Oct. 10th, 2015

zirconium: doll with bike @High Point Doll Museum (doll with bike)
A thing I enjoy about prompts is that they get my brain out of its usual grooves. I did not know until just now, for instance, that there is a programming language named "Julia," which is the name that came to mind for Upper Rubber Boot's prompt 26 for #100UntimedBooks. "Julia" is also a name of the editor of 7x20, which will feature some pieces of mine soon (and which was founded by Upper Rubber Boot's publisher). It is also a name of a woman who witnessed my wedding and the first name of her daughter.

I say "a name" since many of the women I know answer to multiple monikers. And then there's "Olivia Morgan Gilliam" in The Pastel Trilogy, who owes her existence, one could say (page 12), to Julia Morgan Hays. And those books, which are rooted in Greenville, bring to mind Julia Reed...

26 - the same names

I fit in some writing of my own today during lunch, which was at the 2/22 Eatery at the Country Music Hall of Fame (thank you, Downtown Partnership, for the discount). At one point the guitarist segued from "Can't Help Falling in Love" into a few bars of Mendelssohn's wedding march. Since he'd actually spent a solid part of the hour playing Bach and then Johnny Cash, I wasn't visited by the urge to pelt rolls at him.
zirconium: snapshot of oysters enjoyed in Charleston (oysters)
So much happening in Nashville today. Assorted friends and colleagues were at either the Southern Festival of Books or Frist Center events, especially in relation to the Shinique Smith show. My Twitter timeline seemed to be checking in from either Oktoberfest or the Grace Potter concert. I was tempted to walk to the trunk show hosted by my yoga studio (especially on hearing that hot whiskey cider would be served), and equally tempted to stay home and nap, since I'd stayed up longer than I should've rereading a Lee Bros. cookbook.

But I had reserved a spot in the free 9 a.m. screenprinting workshop at Plaza's Hands On Creativity day, so that's where I went after breakfast. The hands-on part of that session involved applying glow-in-the-dark ink to a t-shirt, which is now on my ironing board upstairs, awaiting the heat-before-wearing/washing step. (Note to locals: there are workshops and demos on various topics through Sunday, too.) To my relief, the group opted for the skull-with-flowers design rather than the four-leaf clover pattern. The rep warned that the blue ink we selected would not glow as intensely as the original practically-invisible-in-daylight formula, but I was willing to make that tradeoff, especially since it sounded like the latter might register as yellow (which, no thanks. I have plenty of dingy-looking shirts already).

While at the store, I also picked up a copy of Huis Clos, a new paper I'd heard some buzz about. The "What's It Like to Bike That Pike (Volume VII: Murfreesboro Pike)" column was both fun and informative enough read for me to see if the earlier installments were online, but I've come across only an abridged version of the feature on Hillsboro.

After a stretch of housework, I went back out to Charlotte Pike, dropping off dry cleaning and picking up twenty pounds of rice at K&S, along with a sack of snow pea leaves. Chinatown and Lucky Bamboo have both been out of those greens the past few times I've attempted to order them, so spotting them was today's winning-the-shopping-lottery moment. On the way home, I stopped at Sweet 16th for kung pao quinoa and an Elvis mini-bundt cake.

After lunch, it was back to Plaza for the Gamblin workshop, which involved 2- and 3-D color wheels as well as extended discussions about layering and opacity/transparency:

Gamblin oil demo

The take-home samples included a bottle of Galkyd Lite, a bottle of Gamsol, and a tube of Torrit Grey. A new pair of products of particular interest: solvent-free gel and fluid, which are sufficiently non-flammable that artists can bring them onto planes.

On my way out, I spent a couple of minutes at the Winsor and Newton table, where there were markers and blenders to play with. On my way home, I stopped at Woodland Wine Merchant, where today's tasting was from their barrel of Eagle Rare. Its smell? Glorious.




Upper Rubber Boot's prompt 27 for 100 Untimed Books is "dog-eared." That entry is over at Vary the Line.

Prompt 28 is "water":

28 - water

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