Finished listening to: A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris. Read by Ralph Lister. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible) Well done, both in writing and the narration. It held up as I hoped.

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 12: Legend

“Don’t break the chain!”

– Jerry Seinfeld, on writing every day πŸ“

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 11: Hygge.

“Dinner over, we produced a bundle of pens, a copious supply of ink, and a goodly show of writing and blotting paper. For there was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery.”

– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 10: Bridges. Still unpainted, a bridge I made with plaster bricks cast from Hirst Arts molds.

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 9: Safe. The Lamy Safari is kept safe inside its box because it “floats” inside while clipped to a piece of cardboard. I always keep the boxes. πŸ–‹οΈ

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 7: Spice. Spice cookies on pirate plate.

"You don't seem to be worrying too much about what will happen."
"If I worry, will the future change?"

– “Kung Fu,” TV series

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 6: Street

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 5: Toy. Once we’re past a certain age, we’re made to call them collectibles. (And that’s not dust; it’s sand from Tatooine.)

Finished reading: Smiley’s People: A George Smiley Novel (George Smiley Novels Book 7) by John le CarrΓ©. πŸ“š Third in a loose trilogy. My reading is colored by the fact that I saw the miniseries first. Still quite good. The character of Connie Sachs steals the show in both.

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 4: Sharp. And sharpened.

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 3: Majority

πŸ“· October Photo Challenge Day 2: Dark

Currently listening to: On the Nature of Things by Lucretius. Read by Hugh Ross. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible) Ross, whom I have listened to as Macbeth and also in the “Doctor Who” audio spinoff series “Counter-Measures,” is very good with this. He puts on a voice instead of doing a straight-out read, which threw me for a few minutes at first, and then I got it. It’s written in first person anyway, and Ross’ additional enthusiasm combined with the uniqueness of his voice makes me feel like Lucretius himself is narrating. Given the somewhat snarky tone the text sometimes takes as Lucretius bashes other philosophical deductions, it all works.

And it was written in the first century B.C.? Fascinating – because he just ain’t wrong.

“Nature works with unseen particles.”

”… there is a void in matter.”

“A shock of hair.” “A mop of hair.” Avoid clichΓ©, which in itself is a clichΓ©. Avoid carpets worn threadbare, at least, lest you fall in. And if you want to say something smelled of fear, you must ask yourself, does fear actually have a smell? Is it true? πŸ“

Obligatory photo of a sidewalk with the text disguised as chalk art. The mug of coffee is drawn in yellow.

Obligatory photo of the bark of a tree scratched with a twig. Because not everyone owns a laptop. The mug of coffee sits on the ground.

Twsbi Eco-T Coral stub nib with Oster Thunderstorm. Storms at sea. πŸ–‹οΈ

Time for Second Coffee. β˜•οΈ

“Being around humans is a drain on my logic circuits.”

– Rem, “Logan’s Run” TV show

Oh, my … Ravens! 🏈 πŸŸͺ Longest field goal in NFL history.

Finished listening to: Cannery Row (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) by John Steinbeck. Read by Jerry Farden. 🎧 πŸ“š (Audible) I read this many years ago. A very rare case in which I prefer the movie (1982), which I saw first, to the book. But I recently learned the movie is based on both Cannery Row and its sequel, Sweet Thursday, so maybe the element I admire in the movie is from the latter. A good reading by Mr. Farden, who is ideal for the material, and of course it’s a delightful book.

Finished watching: “Dark Shadows,” Collection 5. πŸ“Ί πŸ‘» Still good, and now there are two different shades of green candle. πŸ•―