MORE CHERRY ON TOP (Meaning: Hats)

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is about:

The cherry on top.

The icing on the cake

“a desirable feature perceived as the finishing touch to something that is already very good.” (Oxford English Dictionary)

Here are three “cherry on top” pictures.

  •  Karina (The cherry on top is that she is so sweet. And likes wearing baseball caps. She lives in Calgary)
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Karina is self’s guide to all things YA. Her latest book recommendation: Sarah J. Maas’s THRONE OF GLASS (Exciting read!)

  • The Calgary Stampede is fabulous. The “cherry on top” is that everywhere you look, you see people wearing cowboy hats:
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Don’t ask self what “Beaver Balls” are. She has no idea.

Self took this picture during the Annual Redwood City Fourth of July Parade. Look at the man’s fantastic sombrero! Definitely the “cherry on top.”

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2016 Annual Redwood City Fourth of July Parade

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Details: Summer Garb, So On Fleek, July 2016

I love the exotic and the mundane, the wondrous and the earthy.

—  Jen H., The Daily Post

This month is the height of summer.

Summer is self’s favorite season.

It is hot, and the corn and watermelon are sweet.

Garb is: Anything Goes.

For self’s first post on The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge this week — DETAILS — she decided to share pictures of clothing that caught her eye at various outdoor events this month:

(1) At the Calgary Stampede, held every July in fabulous Calgary, Alberta: A young Mom rocks the pink cowboy boots and the gold tote bag combo!

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(2)  A couple crossing the intersection of Jefferson and Middlefield in downtown Redwood City during a lull in the annual Redwood City Fourth of July Parade are rockin’ the Stars and Stripes! You can only pull this kind of look off in July. Otherwise, you just look cheesy!

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3)  Finally, another Stars’n Stripes outfit from the 2016 Redwood City Fourth of July parade:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Opposites 3: Parades are Self’s “Thing”

Self was in Redwood City for the Fourth of July, and she took hundreds of pictures of the annual parade.

Here are some of the ones she thinks capture the spirit of what Ben Huberman on The Daily Post called “the power of a single frame to bring together conflicting elements.”

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Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Cars. Plus, Cop and Onlookers

She was so lucky she was able to get a picture of the Stanford Tree! Here it is in front of a real tree:

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The Stanford Tree always accompanies the Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band! The band is famous for its antics. The cop is watching.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Opposites 2: Fourth of July Parade!

  • Heavy and light, hard and soft, smooth and textured, inanimate and organic . . .

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post Photo Challenge: OPPOSITES

Saw many great opportunities for pictures today, at the annual Redwood City Fourth of July parade!

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Redwood City Cop taking a picture of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band: 4th of July, 2016

And, in the picture below, the people on the truck are waving in opposite directions:

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Redwood City Cop taking a picture of the Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band: 4th of July, 2016

Finally, the attire of the two people in the photo below are complete opposites:

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The Fourth of July: Anything Goes!

HAPPY HAPPY FOURTH, EVERYONE!

Stay tuned.

When Your Favorite Fanfiction Author Updates After 21 Months

Seriously: WHAT READER waits 21 months for the next chapter of a Work-in-Progress?

A fan fiction reader, that’s who.

What author wouldn’t kill for that kind of control?

All right, so J. K. Rowling has millions of fans and her novels get 100,000 reviews on Amazon.com. But she has to work awfully hard, write full-length novels, blah blah blah. The author who updated yesterday has only two works on-line.  Each probably less than 200 pages. And the chapters are about 10 pages long.

Yesterday, when self saw that one of her favorite stories had updated, it was like:

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Self stared at the screen, blinking. Was she dreaming? She opened the chapter.

Beautiful amazing everything!

Her theory about fan fiction is: it’s not just the appeal of creating new stories for characters one knows and loves. Fan fiction is all about serialization.

Some authors update on a regular basis: once a week, every Wednesday or Tuesday or Saturday. The readers hang around, fingers poised over the link button, on that designated day of the week.

Others post complete work (One-shots or Drabbles: a term self finally figured out means roughly the same thing as Flash Fiction) and then take it down.

But, talk about building a brand! There are names that have such a reputation that they can keep followers — even if all they do is drop one chapter oh, say, every 21 months or so.

It is simply tragic to get hooked on an incomplete story, but they do abound. There’s nothing worse than saying good-bye on a cliff-y. One website warns readers like so:

INCOMPLETE, LAST UPDATE 2013, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

No matter what else happens this week, self already knows: it’s going to be a great week. Heck, it’s going to be a great year.

Life goes on, the author is still alive (amazing, everyone’s anonymous on fan fiction, and no one talks about RL — real life), the story is still alive, self is still alive, the world is still alive, and —

Holy Cow! It’s the Fourth of July! Yippeeeeee!

Last year, Fourth of July, self was else. England, probably.

Today, she got stuck in Redwood City downtown, because she saw a movie and when she came out, barricades for the annual parade had been set up — all around her car.

“There was a sign,” a woman told self. She was one of those setting up a booth. “You just didn’t bother to read them.”

