Apologies for the tardy “R” post. I had another day of dizziness and nausea yesterday, courtesy of my faceplant on concrete a couple of weeks ago, and after leaving a few comments on other people’s blogs, I realized that staring at a computer screen was exacerbating the situation. Because my pudding-brain wouldn’t let me concentrate for long enough to slap my thoughts into shape either, I decided to delay posting until today. And fortunately today the brain is much happier, so big yay there.
Good old R. I had been going to talk about “Reading”, but since I already posted about “Literacy” a few days ago, and since I figure that approximately a bazillion other bloggers would be doing the same thing, I tossed that plan in the virtual bin. As I was rummaging around in the back drawers of my brain for another topic and coming up with a bunch of random but fairly useless ideas, I thought, hey, random.! Why not? Why not a fairly random and useless post? Or, rather, a post about some of the random things that inspire me, or make me happy, or both? With pictures! So here we go, a (very) short list of inspiring and happy-making things:
First up, the tree outside my house. The cherry trees on our street are always the last to bloom in the spring and the last to drop their leaves in the fall. Other trees around Vancouver are losing their blossoms now, but this beauty and its chums are just gearing up for the pink explosion. This is even more delightful now that we don’t have a car to scrape clean of gummy dead flower residue every morning.
I posted a picture of our dog, Rory earlier this week, so it’s only right that Lyra gets her moment of fame. Lyra is our highly neurotic, skittish, oddball kitty who likes to sit close but never on laps. Originally a rescue cat, she’s lived with us for several years now and does what she can to keep Rory suitably cowed and in his place.
How bleak would life be without books and magazines? These are a few of the titles I’m currently reading, not including ebooks. (A note on the Mark Kermode book: if you don’t already listen to his Wittertainment movie review podcasts–via BBC website–you’re missing something special. For a taste, watch/listen to his awesome review of Transformers 3 here. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s consistently intelligent, insightful and entertaining.
I’ve saved the most important for last: my beautiful, brilliant, thoughtful, generous quirky, adorable daughter, Azaia. She’s in her third year at university right now, studying sociology and political science, and is planning to go on to law school. An unapologetic feminist and a fiercely independent thinker, she’s passionate about social justice and women’s issues. I could not be prouder.
Oh, and did I mention she’s a zombie in her spare time? This was taken when she participated in the Zombie Walk in Vancouver a couple of years ago.
During the month of April, I’m participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. My challenge posts will focus on 26 of the things that have inspired me as a writer or that I’ve learned as I stumble my way toward becoming a writer. Clicky-click on the link to read some of the other bloggers who are participating in the April madness.