Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (CFFC): Fun with Other Challenges

This week’s CFFC spotlight is MONDAY WINDOWS.

Self loves Monday Windows.

Here’s the front window of Mendocino Chocolate Company on Main Street in Mendocino Village. If anyone’s within driving distance, highly recommend!

Me

Bonus window: The Gallery Bookshop is one of self’s favorite bookstores. Also on Main Street in Mendocino Village, it is open every day until 6 p.m. Self took this picture in the late afternoon, on a cloudy day in December.

Gallery Bookshop, Main Street, Mendocino, California

The Writer Hans Fallada

His novel, called in English Little Man, What Now? was a huge bestseller, sold 42,000 copies in Germany alone. And THIS was before social media!

He followed that up in three months with another book, whose title in English was Once He had a Child. The “frenetic pace left him breathless with exhaustion. Abscesses on his gums sent him into surgery three times, and both his children got whooping cough.”

That is indeed awful. But I have never been able to write a novel in three months. So there’s that.

Sentence of the Day, 2nd Monday of 2022

Self keeps writing the year as 2021, gets confused when she sees she has something written in her computer dated TOMORROW, 2021, thinks she is getting amnesia, then remembers that 2021 is last year, and it’s over. She feels like she’s jumped the shark.

Sentence:

Relentless Nazi brutality invigorates the conviction that they must fight back steadily, diligently, without hesitation.

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, p. 149

As if things weren’t bad enough, Mildred’s husband Arvid begins making her the focus of some deep anger. He stays out as late as he possibly can. He and Mildred divide their apartment into separate realms: her space is the kitchen, his is the living room.

He begins to refer to the living room as his room. “It’s mine too,” Mildred insists. “Yours is mine and mine’s yours.”

He: “It’s only mine and I don’t want to see anyone else in it.”

Maybe Arvid began to go crazy when he had to burn his manuscript for a book that was to be published in two days’ time. Not only did he have to burn it, he also had to take the added precaution of dumping the ashes in the Landwehr canal. After dumping his book’s ashes, he headed straight to the office of his publisher, and smashed the printing plates to pieces. “He will take no chances.” (p. 106) Mildred ends up eating a lot of long, lonely suppers by herself (But maybe she is happy because at least there is no one to pester her about staying out of the living room?)

Then she makes acquaintance of the renowned German writer Hans Fallada (self nearly fainted when she saw the name, even she knows Hans Fallada), whose real name, it turns out, is Rudolf Ditzen.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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