Saturday, May 26 2018
Hello, one and all. Come on into my sanctuary and have a seat with Lulu and me, because this post is kind of a hodgepodge.
Today I begin with a respectful moment of silence in observance of the coming Memorial Day (USA). Sometimes called Decoration Day it is a federal holiday in the United States originally meant for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
A revision — Happy Memorial Day
I see people expressing disdain and contempt for those words — or at least for the word “happy.” Yes, it is in truth a very somber holiday. Yet, it is more… When I was a child, I endured the death of a sibling. So many people acted like I should never be happy again because of that death. As a child I thought, felt they must be right. I did not smile.
Now I realize that gratitude and respect for those who have passed does not preclude joy. Would those who have been selfless want only your tears? Or would they want their lives to be celebrated? So even though I usually wish you blessings or some other benediction that does not include “happy”… Today I wish you a happy Memorial Day. (Comments are now closed.)
I appreciate you being part of my Get Caught Reading Month. Special thanks to Chris Graham – the Story Reading Ape for working with me on a two-part story for this year. “Artie Meets the Alchemist” was a delight to co-write with everyone’s favorite Ape on Artie Meets the Alchemist.
You’ve caught me reading one last book for this month. This time it’s Sarah, by the marvelous Teri Polen. Teri writes exciting, suspenseful “young adult” stories. This book is about a horror fan and a ghost and… Well, just hang onto your hat and keep the lights on!
Me? I’m still in the edit/proof process with book-2 in my “Atonement” series, Atonement in Bloom. I thought I might publish it this month, but… Well, as they used to say where I came from, “Mights (mites) grow on a chicken’s butt (well, that’s not the word they use, but you get the idea). Anyhow, I cringe to think how long it’s been since I first said the book was “coming soon.”
Huge thanks to those of you who have “gotten on the train” for my diesel-punk fantasy, Hullaba Lulu.
San Francisco artist Rob Goldstein makes wonderful virtual reality illustrations for the series. Rob has also made several videos for the “Lulu-verse” — and in doing so, he has created a soundtrack for the series, filled with Roaring Twenties songs. Here’s the one he made this week. Rob talks about it in this post.
(You can see the entire collection of videos here.)
If you haven’t gotten on the train, you can catch up by clicking the Hullaba Lulu category on the right side of the page. You’ll meet Lulu, her Gramps, friends Rose and Pearl, and some other characters as they begin a journey with an enigmatic man who only calls himself Valentino. Listen for the trumpet’s call and the conductor’s announcement, All aboard! That’s here each week for Jazz Age Wednesdays.
I should also mention the Rolling Thunder. Bikers in droves from across the country gather here, partly to bring attention to soldiers missing in action. It’s a cool idea to have all those motorcycles, and it’s downright awe inspiring to see so many. Unfortunately to reach their destination many of them travel under an overpass 1/4 mile from my home. So the “Rumble of the Rolling” is almost constant (if to a lesser degree than the gathering at the Capitol Mall) from Friday through Monday. When significant portion of that group takes this route, it literally shakes the house. Still an amazing thing though.
Thanks for taking time to visit. I love your comments, so be sure to say hello. If you are celebrating where you are, have a safe holiday weekend.
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