Serenity: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is SERENITY.

The prompt on The Daily Post site is accompanied by a shot of a giant Buddha that was taken on Lantau Island in Hong Kong (Cannot tell you how long self has been wanting to go to Lantau Island, for this very reason)

Anyhoo, on this overcast day, self decided to go south on Highway 1. Destination: Bridget Dolan’s Pub in Elk, which alas turned out to be closed (Opens at 4:30 p.m. — Self would never drive that stretch of Highway after dark. She white-knuckled it in broad daylight — not so much because of the road’s sharp twists and turns, but because there were a number of speeding trucks who kept almost bumping up behind her and hardly gave self any time to pull over)

She did stop once, to take a couple of pictures. Here are a few of the ones she took. By sheer happenstance, they seem to go well with this week’s prompt:

Just South of Mendocino on Highway 1

Just South of Mendocino on Highway 1

Off Highway 1, a few miles south of Mendocino

More of the same off Highway 1

Self recalls seeing a sign saying Van Damme State Park, across the highway.

Self recalls seeing a sign saying Van Damme State Park, across the highway. Doesn’t that piece of driftwood just look FANTASTIC? Self was almost tempted to drag it to her car and bring it home to use as a table base but she’d probably have been breaking some law . . .

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Regarding CHARLIE HEBDO and What’s Going On

On January 7, Wednesday, self was driving to Mendocino to begin an artists residency. She turned her car radio to National Public Radio, which was mostly devoted to interviews. Somewhere around Santa Rosa, the regular programming got taken over by news coming from Paris. Apparently, there’d been shootings related Read the rest of this entry »

The Chattahoochee Review: Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction

Announcing The Chattahoochee Review’s Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction!

Judges:  David James Poissant and Marcia Aldrich

Prizes:  $1,000 @ and a 1-yr subscription to The Chattahoochee Review

Contest Deadline:  January 31, 2015

Shadowed 7: Her Unit at the Mendocino Art Center

All week, self’s been finding the shadows, as instructed by this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

Morning Shadows, Self's Apartment in the Mendocino Art Center

Morning Shadows, Self’s Apartment in the Mendocino Art Center

Early Morning: The windows of self's apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Early Morning: The windows of self’s apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

It doesn't start getting light until about 7:30 a.m.: Self craves the sunlight, waits for it every day.

View From the Door to Her Apartment:  It doesn’t start getting light until about 7:30 a.m.: Self craves the sunlight, waits for it every day.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Reviewing the Reading List

So, last year self read nine books. Nine.

The only reason she knows this is, she decided to keep tallies by posting on Goodreads.

There was a time when she averaged reading 60 books a year.

That was as recent as five, six years ago.

The book she’s almost done reading (only about 20 pages to go!) Hakan Nesser’s Woman with Birthmark, is indeed very exciting, but she decided to look ahead, to the books she plans to read for the rest of the year, and none of them are light reading. In fact, some sound downright depressing. But depressing books do not depress self, go figure (though they may very well depress the readers of this blog, since she always blogs about what she is currently reading). Here are the books on her plate for 2015, after she’s done with Woman with Birthmark:

  • Silas Marner, by George Eliot (She took an advance peak: gulp. Though the Everyman Library edition only has a little over 200 pages, the text is so dense. Hardly a line of dialogue. It’s going to take her forever.)
  • Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin (This is about Irish immigrants. Self expects her visit to Ireland last year will definitely come in handy)
  • 2066, by Roberto Bolaño (The last time she read Bolaño was in Bacolod. And did it ever unleash a flood of work from her. She thinks Bolaño and Murakami are her go-to authors for angst-y narrative)
  • Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson (Much about drinking and other macho high jinks)
  • Excursions to the Equator, by Mark Twain (Self is really looking forward to this one, as she loves Mark Twain. And loves travel books)
  • The Third Reich at War, by Richard Evans (Self has a definite weakness for World War II and Holocaust literature. She remembers forcing son to take an elective called Literature of Witness when he was in Sacred Heart, simply so that she could have access to the class reading list. This one’s a whopper of a book: the paperback is 656 pages. Which means it will probably take her the rest of the year to finish. And she’ll be trundling it all over the place, which will put undoubtable strain on her shoulders and forearms. But it’s been a long long time since her last World War II book. She feels a definite almost-nostalgia for the period)

P.S. Self was on her way to order take-out fish and chips from Patterson’s Pub, but she mentioned her destination to someone who said Trillium’s fish and chips were better. It’s only about a block away. Exciting!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

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