Abstract: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 22 April 2016

# 1: Wall, Soho, New York City, November 2015

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Building Wall: Soho, New York City, November 2015

# 2: Fire Escape, Valencia Street, San Francisco, October 2015

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#3: Taxi Ride from Newark Int’l Airport to Manhattan, September 2015

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This week’s Photo Challenge from The Daily Post is:

  • Turn the concrete and familiar into something new and mysterious.

Self’s always had a commitment to the abstract, lol. She has thousands of pictures in this vein.

Here are just three.

Stay tuned.

Sylvain Landry Week 37 Photo Challenge: ELECTRICITY

For Sylvain Landry (whose photo challenges always inspire self): a Tesla, ready for its close-up:

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Clean rules! If you have $100,000 . . .

Dance 2: What Makes People Want To Move

Is it just self or are The Daily Post Photo Challenges becoming more challenging? The theme of this week’s challenge is DANCE:

Below, Artist Janet Self at Oddfellows Art Gallery, Mendocino:

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Artist Janet Self, standing next to her piece in the 2nd floor of Oddfellows art gallery in Mendocino, 2014

Below, one of self’s large collection of Christmas ornaments.

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Fresh-Cut from Wegman’s: December 2014

Final Picture: the Fillmore Jazz Festival, July 2014:

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Cool Shoes: 2014 Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

 

One Love 2: Daily Post Photo Challenge

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is ONE LOVE.

It has been pretty hard for self to find pictures that fit this theme, for some reason. She spent almost an hour combing through her archives before settling on these three photos.

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Mendocino Village is All Bernie, All the Time

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Just In Front of the Mendocino Art Center Gallery on Little Lake Street

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What a Great Idea: Memorial Bench, Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

 

 

Alphabet 2: 2016 WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge # 3

This week, let the alphabet be your inspiration: find a string of letters.

The Daily Post

Self was inspired by this WordPress blog today:  Love in the Spaces

Below, more from self’s archive of recent pictures.

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Presentation on Manilatown, yesterday at the Listening to the Silence conference at Stanford University

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Graffiti, New York’s Chelsea district

Finally, blurred photo (Self was on Sixth Avenue). Last December was her first winter in New York City in forever.

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Wintry in Manhattan: The partially obscured sign says RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

The $40 Burger in San Francisco

OK, you know what, dear blog readers? Self is suddenly so repulsed at the idea of a $40 burger anywhere in San Francisco that she won’t name the place. The San Francisco Chronicle says “it’s a good burger, if nothing life-changing.”

And self thought the $24 she ended up paying for a cheeseburger in Manhattan was outrageous!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Now 3: December 2015

This one’s a no-brainer: Showing now at your local movie theater:

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Also, Christmas trees in all the restaurants, including this one in La Traviata on the Mission. The walls are lined with pictures of famous opera singers. The menu features “Pollo ala Beverly Sills.”

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La Traviata, Mission Street, San Francisco

And, one more holiday pic: from the Columbus Circle side of the Trump Center in Manhattan:

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The Trump Center, New York, December 2015

AND A BELATED MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Reading Laird Barron’s OCCULTAION on Christmas Eve!

Occultation is soooo creepy. The publisher is Night Shade Books of San Francisco. Self bought her copy years ago, from Borderlands on the Mission.

Sorry, dear blog readers, sorry. It is Christmas Eve. Why is self reading horror?

She thought it would give her ideas for writing a Vampire Peeta fan fic of her own.

It’s about annihilation and transformation.

There is a very smart introduction written by Michael Shae in which he says:

To be transformed, to be remade, is not a passive exercise. It is an excruciating eclosion, a branching, fracturing emergence into a much bigger, hungrier universe.

Shae is right. Can anyone imagine that process — even if it’s a familiar trope like turning into a vampire or becoming zombi-fied — isn’t painful?

(About becoming a zombie: to read a story about just how painful it is, read Carrie Ryan’s in the anthology, After: Ninesteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia. In that story, people have discovered a way to un-zombify the zombies. It’s told from the point of view of one of these un-zombified. And the way she describes the process of recovery is awful. So we imagine what it must have been like to turn in the first place)

Self will leave dear blog readers alone now so they can think about holiday good cheer.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Now: 2015 Final WordPress Photo Challenge

The Daily Post WordPress Photo Challenge is coming a wee bit early, as Christmas is in two days!

The final WordPress Photo Challenge for 2015 is NOW. As the prompt explains:

  • Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it.

Here are three photos celebrating NOW:

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Chelsea Market, New York City: Hanging from the Rafters Near the Exits: December 2015

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New York City, a Place That Is All About NOW: Edge of Soho, November 2015

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Readings are such fleeting pleasures! InsideStorytime, El Amigo Bar on Mission St., San Francisco: November 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Delly Cartwright, Stalker (Be Forewarned: Fan Fiction)

Yesterday, self did not move at all from her room. First she worked on her Capitol Peeta fan fic, then on her Cheater Peeta fan fic.

Then she fell asleep while watching Law and Order re-runs.

People, she hasn’t even had time to walk to Rockefeller Center to watch the ice skaters!

Anyhoo, Katniss moves out of Cheating Peeta’s house (in San Francisco yet; two blocks from the Mission, right around the corner from Dog-Eared Books). Peeta’s dinners consist of bottles of Maker’s Mark.

He’s opened yet another bottle when — DING DING DING!

The front door!

Peeta rushes to answer it, and in rushes Delly!

Unknown to Cheating Peeta, Delly has been doing the “Fatal Attraction” number on Katniss! Following her to the high school where she teaches (close to Dolores Park)!

  • Katniss opened her car door and threw in her messenger bag. Out of it spilled her checkbook, her lipstick, her pens, and a small wad of kleenex. Suddenly, from the corner of her eye, she caught a flash of pink. She’d sensed someone watching her for the last couple of days. She wondered if it was that crazy bimbo, Delly, again. Katniss whipped her head around, but whoever had been watching her had disappeared.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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