Hart & Hunter

In high school, I joked to my friends that I’d grow up to be a penniless poet. It made sense because I liked to write, and while I had very little formal education in poetry, I enjoyed reading and dabbling in it.

Fast forward to not-so-long-ago, and I’d all but given it up. Thanks to Twitter and writer friends*, I found my way back to poetry and started to feel like maybe I wasn’t terrible at it. I wrote a few, made a resolution to submit (no. 11) ** a few, subbed a couple to online lit-mags, and left it to fair fortune.

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I’m incredibly excited to say STRANGE HORIZONS accepted one of my poems for publication***, and it’s part of this week’s issue!

You can read my poem ACTAEON now if you have a few spare minutes.

It would make my day if you did.

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Leaf Peeping

It’s been over two weeks since I returned from my first autumn trip to New England, and I find myself dreaming of its changing leaves, crisp air, and apple orchards.

I was visiting the East Coast for the early American history and to see friends. I was not out there specifically to leaf peep – a term I had learned shortly before I left from a friend originally from upstate New York – but inadvertently, I ended up doing just that. How could I not be impressed by the northeastern autumn when it was so different from the kind of delayed and unremarkable Fall I was used to in Southern California?

(To give you perspective, it’s mid-November now and the maple tree outside my house is still 90% green.)

Thanks to my friend Tracey‘s urging and hospitality, I had the opportunity to see more than Boston when I headed up to Massachusetts for the last leg of my trip. And it was such a good decision. I went to places I wouldn’t have thought to visit, and I finally understood why leaf-peeping in New England is on so many people’s travel bucket lists (for example, it’s on my mom’s!).

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November 6 on 6: Gold

I’ve been meaning to participate in the 6 on 6 photo challenge started by Emma at Scruffy-Little Nerd Herder, and this month, I finally remembered to do it!

The rules are simple: take 6 geek themed photos and post them on the 6th of the month. There’s also a color prompt for each month to help guide you. For November, the color is gold, which is a color I love. So I had to participate!

1. Books – Anyone who knows me knows of my lifelong love of books, and they always make for such lovely photo subjects. My collection of gold-foiled books is woefully small though. My favorite new thing in this photo is the book necklace. I bought it during my recent visit to Salem, MA at the House of Seven Gables made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The necklace contains a fragment from the 1851 first printing of the House of Seven Gables!

2. The idea of Fall – I’m from southern California, so Fall isn’t really a season around here. Most of the trees on my street are still green right now. But I love the idea of fall, especially the kinds of fall those of you who have actual seasons rave about. This pic is a bit of a cheat since I took it a few weeks ago, but it’s from my New England trip. It was my first time experiencing one of its famed autumns, and the leaves were stunning. I had more pictures than I could Instagram at the time, but in going through them, I rediscovered this one of the fallen foliage submerged in the Concord river. It was a gloomy day in Concord, MA and the leaves shone like gold in the water from my vantage point on the Old North Bridge, where the U.S. Revolutionary War started. The Revolutionary period is my main history nerd passion. So this excursion was especially meaningful to me. It was one of my favorite days of my trip.

3) Travel – While I’m generally a homebody, I do have a bit of my mom’s wander-loving spirit (hence this blog – read more about it here). Taking annual or bi-annual trips has been fostered in my sister and me since we were young, and now that we’re old enough to be planning adventures on our own, the wanderlust is even stronger. Here’s a collection of recent travel souvenirs from near (Disneyland!) and far (Paris!).

4) Hamilton swag – Related to my love of the Revolutionary period and my history nerdom, I love Alexander Hamilton. He’s long been my favorite Founding Father, so you can imagine my utter delight when I found out about the musical. And even better, Hamilton the musical is absolutely incredible. I’m about as obsessed with it as I am about the man himself; I flew across the country (twice!) for this!

5) Bicentennial Medallion – More history geekery. After my trip, I went poking around at an estate sale and found this beautiful medallion. It’s from 1976 and seems like it was a commemoration souvenir for the United States bicentennial. How. freaking. cool.

6) Loki – Norse mythology was never as fun as its Greek counterpart to me, but I always did enjoy the Loki stories. Trickster gods always spice things up. So it worked out when the MCU made me and my sister into Loki fans. We loved him so much, we named our dog after him, which turned out to be appropriate because our Loki is as shifty-eyed and mischief-making as his namesake. And I adore him to pieces. Depending on the light, his eyes go from deep amber to warm gold.

What do you geek out about? What’s your 6 on 6?