I’ve just been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Creative Writing for Me. It makes me happy to consider myself quite versatile as a blogger considering that I’m not versatile in anything that requires any home economics skills as it is.
But, we can’t win’em all, so this award, I’m keeping.
Here are the rules for the award:
- Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
- Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 15 other bloggers.
- Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog.
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
For The Versatile Blogger’s Award I nominate:
- The Arkenstone Blog
- Swooning Maruca
- Margaux’s Pen
- Chronicles of an Anglo-Swiss
- Willow Creek Farm
- Poesy Plus Polemics
- Poetree Creations
- Beverly Farr | Celebrating the Sweet Romance
- So Many Books So Little Time
- Nowhere in ParticulaRA
- Obsessive Behavior
Now for the 7 interesting things about myself (this is a lot harder than I thought!)
- I once had a civet cat for a pet after a friend couldn’t keep him. They’re those creatures associated with the most expensive coffee in the world (civet coffee), called kopi kuwak, sold in Harrods and which can cost up to £60 a cup. I wish people stopped buying this coffee as most civet cats are kept in harrowing conditions just to provide you with that expensive cup of coffee. I kid you not, civet cats are fed coffee beans, which then have to go through their gut and they shit it out – that’s what you’re shelling all that money for.
- I spin wool into yarn. I currently have 2 spinning wheels – a Schacht Matchless and a Fricke E-Spinner. Unfortunately I’m allergic to certain kinds of wool.
- I can write with both my left and right hand – although not at the same time.
- I once made it to the semi-finals at the Estero Beach tournament (now called Mex Tournament) in Ensenada, Mexico. Turns out I was a better volleyball player drunk than I was sober.
- I worked as a radio newscaster for a year and a half – my first real job at 18.
- I once took a class on how to cut and sew a suit from scratch. There’s a LOT of hand-stitching involved!
- The first novel I ever read (by accident) was Harold Robbins’ The Adventurers (I was 13), so whenever I meet anyone who tells me their name is Dax, I say, “Diogenes Alejandro Xenos” and they totally get me!
“After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding an hand and chaining a soul, And you learn that love does not mean leaning and company does not always mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses are not contracts and presents are not promises. And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in flight. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure and you really are strong and you really do have worth. And you learn and you learn with every goodbye you learn.”
“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”
― Robert McKee
My friend Pam introduced me to Hilltop Hill in the city of Signal Hill years ago where we sat on one of the cement benches and looked out on the cities of Long Beach to the south and Los Angeles to the north. I had just left the South Bay after more than 10 years of being a beach girl and two years in to my life as a Long Beach resident, I still hadn’t gotten around to getting used to my new digs, and still did my groceries and shopping in the South Bay on my way home from my office.
Signal Hill is located within the city of Long Beach, and is one of the cities referenced in There Will Be Blood, the movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It used to be called Porcupine Hill because of all the oil derricks that peppered the area in the 1920′s that from the distance, it looked like porcupine quills. It was also the perfect place for a real estate boom at that time.
These days, Signal Hill, though no longer looking like Porcupine Hill, still has a few derricks, sometimes right in one’s backyard, with beautiful houses everywhere and a quaint supportive community in the middle of a much bigger city. But there’s a beautiful park on top of the hill and my memories of this hill will always be tied to Pam. The hill is appropriately called Hilltop Hill.
So this morning, I headed over to the Hilltop Park to take a few minutes to myself and just enjoy the view. At the entrance of the park is this walkway with a beautiful saying.
And having discovered that my iPhone does have the panorama feature, I took this beautiful shot of the city of Los Angeles.
There’s a major movie premiere happening tonight right in the middle of that shot – which is Hollywood, I think, with downtown Los Angeles to the right on the horizon and Century City and West Los Angeles on the left of the horizon. The ocean and the port of Long Beach would be to the left of the shot itself