Blur: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is BLUR.

  • Share a photo that’s a blur.

Self has LOTS of those kinds of pictures!

For some reason, her blurred pictures are some of her most emotional. She thinks it’s because they project a sense of evanescence.

Poems Upon Request: IRT-Lexington Subway Line, Uptown on 51st

Poems Upon Request: This enterprising man charged $10 per poem. Encountered on the IRT-Lexington Subway Line Headed Uptown, 51st Street & Lexington Station

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

Captured on my Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA

Captured with Self’s Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA: January 2015. Just looking at this picture makes self dizzy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

2015 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Open for Registration

The Mendocino Coast Writers Conference takes place August 6 – 8, 2015 in the beautiful coastal village of Mendocino.

You’ll work closely with top authors, agents and editors to bring your work closer to fruition. Find expertise, encouragement, and inspiration to bring your story, poem, book, or memoir to the next level.

A few of the teaching faculty this year:

Lisa Locascio * Indigo Moor * Sheila Bender * David Corbett * Catherine Ryan Hyde * Albert Flynn DeSilver

Back by popular demand, James Maxwell will coach writers to “Make Your Mark on Stage” followed by open mic night.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Fresh: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

It has been snowing all day in New York City.

Nevertheless, self finds that she is still more than up to the challenge of posting about this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:

FRESH

Share with us a photo that expresses something fresh.

Fresh strawberries on waffles: Nothing beats like.

Fresh Strawberries, Fresh Flowers, and Fresh Coffee:  Queenie's Road House, Elk, California

Fresh Strawberries, Fresh Flowers, and Fresh Coffee: Queenie’s Road House, Elk, California

Next: Christmas isn’t Christmas without a fresh-cut tree.

Fresh-Cut from Wegman's: December 2014

Fresh-Cut from Wegman’s: December 2014

Finally: Fresh means flowers! This picture was taken in the Huntington Botanical Gardens on Sept. 11, 2014:

Huntington Botanical Gardens: September 2014

Huntington Botanical Gardens: September 11, 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Wall 5: Walls of a Different Kind

Sometimes walls are just that: walls. Or sometimes they call your attention to something, like the two kinds posted here.

Yesterday, self spent most of her time in mid-town Manhattan, at the New York MoMA (The Bjork exhibit was fabulous!) She stumbled upon this quaint scene on her way to take the # 6 Uptown.

Man doing "Poetry Upon Request" near the IRT-Lexington Subway in New York City

Man doing “Poetry Upon Request” near the IRT-Lexington Subway in New York City. His poetry was pretty good!

Poetry Upon Request, What a Fabulous Idea!

Poetry Upon Request, What a Fabulous Idea!

And now for something completely different: Redwood Forest, off CA-128, on the way to Mendocino. This is the scenery for almost 60 miles before you hit 1.

Heading to 1 (and the California Coast) on CA-128: Giant Redwoods

Heading to 1 (and the California Coast) on CA-128: Giant Redwoods

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

“The Lost Coast”: Sunset Magazine, September 2014

Self is re-reading an article that appeared in the September 2014 issue of Sunset Magazine, an article about “The Lost Coast” — “the remote 200-plus-mile stretch (80 miles of which is called the Lost Coast) between the Oregon border and the logging town of Fort Bragg.”

The Lost Coast is where you encounter (culling from the article):

  • rain-soaked forest
  • mysterious little towns
  • rogue marijuana farms
  • elk
  • campgrounds “hidden in the dense forest and brush”
  • estuaries
  • rocky headlands
  • long sandbars
  • Sitka spruces
  • good local Sangiovese
  • local Humboldt Fog cheese
  • Redwood National Park

Well, there is still time for self to cross off a few of the things on that list, starting with good, local Sangiovese.

Two days ago, she had to borrow 30 cents from a teen-ager working the concession stand at the Fort Bragg Coast Cinema. Yes, she has sunk so low.

She drove there to see “Focus” starring her Number 1 Male Chest of all time, Will Smith (Margot Robbie is in it, and also has a chest, for those of you who play on the other team). And when she got there, she found out she had just enough for the movie ticket, and $2. And she had left her credit card in her apartment.

