#amwritinghistoricalfiction: BLUE WATER, DISTANT SHORES, p. 14

“You have been spreading falsehoods. You are a wicked child. Why do you cause your mother so much grief? What evil has infected you? Do you delight in making her miserable? What does it serve?”

Matias is so frightened that he cannot speak a word. “Do you know what mortal sin is?” the priest continues. He rises from the desk. He looks immense, immovable as a boulder.

Growth: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 3 January 2018

In this first week of the year, many people anticipate beginnings, changes, and opportunities for growth. Share with us an image that evokes this spirit of change and newness — the smile of a new friend, a freshly planted garden, an empty journal waiting to be filled.

— Jen H., The Daily Post

Self is in Manila for the first time in a number of years, and what she loves most about it is the fact that even in the smallest pocket gardens, the plant life is so fecund. Below, three examples:

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