Rude! She drove around in circles. Thought she’d end up sleeping in Courthouse Square, in her car. Come to think of it, that would probably make a really really good story. Something like Night at the Museum, only Night In Redwood City, Courthouse Square, Behind a Barricade. Some security person eventually took pity on self (but not before making self squirm for half an hour) and moved a barricade.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Faces 3: Annual Redwood City, CA Fourth of July Parade

One of the biggest on the Peninsula. This was from the Parade a few years ago:

One of self’s favorite holidays. Seriously.

Mariachis, Beauty Queens, and the Always Inimitable Leland Stanford, Jr. University Marching Band.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Dance 2: What Makes People Want To Move

Is it just self or are The Daily Post Photo Challenges becoming more challenging? The theme of this week’s challenge is DANCE:

Below, Artist Janet Self at Oddfellows Art Gallery, Mendocino:

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Artist Janet Self, standing next to her piece in the 2nd floor of Oddfellows art gallery in Mendocino, 2014

Below, one of self’s large collection of Christmas ornaments.

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Fresh-Cut from Wegman’s: December 2014

Final Picture: the Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 2014:

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Cool Shoes: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

Optimistic 3: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 4

Cold, gloomy.

There is someone tromping on the roof.

Reminds self she hasn’t logged on to Twitter in a week or more.

When self has no time to play hashtag games, things are really getting serious.

In spite of all, she faces 2016 with optimism.

Here’s a necklace made by the sister of Mavee Park (BFF in kindergarten in Manila!)

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Necklace handmade in the Philippines; Red Sweater from Dublin

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Mavee throws a huge Thanksgiving party every year. Self was a guest at last year’s. Mavee scattered these paper stars (from the Philippines) all over her rec room.

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Thumbs Up! The Blog Mistress Herself, on a Fast Train to Venice, November 2015

It’s a crime not to feel optimistic in Italy. Seriously.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Circle: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Daily Post’s first Photo Challenge of 2016 is CIRCLE.

The New Year is “a time of endings and beginnings.” Either “go literal, and look for things around you with perfectly round shapes . . . ” or go the metaphorical route (circle of life, etc)

Self decided, for this post, to go literal:

These are pictures she took in New York City, mid-December 2015:

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Columbus Circle (Upper West Side), New York City: December 2015

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Horse-Drawn Carriages abound in New York’s Central Park. Look at those big wheels!

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Near Grand Central Station, New York, December 2015

Hard to believe it’s already 2016!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Brienne of Tarth!

For a while, self was waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square, but Justin Bieber wasn’t on the night’s list of performers so she got bored.

Self has spent the days leading up to New Year’s bingeing on Game of Thrones Season 5.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

OMG Brienne! So good to see you! Hey, did you just chop off someone’s head with your mighty sword? And hey, did Vanity Fair really opine that maybe Stannis Baratheon isn’t really dead? And oh hey, what’s with Danaerys surrounded by a marauding pack of plains horsemen (If self were Danaerys, she’d pray for a quick execution. Which, this being GOT, will never happen)

Vanity Fair refers to Brienne’s path in Season 5 as totally off-book. What does that mean?

Also, one of self’s favorite moments in the finale of Season 5 was Theon and Sansa jumping off a wall together, holding hands. At last! These two most degraded of characters — go take a leap of faith! If only someone would go truly off-book and have Ramsay Bolton throw himself off a castle rampart, not into a snow bank but into a pit of sharpened stakes! That would be the only fitting end for such as he!

Also, she doesn’t understand what’s happening to Arya but possibly the young damsel is becoming bat-shit crazy as who wouldn’t be after living in a cold stone monastery-type place with a man who speaks in cryptic sentences and is constantly shifting faces. Not to mention the girl who keeps striking her.

Then of course self is in complete denial about Jon Snow.

Maybe he’s turning into a White Walker!

Maybe now that he’s been released from his physical incarnation, his true essence can flit about and become a true instigator!

Also, Stannis and to a lesser extent although maybe not to a lesser extent Mrs. Stannis: HOW COULD YOU?

Also, loving the Podrick/Brienne camaraderie.

Also, that was quite a long, lingering look at naked Cersei, even though it was for the purpose of showing the Queen’s absolute humiliation (Only Lena Headey could pull that one off so convincingly!)

Also, self knew without a doubt that when Ellaria gave Myrcella a full-on lip-to-lip kiss, she was up to no good, which was borne out about an hour or so later, when Myrcella started gushing blood from her nose. All in front of her dad, Jaime Lannister. Since Jaime’s ship didn’t look very far from land, self wondered if he would turn the ship around and slay Ellaria. Which — did self ever share with dear blog readers that she saw the actress who plays Ellaria in the Globe production of Titus Andronicus last year? And she was truly truly awesomely seductive. Anyway, of the three acolytes of Ellaria (who are very bad fighters, despite the showy whips, in self’s humble opinion), the smallest one has an impressive rack, and shows it off. Another looks like she could be Filipina. And as for Jaime, she thinks the metal hand is cool. But he should really go back to engaging in witty repartee with Brienne.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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