Claremont, Day 4: Gorgeous

Mood:  Relaxed

Weather: Gorgeous

State of Mind: Happy

Breakfast:  Some Crust Bakery

One word to describe self’s life right now:  Fulness

Claremont, Day 4

Some Crust Bakery, Claremont Village

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

USF Lecture on Translation, Tomorrow, Tuesday, 11 February 2014


A lecture by Andrea Lingenfelter

From Hall 115 – Berman Room

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Lingenfelter will talk about what she has learned in her life as a translator of poetry, fiction, and film subtitles.  Informed by decades of experience with different genres, she will address some of the issues that confront the translator — rhetoric, style, esthetics, sound and syntax, idioms, culture, audience, and ethics.  Drawing on her own work, Dr. Lingenfelter will explore some fundamental differences between poetry, prose, and spoken language that become striking when we translate them.

Free and Open to the Public.


How the Hunger Games Fan Fiction Replicates Self’s Advice . . .

Still in son’s house, the house he and Jennie rent. Every night, we gather in front of the TV to watch the figure skating. Self makes horrible, taunting remarks — about the lace top of one of the male Russian skaters, about Putin sitting grim-faced rink-side, about how the medal counts are broken down by country (“Isn’t the whole point to stop thinking of individual countries, isn’t the point WORLD PEACE?” self whines)

When everyone else has gone to their room, self begins searching for Hunger Games fan fiction. She always finds good ones. The one she began reading earlier is called Good Again. It is 32 chapters. Whoever wrote it, he/she is good.

What makes self burst out laughing is a line from Chapter 7.  Katniss is still suffering from PTSD, it’s been less than a year since she returned to District 12.  She calls Dr. Aurelius, the doctor in the Capitol, and he tells her she needs to go back to hunting.  Here’s an excerpt of their conversation:

“Would you be avoiding hunting?” he asked.

I was absolutely avoiding hunting.  I went sometimes, when Peeta asked for squirrel.  It used to calm me, but now it just reminds me of . . .

“Gale,” I said quietly.  “It reminds me of Gale.”

“I see,” the doctor paused.  “Gale was your hunting partner, as I recall.  Do you love hunting?”

“I do.  Not just hunting.  Being in the woods, walking, climbing trees.”  I was becoming nostalgic.

“Would you say it was a major part of your identity before the reaping?”


“Well, Katniss, I will now assign you a bit of homework.  I want you to go hunting.  Be sure to take a notebook with you.”

Dear blog readers, self is teaching an on-line creative writing class.  And since Day 1 of the class, she has been repeating, over and over:  “Bring a notebook with you wherever you go.  Writing is like a muscle.  It gets better with use.” (Katniss, if you were one of self’s creative writing students this quarter, you wouldn’t have to be told of the value of bringing a notebook with you wherever you go)

To have her words echoed by Doctor Aurelius in Hunger Games fanfiction is beyond priceless.

Self has learned that there’s a new character in the Mockingjay movies:  Antonius.  Why oh why did this new character have to have a name that sounds so much like Aurelius?  Only now, while typing this, does self realize it is perfect:  Antonius, a possible Capitol torturer, is responsible for breaking people.  If this is correct, he’d be a perfect foil to Dr. Aurelius, whose specialty is healing Katniss’s and Peeta’s devastated psyches.  (As usual, self has spoken too soon:  Tonight she reads on Hypable that Antonius is likely “a doctor from District 13.” The mystery deepens. All she can say is, Knepper does a great broody face)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Claremont, Day 3: Yoganette Studio, West Covina

Niece, Llana, chatting with Andrew and Jennie after the yoga workshop at Yoganette, West Covina.

Niece, Llana, chatting with Andrew and Jennie after the yoga workshop at Yoganette, West Covina.

Attended 2-hour yoga workshop at Yoganette in West Covina.

Self had such a workout!  She sweat buckets.

One of the workshop leaders, Llana, is the daughter of her Bacolod cousins, Mae and Manong Eddie Villanueva.

Llana was a great teacher:  kind and patient and very helpful.  Plus, she has a great yoga voice.  Hypnotic.  Self could feel her neurosis spinning out of herself, slowly but surely.

How self would love to say she lost 5 lbs. in two hours.  Dream ON, self!

Llana chatting with us after the workshop.

Llana chatting with us after the workshop.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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