Epic Quest

Since getting back from Bacolod, less than two weeks ago, self has embarked on a truly epic short story send-out blitz, and it’s turning her into a bundle of nerves.  Which is why she seems to be in a testy mood, most of the time.

Today, she attended 7:30 a.m. Easter mass at Mount Carmel, went to the Menlo Park Farmers Market and stocked up on almond baklava, cilantro, and green onions.  She also watched “Wrath of the Titans,” which was a very very enjoyable movie.  Admittedly, self has a soft spot for sword-and-sandal action movies (the cheesier the better).

Tonight, the weekend is over.  Self can now put herself far from the madding crowd.  No longer will she have to suffer overwhelming guilt and stress over her need for solitary amusements.  She knows she is not imagining her effect on others because the husband placed four calls to his mother since getting home on Friday —  all because he needed someone to talk to.  During the calls, the husband talked rather more loudly than usual, so self got to hear him tell his mother how busy self was, and how she would shortly be flying off again, this time to Scotland, and how self was thinking of passing by Paris, and how self had invited the husband to join her but he wouldn’t because he doesn’t like French people (which is really amazing because the only French people the husband knows are the ones encountered in those indie movies that show in Aquarius), and how he is really getting sick of self’s hectic traveling.

But fie, self, fie!  Now she is in such a reflective and relaxed state of mind that she summons the energy to think about the books she has finished reading since the start of 2012.

Here are her favorite reads thus far:

  • James McBride’s memoir The Color of Water (Self read this just before she left for India)
  • Adrian Goldsworthy’s totally overwhelming Caesar:  The Life of a Colossus
  • Ian McEwan’s brilliant Atonement (Self started reading this in Bacolod, and only finished a day or two ago)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Bataan Day/ Discovering a Book List

Bataan Day is tomorrow, April 9.  It is the 70th anniversary of the surrender of combined U.S. and Filipino forces to the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

How sad is this day?  The husband’s grandfather, a brigadier general, was one of those who surrendered on the Bataan Peninsula.  He made it as far as Fort Santiago, but disappeared shortly thereafter.  No one knows what befell him.  He was simply gone.  His eldest child, the husband’s father, was 16 years old.

Self was reminded of this very important anniversary by Hyphen Magazine.

Self also discovered this list of novelist Abha Dawesar’s Favorite All-Time Books.  It is a very eclectic list. Self decides to print it out so that she can start reading the books on it.

Towards the bottom of the list, self finds her second collection, Mayor of the Roses.  It follows right after Zack’s second book (after Rolling the R’s), Primetime Apparitions.

Mayor of the Roses, the title story of self’s collection, was published in Hyphen Issue # 6.

The list appeared in Hyphen Issue # 7.  Which must have been some time ago, for now Hyphen‘s current issue is # 24.

Self is tickled pink to be included on a list that begins with:

  • The Symposium, by Plato
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
  • Notes From the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Easter Sunday Afternoon (Chilliest in Recent Memory)

These are some of the things self did in her garden today:

  • Planted half a dozen gladiolus bulbs in her front yard.  Self was hoping she could plant them before she left for Bacolod, late February, but simply ran out of time.  Today, the neighbors across the street had all the children out on the front lawn, hunting for Easter eggs.  It was a very boisterous scene.
  • Watered, watered, watered.
  • Took pictures of flowers:

This is a flower new to self. She found it blooming in her backyard, just this morning.

This is a climbing Don Juan rose. It began blooming just today as well.

Euryops in backyard. This plant, and a row of iberis sempervirens, seem to be constantly in bloom. The yellow flowers are very cheerful.

A closer view of the euryops, with the Don Juan climbing rose just behind. It occurs to self that yellow and red are not the most compatible of color combinations. But -- too late to do anything about it now!

What is with this weather???  Self is freezing!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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