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So, my first novel, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, which I've oddly been posting about a lot lately, was written on a typewriter, but eventually typed into WordPerfect 4.2 (for DOS, I'm pretty sure.) Now I used Word 2002 in Office XP, and I can't read the files. The earliest version of WorPerfect that it converts from is 5.0, and I haven't been able to find another conversion pack that has it.

What I have is a bunch of chapters, each a separate file, and I need access to them -- um, kind of soon. Can anybody tell me how I can do that with without retyping the whole thing?

ETA: The mouse problem is solved, thanks to the beautiful and resourceful [ profile] bounce_n_jiggle! Yay! There are a couple of working solutions for the file conversion, via [ profile] deeleigh and [ profile] dbs62. Thanks for all the help -- you all are great and know so much stuff that I don't.

Daunted by technology, but not giving up! Susan

(These days I'm writing by hand on yellow legal pads. I like the slow physicality of that, it keeps me away from the internet, and helps with my wrist pain. And typing the work into the computer adds another layer of editing, too.)

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Three ways of looking at fat bodies:

  • There will be a screening of the short film Nothing to Lose by Robert Y. Chang (oops, I mean tonight!) May 8, at the Landmark Theater on East Houston Street in New York City. Robert (who has a quiet, engaged, respectful presence) did some filming for this at the Fat and the Academy conference, but I think that the central focus in on fat activists who are members of the NYC NAAFA chapter.

    The screening is part of a group of short films called Docs on the Edge, and he says that anyone just interested in his film could come at intermission, shortly before eight, to see his piece in the second half of the program. But the rest of the program (click "events poster) looks pretty fascinating, including what I think might be a documentary about the owner of [ profile] beccawrites' favorite hot dog stand, if he's from Bangladesh...

  • I'm going to the ASDAH conference in Cleveland in June, which has a Health at Every Size focus on alternative ways to think and practice about fat and health.

    Here's a summary from their website of the basic tenets of Health at Every Size )

  • I haven't seen it, but my brother sent me an email this morning to say that in this week's People magazine, in the middle of an article about a woman recovering from exercise bulemia (page 166 or so), there's what he thinks is a photocopy of the cover of my first novel, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks in her journal about her recovery.

More Life

Jan. 10th, 2005 10:17 pm
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Spinsters Ink, which published my first two novels, is in the process of closing. This, sadly, is due in part to the serious illness of the current publisher, Sharon Silvas. It's also part of the larger trend of the disappearance of many feminist publishers, bookstores, and journals that made up much of the context in which I first became a published writer, and where the great majority of readers have found my work.

My most recent book was published by Firebrand, itself revived from closure by Karen Oosterhous after publishing some of the most powerful, influential and well-loved books in recent feminist literary history, books by Dorothy Allison, Shay Youngblood, Les Feinberg, Cheryl Clarke, Cherrie Moraga, Beth Brant, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Kitty Tsui, Jewelle Gomez, Judith Katz and Alison Bechdel among them. Oh, I read these books with such voraciousness and desire, steaming up my glasses with urgent language and hot, hot, hot aspirations. Many of these books are still available from Firebrand, mind you, and I'm proud to be published by this press, and to have my work on a list with such great history and such really fine new work.

One of the gifts that small, independent presses give their authors is that the books often stay in print for much longer than at larger houses. But now my first book, Fat Girl Dances with Rocks, is out of print. I only have seven copies (including two I just bought secondhand over the internet) left, so if I'll have to be very selective if I want to show the book to anyone. There are more copies of Martha Moody. There is always the possibility of new life for these books – new editions or new ways to distribute existing copies – but, for now, I just want to say that I love them enormously, and I love what I know about the life they've had in the world, and in the brains and dreams of individual readers, some of you dear to me on my friends list. I wish them more life.


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