10 points to Gryffindor for anyone who recognizes the Calvin & Hobbes comic this is partially inspired by. (Note: I actually view myself as a Ravenclaw, but every test I take – yes I’ve taken more than one – brings me in at Gryffindor, so what can I do?)

In other news, we decided to finally move forward on the renovation of the garage space we always intended to turn into a studio for me. So that’s happening! Starting Monday! I have a natural disinclination towards change, so agreeing to this, with a contractor and everything, is kind of a big deal to me. That said, I am really looking forward to:

  1. Having enough space to use the big desk I bought way back last summer, which has been languishing in storage.
  2. Getting a gigantic bulletin board, YES THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BULLETIN BOARD and plotting on it.
  3. Saying hello again to my beautiful rug after many months apart

Granted, I look slightly less forward to weeks/months of building in our yard, but I think it will be worth it in the end.

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Oh wait! (Wait, because I am editing this post post-facto, as it were, which is not my habit.) I also wanted to mention that a couple of great, intricate, thoughtful reviews of The Daughters have appeared in the past week or so, and if you want to take a look at them &/or then go buy/read my book, well hey, here they are:

“A Voice to be Reckoned With” in Electric Literature

&

“Don’t Ever Change” in The Brooklyn Rail

Huge thanks to Alex & J.T., respectively. I can’t say how much it means to see my work considered with such care.