I like being surrounded by word people. Today I got to interview my dear friend Abby Yasgur about her children’s book Max Said Yes, all about how her cousin – Max Yasgur – allowed Woodstock to take place on his land in 1969. Max said yes when everyone else said no. Abby named her son Max after Max Yasgur, and now she and her husband Joseph Lipner have written this great book. Abby was a librarian before she became a writer, producer, marketer and media mogul for Max Said Yes. I wish her and her book great success. Woodstock fans should check it out.
I also signed up to attend a day long writing workshop in San Diego. San Diego!!!!! That’s a two hour and 17 minute drive (according to Mapquest) from my LA digs. And that’s of course if there’s zero traffic. Still, I’m inspired, excited. It’s a Judy Reeves workshop and I’ve read only great things about her. Can’t wait. I will let you know what strange things come out of my brain and pen as a result of my attendance at her course. I’ll just plug my iPod into my car and enjoy the drive.
I spent a lot of time pfaffing around on the Internet looking for good writing blogs, websites, competitions etc. Probably a good two hours. But there’s SOOO much out there, and I’m trying to figure out what’s good. I submitted a short story to Glimmer Train’s very short fiction contest – and in the nick of time. Deadline is July 31. Yes, I know wrote about the importance of getting things in early, but I only just found out about this one!
I did some yoga stretching – my whole left side seems to be a withered crippled mess. I plan on taking up Val’s suggestion of eating a brownie. Unfortunately we’re about to head into a 25-hour fast – Tisha B’av so now brownies for me at least until Friday. I’m a lousy faster, though so we’ll see how long I hold out. Off to synagogue shortly, where the farthest thing from my mind will be writing stories – although we will be reading from the Book of Lamentations, which, when you think of it is a brilliantly crafted story.
Onwards and upwards!