Across a Year and Through a Day

When I was a kid, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are was one of my favorite books. I never had my own copy, but I obsessively kept it tied up and checked out of the school library, literally, for like, years. It was that kind of book for every weird kid, I guess - every kid who didn't quite fit in here, never really felt at home inside the mendacity of the everyday life of a child. Every kid who felt like, secretly inside them, they could take care of things themselves, that they didn't really need grownups as much as grownups told them they did. It's all about the fearlessness, and audacity, and adventurous spirit of youth. It's about seeing more than is really there, and being right.

When I did grow up, and had kids of my own, it was the first book I made sure they read. I have two children, but I don't have one copy for them to share, or even two. There are copies floating around all over the place here. It's been read for countless bedtime stories, and like me, it's turned out to be one of their favorites. It's timeless, and beautiful, and the truest vision of childhood I've ever encountered.

So, I was understandably worried when I got wind of a film version, as all lovers of beloved books-to-film type projects are. I have to say, though, that after viewing this new trailer released by Warner Brothers a couple of days ago, I am hopeful. Very hopeful. Check it out:

26 March 2009

The Art of the Art

Fairly productive day yesterday, as I wandered away from "Becoming" and started a new story, horror, called "The Devil's Wheel". It's about a carnival that shows up in town only once every ten years, and a loser, low-end criminal named Bucket who finds his way there...

A great find a few days ago, "Eros, Philia, Agape" by Rachel Swirsky, up at It's a wonderful story, full of everything I think good SciFi should strive to achieve - believable, solid characters who are trying to figure out how to be human in a world driven by technology. Check it out if you can.

25 March 2009

The First Day of Spring

...has arrived and I am infinitely glad. The vague sense of grey melancholy that descends upon me somewhere in mid-January begins to lift like a fog burning off in the light of the sun. And it's not the sunlight, per se, that carries me up and's the greening of the world. The leaves and grass anchor things for me, and give me comfort. It's not the lack of sun that is the culprit in winter. It is the lack of life and vitality. I survive in winter time - I live in the spring.

So, to celebrate, I went out yesterday evening and took a bevy of pictures from my blossoming garden. Enjoy.

And for those of you who are still in the grips of ice and snow, take heart - the warm air is drifting your way, and it will arrive soon...

All images copyright 2009, Lynette Mejia.

20 March 2009

Marking Time

Rainy day here, which is a good thing for two reasons. One, we need the rain - the area is already in a moderate drought for 2009. Two, during the month of March, I have a very hard time staying indoors. The warm sun and the greening Earth are far too tempting. I want to be outside after the long, cold winter. I want to feel the warm breeze on my skin, and dig in the dirt. I want to be a part of the world waking up again. The fact that today is nasty out at least ensures that I'll be inside getting work done, which in my case is a very good thing, since I did in fact spend most of last week outside.

Watched "Flash of Genius" last night with the LOML. I thought it was a pretty good movie, which surprised me because of its low performance at the box office. After we were done I looked up the New Yorker article on which the movie was based, and found it very interesting. You can check it out here.

I did manage to get my website updated yesterday with publication news. Today is set aside to write, write, write, as well as sending a couple of stories back out into the wild. And maybe later on, a walk in the rain. Just for a little while. :)

14 March 2009

"The Homecoming" Live at Niteblade

My story "The Homecoming" is now live at Niteblade Magazine. It's only my second published piece, my first paid sale, and I am happy, happy to see it in print. It's also my first story to get an illustration, which makes it doubly cool. Please go visit, take a peek, and leave comments.

01 March 2009

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