Summer 2013: My Own Little Chem Lab

How I spent my summer vacation

Kim MacQueen

ImageTo the naked eye, my summer looked like this: daughters enjoying the near-daily swimming in our sweet, indulgent neighbors’ pool on the off hours when they weren’t staring into some TV or computer screen. I would sit with my laptop on my legs while they swam, the most unfun mom of all time.

There were the times when husband came home and realized we’d all been frozen in front of those screens for hours and made us all go outside, but that was way too occasional. So it looked like a lot of inactivity, I grant you that. But to me, the summer was a crazy chemistry set with several experiments going at the same time.

The first was one I’d been working on since the fall. Can I take this obsession of mine, the one about my friend-of-mobsters family member who was mayor of Newark in the 60s, and…

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Strange as Science, Dark as Night Reading – Reminder

Geek Mountain State

Sept 12 Reading

Geek Mountain State is teaming up with the Renegade Writers’ Collective to bring you an evening of Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, and an on-site tour of the RWC’s new digs in Burlington! The reading will take place on Thursday, September 12, with readers for the evening including myself, Patrick Dodge, Jeanne Beckwith, F. Brett Cox, and Daniel Mills. You won’t want to miss it! RSVP here.

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Summer 2013: My Own Little Chem Lab

To the naked eye, my summer looked like this: daughters enjoying the near-daily swimming in our sweet, indulgent neighbors’ pool on the off hours when they weren’t staring into some TV or computer screen. I would sit with my laptop on my legs while they swam, the most unfun mom of all time. There were... Continue Reading →

Plodding and Plotless and Boring

 “You have to read this book,” my friend Kate told me a couple of weeks ago about Stuart O’Nan’s novel Wish You Were Here. We’d just been talking about Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kittredge, about character-based novels that get it so right that the reader almost knows what every character is going to do before they... Continue Reading →

Headed to Montreal today -- that cool Steve MacQueen surprised me with a trip. I've never been, so he asked if I'd done any research yet. Told him I'd already read about two guys who got whacked downtown by the Montreal mafia. I think actually he meant, like, restaurants. 

The Renegade Writer’s Collective

Geek Mountain State

There’s a new writing initiative in the Burlington area: the Renegade Writers’ Collective. Founded by Jessica Hendry Nelson and Angela Palm, the group is going to organize writing classes, services and help to encourage writing in Vermont:

The idea for the Renegade Writers’ Collective was culled from the literary fantasies of a small writing critique group based in Burlington, Vermont. The writing group, largely comprised of recent Vermont transplants, had one thing in common besides writing: we were beginning to long for a community beyond ourselves. By winter 2012, multiple members of the group had books coming out and publications in lit mags were stacking up. We wanted a place to read our work as emerging writers. We wished for a larger community, for local support. We were still relatively new in town, but beginning to make connections and friendships. We wanted to communicate with other local writers and readers…

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