Packing for AWP 2014

Self bought this luggage tag after getting back from Venice:

This had better work . . .

This had better work . . .

It is raining in Seattle.

Perfect.  If self could just sleeeep . . .

Stay tuned.

From the Long-Unheard From (Robert Greene)

The 48 Laws of Power is such an entertaining book!

Whenever self is desperate for a pick-me-up, she lets the book fall open on a random page.

Tonight she lands on Law # 3, p. 19

At the top of the page is a quote from that most learned Jesuit, Baltasar Gracian (1601 – 1658)

Do not be held a cheat, even though it is impossible to live today without being one.  Let your greatest cunning lie in covering up what looks like cunning.

Ugh.

Then self starts to ponder:  what if the shoe were on the other foot?  What if you looked at someone and thought: You are cunning, but I’m on to you.  You think I’m stupid, but I know you’re a cheat.

It truly is exhausting to be cunning.

Whereas, to be able to detect cunning is not only relaxing, it is empowering.  Because it makes you feel absolutely brilliant. Like Sherlock Holmes 3.0.  Especially if you happen to just stumble across the revelation.  While frosting a cake, say.  Draped in an apron.

Self wishes the part that spells out “Observance of the Law” weren’t about 1850 and the young Otto von Bismarck, about the unification of the German states, about the war against Austria, about speechifying.

Self turns the page.  Apparently, von Bismarck came out as a peace advocate, addressing the German parliament and urging it not to declare war against its neighbor.  Then, as soon as he was appointed a member of the cabinet, he goaded a peace-loving king into war with Austria, “crushing the former empire and establishing a mighty German state.”

Interpretation of the Law:  “By being completely insincere and sending misleading signals, however, he deceived everyone, concealed his purpose, and attained everything he wanted.”

But what if you don’t know what you want, and advocate one course of action, but subconsciously want the opposite, and then things just turn out right by sheer coincidence?  Like, what if you’re not insincere, just confused?  And what if things turn out right because you’re lucky, but people think it was because you were insincere?

Just try wrapping your head around that one for a minute!

How did that song from Queen go?

Mama Mia, Mama Mia, Bee-yehl-ze-bub has a devil put aside for me.  For meeeeee!!!  For ME!!!!!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

More Threes: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Another set of non-filmic threes for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

Self doesn’t know where her head is at, these days. What with hearing from three different editors about three different short pieces accepted for publication, and having to mail signed author contracts, and leaving for the AWP conference in Seattle, she is extremely distracted, to say the least.

Still, she found a quiet space of half an hour this evening, and decided to use the time to try and come up with another set of three pictures for the photo challenge. Once again, she tried to find three that had a strong narrative sequence. Once again, she failed.

She did notice, however, that trying to think of her pictures as part of a set of three leads her to select photographs that were taken from the same place and roughly the same time about the same subject.  This gives them a unity of focus — in time, if nothing else.  She likes!

Palo Alto Art Festival, August 2013.  Tasso Street is closed to traffic and artists make chalk drawings.

Palo Alto Art Festival, August 2013. Tasso Street is closed to traffic and artists make chalk drawings.

Self discovered that she is very attracted to the color orange!

Self discovered that she is very attracted to the color orange!

Still more orange-y chalk art.  Hard to believe it all gets hosed away after the festival.

Still more orange-y chalk art. Hard to believe it all gets hosed away after the festival.

Here’s a link to one of the artists who was featured in the 2013 Palo Alto Festival.

Stay tuned.

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