Travels and Daydreams

Category: daydreams

driving at sunset

La la land 💘

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Happy new year! Let’s hope 2017 turns out great while we continue to recover from the longest year in memory. (Bye-bye, 2016.) Last year felt simultaneously endless and where did time go?! Last time I posted something here it must have been June! I guess time gets away from you when you try not to have a panic attack/are publishing books. And what a wonderful year it was for my tiny publishing house. I got to publish work by my some of my most favorite writers in the world in two beautiful books: Matchbook Stories 4, and The Letters Page, Vol.1 (edited by Jon McGregor). I coudn’t be prouder or more excited about these books! (And the ones we got cooking for 2017. No spoilers, but they will also be great! If all goes well *knocks on wood* Who’s there? Well, just in case, you know?)  

Anyway, this is just to say hello and that I am still here, and to wish you all the best shiniest happiest new year! Fight the forces of evil! Do creative things! Read books and watch good movies, which reminds me, I just watched La la land and loved it and remembered this story I wrote (it was published in the Mojave River Review) a while back about being in my 20s and living in L.A. (maybe that’s why I loved the movie so much)… 

Here’s wishing you all the best 2017.

xxxx

P.S FF @ioannaonline and @BookExMachina on Twitter for book updates!

Stolen Stationery

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Working on a wonderful wonderful new book.

Related/not related/subtle hint: this story in letter form I wrote a while ago: A letter from the Chateau Marmont. “Stolen Stationery.”

You can read it in The Rumpus where it was published last summer.

 

Will Be Back After These Captcha Messages

Working on an awesome Book Ex Machina book project. It’s our biggest one  yet! (If you want to find out about it first, subscribe to our Very Occasional Newsletter.)

It’s summer. I mean, SUMMER. Just had survived our first heatwave.

Had a story accepted in one of my favorite literary magazines.

Trying not to read the news.

Trying to remember to breathe.

Here’s some Captcha poetry, see you again  soon.

xx

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The Cats Want to Know

A little story about cats, published in Visual Verse

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The cats want to know where you’ve been. They come and smell your clothes, rub their noses on your shoes, sniff your soles for clues. They are excited at the hint of a world outside of their zone of things comfortable and known. They are surprised you’ve been gone this long and that you’re suddenly back.

read the rest here

Impossible Resolutions! A short story

New Year’s Resolutions… Have you broken yours yet? *

Here’s my little story on the theme in the latest Rumpus Readers Report, edited by Susan Clements, (and accompanied with the lovely illustrations of Christina Weidman)

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Read the rest on The Rumpus!

* this was the first story I wrote this year! But I’m not telling you what my actual resolutions were. ;)

 

Sunset Crew

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An impromptu road-trip where we end up in a postcard sunset

Are the clouds always this beautiful in January? Those pink and purple hues!

It was so cold out I stayed in the car most of the time, taking pictures through the windshield. In that last picture I was sitting in the car wrapped in my coat thinking: these tourists don’t have jackets on! Aren’t they freezing?

But it was an incredible sunset. It’s easy to forget sometimes, to stop and watch the sunset. A nearby road sign says “Aphrodite’s birthplace.” On days like these it seems entirely appropriate.

xx

Merry Xmas!

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Cyanotype blues

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I had some SX-70 cyanotype film; I went to the beach. :)

*sunburn not pictured

Lucky Cats

A little random post for this random October day. Enjoy! :)

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Red Moon Watch

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Sept 28, 2015. Watched the Red Moon until it set behind the hills. Took some pictures. Stayed up all night.

Bonus: saw the International Space Station go by; when the eclipse happened every animal and bird and insect around went completely quiet; it was nice to see everyone share the experience on Twitter; Venus was so shiny all throughout the night and the morning, mighty Aphrodite, so pretty.

 

(Also check out Thodoris’s picture on the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day website)

 

 

How to make wine

 1. Get some land.

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2. Measure it.

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3. Sit under an old olive tree and double-check measurements.

Break under the olive tree

4. Drive to the agriculture department.

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4. Pick vine varieties suitable to taste and land. (Shiraz, Mavro, Ofthalmo)

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5. Buy cuttings.

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6. Bury cuttings and leave for a couple months to sprout.

Grapevine cuttings buried and sprouting

7. Plant cuttings, water, prune, feed, take care of as they become vines and grow (about three years.)

Tiny vineyard

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7. On their third summer, test grapes for sugar contents and harvest when ready. (Full moon optional)

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8. Gather grapes off vines (about 1 hour) and destem grapes by hand. (8-10 hours for 60kg)

Shiraz grapes

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9. Pour grapes into crusher.

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10. Let sit in barrels to ferment (stir at least 2-3 times a day.) Test, add things if necessary, treat, monitor sugar and alcohol levels until fermentation is finished. (About a week.)

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11.When fermentation is done and all sugar has turned into alcohol, pour grapes in press.

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12. Stop to celebrate first drop of wine!

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13. Press some more.

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14. Put in barrel, test, treat, and hope it turns into good wine.

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15.  First wine tasting! (Shiraz has the best color. Look at that purple.)

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Repeat with next ripened grape variety. 

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