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RSS Feed: The One

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I will be moving my blog to WordPress in a few days, and in the process I am also going from three RSS feeds to just one. If you read this blog by pointing your web browser to www.lailalalami.com/blog or www.moorishgirl.com, everything will remain the same; you don’t need to do anything.

If, however, you read me by using an RSS reader like Bloglines, Google Reader, or My Yahoo, you may have to change the feed address to this. The other feeds will no longer be updated.

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Monday, August 18th, 2008

I neglected to put a “Gone Fishing” sign in this space before I departed on holiday, so over the last few weeks, I received a fair number of email messages from readers asking if anything was wrong. Nothing was–I just needed to disconnect for a bit while traveling up to northern California and Oregon. My husband and I had planned a few days in Big Sur, but the national park was closed because of the fires that had ravaged the area in early July. (We spent our time eating at seaside restaurants instead.) Then we went on to Crater Lake, which was pretty incredible. There was still a little bit of snow on the ground at higher altitudes, and the lake itself was of the deepest blue you could imagine. We went to Portland afterward, to visit my sister. She took a week off from work, and we all hiked, swam, went to the movies, and did a whole lot more eating.

The Cat’s Away

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

I’ve pre-posted a few items for you to appear while I’m in Michigan. I will be back tomorrow, though posting is unlikely to resume until late in the day. Back soon.

Guess The Nation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

This is utterly addictive: Guess The Nation, a game in which you have to figure out the country based on the flag, and a couple of clues.

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Late Start

Friday, December 9th, 2005

After the reading last night at Gravy, I walked to my car to find one of the back windows smashed. The doors were still locked, nothing was missing, and the alarm, if it kicked off, was certainly not loud enough that we could have heard it across the street.

As I started to clean the glass shards out of my car, I thought about the senselessness of the exercise–destroying someone’s window for the fun of it. It reminded me of Graham Greene’s ‘The Destructors,’ which I read in my first or second year of college. In the story, a band of street urchins set about tearing a house down, for no reason but that they want to do something fun, something different.

“You hate him a lot?” Blackie asked.
“Of course I don’t hate him,” T. said. “There’d be no fun if I hated him.” The last burning note illuminated his brooding face. “All this hate and love,” he said, “it’s soft, it’s hooey. There’s only things, Blackie,” and he looked round the room crowded with the unfamiliar shadows of half things, broken things, former things.’

For the teenagers, destruction was “after all, a form of creation.”

I suppose this is a long way of saying: I’m off to a late start this morning, so posting will be light.

Thanksgiving 2005

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

It’s a short week here at Moorishgirl. Aside from consuming gargantuan-sized meals, I plan on spending the next few days working on my novel. Have a happy Thanksgiving. I will see you back here on Monday, when I will have more lit news, cultural commentary, book reviews, recommendations, and giveaways.

All Apologies

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Things have been rather hectic for me in the last few days due to the book tour, so I haven’t been able to comment much on literary news or post any book reviews or recommendations. Sorry about that. Things should start going back to normal within a week or so. In the meantime, I’ll continue to put up updates on readings and events I’m doing. Enjoy!

Hi Again

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Many thanks indeed to Randa Jarrar who’s been blogging at Moorishgirl on Fridays for several months now. I know some of you are wondering whether there will be any content here on Fridays and what prompted the change in schedule. As I get closer to the release of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits I find that there is a lot that I want to talk about that doesn’t always fit in the daily digests, recommendations, reviews, and other news I post during the week. So I wanted to devote Fridays to talking about Hope, and to share some of the latest news about it. Meanwhile Randa’s blog, Rockslinga, continues to be one of my must-reads, and I urge you to add it to your bookmarks.

See Ya

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

That’s all for Moorishgirl this week. Fellow writer Randa Jarrar guest blogs here tomorrow. I will be back on Monday. Have a great weekend!

End of Blogging Week

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

That’s it for me this week. Fellow writer Randa Jarrar usually blogs here on Fridays, so come by and say hello. I will be back later this weekend or on Monday, with more news, a book review, another recommendation, and assorted commentary.

Tech Help

Monday, July 18th, 2005

I noticed a sizeable surge in my stats file of referrals from casino ads, online gaming, viagra pills, and other spammers. Does anyone know how I can block these, or at least stop them from cluttering my stats file? Please email me if you have suggestions.

Off Friday

Friday, July 15th, 2005

The one and only Randa Jarrar is in Connecticut this week visiting her family so I’m going to be around here today. I’ll be catching up on some old posts I’ve been meaning to write, so stay tuned.

See Ya

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

I’ve been hooked to the news the rest of today, so I won’t be much use around these parts. Randa Jarrar guest-blogs on Moorishgirl on Friday, so I’ll be back here on Monday.

I’m Back

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

I spent the weekend trying to relax and trying not to think about the imminent battle for the Supreme Court. I went to a reading/live show with Rob Roberge on Friday. I also read the much-hyped The Almond and hope to post my thoughts about it sometime soon. And I worked on my novel, as usual. It’s starting to get a bit unwieldy. Ugh.

