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* We finished Rectify the night before last. It didn't necessarily go "off the rails" in Season 4 so much as it just lost power and slowed itself to a mind-numbing crawl and then a stop. The Season 3 "finale" was far better than anything that gets resolved, or not, in S4. Ah, well. Endings are hard.

* Rain has stopped, but now it's cold and very dark. A very mountain winter for us this year.

* I've decided to track my reading for 2017. I am pretty haphazard in the way I tackle my tottering to-read pile. Thus far, this year, I've read Jeff Vandermeer's impressive trilogy - The Southern Reach. And I recommend it. NOT my usual fare and typically the type of thing I shy away from because I find it existentially depresseing. Bleak sci-fi. But these books are so incredibly well-written and profoundly thought-out that I could not put them down. One after the other after the other. I do think the story is an analogy to writing? Life? Human existence in regards to the planet? I'm still pondering.

One of the amazing lines I've bookmarked.

Next up on the list -

* I've decided, once again, to grow my hair out. I want to grow out my bangs/fringe because I think it's time. We shall see if I can accomplish this.

Obligatory dog pictures. Sleepy Zoltan and Desmond sad to see me leaving.

* Completely and utterly humbled by the response to my Idol piece this week. It has lit a small flame within me and I'm beyond grateful.

When your heart is soggy with unshed tears and you stumble across an amazing hand-painted pitcher at the outlet store and begin drying out. "Jal" -gypsy name meaning wanderer.

I leave you with this astonishing line from the poet -


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Jan. 11th, 2017 07:32 pm (UTC)
Wonderful pictures, and congratulations on winning last week's Idol! Now, it's on to next week's prompt, which has me tied up.
Jan. 11th, 2017 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, G, and thanks! You are right up there in the tippity top, too! Kinda makes you feel like you're walking a razor wire!

I'm incubating this prompt. It really has a multi-faceted potential.
Jan. 11th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
Are you going to be on Goodreads? I've failed at utilizing it to its utmost, but if you are, I'm on there as Angie Panic so could be added.
Jan. 11th, 2017 11:07 pm (UTC)
Haven't been over there in years. Think it's worth the while?
Jan. 12th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
Ehhhh.... I mean it's sort of nice that they keep track of your book goal for you, and it's nice to have things organized, but they're also my only reading website experience and I've never tried to make my own database, so I'm like... 50% to 75% worthwhile?
Jan. 11th, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)
You're going to track it on Instagram? OMG, I love that idea? I think I might try that. I probably won't include the particularly trashy reads, though. Haha.

I've seen that trilogy recommended somewhere else, too.

I need to go back and find your Idol piece! I missed it!


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Jan. 11th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
I think it's a solid plan, B! Join me? I'm using #booklist2017 but we should come up with our own snazzy hashtag. I was also thinking....a bookclub on LJ could be fun! A book a month? Same snazzy name?

No worries on the Idol piece. If I write something I feel you must see...I'll nudge you. I've got your fic bookmarked for in-bed reading tonight since D is in the Bay Area! Woo-hoo!
Jan. 12th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
I will! And I'm up for any reading group. That's one of my new year resolutions.

Definitely nudge me!! I'm having connection issues with LJ lately and I think there's a lot slipping through the cracks.
Jan. 11th, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Goodreads can help you track stuff. I'm KarenInSacramento over there, if you wind up opening an account and want to add me.

Sometimes, it's the only way I can remember what I thought the most amazing one or two books were in a given year. I read a LOT, and around the holidays the cutoff if "which calendar year" is one of the first things to go.

That poetry quote was stunning.
Jan. 11th, 2017 11:12 pm (UTC)
I should check it out again. I never really...enjoyed it. Or found it useful other than as a research tool....to narrow down thematically. I oftentimes read thematically: conjoined twins, incest, werewolves, modern dress Shakespeare.

I have found the past two years, since switching back to printed books, that I'm remembering more of what I read, when, and what I thought of it. Kindled books was becoming a strange grey cloud of literary amnesia.

