Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Looking Back at 2008

baby, black, white, BW, looking upEvery year has interesting discoveries. Here are some of mine.

Favorite literary mag discovery: Memoir (and)

  • Memoir (and) is published twice a year by Memoir Journal in California. It's a collection of essays, graphics, narrative photography, and poetry.
Favorite restaurant discovery: None. Lot's of great new places, but no favorite.
  • So instead, I'll just cheer on an old favorite: Bread Winners. I never tire of their food. It's one of the best places for brunch. They make this amazing butter croissant asparagus eggs Benedict... yes, it's absolutely worth whatever you have to do at the gym or wherever it is that you go to burn it off.
Favorite coffee house: Crooked Tree Coffee House
  • Don't get me wrong, I'm still a regular at Dunn Bros. But I have to admit, Crooked Tree would be part of my regular schedule as well, if it were closer to home. It reminds me of Austin. As is stands, I'm more an occasional visitor... a very happy one.
Favorite gadget: Ghost Reader
  • OK, it's software, but I like it. It reads out loud to me in several languages. My Mac already reads to e in English, but Ghost reader can do it in Spanish and French as well. And it gives me a choice of accents. Fun.
Favorite movie: Persepolis
  • It's a fabulous telling of an individual experience of a young girl living through Iran's 1979 revolution.
Favorite Book: El Juego del Angel (The Angel's Game)
  • If you've read La Sombra del Viento (The Shadow of the Wind), this is the prequel. It's set in 1920's Barcelona. A reclusive writer, David Martin, authors disturbing thrillers under a pseudonym. One day he receives a letter from one Andreas Corelli, a French publisher who has chosen him to write a book. David gets sucked into a nightmare reminiscent of his own dark stories.
Favorite online funny: The Freelancer National Anthem
  • And it's about time we got one. It's hysterical.
What were your faves last year?

Here's my list from last year

Pic by concretecandy


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The NONEXISTENT Rockway Press Short Story Contest

Rockway Press never actually posted the winners of the 2007 contest. Their site has entirely disappeared, and they're on the Preditors and Editors list.