I sometimes have dreams so vivid I have to write them down when I wake up. Sometimes those things wind up in notebooks, other times they wind up on Facebook (and sometimes they wind up as fiction), and, recently, I’ve decided to let them start showing up here. I don’t anticipate this becoming a regular … More Dream journal: writers, journeys, and complicated futons
This past Tuesday, I visited Zayed University to speak to an education class studying youth literature and preparing to write young adult stories of their own. (I’ll write a fuller post on this experience later this weekend.) We talked about books they were reading and how they might begin to write their own stories. The … More A Writer’s Notebook: Mapping a story
“Ma’salama.” Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2 April 2011. One of the first things I did when I arrived in the UAE more than two years ago was to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. People here like to throw around the superlatives — largest pearl sold at auction, tallest building, … More Photo blog 49
The fading echo of the muezzin’s adhan blurs into the rising songs of birds awakened from their roosts in the minarets.
“Textures.” Shangri-la Souk and Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 & 26 February 2011.
“Grit.” In the desert near Sweihan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 4 February 2011. Believe it or not, these are not tilt-shift photos. They’re both naturally focused like this–I just rested the camera on the ground and let the autofocus do the rest. But I am as fascinated with the technique as I am with … More Photo blog 41
The ocher glow just above the treeline belies the desert sand in the air and the lighted city beneath it. I’m participating in the River of Stones project in January. Look for a new post each day. Click the badge at left for more details.
“O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings…”* Christmas trees in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, December 2010. In case you’re curious, I also took a few vertical panoramic photos (the Dubai tree in particular is extremely tall!). Here’s a separate gallery showing those taller photos: * The title of these photos … More Photo blog 34