Month: May 2016

A grainy, black and white photo of Maria. She's a white woman with dark hair and dark eyes. She's holding a camera up by her face, taking the picture in a mirror.

Do you see me now?

Image description: A grainy, black and white photo of Maria. She’s a white woman with dark hair and dark eyes. She’s holding a camera up by her face, taking the picture in a mirror. I wanted to write something about acknowledgement, especially the importance of acknowledging other people, and of being acknowledged yourself. It’s not something we talk about a lot, perhaps because it sounds so serious, but I think most of us know the feeling. It’s like… like when you’re talking to someone, and you can tell they’re truly listening. When the cashier at the grocery store says “have a good day”, and it looks like they actually, magically mean it. It’s when you’re sleeping next to someone, and they pull you closer, without even waking up.

a starry night sky photographed directly from below. Lush, leafy trees are silhouetted in black, framing the heavens above.

In the glen

Image description: a starry night sky photographed directly from below. Lush, leafy trees are silhouetted in black, framing the heavens above. (image source, edited by me) This belongs somewhere in the book I’m writing, probably about a third of the way in.  The whole thing is nowhere near ready — we’re talking years, not months away — but I wanted to give you a tiny little taste nonetheless. I hope you like it. Oh, and just a small reminder: you can subscribe to my blog via e-mail here. “Death was tired?” Eira was, too, but she could smell a story. “Well, yes.” Os stretched out and folded his hands behind his head. “Just imagine, people kept dying and dying, and everyone was carrying a life’s worth of memories and regrets and unfulfilled dreams and… heavy things. Death couldn’t let them keep all that forever, it would be cruel. But Death couldn’t shoulder everything itself either; it’s just too much for one. So Death made the Two, and gave them one half of the world each. …