WIP: A Sequel to “First Life” (Juked.com)

Juked.com published self’s “First Life” in July 2015.

There were the characters:

  • Dragon, the main character
  • Fire Lizard, the teacher
  • Big, a classmate
  • Drinker, a classmate
  • Her, a classmate, Dragon’s “Friends with Benefits”

The setting: a classroom in the Philippines, where it’s snowing

Self decided to try writing a story about what happens the day after the events in “First Life.” So, we’re back to the same classroom, with the same students (minus, of course, Her), the same teacher, Fire Lizard, and a new student, Fur.

Class begins. Fire Lizard tells the students to turn on their cornea slips.

“We all nod. The slips engage. Mine are still a bit fuzzy. Tears can do that to you.”

The previous day . . . well, just read the story on Juked.com

“Change is difficult,” Fire Lizard says, for the first time looking at me with something like sympathy. “Disruptive. Care for a memory wipe? A yellow pill?”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


State of Mind: Mendocino, February 2016

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge (2016 Week # 9) is STATE OF MIND.

  • “Every photo we take says something about our emotions at the moment of taking it.”

So, what was self’s state of mind when she took these three pictures? She took them during her daily walks around Mendocino Village. For the second year in a row, she’s been fortunate to have a place at the Mendocino Art Center. Her state of mind in Mendocino can safely be summed up as: very Zen.


Garden Bakery, Mendocino: They have the best turkey empanadas!


Mendocino Art Center (commonly referred to as the MAC), Little Lake Street, Mendocino


Saw these signs in a shop window on Main Street. Very, very Mendocino. Hey, look at self! She’s a mermaid!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.



Self has been laughing for two days straight. Ever since she started Chapter XXIV of Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano. She can’t remember reading with this much gusto since — Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior? Wait, that was just two months ago. Anyhoo . . .

In the world of Player Piano, which is supposed to be science fiction but is so AU self wishes she could wake Kurt Vonnegut from his grave and tell him he was in the wrong category, everyone is classified by occupation, and there are book clubs (You’d think that would be the first to go in the world of the future but anyhoo). These clubs are run like so:

pp. 210 – 211

“A lot of research goes into what’s run off, believe me. Surveys of public reading tastes, readability and appeal tests on books being considered. Heavens, running off an unpopular book would put a club out of business like that!” He snapped his fingers ominously. “The way they keep culture so cheap is by knowing in advance what and how much of it people want. They get it right, right down to the color of the jacket. Gutenberg would be amazed.”

“Gutenberg?” said Khashdrahr.

“Sure — the man who invented movable type. First man to mass-produce Bibles.”

Alla sutta takki?” said the Shah.

“Eh?” said Halyard.

“Shah wants to know if he made a survey first.”

“Anyway,” said the girl, “my husband’s book was rejected by the Council.”

“Badly written,” said Halyard primly. “The standards are high.”

“Beautifully written,” she said patiently. “But it was twenty-seven pages longer than the maximum length; its readability quotient was 26.3, and — “

“No club will touch anything with an RQ above 17,” explained Halyard.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


SEASONS 3: Mendocino, Last Thursday of February 2016

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Self went for a walk around the village.


Mendocino Village has many examples of whimsical garden art!


Spring is in the air! This table and chairs was in front of a local beauty salon.

And, for election season, Bernie Sanders would like to extend a warm welcome!


Every local person self has spoken to so far is a Bernie Sanders supporter. Clearly, Mendocino is HIS town.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


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