conceptual oyster

the world is my oyster…living in random oyster beds, oceans and marshes worldwide, currently:, New Zealand

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written wednesdays’ high voltage mushrooms…

the Witch of Portabellois completed and finished well. It’s a dry read at times but poignant at this time- socially, and in my life as it’s a time of change and people in and out, new ideas and experiences, changes in geography and culture.

i give it a good recommendation.

 now, i’ve begun the Ice Queen…this author [alice hoffman] is favored by the author of the tenth circle, jodi picoult. it’s really gripping so far, very dynamic, multi-faceted and well written in terms structure and content for that matter.

the ice queen by alice hoffman

The Ice Queen refers to the unnamed protagonist in Alice Hoffman’s novel, a New Jersey librarian who carries a scarred past and prefers books to people. She wishes to be struck by lightning, and when it happens, it damages her so that her heart beats slower and she can longer see the color red. She moves to Florida to be closer to her brother, a meteorologist who studies lightning. She joins a study of lightning-strike survivors, and feels drawn to Lazarus Jones, who was dead for 40 minutes after his lightning strike. Lazarus is her opposite, he only feels heat and can burn with just a touch. They begin a torrid after, her ice with his heat, and in the process they must deal with the secrets in their past. The Ice Queen has received positive reviews with the Chicago Sun-Times saying “Within The Ice Queen, however, she defines the difference between lightning and magic: ‘Magic makes sense. Lightning does not.’ At the same time, she explores the consequences of both with luminous clarity. It is a stunning feat.”

http://www.reviewsofbooks.com/ice_queen/

you asked…you receive part 1

okay, i guess we are gonna get good old fashioned [foto]posts…

today, our fabulous friends- angie and giu -who have a car took us around to look at neighbourhoods and to a never before seen by us beach over the mountain from karori called makara.

and here you can see it…(hopefully)

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the gang at makara beach…thanks guys for the field trip!

makara mini cooper…

original mini cooper having a day at makara beach…

moon over welly

full moon over wellington harbour just before the red lunar eclipse of 2007, and just before the wind blew us back home. yes, the wind is still here, but i’m a little tougher now i think!

wednesday’s written muse…

i had a typical ‘conversation’ (if you can call email exchanges a conversation) recently with a good friend of mine. that night this paragraph grabbed me as it was in total sync with our ongoing conversation…

 and of course, i’ve given this book many props and now you can see for yourselves:

Be clear.Reprogram yourself every minute of each day with thoughts that make you grow. When you’re feeling irritated or confused, try to laugh at yourself. Laugh outloud at this woman tormented by doubts and anxieties, convinced that her problems are the most important then in the world. Laugh at the sheer absurdity of the situation, at the fact that despite being a manifestation of the [mother], you still believe God is a man who lays down the rules. Most of your problems stem from just that-from following the rules.                                                                                                                     Edda

 from                                                                                                                        The Witch of Portobello

Paulo Coelho

written wednesday: hell & mushrooms

i’ve started another book,

it started off slowly, but now i’m really enjoying it.

The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coehlo

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poignient…it’s quite simple so i challenged myself to try to recognize the deeper meaning, the abstract, the concept (considering i am the conceptual oyster…).

and i think…

it’s about listening to who you are,

to your own life’s plan,

not everyone’s elses [imposed] plan for you.

poignient because;

1. i think this little oyster girl is about to make some changes  and

2. the last book i mentioned (The Tenth Circle) was about the consequences of not being true to who you are.

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both books get two thumbs up!

written wednesday

* i don’t know what’s going on with formating…

 gothic parliament

here is a literary genre to explore (as i intend to) if you are bored with the latest commercial paperback. i think it appeals to that same portion of our psyche that wants to climb on a roller coaster perfect for those stormy late summer evenings in the northern hemisphere.

Gothic Literature

The Gothic novel springs forth rather suddenly as the increasing preoccupation with individual consciousness that begins in the early 18th century collides with the unique cultural anxieties of the late 18th century. The emotions of these characters are externalized in a radical new way; their deepest passions and fears are literalized as other characters, supernatural phenomena, and even inanimate objects. At the same time, the nature of the fear represented in these novels–fear of imprisonment or entrapment, personal violation, of the triumph of evil over good and chaos over order–seems to reflect a specific historical moment characterized by increasing disillusionment with Enlightenment rationality and by bloody revolutions in America and France.

also, some links to explore further:

http://www.engl.virginia.edu/enec981/Group/title.html

http://www.zittaw.com/gothicliterature.htm

http://personal.georgiasouthern.edu/~dougt/gothic.htm

 excerpts by elizabeth gaskell:

http://www.litgothic.com/Authors/gaskell.html

those july lazies…

i know, i've been a bad blogger...and honestly, i have nothing to say.

well, i have tons to say but haven’t had the time to do it justice. and the computer…it’s not fixed, infact it’s going to the sanitarium now for a bit of therapy.

i’ve been reading tons and this is such a luxury.

a bit dark, but i highly recommend The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult. yeh, now after that, i’m on the the infamous The Bell Jar… i just felt i should read it feeling as if i’m the only american co-ed not to have read it before.

hope you are well, and we’ll catch up soon!