Monday, December 19, 2016
By Mark Z. Danielewski, from "House of Leaves", page 563
Little solace comes
to those who grieve
when thoughts keep drifting
as walls keep shifting
and this great blue world of ours
seems a house of leaves
moments before the wind.
This truly experimental novel, which is many stories (lifetimes/dimensions) in one, messed with my head so badly that, among other abuses, I threw it against walls, poured coffee (then blow dried it in remorse) on it, tossed it in the trash (and retrieved it) twice, stopped reading it for a full year, then finally just wrote my frustration into the margins (along with the author's gazillion footnotes/endnotes/sidenotes) which is freaking hilarious NOW as I revisit it about 10 years after I read it and enjoy my bad attitude back around 2005 when I experienced "House of Leaves". Mark Z. Danielewski (MZD) is a pioneer, a poet, and a courageous trailblazer. He's also a crazy as a loon genius and an excellent storyteller. It would just be nice to read one of his stories in chronological order, but I doubt that'll happen. Reading a fat novel (occasionally) in circles and sideways got a bit tedious at times, but I guess that's art for you.
If you're looking for a challenging reading experience, then read this book. If you're an impatient, normal type, then for heaven's sake: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!
Friday, December 16, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
It's been crazy here at Chez Dragonfly since I got my greenhouse. Did I mention I have a new little greenhouse/potting shed? I do! I counted 62 plants in it yesterday, most babies propagated from my other plants: Lemongrass, Yarrow, Pineapple Sage, Spearmint, Peppermint, Chocolate Mint, Apple Mint, Comfrey, Basil, Lavender, Airplane Plants, Wandering Jew, Black Sweet Potato Vines, Passionflowers...too many to recall! Mother Nature keeps blessing me with abundance. For the first time in my life, I have big fat Tomatoes in December! They're also in the greenhouse. I bought one Angel Trumpet flower a few years ago & now have 12 of them. They're like trees! This Spring I plan to have a few plant sales to make some money to buy more plants. LOL! It's an addiction. And my Cypress Tree has 10 babies all thriving across my front yard. They're gorgeous.
I want to wish you all a blessed Christmas/Holiday season filled with love, peace & happiness. I sincerely appreciate the many faithful readers of my blog, several who have become dear, precious friends over the years. This has been a physically painful year for me (chronic pain & autoimmune disorders) and your support means the world to me. God bless you all! xo, Marion
...water like a stone...