13/2015 11:32 am
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dipping Deeper Into Consumer Culture, Maybe

I finally got sucked into the Amazon Prime mind meld. In case you don’t know, Amazon Prime is a service where you pay $79 a year and have access free two-day shipping for about 75% of the goods Amazon sells. (Plus a Netflix-like streaming service, plus a Pandora-like music […] Continue Reading…

Posted in consumerism, culture, domestic, psychobabble, trauma on 07/24/2014 11:36 am
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Snapshot

Things I did today that, as recently as a year ago, I would’ve sworn never to be caught dead doing, ever:

1. Dressed myself in workout gear, knowing full well that I probably wouldn’t work out today.

2. Decided to lie in the grass with my husband for an hour instead […] Continue Reading…

Posted in domestic, getting older, married life on 03/30/2014 07:57 pm
 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Idee Fixe

When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of after-school and summer time at a non-profit arts organization-type place called MECA. I took dance and voice lessons there, performed in their performances, ate whatever free food they had lying around, etc. As you may imagine, MECA attracted all […] Continue Reading…

Posted in culture, fantasies, getting older, obessions, superstition, writing on 11/01/2013 03:15 pm
 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Status Check

We recently moved and our not-unhappy lives have become 100 times better. Which is good.

I’m not working on any books right now. Which is… good. I think.

The launch party for my newest book is going to be September 19 at the Julia Ideson building near the downtown Houston […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Uncategorized on 08/15/2013 01:10 pm
 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Like Hammer Time but with Less Cardio, It’s Galley Time!

Arte Publico Press has issued the galleys for my upcoming poetry book, Falling in Love with Fellow Prisoners (September 2013!).

This book’s release is similar emotionally, for me, to that of the first book I wrote, which was a short prose collection, because:

1. It’s made up of small works, […] Continue Reading…

Posted in books, cats, domestic, insects, writing on 07/02/2013 09:17 am
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Answers to Important Questions Posted by Readers

Not because I don’t know how to unlock my own Word Press blog comments, but because they deserved their own entry! The following questions come from Mr. Nikita and Elvira Mistress of Felinity, two of Houston’s apparently few cat bloggers.

How many cats do you have? Are they poets, too?

I […] Continue Reading…

Posted in books, cats, writing on 05/15/2013 07:05 pm
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blogger’s Guilt

Hey, everybody.

So, over the past year or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging and its evolution and about “online brands” (for want of a not-annoying phrase). For various reasons, I decided to pull back on how much personal writing I put online, such as on this […] Continue Reading…

Posted in books, getting older, obessions, reminiscing, writing on 05/15/2013 06:32 pm
 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Things You Do When You Get Older

Now that I’ve reached my forties and the hyper-awareness that my life is more than half done, I have all new hobbies and interests. Some of these are activities that used to bewilder me, back when I was in my twenties and I’d see 40-somethings obsess over things I […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Uncategorized on 04/08/2013 09:05 am
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer Recipes

I was going to write up a bunch of cocktail recipes that I developed over the summer, but after two or three minutes of Internet research, I see that I didn’t invent anything new. Diet cranberry cocktail plus Bombay Sapphire has quite a few Google pages, as does Maker’s […] Continue Reading…

Posted in domestic, gluttony on 09/10/2012 08:58 am