Entries in nostalgia (2)

Sunday
May182014

Miami Memories

Miami Beach Fire Department (© 2014 Amber Drea)Nostalgia abounds this spring. I visited Miami for the first time since 2005, and the memories of my time living there in the late 1990s and early 2000s came flooding back. I stopped by Books & Books in Coral Gables, where I worked after graduating college, and took a stroll around the University of Miami campus, which is more beautiful than I even remember. My friend Taryn and I stayed on South Beach, where I spent many a night partying 'til the break o' dawn back in the day, and I sang and danced up a storm with friends in the Wynwood area, which has become the new hot spot since I called Miami home. I also drove by the first apartment I shared with my old bandmate and BFF Jessica, and it's still scary as shit. Despite that creepy flashback, I had a fun four days in Miami and hope to return again soon.

The night before I left for that trip, I read an excerpt from my memoir-in-progress, tentatively titled "Fighting Back," at the Freerange Reading Series in the Lower East Side. It was an amazing night with readings from "The Daily Show" cocreator, comedian and abortion rights activist Lyzz Winstead, poet Morgan Parker, author Cliff Thompson, essayist Melynda Fuller and my husband, Jeb Gleason-Allured. I've posted a video of my performance, which you can watch here (WARNING: The piece contains graphic descriptions of domestic violence). 

In other news, I launched Twitter and Instagram accounts for my lobster-focused blog Lobsterlover.me (which is powered by Tumblr). Follow me for updates on the latest lobster happenings in New York City and for recaps of my exciting lobster adventures, such as the first annual Lobster de Mayo, which took place a couple weeks ago. 

South Beach (© 2014 Amber Drea)

Wednesday
Oct312012

November Is National Novel Writing Month

Fallen tree branch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (© 2012 Amber Drea)

As I write this, New York City and its surrounding areas are dealing with the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, and my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering during this tragedy. Fortunately, my husband and I live in a neighborhood of Brooklyn that remained relatively untouched (other than being stuck without a train line into Manhattan). The last three days at home have been relaxing—the perfect prelude to National Novel Writing Month, which starts tomorrow. For the next 30 days, I'm devoting all my personal time and energy to cranking out 50,000 words for a first draft of my novel. I set up a profile on NaNoWriMo's website, and I'll need all the support I can get, so add me as a buddy if you're participating too. 

Green Fall Pond in Voluntown, Connecticut (© 2012 Amber Drea)

Nostalgia plays a significant role in my writing, so a recent visit to my old stomping grounds in Connecticut definitely got the creative juices flowing. After a hike with a high school friend and her children at Pachaug State Forest, my husband and I stopped by Green Fall Pond and then headed up to Moosup for lunch at Riverview Restaurant. We drove past the Aldrich Free Public Library, where I spent many a Saturday and most of my summers as a teenager. 

Aldrich Free Public Library in Moosup, Connecticut (© 2012 Amber Drea)

Despite my decision to become a shut-in for a month, I plan to make two appearances in public: The Renegade Reading Series on November 8th and the Honey-Mouthed and Poison-Hearted storytelling night on November 15th. In hopes that I will be featured at more events in the future, I created a new page on my website where you can find more details and links. Of course, you can always follow me on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on my endeavors. And if you've needed the motivation to finally write that novel you've been thinking about for years, get your NaNoWriMo on with me this November! Then we can celebrate with a bottle of booze from this place on December 1st:

Marie's Lake Street Spirits in Moosup, Connecticut (© 2012 Amber Drea)