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Simone's my pen name. I'm a novelist and poet manquรฉ - grand words, but Iโ€™m just a storyteller, a writer of simple stuff, and I expect your six-year-old could do better.

I should probably be treading desert sands and drifting leisurely down the Nile, not writing novels youโ€™ll never read because they lack drama.

Politically very left, religiously , I talk too much, eat too much, drink too little.


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Came for the science, stayed for the curry.

Encrypts reports with absurdism, masquerading as creative writing.

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Simone's my pen name. I'm a novelist and poet manquรฉ - grand words, but Iโ€™m just a storyteller, a writer of simple stuff, and I expect your six-year-old could do better.

I should probably be treading desert sands and drifting leisurely down the Nile, not writing novels youโ€™ll never read because they lack drama.

Politically very left, religiously , I talk too much, eat too much, drink too little.


Avatar: John William Waterhouse's "Study for the Lady Clare"

Itโ€™s the and, at the risk of being accused of , I have a deep longing for a . Or is it a longing to be back with friends in , , where I spent so much time? Probably. I canโ€™t recreate that time, or that atmosphere, or that feeling. We move on. But still... where in can I get a mooncake ๐Ÿฅฎ?

.

Through Mile High Cityโ€™s mountain air,
The Sunday faithful go to prayer.
From every corner, every block,
A place of worship calls its flock
With messages upon their phone
That leave the vaulting air alone.

Through traffic lights, and jams, and fads,
And endless Coca Cola ads,
Each congregationโ€™s holy smoke
Ascends from tailpipes like a joke
Thatโ€™s lost on all who gather there,
While I rejoice in silent air.


I like it that some of us celebrate on different days. Today is when I celebrate it. So I'd like to wish you all life, health and prosperity for the coming year. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

they lit fireworks
on the lake
tonight for reasons
Iโ€™d forgotten
everything
reflected and
they said it looked
spectacular
though when the last
maroon went off
dogs of a hundred
neighborhoods
declared a differing
opinion

online

followers fall
like rain dripping
from my coat
and blown free
new steps on their
exciting journeys
Iโ€™m thankful they
left their blessings
farewell friends
sweet times

I ordered a tall statue of Sekhmet for a home shrine over the weekend.

The good news is that she arrived today, four days earlier than expected.

The bad news is that she was broken in transit and made her 1600 mile journey in vain. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I guess one attempts to display a statue of a war goddess at one's peril.

I love . I just wish it wasnโ€™t in June! If I were 40 years younger Iโ€™d join our wonderful local PrideFest. But nowadays Iโ€™m sure our high altitude summer sun would sap all my energy and cinderize me! ๐Ÿฅต

I've just spent the last two weeks reading "Red Land, Black Land" by Dr. Barbara Mertz. It's a very engaging and human look at , unlike either the dry-as-the-desert-sands approach you get in more academic books or the crazy fantasies of popular literature. She shows there's far more to it than and . She brings to life the world of 2000-5000 years ago with her honesty, warmth and wit. Do not read unless you are prepared to fall under her compelling spell!

Iโ€™m really glad I watched all of the TV series this weekend! Itโ€™s like a deliciously quirky and irreverent cross between a good old British farce and a high-budget version of Doctor Who. I really felt any amateurishness or bad acting was all part of the fun of being quintessentially English. Sheen is adorable and Tennant, looking like Thalia Tookโ€™s Loki, can be my personal Apocalypse any day! Gotta see.

On-line course notes: โ€œYou donโ€™t have to buy your tutorโ€™s book, even though we recommend it. All the answers to weekly exam questions are in our course videos.โ€

25% of exam questions: โ€œTell us this thing thatโ€™s not in the course videos.โ€

Me, exasperated: *does extra hours of personal research to get full marks just to spite them*

I'm so happy!
But I'm so sad!

I'm happy I finished my novel. Well, first draft anyway. 60,595 words in April.

But I'm so sad to leave all these characters behind, and their vineyard and home in the northern Rhรดne valley, and their university at Montpellier. They feel like really close friends.

But I suppose I've left enough hooks for a third book in the series, so maybe we'll meet again.

Iโ€™ve only ever had a very hazy notion of how my novel would finish. Even after 53,327 words! Part of the joy of being a โ€œpantserโ€ are the surprises you get as you go along. Your journey is the readerโ€™s journey!

But as of last night (in the dark, in bed, scratching on a notepad I canโ€™t see with a pencil I can only feel), I know for the first time how I can get to that finish. And I think I might be able to do it before the end of camp on April 30th.

Iโ€™m excited!! ๐Ÿคฉ

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Why not be crazy?
Why not go completely mad?

I could 'just' write another 50,000 word novel for But oh no, that would be too easy. ๐Ÿ™„ So I'm going to finish copy-editing a non-fiction book for a friend. As well.

Good news: I've already copy-edited 58 of its 192 pages.

Bad news: I've done zero prep for my new novel. But I hadn't at this stage for last either, and I made it in 23 days. So no real change there. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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