The wonderful Dawn Nassise made my husband and me masks for this pandemic year. This is one of them and it’s perfect. This may also be my 2020 Official Author Photo Look.
Hope you are well and safe in this time of coronavirus 19.
In this scary and unsettled time, when the entire world is dealing with this pandemic, I hope you and those you love (and even those you don’t love) are okay.
Stay well, do your best, and let’s hope others come through this with a sense of joy intact despite the uncertainties and the unpredictable future. Thanks to first responders and medical professionals, those who work in delivery industries, those who keep their grocery stores open, and anyone, any helper, who is on the front lines of this crisis.
This picture looks like it’s about a mirror and some roses but it’s really about my Alpina typewriter, made in Germany in the 1950s. It’s a beautiful machine and I love typing on it. I alternate typewriters when working on drafts, primarily to keep the work aspect fresh.
From the review: “Exceeds expectations…A suspenseful tale of mounting terror…”—Rue Morgue Magazine
(One of our major interests here at Stonehaven is the garden. We have several— with themes. One is a Roman Pleasure Garden with pool and pond and tropical plants, another we call Dogwood Park with witch hazel, dogwood, plum, peony and several other bushes and plants and which also has a sitting area and rock wall; and the other is the Witch Garden full of wild things, fountains, and statues of Persephone and Demeter. Hey, life is short.)
Hellebore is one of my favorite flowering plants. It has a very decadent, debauched kind of hang to it, producing some beautiful but stygian flowers that bloom in late winter and might’ve been imagined by Edgar Allen Poe or Charles Baudelaire.
When they’re blooming, their leaves usually haven’t caught up, thus the plant looks ragged in this close-up, but this is the first hellebore blossom of the season. We planted seven of these around the shady areas of the garden last summer. Apparently, if they manage to survive a few years, they’ll become small bushes and have the potential to produce a lot of these flowers between February and late April.
Wild Things: Four Tales, about 125 pages in length, contains three short stories and a novella. You can now pick up a signed & inscribed copy at the Signed Bookstore here at the website, or just grab one at an online bookseller. Click the cover to find out more about this book.
It’s rusty and well-used, but works like a dream thanks to Marr Office Machines in Pawtucket Rhode Island. Picked this up for about $20, got it spiffed up, and I write rough on it and love the aggressive pounding it takes.
I alternate between a few typewriters, depending on a variety of things (do I have to change a ribbon right now? Why pause? I just grab another typewriter.) All the typewriters I own (about 7?) are working typewriters and I use them all over any given 12 month period.
Feeling a bit surly, the way our cat Juno might be feeling in this photo.
Would it be great to have nothing but bucolic days and wonderful feelings all the time? Or would that be hellish?
I sometimes think bad moods, unease, and discomfort are signs that you’re onto something…but just not there yet.
Or else today I’m just a moody cat. Back to writing with me.
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I always wanted to live inside an art gallery, a museum with comfortable chairs, or a New York hotel with a lobby full of paintings and statues…so it’s fun having these and other statues around on various shelves and tables in our home.
The faun, which is a replica of the famous statue that survived Pompeii’s destruction, was likely made in a shop between 1946 and 1955 (based on the person who owned it previously). It would be a museum souvenir kind of thing and I think these are still sold in Naples in varying sizes. This is a well-detailed one.
In the photograph’s foreground stands a larger statue of a blacksmith, This would’ve made made under the supervision of its original sculptor, though this is a casting off the original or possibly a diminutive version of the original (though this is one of the taller metal statues we own, at about four feet.)