This week was mostly a time for learning how to use WordPress, but in the meantime (over the past few months), I wrote and stashed several reviews of books I read, music and shows I saw and heard, and covered the topic of my life with fibromyalgia in anticipation of this site being developed. I will be posting the articles I didn’t get around to publishing during the change-over throughout the course of the next few weeks. These include (among others):
1. Roger Waters: The Wall 2010, which I saw in Las Vegas on November 25th of 2010. I was raised on Pink Floyd — and on The Wall in particular — and this blog post is an excerpt from a chapter of my forthcoming memoir, The Demons Who Came to Dinner.
2. Hole at BFD 2010; this will include a short series of articles on Courtney Love’s artistic evolution over the past 20 years. Because we share a common ground — namely having been extremely close to someone who committed suicide and traveling through a Dante-esque landscape of our own to get our lives and careers back on track — I think it is worthwhile to discuss the anguish survivors go through (which sometimes lasts for years) after a loved one chooses to end their life. Please note that I do not pass judgment on suicides; I have experienced a lot of personal anger and transformation due to the loss of loved ones who chose to end their path on this plane, but I also know how difficult it is for someone to arrive at this decision in life, much less carry it through, and I respect the fact that the reasons are sometimes complex to the point of being beyond comprehension for those left behind.
3. Erin McKeown at Cafe DuNord; Erin is a favorite indie musician of mine, and included in this article are also recommendations for other wonderful indie artists, many whom I discovered through eMusic and random YouTube ramblings.
4. In other news, I’ll be starting my annual Black Women’s History Month in February; I started covering a woman a day during February a couple of years ago after reading a book of “African American heroes” in which (despite the fact that a lot of women were involved in various capacities) the only woman covered in the whole book was Rosa Parks!
5. Women’s History Month is in March, and I will be discussing a woman a day — women of all colors, creeds, and types of accomplishment — during that time. This is my 3rd year to do so.
6. At some point this year, a “Cool Dudes Month” will take place again (I did this last year to great success); this is a response to a few female friends of mine who refused to see on their own — whether due to personal loss (including rape, incest, war, murder, crap wages for employment, etc), observation, or just plain prejudice — that there are men in this world who are capable of making great positive contributions in society.
7. I read a ton of books for review last year as I was sorting out my health issues. I published a few of them sporadically, and will be publishing a lot more in 2011.
One last note: if you read further back into this blog, you might notice some of the dates are off; during the import, some of the dates weren’t imported correctly, and I have to go back and fix them. For correct dates (until I get the chance to fix them here), you’re welcome to visit my old site at http://www.angelfire.com/film/quietgirlproductions/
Thank you for reading!