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Wind, Water, Plastic

March 5, 2012

The above video, taken on my iPhone, sorely needs editing.  When I took it I was staring into the light and into the wind and could not really see what I was shooting.  So sorry for the shaking and the shadow of finger and all the rest of the bad parts.

The good part is the wind swirling the gray plastic ground cover even as it swirls the gray crinkled surface of the Hudson River, all at the bottom of Manhattan, Wagner Park, just across from the Statue of Liberty.

End of Vacation Comes Too Fast (In Video)

May 23, 2011

1 Mississippi (See the movie, at least trailer!)

December 17, 2010

I am a truly terrible self-promoter.

Every once in a while, I feel I should try.

A while ago, I published a (I think) very cute little children’s book called 1 Mississippi. It is a counting book–its most notable feature are watercolor illustrations, mainly of elephants, that tend to be, well, more watery than the illustrations in many children’s books–more variegated, less blocky.  I think this is because I paint in a somewhat brushy way, with of different tints.  (Sort of like this blog.)

It is a sweet book for a young child, new parent, or, perhaps, a pet pachyderm.

The book is on sale on Amazon (with my other books Going on Somewhere, and Nose Dive),  and there is related gear on the publishing site BackStroke Books.   (if you want to buy or receive a book at a discount, contact me and I’ll see what I can do.)

Thanks much!


PS – I am linking this post to the wonderful Jingle and gooseberry garden.

(PS  – yes, the above video is not good!  Alas, my favorite movie actor, Pearl, is away this morning.  I will try to re-do later with her assistance.)

Black Friday – Blessed By Pines

November 26, 2010

The day after Thanksgiving.  This, weirdly, has become known as Black Friday.  I can only assume that the reason is that any day spent rushing around stores has a certain bleakness.

The original Black Friday was September 24, 1869, a day that financial panic hit the gold market due to manipulations by robber barons Jay Gould and James Fisk.  (Again, I’m not sure of the connection to post-Thanksgiving Christmas shopping.  The fear of gold losing its value over the course of a single day?)

I was lucky enough to spend a lot of the day outdoors.

Above is a video of treetops, blown by wind, not searching out anything but sun; evergreens, yes, but way too tall to worry about Christmas coming.

My Nanowrimo Manuscript (Thus Far) – Pearl Is Not Excited

November 11, 2010

Okay, so most people who know Pearl consider her a very mellow dog.  She’s also quite old.  (I’ve been saying 13 1/2 but I realized the other day that she is actually 14 1/2.)

Even so, her reaction to my Nanowrimo manuscript is disconcerting.

(Music by Jerome Kern, Lyrics by Dorothy Field, Sung by Fred Astaire, romantic elements–in the manuscript–by ManicDDaily.)

Need An Excuse To Write? – Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month)

October 25, 2010

One week until Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) begins.

I confess that I am writing about Nanowrimo mainly to steel myself to actually do it.

National Novel Writing Month, in case you haven’t heard, is a month in which you try to write a novel (or 50,000 words) in the month of November.  You and a zillion other people.

Yes, it’s arbitrary.

Why not write a novel during the month of August?  Or from mid-January to mid-February?  (Better yet from mid-January to mid-December?)

And why make the effort to write so public?   With so much hoopla?

Many of the good (and silly) reasons to try Nanowrimo can undoubtedly be found, somewhere, on the very comprehensive website–

One of my favorites is the excuse Nanowrimo provides–the justification (good for at least a month) to put your writing first.  Here is how it works:

“Clean the fridge?   Yes, I did notice that green sphere (too furry for cabbage), but I’ve got to get to work on my Nanowrimo.”

“You say we need new sheets, towels, glasses, winter coat, blender and they’re all on sale this Veterans’ Day?   (But I’m only on Chapter 3!)”

“You expected Turkey?”

PS – sorry that the video is not exactly up to snuff!  I really don’t have the hang of it yet, still don’t have camera, and don’t have a clue about editing commands, or uploading, and it takes forever.  Agh.

Blocking Writer’s Block – A Beautiful Day (Oh No!)

October 11, 2010

It was a beautiful weekend in New York City.

This can be a real trial for a would-be writer, especially one with a day job, a family, and at least one hamper of dirty laundry.

Most writers do not like waste; they carefully save scraps of scribbled paper, notebooks, drafts.  Only a terrible mishap, or true epiphany (sometimes one leads to the other), induces most writer-types, artist types generally, to discard.

A beautiful day, a free day, a three-day weekend, is something you want to savor.   As a writer, you feel you are supposed to be experiencing the beauty of the world; as a person, you want to experience the beauty of the world; as a job holder, an office worker, you are desperate to be carefree, outdoors, enjoying a sunny sky.

One problem is that most would-be writers work on computers (they save their scribbles in notebooks, but they really would prefer to avoid having to re-type) ; and most computers really don’t function well under sunny skies.  Computers, even laptops, tend to be curmudgeonly homebodies; grinches who love grey; cloud-seekers.

But it’s your one free day!  But you want to work!  But it’s beautiful outside!

You feel guilty for staying indoors working; guilty for hanging outside not-really-working.  (I confess this guilt may plague me more than the average would-be writer–I was raised, after all, as a Lutheran.)

Some thoughts:   Try a notebook, even if you will have to re-type.

Or take your laptop into the shade.   Deeper Shade.

Try just walking and thinking for a while.

And then, finally, bite the bullet, and work indoors, hopefully by an open window.

Here’s the gist of it:  if you are a would-be writer; and have a day job, and a family, and dirty laundry, you really can’t live your life quite like other people–those lucky less-fragmented souls who can, for example, just lay out in the sun or play tennis much of the day.

If you want to do your work, you simply have to devote some of your free time to it, even when the day is beautiful.

You might, however, put off the laundry.

(PS – once again I take inspiration from my dog, Pearl, shown above, enjoying the outdoors but not fixated on it, knowing that she has to get home to do her one of her true jobs.)

PPS–the titles of two videos above don’t seem to be coming out–first –“Pearl Nonplussed by the Hudson”, second–“Pearl Doing One of Her True Jobs”.