Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Is That All There Is, Or Might Life Contain Jeremy Renner?

Oh, my god this blog is boring...I know its main function is to provide access to my story publication info and/or reading appearances, but come on--as Peggy Lee once sang: "Is That All There Is?"

I just completed Hugo House's ten-week "Master Class in Prose," (as chronicled by my friend/fellow MFA survivor Elissa Washuta, here: and several of my fellow students have committed to an informal writing group where we'll continue workshopping each other's writing.We're taking a poll to see what times/dates/venues work for everyone, and this made me think I should perhaps do something similar to decide which direction my blog should take.I really can't let it be the free-for-all gossip fest I'd like it to be (at least not until everyone I know dies, and/or I don't need a day job anymore), so that leaves the topics of:

1) Crippling Self-Doubt (I'm never going to finish my book, and even if I do it's gooing to suck)

2) Persian Cats (They are perfection! Although...I really don't care about them outside of my own cat, Kiki)

3) My Jeremy Renner Obsession (For those new to this blog/my life: every three months I have a different Celebrity Crush, some unattainable young buck who has caught my fancy for some reason or other and keeps me up at night. J. Renner held that position this time last year, and has come back to make history as the first "Paullette Gaudet Celebrity Crush Returnee," just in time for his December release of Mission Impossible: 4? 5? Am not sure what number they are up to now, but all you need to know that it is in theaters around Xmas and features Jeremy Renner.

Where were we? Oh yes, you should vote, if you are visiting this blog. The writing/publishing info is going ri remain, but am seriously trying to decide if I should also include book reviews and cyclical celebrity obsessions along with.

Vote below, in the Comments Section!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shameless Self Promotion

Here are a couple links to the reading gigs I did last year: I read "The Deepest Crease Visible," a short story about an upscale nudist colony in Malibu, Ca, at Hugo House's Cheap Beer & Prose in Sept 2010, then read an excerpt of my short story "Celebrity Sperm Bank" (published in The Ledge Magazine No.33, at Sole Repair, for the Off Hours Spring Reading hosted by Peter Mountford in April 2011.

Hey Y'all

Hello faithful readers, I know a new post has been a long time coming--since my last update in 2010, I've gotten a new computer (Dell laptop, courtesy of Chris Rogers), and experienced the wonder of cable/wireless internet! Yes, I was a dial-up user until very recently with my old iMac, part of the reason it's been so long since my last update.

Well, a lot has happened in the past year--in addition to my personal technological advances, I was a featured reader at last fall's Cheap Beer & Prose at Hugo House, and read at the Spring Off Hours Reading at Sole Repair in April 2011. I recently received a 2011 GAP grant from Artist Trust to help finish work on my debut novel, Biloxi Suite Trapeze, a mainstream romantic comedy about a troupe of Eastern-European acrobats at a ritzy Gulf Coast casino hotel. I am 100K words into this work and hope to have a clean draft by December 2011; The Artist Trust grant is allowing me to take some time off work at Rudy's Barbershop to finish my novel. I was also the lucky recipient of a scholarship to take the 10-week Fall Master Class in Prose at Hugo House taught by author Peter Mountford (A Young Man's Guide To Late Capitalism), so will finish that up in a couple weeks. It's been a fantastic--if slightly grueling--course in novel writing with a bunch of talented writers who have provided invaluable input  in every workshop: seriously, such a great group of writers, couldn't have asked for a better experience. My UW MFA classmate, Elissa Washuta, is also attending the Master Class and blogging about it on Hugo House's site:

So things have been good--while I'm still cutting hair part-time to pay the bills, I have been working full-time on my novel and also sending out short stories for publication.Oh, I did have some successs there--my short story, "Celebrity Sperm Bank" was published in The Ledge Magazine No. 33:

It's a great issue, only $12, my story is on page 326 or so, it was a finalist in their 2009 fiction contest, buy it and I'll sign it if I see you around town!

I guess that's all from my end right now--I'm on Twitter, @PaulletteGaudet, and have a Facebook page. Being busy with writing class on Monday nights has cut into my Salsa dancing, so I am behind on that, but miss it greatly. My good friends Talia and Nancy keep me up-to-date on the salsa world, but I aching to actually get out there and dance myself.

Well, I promise to be a better blogger in future, none of this taking a year off! Hopefully my life will be interesting enough to warrant regular updates,