More Friends: An Ever-Shifting Panoply

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is FRIENDS.

Which is a very fun theme!

  • Nutschell Ann Windsor, Program Administrator, UCLA Extension Writers Program (She writes, too!)
  • Keith Tuma, Director of Miami University Press, which published self’s Mayor of the Roses, the first in their fiction series
  • Amy Toland at last year’s AWP Book Fair in Los Angeles
  • Irene Lacson, niece and travel buddy

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Poetry Saturday: JOAN McGAVIN’s

Joan’s second poetry collection, Passing Arcadia Close (Oversteps Books) was recently published, and it’s a beauty:

Portrait of the Ferryman (An Excerpt)

A man is dreaming
of the beautiful naked woman
whose face he can’t make out
and of the cottage
they’ll live in where you open
the door and the sound of the sea dances in.

*
A man is praying that
the mad woman he has married
will be cured if they go
to the village
on the bay where the tide whispers
only healing words.

This is Joan, another poet, Jenny Lewis, and Jenny’s granddaughter Abigail at Jenny’s home in Oxford, 2014 or 2015.

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Joan McGavin, Jenny Lewis, and Jenny’s Granddaughter Abigail in Oxford, UK: July 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

#amreading: THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE

Self is very much enjoying her first Jonathan Evison novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance. She is in Paris, enjoying the vibes. The book she read before this one, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, by Rinker Buck, was about crossing America in a covered wagon; she began reading it in Cork, almost a month ago. She was still reading it in London. Still reading it in Bath. Finally, finally, in Versailles, she finished it. Because mules just do not go with chateaus, just saying.

Now, at least, she’s reading about cruises. Much better:

The weight of the impending cruise sits on her shoulders, a heavy dread. If only she could cancel without breaking Mildred’s heart. From the beginning, Harriet hoped that Mildred would decline, so she wouldn’t have to go herself, but she should have known better.

— p. 23, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison

Since the book blurbs all state that the cruise is going to happen, self doesn’t have to wallow in the main character’s dithering. Rather than condemn, she relates.

It is a painful, really painful, idea to go on a cruise.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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