Twisted: Belmont, CA Farmer’s Market

Bought $11 worth of cherries.

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The Warriors won last night. All’s right in the world.

Stay tuned.

Place in the World: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 9 May 2018

Where do you belong? — Erica V., The Daily Post

Right now, this is self’s place in the world. It’s about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

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Her Frida Kahlo Rose: It’s on the front porch.

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The Backyard Today: ’tis somewhat wild.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Philippine Dept. of Education Call for Supplementary Materials

Self got an e-mail yesterday from alma mater Ateneo de Manila University. They’d been trying to reach her because the Philippine Department of Education wants to include her first collection of short stories, Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila, in schools. It will be part of the supplementary learning materials (SLM) for Grades 7 to 12.

You know what that means, self’s Philippine publisher said. That means, they will order copies. Lots of copies. And if the publisher runs out of copies, they’ll have to print some more.

That book, self’s first, was one of five finalists for the Philippines’ National Book Award. She forgets who won that year. She told her Dad about it, and of all the things he could have said, he said this: “Do you know how famous your Mom used to be? She was so famous, she performed in Carnegie Hall!” Self had no answer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

UNLIKELY: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 2 May 2018

This week’s challenge is to share a photo of something unlikely: an object or person in an unlikely place, an unpredictable experience, a serendipitous accident . . .

— Michelle Weber, The Daily Post

Today, instead of looking through her archives, self decided to take some pictures of her garden.

She’s just back to her house in Redwood City after almost three years. The garden is not the same: it’s a little wilder. But she likes it.

Here are the unexpected survivors:

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Variegated Abutilon: The mother plant died, but two feet away, self discovered these sprouts.

White flowers suddenly began appearing, all along the back fence:

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She thinks these are Viburnum Opulens? They just started blooming. Profusely.

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These yellow beach daisies are amazingly resilient. This bush is about the height of the fence, and it’s been blooming non-stop since February.

OTHER UNLIKELY:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

SMILE 3: Palo Alto Farmers Market, 8 April 2018

Such a gorgeous day! Sun is shining, everything’s beautiful.

Went to the Palo Alto Farmers Market. Smiles everywhere. The dimsum at this market is just heavenly:

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Sunday, 8 April 2018: Haven’t been to the Palo Alto Farmers Market in at least a year. It was a great day for it.

Bought a hanging basket of pink ivy geraniums from this vendor:

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You can see the basket of pink geraniums in the center of the picture below:

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She hung the basket on the porch, soon as she got home.

Here are other WordPress SMILES:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Smile 2: Garden Surprises (and Links to Other WordPress SMILES)

A plant self thought was dead turns out to have a few living sprouts:

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Variegated Abutilon, 4 April 2018

Love the dappled leaves. The mother plant is dead for sure. Then, a week ago, while clearing away dead twigs, self found definite signs of life, about two feet away.

Happiness!

Here’s another WordPress post on SMILE:

Grammy Writes

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

SMILE: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 4 April 2018 (Will Add Links to Other SMILES, Gradually)

  • For this week’s challenge, point your camera at something or someone that puts a smile on your face (or just show a smiling face).

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Here are three things that made self smile this week:

Her backyard iris: They started blooming about two weeks ago.

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Backyard Iris: 4 April 2018

This little lady in her side yard:

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Self is trying to train her ivy to go UP the fence!

A new welcome mat! YAY! Spring is sprung!

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New Season, New Welcome Mat!

Here are other WordPress reasons to SMILE:

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: HAPPY

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is HAPPY. Self started looking through her archives and decided on a set of pictures she took during the most recent AWP conference, a month ago, in Tampa.

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2018 AWP Bookfair, Tampa, FL

She mostly hung out at the Bookfair. One of the highlights of her trip was getting to meet the editors of the Bellingham Review! They published her (dystopian fantasy) story “Ice” in their annual on-line issue, up now. It stays up till November.

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SO HAPPY to meet the Editors of the Bellingham Review at the AWP 2018 Bookfair!

Thank you for making self so HAPPY, Bellingham Review!

Stay tuned.

 

 

Flower of the Day, 1 April 2018: Clematis Montana Rubens

Self is taking inspiration from Cee Neuner, who posts a Flower of the Day.

On the front porch, her clematis montana rubens just started blooming. Most of the year, it looks like a dead twig. But, suddenly, a few days ago, self saw flowers!

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Clematis montana rubens: Started blooming a few days ago

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HAPPY EASTER!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

A CLASH OF KINGS: pp. 491 – 492

Since self began writing Gendrya, she’s been learning just how different the Game of Thrones fandom is from the Hunger Games fandom.

For one thing, in the Game of Thrones fandom, minutiae matters to an obsessive degree.

Self learned today (from reading GoT fan fiction) that the language the White Walkers speak is called ‘Skroth.’ It supposedly “sounds like the cracking of ice.”

So if you’re planning to write Night King dialogue (or inner monologue, or whatever) you’d better know your Skroth. Just saying.

To help give her Gendrya more texture, self has been reading the books. There was one in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and another from a friend’s son’s bedroom. The one she has with her in Mendocino is the one that belonged to the son of her friend. And it’s A Clash of Kings. Which is thrilling as all get-out (She’s also reading Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust, Vol. One: La Belle Sauvage, and that too is pretty exciting, so she’s in the equivalent of Reading Heaven right now)

Conversation between Sansa and Tyrion:

“My guest.” He was wearing his chain of office, a necklace of linked golden hands. “I thought we might talk.”

“As my lord commands.” Sansa found it hard not to stare; his face was so ugly it held a queer fascination for her.

“The food and garments are to your satisfaction?” he asked. “If there is anything else you need, you have only to ask.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

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