This poet is something stunning.
Jan. 12th, 2017 02:40 pm (UTC)
That's exactly why I'm on Goodreads. It also helps me in my omnibus What I Read post at the end of the year. I don't remember why I started doing that, but it's a tradition now so it can't be broken. :)

(I'm Ryl over there, too, and I'm adding you.)
Jan. 12th, 2017 11:54 am (UTC)
The futility of language is a bit of an odd thing for a writer to believe in, unless the author is presenting it in order to criticise it later. Words and images are both imperfect means of communication but they are the best we have and it's rather depressing to see communication as futile - and communication isn't just about imparting information but what we want to say and how we exchange ideas.

Beautiful dogs, Zoltan especially.
Jan. 12th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
I would NOT recommend these books or this author to you, L. They are dark and nihilistic. He is definitely wrestling with the point of life, the point of all of these words being written....and consumed. For what end? You are wedded to words and the importance of conveying the human experience via writing. Hold fast to that.

He is good looking, just very shy. Hardly anyone ever gets to see him this relaxed. Only his momma. ;)
Jan. 12th, 2017 02:53 pm (UTC)
I liked season 4, not necessarily for Daniel's storyline, which could have ended in season 3 indeed, but for the other members of the Holden/Talbott clan. In more than one way, it was Janet's season.

And the Teddy-centric episodes were brillant! :- )

His proposal of divorce was something I had never seen on television.

That said, the final episode wasn't one the best. But yeah endings are hard.

Zoltan looks so big!!!!
Jan. 12th, 2017 06:43 pm (UTC)
It definitely was about the Talbot's and the fallout from Daniel's rerouted life...Teddy's story was difficult. I didn't "buy" that they would sell the garage and that he would not try to be his own boss. That didn't hold up for me. I ended up not liking Janet at all. I liked her most in the S3 finale when we saw that she and Daniel had the exact same sense of humour! That was delightful.

I'm looking forward to perusing your reviews!
Jan. 12th, 2017 07:20 pm (UTC)
Teddy was good at selling tires but he has come a long way and had his world turned upside down. I believe he's grown a lot and needs to cut some ties regarding a business that came along with Janet's family...and should have been Daniel's heirdom.
BTW I enjoyed the sibling relationhsip he obviously had with Amantha.

Janet has always been a character hard to like but the actress was fantastic during this final season (she and Clayne Crawford were the best). Janet's storyline made me understand and like Amantha more.

And that above shot of Janet and Ted (in the bathtub), in the penultimate episode, was so great.

I'm going to miss those people.
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
As per your usual, this is a great take in a brief way about that final season. I agree with you, symbolically, that Teddy needed to leave the tire business which was Daniel's inheritance....but in middle America....that just doesn't hold realistic water. And I, too, loved seeing some warmth between him and Amantha. But sorry to see her trapped in the life she had rejected.

Tub scene was good. Wish we had seen more of Ted and Ted/Janet to understand the timeline more.

Always a good sign when you miss tv characters!
Jan. 12th, 2017 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'm all for using IG for everything! I am excited for you to find community there. It can be done. I feel like the specilaized pockets that brought us online in the first place are drying up in favor of little corners we make in the more populated spaces. Or something.

I think you are very right to recc that trilogy for Mat. I will pick it up. (Speaking of, his colleague Ted just returned from a dig in Antarctica and has been posting Amaaaaazing pics on IG I think you'd be into. https://www.instagram.com/teddaeschler/)

Your pups are too much.

Jan. 12th, 2017 06:45 pm (UTC)
I do sense a community there but it feels so truncated to me. No one responds to much and there isn't really a way into a dialogue. But it's definitely full of inspiration! Sometimes I think we can filter out too much diversity and end up in a stale place. I really am waiting for the next LJ! :)

I think he will dig it! Let me know!

Jan. 13th, 2017 06:35 pm (UTC)
I always mean to track my reading. I never do.

I'm reading a "book" written by a man at church. It's hard reading because he appears to be a writer who wants to impress with his cleverness, wordsmithing, rather than his subject matter - U.S. attempts to take over Canada. Also, it reads very much like a University research paper heavy with footnotes. (Sigh) Not really my thing.

But I have about four other books going. Typical of low energy me. I'm so unfocused.

Love your photos! That pitcher is gorgeous! Zoltan and Desmond, so sweet.

I'm ready for Spring aleady!

Jan. 13th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
I don't really track my reading, either. But I think this is the year to do so!

Do you feel obligated to read this book? There isn't enough time, imo. I am always putting books down.

How are you finding the Whyte?

Ready for Spring???? I'm loving Winter!
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