Monday, April 2, 2012

Trade

Recently a writer requested online that someone proofread her manuscript. I used to do that type of work. My kind of thing. I mean, who wouldn't like a job reading poetry and fiction and talking with authors about their work? So I wrote the writer, and when she asked me about a fee, I requested only that she send me three of her favorite books from the past year since it's so hard to get new books in English out here. She wrote back that she'd do even better: three books a month!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Expats

I was reading in a cafe when I heard my name. It was Hillary, and with her was a man from Chile. We sat, three people, each from a different country, speaking together, him trying to get her to roll her rs, she trying to get him to get the tones right.