LINES: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 25 April 2018

Self almost forgot it was Wednesday! She was so busy tweeting and reading The Amber Spyglass and being confused by life, such as why her library copy of the book was missing 37 pages. She’d never have noticed if it weren’t for the kind child who inserted an index card warning the reader that 38 pages were missing. Since the book itself doesn’t seem to have been mangled, this seems to be entirely the fault of the publisher: RANDOM HOUSE. Anyhoo, she might have realized eventually, since p. 206 is a page with Mrs. Coulter, and on p. 239 Mrs. Coulter is not in evidence. But, hard to say.

Now to LINES.

  • As you look through your lens this week, pay attention to LINES.

— Cheri Lucas Rowlands, The Daily Post

Oh how fabulous! Self loves making her photographs into some kind of abstract representation of something totally different. That’s easy to do if you look at everything in terms of lines. Such, as her unit in the Mendocino Art Center, which is pretty empty so you can clearly see the rectangular repetitions of shelves, desk, doorway, etc.

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Unit # 12, Mendocino Art Center, April 2018

And then, the lines the blinds make across the page she is reading:

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Reading THE SUBTLE KNIFE, Book II of Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy

And, finally, the lines of this aloe vera plant she saw (it was gigantic) in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens:

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Aloe Plant, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 21 April 2018

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Four Weeks In Hawthornden, Scotland, June 2012

The benefactress Drue Heinz passed away recently, and there was outpouring of sadness from all Hawthornden alums. The impact she had on writers around the world was amazing.

June 2012, self availed of one of Ms. Heinz’s enduring legacies: the Hawthornden Retreat for Writers, near Edinburgh (40 minutes by public bus from). Four wonderful weeks, with five other writers: Allison Amend, Richard Lemm, Jenny Lewis, Marylee McDonald, and Joan McGavin.

One of us volunteered to write down every book recommendation, every movie recommendation, every poem recommendation, every television series recommendation and every short story recommendation. Self completely forgot about this list, until today.

She’s going through her house in Redwood City, inch by inch. At the back of a drawer, she pulled out this list. She didn’t have time to look at it in Redwood City, which must be why she brought it with her to Mendocino. Here are some of the book recommendations (The list is three pages long, double-sided. Self has no time)

FANTASY

  • Guy Gavriel Kay: The Fionavar Tapestry

MEMOIR

  • John Steinbeck: Travels with Charlie

NONFICTION

  • Jim Rosenberger: High Steel

NOVELS

  • Bhira Backhaus: Under the Lemon Trees
  • John Banville: Doctor Copernicus
  • Andrea Barrett: The Voyage of the Narwhal
  • Joseph Boyden: Three Day Road
  • Michael Byers: Percival’s Planet
  • Sarah Shun-lien Bynum: The Ms. Hempel Chronicles
  • Michael Crummey: Galore
  • Richard Flanagan: Wanting and Death of a River Guide
  • Katherine Govier: Angel Walk
  • Eleanor Henderson: Ten Thousand Saints
  • Guy Gavriel Kay: Under Heaven
  • Larry McMurtry: Hud
  • Howard Norman: The Bird Artist
  • Marge Piercy: Gone to Soldiers
  • John Steffler: The Afterlife of George Cartwright
  • Elizabeth Strout: Abide With Me and Olive Kitteridge
  • Rosemary Sutcliffe: The Eagle of the Ninth
  • Adam Thorpe: Ulverton
  • Sigrid Undset: Kristin Lavransdatter

NOVELLAS

  • Josh Weil: The New Valley (3 novellas)

POETRY

  • Tamar Yoseloff: The City With Horns

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

  • Andrea Barrett: Ship Fever
  • Evgenia Citkowitz (Hawthornden Alum): Ether: Seven Stories and a Novella
  • Michael Faber: The Apple: Crimson Petal Stories and The Fahrenheit Twins
  • Tim O’Brien: Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, The Lake in the Woods
  • Tobias Wolff: In the Garden of the North American Martyrs

Prolific 2: Mendocino Village

It is spring. Self had a sudden hankering for shiitake mushrooms. So she walked to Corners of the Mouth Market on Ukiah. The vacant lots she passed were dotted with little white and yellow flowers, a whole profusion of them. She wouldn’t have stopped to take pictures if she hadn’t been thinking of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge: PROLIFIC.

