Preparing, OSSW Day One

Drove up to Mendocino, which as the crow flies is only 200 miles from Redwood City, but always takes self at least FIVE HOURS.

On the way, she stopped by Yorkville Market and had lunch:

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And then she mulled over the writing exercises she should start tomorrow with.

Should she have the students practice writing one very, very, very long, run-on sentence? With points to whoever can come up with the most run-on sentence?

Or, for fun, should she have them write a piece that’s all bad grammar and deliberately wrong spelling? Hamberder, anyone? Smocking guns?

Should she have them write a piece that’s all dialogue?

Should she ask them to capture every nuance of a piece of reality . . . in one sentence?

Should she have them practice writing a conversation that grows from an association of ideas (like a Harold Pinter play?)

Should she have them practice delaying the outcome for as long as possible?

She can’t decide. She’ll have to sleep on it.

BTW, this is one of the plays being presented by the Mendocino Theatre Company in 2019:

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Mendocino Theatre Company, 2019 Season

Stay tuned.

Dinnertime # 1

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is DINNERTIME:

Share a meal with us.

Here are three memorable meals (Sorry, the shutter on self’s camera doesn’t open all the way, hence the dark bars across all the pictures she takes now).

The first is the reunion of Emily and self, at Chez Mamie on 22 Hanway Street in London. We had been longing for a dinner at our favorite place for almost a year. Self went back to the States, Emily stayed behind to help her daughter, who was filming a big studio picture. (Self’s lips are sealed). She couldn’t believe it when, a few months ago, she got an e-mail from Emily asking if she had any plans of returning to London. She thought Emily had gone home months ago, since she knows the movie wrapped. But, what joy when self sat at a back table of Chéz Mamie, and heard the young woman say: “Your friend’s in the back.” Self went forward to Emily and we hugged, such was our joy at seeing each other again, in the same place where we had met last year.

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Eating with Emily at Fabulous Chéz Mamie, 22 Hanway Place, London. We waited for this meal: it was a promise we made to each other when self left London last July.

Next, a picture self took at La Traviata in the Mission, where she and a member of her Squaw Valley Workshop 6 (We were so tight, people! Many of us are still e-mailng each other, almost two years later) met for dinner last December (Her camera wasn’t yet on the blink, hence the picture was normal)

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La Traviata in the Mission: The walls are lined with photos of famous opera singers.

Finally, from a visit to Mendocino by Joel Tan and his partner Bunny. We ate at The Mendocino Café on Lansing Street. Food was divine:

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Salad with Hummus and Radishes: YUMM

Very Good Days

A collection of happy memories (Thanks to The Daily Post for the prompt: TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY):

Look at this beautiful salad! A friend made it for lunch yesterday.

Look at this beautiful salad! A friend made it for lunch yesterday.

Lychee Bubble Tea and Peanut Butter Cupcakes: at Tea Life, Museum St., London

Lychee Bubble Tea and Peanut Butter Cupcakes: at Tea Life, Museum St., London

Anaghmakerrig, Ireland: Sooo beautiful!

Anaghmakerrig, Ireland: Sooo beautiful! Heart of Summer: July 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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