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March 2017



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dainty as a dishrag. faithful as a chow.

Apparently I am in the middle of a cycle of stories taking the piss out of academia. I finished one already this year--"The Bone War"--and it's a central theme of the thing I'm contributing to Worldspinner. And I'm finally getting some traction on "On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera," a story I have been working on literally since 1989.

I also have a thing called "And The Balance in Blood," that'll be finished as soon as I think of a climax, and a snarky-ass library story that has no title yet, but it does have an epigraph: 

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

? Jorge Luis Borges

Of course, none of these are the things that are due in January and February.

Of course not. Those are still looking for plots.

(I've been cooking a bunch too, as writing breaks--tomato soup and purple sweet potato biscuits yesterday, green tea agar (it's delicious with rosemary simple syrup), and today a batch of standuponit's root veggie muffins and some tangerine cream cheese spread to go on them.)

Here, have some pictures of tea. I've been using my beloved and cracked Royal Doulton irises teacup for days, for the moral support, so there's not going to be a lot of variation. *g*



And here, have a bonus picture of my dog.


The other day, The Girl returns from the thrift-storing with fancy teacups. "Well", she says, "I keep seeing the pictures of fancy teacups on the Livejournals, and I think 'I would also like the fancy teacups'."

I says "Have you not seen my grandmother's?"

"No. I think they're in a box in the guest room."

So, we unboxed 'em. There are five assorted matching cups and saucers. I have no idea what they are - I am to fine china what Jenny McCarthy is to immunology - but I don't particularly care. They are pretty, and they belonged to my grandmother, so I will treasure them irrespective of whether they're thousand-dollar antiques or they came from the closeout bin at the Meijer.

And now, apparently because of you, they will once again be used to serve tea.
That's delightful.

And you can find out with a little research at least some of the provenance. They usually have the manufacturer and country of origin, and sometimes the name of the pattern, stamped on the bottom.

Also, it's fun to break out the teacups for your friends!
Teacup Solidarity is going to be the name of my next band. This one belonged to my great-grandmother and was probably made in the 1950s. It has jasmine tea in it. :)
oh, shamrocks, yay!
That would be the agar on the middle left, there?

(I've never encountered agar before, obviously.)

Hi doggo!
I spy The Darkest Part of the Forest hanging out on your desk there. It's my current most favoritest read. Which is to say, it's the best thing I've read most recently. If you haven't already read it, I hope you enjoy it. And if you have, then I hope you did!
There's a business/website called "Replacements Ltd." that has a searchable index of china patterns. You might be able to find out what pattern your teacups are there.
They buy and sell discontinued china patterns and patterns of silver flatware and they've got a humongous online data base.
I've been seeing a couple of Briards around Portland of late, which always makes me think of the GRD. ;-)

And then there's the Great Swiss-Bernese cross matriarch at the barn. She's the last of the pack, alas, but going strong. A different variant of GRD.
There is a very nice tea shop in the town where I used to work that uses old china cups and saucers in a mixture of designs. I believe they haunt charity shops to source them. They also do delicious cakes and when I finally retire and have a bit more free time, I must pay them a visit.

My china cups, on the other hand, belonged to my mother-in-law.
And I'm finally getting some traction on "On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera," a story I have been working on literally since 1989.

Squeak! *bounce*
I've just found your journal, so I hope you don't find my sudden comments presumptuous. I did want to say that I love your teacups! I just found one at a garage sale that's white with deep blue trees and birds drawn on it, and a gold rim. I adore it - though I do wish it held a bit more liquid. Also, your dog is gorgeous! What is he/she???

And good luck with the writing! I hope the plots come upon you soon. :)

Ace is a neutered male Briard. He's 9. He's cut down to a couple of inches of fur. Left untrimmed, he'd look like this:

My goodness, he's fabulous. I adore the bat ears and the fur and he just looks like someone I would very much like to hug. What a lovely specimen!