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Kids lying on their backs, stretched out on the soft grass. School’s out, AYAYAYAYAY, such a beautiful afternoon.

She peeked over a fence and saw a shelf filled with whimsical ceramic objects.

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Also PROLIFIC:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

PROLIFIC: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 18 April 2018

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is PROLIFIC.

Self will interpret that to mean MANY.

Mary-Ellen Campbell’s home in Casper, California is bursting with collages, paintings, books — all of her own making.

She made this collage after one of her travels:

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Art by Mary-Ellen Campbell of Casper, California

Here’s a shot of Mary-Ellen’s work table, where she’s assembling the pieces for a new collage:

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Work-In-Progress, Mary-Ellen Campbell

The current exhibit at the Mendocino Art Gallery features work by current artists-in-residence. If you put your nose close to one of these dispensers, the smell of each spice is heavenly.

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Ceramic Spice Dispensers by Layne Rotman (On Exhibit This Month at the Mendocino Art Center Gallery)

Other PROLIFIC:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

AWAKENING 3: What Shall I Write Today?

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8:17 a.m., Thursday, 12 April 2018, Mendocino Art Center

AWAKENING: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 11 April 2018

This week, show us renewal. — Jen H., The Daily Post

The Daily Post has this quote from Jack London: “The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great Spring murmuring of awakening life.”

Today, self looked out the window of her unit at the Mendocino Art Center and noticed that the house next door has a tower:

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Next Door to the Mendocino Art Center, a Roof Tower

That’s GOT to be an awakening of sorts.

Next: self’s awakening always involve books. Since she just finished La Belle Sauvage (Vol. One of a new trilogy by Philip Pullman, The Book of Dust), she is extremely woke.

She’s started The Golden Compass, Volume One of Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and here is the library bar code. Decades ago, self realized that she would never be able to store all the books she bought if she continued buying. So she wisely switched to checking books out of her local library. And has kept it up despite years of hectic traveling, carting the library books with her to Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Germany, the Philippines, and so forth and so on.

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Library Barcode for The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman

Other Awakenings:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Rise/Set: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 28 March 2018

  • For this week’s photo challenge, explore the vibrant, hopeful colors of your favorite sunrise or sunset. — Erica V., The Daily Post

Here’s sunset at the end of Little Lake Street, Mendocino:

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Little Lake Street, Mendocino, February 2018

Every day she gets to watch the drama unfold and begin anew.

Other Rise/Sets of note:

Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Alone, Part 2

Self took these pictures from around the Mendocino Art Center, where she’s currently a writer-in-residence. She was inspired by Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge: ALONE. She focused on the art that was either standing alone or, like the giant tomato, the only bright thing.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Tour Guide: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 7 February 2018

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge asks us to show “what we love” about where we live. Self lives in Redwood City, California but is spending the next few months in Mendocino, as the 2018 Writer in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center.

Her unit faces a forge/woodsmithing shop, and a local high school. At the end of the day, she can walk to the street and always manage to catch a spectacular sunset.

Today, the sunset was so alluring that self got into her car and chased it down as far as the Mendocino Headlands. She kept her car headlights on while taking this shot.

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND: Mendocino Art Center, 27 & 28 January 2018

“You said on the phone the other day that you’re a teacher?”

“Yes.”

“What subject do you teach?”

“Everything, pretty much.”

Exotics, by Callan Wink (Granta 128, Summer 2014)

This coming weekend, self is teaching.

A two-day writing workshop on just one subject: Landscapes.

Students will try their hand at writing only one thing: landscapes, both real and invented.

You do not need to be a tested writer, only a writer who is willing to be tested.

Thank you, Mendocino Art Center, for allowing self this opportunity.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

  • A journey is more than just a movement through physical space. It is also movement through an emotional landscape. This writing workshop will be about journeys, both real and imagined: journeys of retrieval and nostalgia, as well as journeys of discovery. We’ll map emotions, moods, as well as physical space. We’ll do it all by sitting in one physical space. I’ll share my process with you. I’ll show you how.
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Albion, California: January 2017

Stay tuned.

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