Dream journal: writers, journeys, and complicated futons

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 regularContinue reading “Dream journal: writers, journeys, and complicated futons”

A Writer’s Notebook: Mapping a story

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. TheContinue reading “A Writer’s Notebook: Mapping a story”

Photo blog 49

“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,Continue reading “Photo blog 49”

Photo blog 41

“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 withContinue reading “Photo blog 41”

Photo blog 34

“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 photosContinue reading “Photo blog 34”