A Stephen Hawking Mention!

p. 33 of Phillip Meyer’s novel, American Rust:

“. . . take Stephen Hawking — your favorite crippled genius abandons his wife. Twenty-six years of changing his bedpan and then — sorry, honey, I think it’s time for a newer model.”

Reading Laird Barron’s OCCULTAION on Christmas Eve!

Occultation is soooo creepy. The publisher is Night Shade Books of San Francisco. Self bought her copy years ago, from Borderlands on the Mission.

Sorry, dear blog readers, sorry. It is Christmas Eve. Why is self reading horror?

She thought it would give her ideas for writing a Vampire Peeta fan fic of her own.

It’s about annihilation and transformation.

There is a very smart introduction written by Michael Shae in which he says:

To be transformed, to be remade, is not a passive exercise. It is an excruciating eclosion, a branching, fracturing emergence into a much bigger, hungrier universe.

Shae is right. Can anyone imagine that process — even if it’s a familiar trope like turning into a vampire or becoming zombi-fied — isn’t painful?

(About becoming a zombie: to read a story about just how painful it is, read Carrie Ryan’s in the anthology, After: Ninesteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia. In that story, people have discovered a way to un-zombify the zombies. It’s told from the point of view of one of these un-zombified. And the way she describes the process of recovery is awful. So we imagine what it must have been like to turn in the first place)

Self will leave dear blog readers alone now so they can think about holiday good cheer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

NOW, But For How Long?

Self likes the way the last Daily Post Photo Challenge Prompt for 2015 (NOW) made her focus on pictures that weren’t necessarily well-composed, that weren’t what she normally thinks of as “good” but which unmistakably captured/evoked a place or person or thing that exists in the moment:

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Venice, From a Vaporetto, November 2015: One day, this city will sink into the sea.

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And now, a street: Florence, November 2015

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On the Punta Vecchio in Florence: November 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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