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.

Danger!: WARNINGS

Self must admit, this past week’s Photo Challenge — DANGER! — has been tricky. She’s decided to keep her interpretations straightforward and focus on signage or warning symbols.

  • Detail of a nautical map in the Time Traveller’s Bookshop, Skibbereen, West Cork: This is one of the most intricate maps self has ever seen. But of course, it had to be. Lives depended on the correct soundings.
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Detail of Nautical Map Showing, Self Thinks, West Cork

  • A Sketch by Bernadette Burns, Artist from Sherkin Island, off Skibbereen, West Cork: It’s a study for a work-in-progress.
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Bernadette said she did this “for fun”!

  • London City Airport attached this to self’s suitcase, when she was on the way to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, in March. Self’s suitcases are always heavy: they’re filled with books. One Irish cabbie dubbed self “a book addict.”
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London City Airport attached this warning label to one of her suitcases, last March.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

#amreading: Kristin Dimitrova

Self has read this collection before: it’s in the Blue Room of Café Pardiso.

An Old Mesopotamian Legend About Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, Who Wanted to Become Immortal

— by Kristin Dimitrova

Wanted to;
could not.

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

Danger!: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 3 May 2017

Signage, Cork:

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How will Brexit impact Ireland? No one knows for sure.

What’s next for America?

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Reading The Guardian, March 2017

As luck would have it, self began reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon:

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Self’s reading of THE DECLINE AND FALL gave self all sorts of premonitions.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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