Sunday, May 30, 2010

Are You There God?

Since living by myself, I've been trying to focus my projects, as I tend to be like one of those people on the four corners with one appendage in Utah, another in Arizona, another in New Mexico, and a leg in Colorado, with my neck probably craned towards the sea.  Except instead of states I've got my attention pulled between work, blogging, writing, Netflix, my new darkroom set and Pentax camera, poetry, reading blogs, running, first dates, cooking... so I've been trying to prioritize.  My focus has been predominately work, poetry, (Lennon and Keith just self-published chap books to sell while they go on tour, and I thought, why can't I do that with all my old poems?  It will clear space in my head to start new poetry projects), reading how to use my Pentax, and just reading in general.  I'm working on The Historian and Eat, Pray, Love, both difficult to put down unless sleep forces me.

Today in the grocery store, the best thing in a blogger's life could happen - someone recognized me!  At first I thought my cart was in her way, (the Hyde Park HEB is always a grocery cart demolition derby spectacle), but then I realized she was trying to get my attention.  It made my day!  It also made me realize that I have been neglecting my blog, partly from being too chicken to take my own pictures in public, and partly from being absurdly busy - recently from writing for Venus - which is awesome.  Although I dropped $20.00 on a digital camera remote control, and my dad gave me a tripod, so really I have no excuses.  I will swallow my fears and step up my game in the photography department, promises.

And while I get comments, (which I adore - thank you!), it still sometimes feels as though hitting "post" is publishing photos and thoughts into a great internet anonymous void, leaving my brain to quote the title of one of my favorite books, Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret.  Are you there interwebz?  It's me, Amanda...

This summer I may need to collect my copy of that book from my grandmother's and re-read it, (for about the seventh time).  That, and Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself.  Those were my two "it" books in adolescence.  Well, those and anything by Roald Dahl, which probably explains a lot about why I'm so weird.

I never did get around to reading Youth in Revolt, so I need to get on that ASAP too, before the movie comes out, (also why I'm reading Elizabeth Gilbert's first book before Julia Roberts' portrayal of her hits the screen -- I'll be front row).

What were your "it" books while growing up?


leigh ashley said...

bah... you're reading the historian!? i LOVE that book... definitely one of my faves!

pinksundrops said...

Saw you at Barton Springs today with Michelle from Wicked Whimsy! But didn't want to be stalkerish and say hi... especially if you wouldn't have recognized me hehe! Pretty sure you might've been reading one of these books here : ) .

Oh and I LOVED Eat, Pray, Love! Can't wait to read her second one!

kriskrosapplesauce said...

we must! We must! We must increase our bust!

J to the ewels said...

Yes, the interwebz dwellers are here, Amanda!

"Are you There God" was definitely an "it," and how in the world did I miss "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself"??????!!!!!

In my younger days I was a Hank the Cowdog and Ramona Quimby freak. More adolescent years, Bridge to Terabithia, Choose Your Own Adventures series, Babysitter's Club.

Publish your old poems!!


katy said...

oh geez i loved "starring sally j friedman as herself"!! it was my favorite book as a pre-teen, i read it over & over.

Anastasia said...

Mine was anything by Roahd Dahl as well. Loved him.

How exciting to be recognized! I just finished Eat Pray Love and I love it. Want to get all her books now.

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