@@##!!

And to think she had been anticipating stuffing her face with buttery popcorn, since any Will Smith movie these days is cause for celebration, but the smallest popcorn cost $4.50, and the girl said why not have a candy bar instead? Self could have a giant Kit Kat bar or Maltesers or M&Ms for $2.50.

So self emptied out the entire contents of her coin purse, right there on the counter. And she was only able to come up with 20 cents, even counting pennies. So she was still short 30 cents. And bless that young girl, for she said: “Oh, just choose a candy bar. Never mind the 30 cents.”

##@@!!!

Self, You are despicable.

“Are you sure?” Self practically squealed. “I’ll come back tomorrow and pay you back! What’s your name? What time are you working?”

The girl just laughed and waved self off.

Damn! Self is going to go back there right now, newly armed with cash.

AND she’s going to post a glowing review of Coast Cinema, Fort Bragg, on Yelp.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

More Rule of Thirds: Elk, California

The prompt: “Focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture.”

The View From Elk, CA

The View From Elk, CA

More of Elk, California

More of Elk, California

And still more of Elk, California

And still more of Elk, California

Scale: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self finds this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge — SCALE — very interesting.

She thinks the theme has a lot to do with surprise and contrast. She finds the photograph accompanying the prompt (by Michelle W.) very amusing.

The instructions are to “share a photograph that highlights a size relationship.”

Here are her takes on the theme:

A miniature lamp enlarged self’s childhood imagination (and probably went a long way in determining what she would eventually become: a writer)

Self has had this lamp since she was three or four: a present from her parents. She has it with her in Mendocino, a little talisman. Also, an indication of what work she hoped to do here: an exploration of myth and legends and first life.

Self has had this lamp since she was three or four: a present from her parents. She has it with her in Mendocino, a little talisman. Also, an indication of what work she hopes to do here: an exploration of myth and legends and first life.

Her second trip to Elk was when she finally got to appreciate the view (On her first trip, she was too nervous trying to get out of the way of trucks, buses, etc that all seemed to be crawling up her bumper). Self took this photo from Cottage # 3 behind The Griffin House Inn. A view isn’t a view without something to lend it a sense of scale, and here self used the deck.

Elk, California: View from the Back of The Griffin House Inn

Elk, California: View from the Back of The Griffin House Inn

En route to Chicago, last fall

En route to Chicago, last fall

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Depth 3: Ocean and Trees (Off South Highway One, California)

The ocean is vast, isn’t it? God, it is just so beautiful.

Today, self left early for Elk and got there just before Read the rest of this entry »

New 2 for the New Year

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is NEW.  NEW as in:

Possibility. Opportunity. Potential.

With that in mind, self selected three pictures from her archives that seem to embody the spirit of the New Year.

(1)  Bruce Lee Postcard: New Year Resolution: TEACH ME TO BE FEARLESS.

Self has this taped over her desk at home.

Self has this taped over her desk at home.

(2)  T-Shirt Slogans with Attitude (Key to Positive Mental Attitude is Wearing a T-shirt with the right slogan. For example: POP THE CHAMPAGNE). As Effie Trinket herself might say: Chins up! Eyes front! Attitude!

Ojai, California

Ojai, California

(3) Sign on the Venice Beach Boardwalk:  One of self’s New Year resolutions is to spend as much time near a body of water as possible:

Venice Beach, CA

Venice Beach, CA

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Warmth 3: Venice Beach

Self visited Venice Beach twice this year: the first time in September, by herself. The second in November, with Angela Narciso Torres, who was giving a reading at Beyond Baroque (which, incidentally, was where self discovered that Viggo Mortensen of Lord of the Rings fame used to participate in their poetry writing workshops, way back in the ’80s!)

Both times, the weather was beautiful and warm.

The beach itself had very few people, surprisingly.

Venice Beach, November 2014

Venice Beach, November 2014

Venice Beach Boardwalk, November 2014

Venice Beach Boardwalk, November 2014

Sunbathers, Venice Beach, September 2014

Sunbathers, Venice Beach, September 2014

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

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