What the Writing Desk Looks Like Today, 19 March 2017

It is Sunday.

A very peaceful, beautiful Sunday.

Birds are singing, the sun is shining. Self has taken to sleeping in her studio on the second floor of her unit. Because it’s so sunny there, with the skylight.

This is what she happened to be reading today, in addition to writing (and starting a new Everlark):

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Self is keeping up with her “Word of the Day” from the Oxford English Dictionary. Today’s word is dislocate. She actually used it in a story she’s working on. YAY!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

What the Writing Desk Looks Like Today, 16 March 2017

It’s the day before St. Patrick’s Day: YAY!

Also, it is raining.

Here’s what the desk looks like today:

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Busy morning.

Self is preparing to send out a story to a writing contest. It’s hard but, since the contest offers a 1-year subscription in return for a (smaller-than-average) entry fee, she figured it was worth it.

The copy of The Guardian next to her laptop is weeks old. But reading about Spicer et. al. is endlessly entertaining.

The Oxford English Dictionary word of the day is aliasing (noun): the misidentification of a signal frequency, introducing distortion or error.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Wish 2: Spring, Don’t Come Too Fast!

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is WISH:

THIS WEEK, SHOW US A WISH

It was cold and windy today: fine, brisk, walking weather.

Self was captivated by these daffodils, springing up in bunches in front of the Main House in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (The wind was blowing: you can see from the angle of the stems)

Spring can’t be far away. Which means warmer weather, longer days. Fabulous!

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Daffodils on the Slope In Front of the Main House, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

And yet, look at this picture she took in the early morning, two days ago: it’s only now she notices the filigree of the tree branches, silhouetted against the sky. So beautiful and delicate. When the leaves come back, this scene will be very different. So self feels conflicted: keeping winter’s bones might not be a bad thing! Especially when looking at trees!

If you look at this photograph with some detachment, doesn’t it look like an echocardiogram? Like the lines spit out of a defibrillator? Self means, the sharp up-and-down squiggles?

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The Lake at Annaghmakerrig, Early Morning

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More of the Road Taken: London, March 2017

Today’s edition of The Road Taken is London.

Oh what a glorious morning. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. Self enjoys looking out at the garden:

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Bedford Place, London

Last night, self attended Evensong at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The celebrant asked the congregation to pray for the United States, so that its leaders may have “consideration.” Afterwards, self headed toward Trafalgar Square:

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Sunday Evening, Trafalgar Square

A few days ago, self met up with old friends Dodo and Helene (who grew up in the Philippines with her). They took her to see the minster at Beverley. We got to the town just before twilight, and the old stone of Beverley Minster seemed to glow:

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Beverley Minster at Twilight

Travel lately has become extremely arduous, but it still gives self the purest joy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

“This Tormented Frontier”: Montcalm and Wolfe, p. 248

Tallying up: Thus far, in Montcalm and Wolfe, there have been:

Two battles, both disastrous (for the English). The good news for the English is that summer is over and everyone, even the French and their Indian allies, go home to cool their heels.

But there is no rest for George Washington, 24. Given the deaths of his immediate superiors, he finds himself in the winter of 1755 in charge of the entire western frontier (300-plus miles)

Unlike this current winter in the U.S., it was “piercing cold.”

It’s a momentous winter because, the following May (1756), England finally “openly declares war.” (Self is mighty confused: all those men killed, all that shooting and maneuvering — what was that? Covert ops circa 1755? lol)

Last night, self read Francis Parkman’s accounts of the battles during the summer of 1755. It was such exciting reading. Tonight, alas, it’s significantly less exciting because it’s winter and nothing is happening except that the governor of Pennsylvania is at odds with the Assembly.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Shadows: 3rd Street, San Francisco and Mendocino

Whether you’re taking a selfie silhouette on the ground, capturing the lines and patterns on the walls while walking your city’s streets, or recording the subtle ways the light hits your subject’s face as she sits next to a window, these different types of shadows you see can add a complex, unexpected layer to your shot.

— Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

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In Situ, SF Museum of Modern Art, 3rd St.

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Umbrella Passing In Situ

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Mendocino: January 2017

 

 

The Future Is Cold: Excerpt from Self’s “Ice”

A journal accepted this piece two years ago.

It still hasn’t seen print.

In the meantime, self has been working on it, adding a sentence here, a paragraph there.

Here’a an excerpt.

It was true the boy’s eyes were strange, as if icecaps were growing in the irises. He tried to staunch the spread, but hour by hour the ice seemed to grow. Until, he hated to say it, the boy had gone completely blind. But he still pretended to watch the sky.

Halloooo came the cry across the frozen wasteland.

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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: April 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Names: San Francisco Cab Ride in Rain

All shots: 3rd Street, South of Market, San Francisco

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Iconic Hearst Building, Market and 3rd

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CPK: Self looked it up, stands for California Pizza Kitchen (She liked it better before she knew what the initials stood for)

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Still More Resilient

More examples of RESILIENT:

The sea is resilient.

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Mendocino Headlands, New Year’s Day 2017

Solitude is for people who are resilient:

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MacCallum House, Mendocino

Capitola Wharf is resilient:

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

New Horizons 2: PLACES

“Look ahead! How will you make the most of this beautiful day?” — Krista, The Daily Post

Self is having trouble with this week’s prompt. For some reason self is so oriented to looking BACK (perhaps it’s the time of year?) that she can’t think how to represent (photographically) looking AHEAD. She doesn’t know how to project looking forward. Especially after the elections we just had.

Because she keeps moving around, EVERYTHING, but everything, is a NEW HORIZON. Which then also means (corollary): to someone who moves around constantly, what’s new is a cliché.

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Ferry Building, Saturday Farmers Market, San Francisco

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New York, Central Park, December 2015: Just look at that guy in shorts!

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Mendocino Headlands, Winter 2016

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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