I wrote this story years ago and most of the places in it closed down, which adds to the title and overall sentiment, I think 😊
Anyways, here it is on the wonderful Wasafiri!
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.
I had some SX-70 cyanotype film; I went to the beach. :)
*sunburn not pictured
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)
The polaroid can be found in this old post here. It was taken at the beautiful Atlantis Books.
(wrongly attributed to Book Ex Machina, but I don’t mind sharing the credit with Thodoris ;))
What to do when your literary heroes love a thing you made:
Praise for Matchbook Stories:
I had a dream about you again.
You were writing WISH YOU WERE HERE with giant letters on the roofs of buildings and I was flying over them thinking about you. Then they became alphabet blocks in the window of a store as I walked by. They spelled “Come Home.”
This is my third story in The Rumpus! And my second letter story published this summer! (A third one is coming up soon.)
Previous The Rumpus stories:
Story in The Letters Page:
I have a story in the new issue of The Letters Page.
A story I hand-wrote and sent in a letter that was then deciphered and typed by someone at The Letters Page offices (most likely a handwriting expert.)
Download the issue to print out and read (PDF) And then put in an envelope and send to a friend. Everyone loves getting mail!
First beach day of the year! (pretty late) First beach polaroids of the year!
Went at noon like rookies and swam out for too long and got a tiny case of heatstroke.
(Sun too much for the polaroids, too.)
But, summer, yay! I wish I could live there in that blue overexposed moment staring at the water while falling asleep.