Novella, JENALYN, Reviewed in OUR OWN VOICE Issue 40

Self’s novella, Jenalyn, has a review in the latest issue of Our Own Voice.  Check it out!

Our Own Voice is a literary e-zine of Filipinos in the Diaspora.  It has been going for —  self would like to say a decade, but she isn’t quite sure.  Let’s just say, it’s been going for enough years to have acquired a form of recognition in the Filipino writing community, especially the Filipino American writing community.

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Weather is finally as expected for summer.  Self does 5-5-5 running of sprinklers on front lawn.  Dry as tinder still.

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World War Z is not a bad movie.  Self stayed fully awake, from first to last.  Which same cannot be said, alas, of Man of Steel.

Thank goodness World War Z action scenes involved nothing more special than hand-to-hand combat or military ammo vs. zombie heads.  She is really over CGI.  (Though she will still see any movie with Loki/Tom Hiddleston in it)  The scene in the previews of a toppling tower of human forms turns out to take place near Jerusalem.

SPOILER ALERT!  The Mossad is the only security agency in the entire world to not be caught flat-footed by zombie attack.  Mireille Enos (of The Killing, which has self riveted to television on Sunday nights — thank God it slipped in just as Game of Thrones ended, or self would be totally bereft this summer) plays The Wife.  She is more fierce than any mortal husband deserves.  But she has the worst timing because she places a call to Our Hero — right in the middle of a zombie attack.  Duh.  Our Hero forgot to place his phone on vibrate —  Ooops!  The call the notifies all Living Dead within a vicinity of two miles.  Which ends up causing the death of many brave marines, including one played by James Badge Dale (who looks very different from the skinny enlisted man he played in HBO’s The Pacific)  But Our Hero never once throws that unfortunate lapse in The Wife’s face.  In fact, he never mentions the incident.  He is just so happy to be married to Mireille Enos who he knows and who we all know will take exemplary care of The Family.  (If self had done that to The Man, she would be eating crow for the next two decades.  She’d be draped in manacles and hauled off to San Quentin)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through Your Eyes 4

In Front of the Legion of Honor, Sunday, 23 June 2013

In Front of the Legion of Honor, Sunday, 23 June 2013

Self really likes the current exhibit at the Legion of Honor, “Impressionists on the Water,” which no doubt has been timed to coincide with the America’s Cup races, beginning soon.  She did not know that the impressionist painter Caillebotte owned 25 rowboats, many of which he designed himself, and that he later gave up painting in order to devote himself fully to building and sailing his boats.

One must have quite substantial means to own 25 sailboats.  Aside from Caillebotte, there were paintings by Sisley and Monet.  Hard to think of these as “struggling artists.”  They lived in Argenteuil and seemed to be able to come and go as they pleased.

It was a very chilly, damp, foggy day in the City.  Some of the shots self took that day are nothing but unrelieved gray.  Hard to believe they were taken in the middle of the day, in late June.

A Close-Up of that monument in front of the Legion of Honor

A Close-Up of that monument in front of the Legion of Honor

All week, self has been trying to keep her photos in line with the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of “The World Through Your Eyes.”  At first, the prompt had her scratching her head.  Some of the suggestions were to “look for natural lines or frames in the shot to guide the viewer’s eye” and to “try different angles:  Get low on the pavement.  Look down from above.”  She was hoping to find a Venice picture, but was surprisingly taken by her ghostly Legion of Honor shots.  More about Venice another time!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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