'She's talking to that mirror again, farther?' says Misst Craddock. Father Cradock turns round slowly from the book he is eating and explains that it is just a face she is going through and they're all the same at that age.
Having mush for brains in the middle of this heatwave means that I forget to post things when they're out. The Sideways Door's May response was up a few days ago. You can find it here. I have been writing a series on poetry for Scroll and the penultimate column is up today. How to write new ones is the real question. I'd rather fill a bathtub with ice and hide in it, rather like Tom Cruise (aargh!) in Minority Report.
For the first time ever, I have missed this blog's anniversary. I began this thing nine years ago on the 21st and I'm rather surprised at myself. Maybe I should even change my description and all. Then I remember that after all I forgot to announce the blog's ninth so. Let's have another kind of ninth, huh?
The latest in my series on Scroll is now up. I was thinking of Tony Leung; I admit it. Everything else - I can hardly bear to be on my laptop. It's so hot my wrists burn. Coping with summer takes more energy than I have.
Perhaps I am sick of sitting in one place using just the tips of my fingers. Or I'm fed up of driving and driving in this heat, doing tasks rather like a worker ant, with no tangible result. Whatever the reason, this month's prompt comes out of that sense of wanting to reconnect with using one's hands.
Here it is: 'The sweetest dream that labor knows'. (I have been itching to correct the spelling of the word 'labor' here and on Daily O but since it's a quotation, I'm leaving it.)
The last two weeks of April were hellish. Two friends died within the space of a few days. Anxieties both specific and general tied in with what appeared to be disaster upon disaster made me want a cave rather badly.
It meant I was offline a lot and did not link to my columns as they appeared.
So here - rather belatedly, especially now it's time for the next prompt already - are the two things that appeared while I was away.
I'm hoping May will be better than April was, but not holding out too many hopes. At any rate, not having watched Avengers, I have Thoughts on what I think the film is, and if I am not too traumatised by this week, I may even air them.