Midtown Skyscraper, Atlanta, GA, Autumn 2013
Went up to Rome to check out a maze they have there and ate at this family-style restaurant.
We are refreshed. I redid the website to something a little more suitable temperamentally. The website, I coded. The blog has a new look as well but this template I purchased because I wanted plain good WordPress functionality without too much effort.
We are refreshed, but refreshed in the kind of way you’re refreshed after a long, hard drive, you’re resting in a motel after a bath, you haven’t eaten anything except for a bag of chips, you really need to do the laundry, and the next day is focused less on a tantalizing horizon than on hoping your car will hang in there and get you to the next pit stop.
The Kubrick analyses, except for some short posts without too many images, have all been migrated over to the main website. I’ve some touching up to do and some more images and thoughts to add but will update on that later.
Grass Burn, Fauna Road, Kansas – Google Maps Redux
Google Maps Redux (repurposing street view). In April of 2009, the Google car traveled through a Kansas grass fire for a mile on Fauna road. Here and there are flames lapping the side of the highway. The grass fire mainly affected land at the highway’s edge but scorched black can be sometimes seen consuming acres beyond. There are no fire trucks. I read that every April, in the Flint Hills, ranchers set intentional blazes to produce fresh grass for cattle. Perhaps this was one of those burns, though I’m surprised to see no people attending it, and that it is principally road side, where cattle won’t be ranging.
Nevada, From Highway 165 – Google Maps Redux
Inspiration for Pizza by Candlelight 1 – Sightseeing “Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World or In Search of the Great Penguin” – Google Maps Redux
Inspiration for Pizza by Candlelight 2 – Sightseeing “Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World or In Search of the Great Penguin” – Google Maps Redux
Is it bad form and considered demythologizing fiction for a writer to point to inspirations even when they are only fragmentary, which most inspirations are?
The above two images document the inspirations for Pizza by Candlelight, the restaurant at which working homeless Chance Hope is employed at the beginning of Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World. How many years ago did I come up with the kernel of the idea for this working homeless woman, and, sadly, she is no less relevant today. Even more so. Which I’d anticipated she might be and hoped that she wouldn’t. But people weren’t talking much about the working homeless when I first conceived of Chance in her working homeless predicament, she was still past the fringe edge of public consciousness. I bunked with her in her home of a car using all that I knew about living on the road in music as resource, plus my imagination for having no home, having been in a situation like that when I was very young where had nothing to call my own but the clothes on my back. She had to be resourceful and adaptable, but strength may only be as fragile as a coffee cup on which one pins their idea of “home”. As long as I have this familiar friend of a coffee cup, I have “home”.
And then she loses everything in an instant.
End of the Road in Coolidge, Arizona – Google Maps Redux
Cactus, Arizona – Google Maps Redux
Repurposing street view.
Like the sense of movement around the cactus due the vagueness of the plants beside it, so it’s a little difficult to get a solid fix on the boundary of the cactus at first.
East Red Rock Drive, Phoenix, Arizona – Google Maps Redux (Repurposing Google Street View)
What the end of the road at East Red Rock Drive looks like on waste management day. I liked how the rocks were leaning right, and the bright blue trash cans were leaning left.