Friday, July 31, 2015

A Tale of Two Moons

Last night, I took some photos of an Almost Blue Full Moon against a pink-purple-blue sunset sky.

Almost Blue Full Moon, July 30, 2015

The striking colours of the clouds and the moon against the sunset sky reminded me of another photo which I took a while ago, also from my terrace.

I found the photo and then noticed the date I took it.

Gibbous Moon, July 30, 2012

Is this the kind of coincidence that happens only once in a Blue Moon?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Echo's Query Process

Echo's Query Process

"Please, sir, may I have some?"

"Resistance is futile."

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Flossie (an original poem)


Flossie is my dentist and
her words ring in my head.
"This tooth of yours is necrotized
(in other words, it's dead.)

I'd really like to pull it 'cause
it's hanging by a thread.
Don't scream too loud, and don't bite me,"
is what my dentist said.

Copyright 2015 Barbara Etlin

Friday, July 10, 2015

Screenwriting 102

A primer for students who passed Screenwriting 101

and are ready for additional basic information.

1.  Have a plot.

2. Special effects are awesome but they are not an acceptable way to distract the audience from the lack of a plot.

3. Two is the perfect number for dimensions in a movie.

4. Fast expository dialogue won't save your script if there are gaping plot holes.

5. Have a plot.



Monday, May 25, 2015

A Farewell to Tulips 2015

Tulip season only lasted about a week.

Soon after we planted them, summer heat made them wither.

But that week was magical.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stevie Wonder's Sunshine

Today is Stevie Wonder's 65th birthday. Happy birthday, Stevie!

Stevie Wonder's Sunshine

expectant hush
hands on the keyboard

reggae beat
You Are the
Sunshine of My Life

he rocks
     to the rhythm
     human metronome

seventeen thousand people
dancing in the aisles
clapping so hard
our palms are on fire
don't go yet
one more

and we see Stevie feels it
radiating the stadium
and we feel Stevie sees it
through his dark glasses

sunshine of

from ANTIQUE PIANO & Other Sour Notes, Deco Owl Press
Copyright 2014,  Barbara Etlin,  all rights reserved

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tulip Party Time!

On Monday, we visited our local garden centre in search of 22 pots of tulips.

 When we got there, we found that other tulip appreciators had arrived first, leaving very little. We bought what they had left and then went to the grocery superstore, where we found a great supply of unopened tulips. Thanks, Loblaws! You saved the day!

It's a Tulip Party and you are invited!