Hi Again

Monday, June 27th, 2005

It was a quiet weekend at Dar Moorishgirl. We saw Batman, which Alex loved, but which I found slightly hard to get engaged in. I’d watch Christian Bale in anything, and I love Christopher Nolan’s work, but the whole set up was just too middle-of-the-road for my taste. I’ve started reading Admiring Silence by Abdulrazzak Gurnah, and spent some time with family and out-of-town visitors. I didn’t get a lick of writing done, and I’m OK with that. I’m still working out things in my mind even when I’m not typing three pages a day. I guess I’m not as paranoid these days as I used to be.

See Ya

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

That’s it for Moorishgirl this week. The one and only Randa Jarrar guest-blogs here tomorrow and every Friday. Have a great weekend!

See Ya

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

I am taking off a bit early today, mostly so I can enjoy the last few pages of Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Desertion, which is the best thing I’ve read in a while. The one and only Randa Jarrar takes over tomorrow and every Friday. If you’re lucky, she might transcribe other conversations she’s had in New York last week. Do come back next week–I’ll have more news, reviews, recommendations, and guest columns. Have a great weekend!

Apologies, etc.

Monday, June 6th, 2005

I’m just now back from the trip to New York. The reading at BEA went really well, the RAWI panel was awesome, and I finally got to meet some people for the first time. I still have a ton of work to do, though, and lots and lots of sleep to catch up on, so I don’t think I’ll post anything for today or tomorrow. Check back again on Wednesday, though, because I’ll have a longer post about what my personal experience was like–sort of a writer’s take on the madness that is BEA, and the completely opposite experience of a conference like RAWI. In the meantime, you can check out my pick for the LBC Read This! selection. And if I owe you an email, please have patience with me–I am slowly catching up.

See Ya

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

That’s it for me this week. The one and only Randa Jarrar takes over tomorrow and every Friday. Monday being a holiday in these parts, I probably won’t be back here till Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

Thanks

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Thanks to Randa for watching the site on Friday. I have a whole bunch of things to share with you this week: a great event held in Seattle, a book recommendation from a good friend, a guest column on writers’ rejection, and a sneak preview at a bunch of recent reads. Stick around.

It’s A Wrap

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

That’s it for me this week. The one and only Randa Jarrar takes over tomorrow and every Friday. Have a good weekend!

Thanks

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Thanks to Randa for minding the site on Friday. I posted a bunch of items for Monday, but things are awfully busy this week (in a good way) so posting may be sporadic.

See Ya

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

That’s it for me this week. The one and only Randa Jarrar takes over at Moorishgirl tomorrow and every Friday. Be back on Monday.

I’m Off

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

That’s it for me this week. The one and only Randa Jarrar takes over tomorrow and every Friday. I will be back on Monday. Have a good weekend.

It’s A Wrap

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

That’s it for me this week. The one and only Randa Jarrar takes over tomorrow and every Friday. Do come back next week, when I will have another underappreciated book recommendation, possibly a book review, and more news and commentary.

Welcome

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

My stats page has shown yet another spike over the weekend (8,000 unique visits on Monday!) and I wanted to say hello to the new readers. Welcome to Moorishgirl. Take a look around and let me know if you have any questions.

Please Come Again

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Despite the title of the previous post, it turns out I’m not actually back in action. Work has piled up while I was away so I’m taking a day off to catch up and will be back here on Wednesday. Come back soon.

Hi Again

Monday, April 18th, 2005

Many thanks to Randa Jarrar for minding the site on Friday. I feel very fortunate to have such a great writer (and awesome friend) be a part of this blog.

Thanks, Hello, and Some News

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Many thanks to Randa Jarrar for watching the site on Friday. I’m back from my writing retreat (about which I’ll have more on Monday.)

In the meantime, take a look at the LBC‘s first press mention, courtesy of the L.A. Times. (The site requires registration, but you can use bugmenot for an anonymous login and password.)

Marking a departure from the solitary life of reading and writing, about 20 independent literary bloggers announced Friday that they will begin working together in hopes of drawing readers to books they feel deserve more attention, while seeking to generate more and deeper public discussions of literature.

Calling themselves the Litblog Co-Op, the effort includes the sites the Elegant Variation, Moorishgirl, Rake’s Progress and Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, all of which will continue to operate separately, the bloggers say.

Key to the effort is the Read This! campaign they’ve created, in which five of the bloggers will each nominate a title he or she thinks deserves readers’ attention, then the co-op will vote for one to promote jointly. The first title (four will be selected each year) will be announced May 15 on the group’s website, Los Angeles blogger Mark Sarvas, who drew the project together, described the effort as less an award program than a conversation starter.

This is all very exciting. Be sure to bookmark the LBC‘s site for further news.

Reminder

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

I’m away this week to work on my novel. The entries this week were pre-posted (as are the ones you’ll see next week.) But rejoice! The one and only Randa Jarrar takes over tomorrow and every Friday, and I’m sure she’ll have lots of good stuff for you. Be well.

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