Chapter Six, TTTDOJ: The Birth of Julian Scaller

Chapter Six is possibly self’s favorite chapter so far. Alix E. Harrow, what a clever writer you are.


It turns out that January’s father, whose name in his own world (“the world of the Written”) was Yule Ian Scholar, became the employee of a rich American businessman named Locke who, in addition to keeping January under lock and key, changed the father’s name to Julian Scaller. Oh! (Self snarls at Locke)

So many Will Parry/ His Dark Materials FEELZ! Will Parry and his endless search for his explorer father, only to hear whispers of a mysterious entity named Jonpari, a wild man, a hermit, an explorer who’s lost his way, who turns out to be the very much alive JOHN PARRY (in The Subtle Knife, one of self’s favorite novels of all time)

There is also an Italian grocer-boy who brings on the Will Parry feelz, because he is January’s devoted friend and helps to rescue her from a sanatorium.

Before self ends up spilling the plot of the whole book (which would not be very nice), let her just say that in Chapter Six, Julian Scaller begins to doubt the wisdom of leaving his daughter all these years in the care of the American businessman Locke.

He tries to come up with a plan: Option A, Option B, Option C and so forth.

Option D:

Run away, take refuge in another world. I could find a door and go through it, taking January with me, and build a new life for the two of us in some safer, brighter world. In favor: ultimate safety from pursuers. Against: see above. And I am far from certain that all worlds connect to one another — were we to flee to another world, could I ever find the Written again? And if Ade should claw her way back home, would she ever find us?

There was no E. Continue on precisely as before, but this is the course I ultimately chose. Life has a kind of momentum to it, I’ve found, an accumulated weight of decisions which become impossible to shift.

Life in Colour, May Challenge: PURPLE

Read about the Life in Colour Photo Challenge, here.

This month’s color is PURPLE.

Purple is “a secondary colour made from red and blue, though you can find many different shades of purple. Stay clear of violet though as that will be making its own appearance. Although found in nature in shades of crocuses, lilacs, and irises, look for the bruised colours in a sunrise or sunset, an indigo sea, a full moon in an inky sky.”

Here are a gallery of self’s purples:

Some may be questionably purple, lol. Nevertheless.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Voice: The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Blazed through The Bone Ships in the wee hours. Whoa, self did not realize there was actual intimacy between two characters? Anyhoo, she’s just begun The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow, a writer she has never read before.

All the books she’s read so far this year are by writers she’s never read before. Except for Louise Penny. Self has read an early Inspector Gamache, but had no memory of Jean-Guy Beauvoir, go figure!

At seven, I’d spent considerably more time with Mr. Locke than with my own biological father, and insofar as it was possible to love someone so naturally comfortable in three-piece suits, I loved him.

As was his custom, Mr. Locke had taken rooms for us in the nicest establishment available; in Kentucky, that translated to a sprawling pinewood hotel on the edge of the Mississippi, clearly built by someone who wanted to open a grand hotel but hadn’t ever met one in real life.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow, p. 5

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thursday Trios

Find and ye shall seek.

When self goes looking for trios, she usually finds some in her archives.

Thanks Mama Cormier, for hosting the Thursday Trios challenge!

First picture is of a three-panel screen she found in World Market. Turned out to be made in the Philippines.

Second is the lobby of the V & A. What a stunner the Chihuly is, dangling from the ceiling. This picture dates from May 2019.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.


April is almost over, where does the time go?

Ever since she saw this work at Sacramento’s Crocker Museum, which self visited recently (her first road trip — or trip anywhere — since January 2020), she knew she would end up using it for this month’s Bright Squares Challenge, hosted by Becky at The Life of B.

The work is Body-Centered Cubic, circa 1960, by Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Thursday Trios

This challenge is hosted by Mama Cormier. Every Thursday, you post a picture of a trio.

Self knows, it is Monday today. Nevertheless.

  • Bath, England 2017
  • Self’s three contributor copies of The Cost of Paper, published by 1888 Center in Orange, CA
  • A trio of Mike Byrne ceramics, at an exhibit in Dublin Castle, May 2019
  • Alan Meredith’s ebonised wood triptych, at the same exhibit in Dublin Castle, May 2019

Searching for trios can be quite addictive!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.


Self hasn’t missed a day in April! Here’s how to join:

Post anything that’s

sparkling, polished, shining, clever, cheerful, colourful, astute, brilliant, sunny, glorious, translucent, distinct and clear

But whatever you post has to be in the shape of a square. Get inspired by the galleries on The Life of B.

Today, a gallery of Calders from the Calder/Picasso exhibit at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park. Photo # 3 is Calder’s homage to Josephine Baker. LOOOVE the fish.

’twas a memorable exhibit. Going on at the same time as the Frida Kahlo.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Your Frida Kahlo Picture of the Day: Apr. 23 BRIGHT SQUARES

April Bright Squares have been so much fun!

The host of this challenge is Becky at The Life of B.

Yesterday was her birthday. Happy, Happy Birthday, Becky!

Self took loads of pictures at the de Young last Tuesday. And she bought the Frida Kahlo exhibit catalogue (a steal at $19.99). The exhibit was supposed to open last year, self had a ticket for March 2020. Finally, finally, over a year later, she saw it!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 21 BRIGHT SQUARES: Kahlo and Calder at the de Young Museum

Want to join in the fun?

Every month, Becky at The Life of B announces a new Squares Challenge. The challenge for April is BRIGHT.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Posting Early Again! April 20 BRIGHT SQUARES

Tomorrow morning, early, self is headed to the de Young to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. Finally, finally.

Because she’ll probably be out the whole day, she’s posting tomorrow’s Bright Square early. Thank you to Becky at The Life of B for hosting this challenge!

More pictures from the Crocker Museum in Sacramento! The huge painting is Landscape with an Archer, by David Ligare (American, born 1945)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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