Sunday, July 19, 2009

Night and Light

Got a bit of photography done today. It was 115 by our thermometer, didn't even bother to look up the official. It was hellishly hot outside, so a darkened cave of a room wasn't a terrible place to be. Screw it. I don't care how hot and blinding it is outside, I'm going to October in my head and staying there until December.

Spencer and I collaborated on this spooky little night light. Sweet, eh? I enjoyed getting a little lost in the painting, pulling colors from an October sort of palette, layers, upon layers that became almost like graffiti.

I've thought more on the mystery short story we talked about earlier. I also remember that it was very, very short and suspect it might be in the Damon Knight 50 Short Science Fiction Stories or a collection from the 50's/60's. I'm going to look around in my Lewis Padgett books too, though if it was his, I think I'd remember. I'll let you know if I find anything.

Another thing about the story is its connection to Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon. Though the stories are very different, in both a character experiences a short burst of brilliance and clarity that is taken away, creating a great sense of loss. It's a classic theme, isn't it---gaining a glimpse of something greater?
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meet our Master Tinker. He's a bit Lisa and a bit Bent,
who has recently started his own blog. I shall get a link up soon but for now,
I am very, very sleepy.


Benton Warren said...

Oh oh oh!!! I didn't know we were allowed to time travel! I'm going straight to october too! 68 degrees here I come!!!

Stacey said...

LMAO @ bent. Agreed, we have been dismantling a very large deck. October and 68 degrees would be a much nicer time to be doing that. Of course around here, that would probably also mean rain, and that would not be a good thing for this project.

Carl V. Anderson said...

115! As I sit here it is 69 degrees outside, raining, and with our attic fan on pulling cool air in from outside it feels nearly chilly like an early autumn night. Its amazing how different things can be from relatively short distances away.