#amwriting Dystopia

DOWN

We’re going to the sea. We’re going under.

When?

Today.

Just like that.

Yes.

We don’t have maps.

We don’t need maps. There’s only one way to go, and that’s down.

Hopetown, Harris County, Texas

Heaven, My Home, p. 90:

  • There were no streets in this part of Hopetown, at least none that hadn’t been overgrown by time and wild grass, so there was nothing separating neighbor from neighbor back here; it was as if they all shared the same plot of land, were all one big family. In fact, Ray’s grandmother, a short, compact woman with a face bronzed and freckled with moles, came out on her front porch to receive the bag of pecans and hollered out to Mr. Page, “Eggs is gone, Leroy, Lou and her girls got ’em first, but I got a tray of redcorn pudding in the oven. We serving at six-thirty if you want to eat with us tonight.”

Friday Morning: Reading Luisa A. Igloria’s New Collection

Luisa A. Igloria, dear friend, is this year’s Virginia Poet Laureate. Her newest collection, Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press), is such a beauty.

Excerpt from Moving, Changing, Not Moving


In the brick-lined interior of a coffee shop, a man at the communal table closes his eyes, a pair of earphones plugged into his cell. Fanning themselves, people come in from the street; it’s the hottest summer & everyone wants iced coffees & teas, water & ice; & parents with little children fall in line outside

people come in from the street; it’s the hottest summer& everyone wants iced coffees & teas, water &

btw: Has anyone EVER tried to contact WordPress about their new Block Editors, and has one EVER received a response? This poem format is ALL OFF, and the code editor does not allow self to switch between single space (within a stanza) and double space (between stanzas). Literally, self has been trying to format since 10 a.m., an hour and a half ago. Even their Customer Service doesn’t work. That is all.


Lens Artists Challenge # 118: Communication

The Lens Artists Challenge this year comes from Horse Addict. She tells a lovely story about a horse, you can read all about it here.

Voting is a form of communication. As of this morning, 3.5 million Californians, a record, have already cast their ballots, according to KPIX5 News.

A smile is a form of communication.

Siblings have a special form of communication.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Poetry Sunday: Raine Geoghegan

Self ordered Raine Geoghan’s book in November. We were supposed to meet up, the day before self left England to head back to the San Francisco Bay Area. But things were starting to get a little hectic, and she didn’t want her first meeting with Raine to be rushed. So, we took a raincheck.

In the meantime, self never received the book. She waited and waited and waited, and finally last week, it came. She knew what it was the minute she laid eyes on the package, because the postmark said Birmingham, UK.

She opened the book with great excitement, there was a picture of Raine’s mother:

What a gorgeous picture. And what a gorgeous book!

Will be posting more in a trice.

Stay tuned.

Heaven, My Home, p. 94

“Forgiveness has a limit.”

It was a luxury black folks couldn’t afford . . .

Attica Locke, everybody.

The Economist: Voter Suppression

Note on the new WordPress System: it lets you treat your blog like a real news outlet. In other words, you can get people to susbscribe, and limit what’s viewed by people who do not subscribe. btw, once you decide to use this system, there is no trial period. If you decide you don’t, after all, like to be like The New York Times, who actually charge for the privilege of reading an article, you have to trash the entire post, and begin again. As self is doing right now. Because the article on Voter Suppression is that important.

10 October 2020

Allegations of minority voter-suppression are hardly new. They are often . . . hard to prove. Yet Greg Abbott’s action in Texas stands out. On October 1st the Republican governor restricted the number of drop boxes for completed ballots to just one per county. For the 4.7m residents of Harris County, 70% of whom are non-white and liable to vote Democratic, that is a travesty.

Echoing President Donald Trump, Mr. Abbott said this was necessary to prevent voter fraud.

Book Holden: Cibola Burn

Self is on Book #5 of The Expanse, Nemesis Games. Finally! This was one of the first books she ordered during the pandemic. But she didn’t read it because she didn’t want to know what happens in Season 5 of the TV series.

Now, The Expanse Season 5 trailer has dropped, and self is finally, FINALLY starting to read Nemesis Games. As well as simultaneously re-reading Book # 4 (Cibola Burn), whose events were covered in Season 4.

p. 447:

“We need to get you inside,” Elvi replied, throwing his left arm around her shoulders and guiding him to the door. “I think you’ve been awake for something like four days.”

“It’s okay,” Holden said. “I took a lot of speed.”

LOL! Book Holden is so disarming!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Four Movies

Since the downtown Century 20 re-opened, self has seen four movies. The largest audience — 10 people — was for The New Mutants. The smallest — two people — for Yellow Rose. Here are the four, ranked:

  • Tenet
  • The New Mutants
  • Yellow Rose
  • Infidel

It is a real, real pleasure to see movies on a wide-screen. Self will keep going, as long as the Century 20 is open.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow and Pink

Self is sooooo happy that she has just the right pictures for this Fun Foto Challenge. Her backyard is blooming again. And just to show you her utter lack of planning, in the long ago time when she had just moved into her home, she planted a Razzleberri Fringe Flower (pink) next to a yellow euryops. And they are both blooming now! Perfect!

Oh, self’s backyard is wild.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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