Dracarys!

Dracarys! Dracarys! So bored with Dracarys but whatever, there’s another episode tomorrow, self’s attitude is somewhat tepid. Meh?

This morning, in front of Paradiso, there was a man (who looked exactly like a hippy, even though this is Cork) holding up a sign that said FREE HUGS. It was ADORABLE. There were people actually enthusiastically hugging each other. And self was so slow grabbing her camera that she got nothing.

Anyhoo, back to Game of Thrones. This is a penultimate episode — YES! Who knew that self is almost regretting how much time she had to spend to: a) sign up for HBO Now; b) un-sign-up for HBO Now when she found out it didn’t work in England; c) sign up for Sky TV; d) find out how VPN works (Honestly, before she left the States, she had no idea what VPN was)

She has not yet managed to finish watching Episode 4. It is really, really hard to watch,  ESPECIALLY the Brienne/Jamie hook-up which generates NO HEAT WHATSOEVER. Also it is hard to watch Joe Dempsie doing probably the worst acting of his life (Who is that he’s pretending to be? That’s not Gendry! Just an HBO construct! He might be off the show now — except for maybe five seconds in the finale. He might be luckier than Arya, though. SHE has to keep up that stone-cold assassin act all the way to the bitter end. And, girl, you’re doing yourself no favors by suddenly assuming the mantle of Savior of All Mankind. Just look at what happened to Emilia Clarke. Being a Messiah really interferes with a performance)

A Forbes writer was saying something about how easy it was for Euron to kill a dragon, all he had to do was aim his “magical giant ballista” at “a measly dragon” and self does agree that it is pretty ludicrous, twice as ludicrous because it’s EURON and all he does is chew up scenery. It would have been better to have CERSEI aim the “magical giant ballista” but the script has her everlastingly stuck on a stone balcony, bringing her A+ sneer game.

Self will watch the opening credits. If it doesn’t have a particular name, YAWN she won’t bother watching.

Stay tuned.

Poetry Friday: Kristin Dimitrova

Self spent all morning in the Blue Room, reading poetry.

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Lina’s Eyes

from Dimitrova’s collection A Visit to the Clockmaker (Southword Editions, 2005), translated from the Bulgarian by Gregory O’Donoghue

Lina, my blind colleague
always came to classes
with her mother.
They’d take the front seats
& while her mother jotted notes
Lina listened with a solemn face.
(I heard it was a medical mistake —
the nurse pushed the wrong button,
the technicians did not repair the laser?)
Once I dared meet her gaze,
peeped out of my eyes
& waved a signal lamp as
they do directing aeroplanes.
I saw just two blank windows.
Behind the masonry a prisoner
walked to & fro hoping to get
used to the darkness.

 

Favorite Places

Self started reading a new book this afternoon: Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier, by Tatiana de Rosnay. It begins with the most fabulous quote.

  • People and things pass away, not places. — Daphne du Maurier

The quote really got her thinking about a few of her favorite places. She decided to share pictures with dear blog readers.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Transformation: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 22 November 2017

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is TRANSFORMATION.

There are many ways self could choose to interpret that challenge. She could show nature and the changing seasons. She could show people in the process of transforming (costumes, aging, and so forth).

For now, she chooses to focus on the transformation of physical space. The first picture is London’s Chinatown in late October. The second is the Blue Room in Paradiso in Cork.

In the first picture, the Chinese lanterns add a whole different aspect to the street.

In the second, it’s the shadows cast by a floor lamp that transform a simple room into a place of mystery.

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Chinatown, London: Last Week of October 2017

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Paradiso, Cork: Early November, 2017

Other interpretations:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

#amwritingfantasy in Cork

Since signing up for her first-ever NaNoWriMo, self has been cutting pages from her novel-in-progress.

Today, she began a new short story.

Isn’t NaNoWriMo about writing novels?

‘Tis. What can she say? When told to write a novel, she writes short stories. Later, she’ll take a Rohrschach Test to diagnose her disorder.

I was told only that morning, in Luxor: I would be needed to make a delivery of a woman. At the time I received the summons, I was making offerings in the Karnak Temple. Naturally. When I am not at my desk, I am at the Temple, thanking the Gods for my unusual longevity.

I was not told the purpose, but it has always been thus. Our Enigmatic Sphinx knows how to guard its secrets.

I made the retrieval in Guangdong Province. The woman was not conversant in Cantonese or Taishanese and my Mandarin was — well, let’s just say that Professor Ibn Tulun in the Great Mosque did not have the purest Beijing delivery, but he was my teacher and that was the best I could afford.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Peeks: Cork

Light rain in the afternoon, on Lancaster Quay, Cork

Peeking in Cork, Republic of Ireland

All the below pictures are from this morning. Self walked around Lancaster and Wandesford Quays, then headed to the English Market.

It was cold!

She attended mass, too.

Last time she was in Cork, she bought a book, Priests and People in Ireland, that she could not fit in her suitcase. So she left it in Paradiso. And here it is!

She took all these ‘peeks’ this morning.

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Paradiso, November 2017

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Heading out for a walk

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Found this book in Travellers Bookshop, which is just across the street

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Praying for the J. K. Rowling Inspiration

Fingers crossed, self hopes to start her NaNoWriMo writing regimen today.

She has J. K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy (found it yesterday, on the bookshelf in her room) on her lap. She opens to a random page, which happens to be p. 184:

“I’m going to set a deadline. Two weeks from today for everyone to declare.”

“Fair enough,” said Miles.

Very hard to see how she can adapt for an 18th century priest’s conversation with his superior in Madrid, but she’s willing to give it a go.

Stay tuned.

In Honor of Self’s First Sign-Up For NaNoWriMo (Which She Will Fail Miserably At, Since She’s Also Moving About Ireland, Plus Teaching)

An excerpt from her now 257-page novel-in-progress about a fighting priest in 18th century Spain:

He decided to play a trick on his mother — to punish her for leaving him alone so long. Perhaps all children suffer from this: the mistaken impression that they have power. Even if just over their mothers.

It seems strange that she is writing science fiction, fantasy, and 18th century historical fiction.

But, hers not to reason why. At least there’s a muse in there, somewhere.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

SATISFACTION: Best of Self’s 2017

  • Share a photo of something that brings you satisfaction. It can be monumental, minor, or something in between.

Jen H., The Daily Post

For this post, self decided to kill two birds with one stone. She’ll look back at her fondest memories of 2017 (thus far) — the moments that gave her the most satisfaction.

 

Going to the Globe and seeing Tristan and Yseult; sorting through old photographs of Dearest Mum; seeing the Eiffel Tower up close; reading her story First Causes at Sixth Engine in Washington, DC; watching Mayerling at the Royal Albert Hall; visiting Cork; Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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