Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2013«

Maid, Mother, Crone

July 30, 2013 by


I want to ask your opinion on something: What freight, if any, do the words ‘girl’, ‘young woman’ and ‘woman’ have for you — in relation to both the person referred to and the person speaking? For instance, if someone (say a person in their early twenties) referred to a person whose name they didn’t […]

Safely Endangered

July 29, 2013 by



The Group W Bench

July 26, 2013 by


This one is not in the playlist, but as I went to Alice’s restaurant at the weekend, I thought I’d share this very important song with you.  He said, “What were you arrested for, kid?” And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench there, and the hairy eyeball and […]

Bubble wrap! Padded rooms! Donuts!

July 25, 2013 by


Okay, so let me just say: Psycho Donuts. I have, and will continue to wax lyrical about the freshly made donuts at Lola in Seattle* but Psycho Donuts come at the whole donut issue from a totally different (totally brilliant) direction. They said to themselves, You know what’s missing from the donut scene? Total lunacy. […]

Delete. Remove. Expunge. Excise. Eradicate. Cut.

July 24, 2013 by


Me: Ugh. I’ve reached a chapter that has four decisions in it. Four! Arkem: Are they yes/no decisions? Because I could help. Me: Somehow I don’t think your help would be properly informed. Arkem: That’s never stopped me before. I’m up to the point in this draft where it’s all about making the hard calls. […]

My NEXT Vacation

July 23, 2013 by


  P.S. Click through for more of Steve Thomas’ travel suggestions. They’re kinda awesome.  

To Everyone He Meets He Stays a Stranger

July 19, 2013 by


I’ve paired these two songs  together because it makes me laugh. Which is an excellent reason for doing almost anything. I found a bunch of different versions of ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ when I went looking. I expected James Bond (which would have been entirely appropriate in this context), and I also found Cary Grant and the original video clip (which is […]

Sharp as a Row Boat

July 18, 2013 by


Last night I went to see CCR* play. It was at the Mountain Winery in the Saratoga hills, which is an absolutely gorgeous venue. So much so that I sort of wanted to just stand around muttering, “Gee, it’s so pretty.” Instead I took dodgy photos with my phone while Arkem made remarks about how […]

Much Ado About Shinies

July 16, 2013 by


  So yesterday I celebrated Bastille Day* by going to see Much Ado About Nothing. What do these two things have in common? Absolutely nothing. But as I usually celebrate Bastille Day by forgetting it entirely** I feel this is a step forward. And Much Ado was hilarious. Of Shakespeare’s plays it is, oddly enough, […]

Blood For the Blood God

July 15, 2013 by


Jeph Jacques is fun times.