Archive for October, 2011

Let’s nano!

Nanowrimo starts tomorrow and I will be behind this door …

for 30 days, staring at my computer …

and doing some of this …

(writing, not talking), at the end of which I’ll feel like this …

and you will be welcome to come get some …

because I hope to have written something as beautiful as this …

Why am I doing it? Because …

And I believe in magic.

(Photos source: Tahereh Mafi)

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Source: Tahereh Mafi

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A lion and I.

(Hold thumbs, I’ve got access again! Although that is a mixed blessing because the past 2 weeks without all the internet distractions were kinda cool. Here is a sample of something I wrote during that time.)

A lion and I

I remember standing in line to hold the baby lion. Some parents dragged their children because, “You nagged for it, now we are doing it!”

I dragged my mother.

Some of the children cried. They didn’t want to have their photos taken with the lion. “What if it bites me?” they asked.

I wanted to yell at them to get out of the line so I could get there faster.

Then it was my turn. It was heavier than our cat at home. I held it and cuddled it and kissed its head. It smelled like the sun. Its fur was soft and its tummy was warm and it sat quite still while I talked to it.

I just wanted to take the lion home.

Then my time was finished and I cried when they took the lion away.

(Update – January 2012)

This is me, 30-something years later, experiencing those same emotions while visiting the Sondela Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, South Africa.








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