Another awesome ABNA entry: The Origin of Ta Mo by Michael Sobie. It’s sort of a Chinese version of The Alchemist, but actually Sobie writes better than Coelho. (And don’t get me wrong, I like Coelho.)

In un-writing-related news, Spring is here! Well, sort of. Things are starting to green up, and I even busted out some flip flops, but my coworker said there’s a chance for snow on Monday. To which I replied, What’s a Monday?

Hey, does anyone know what kind of flowers these are? Right now I call them the “sweaty balls flowers,” but I’m thinking that’s probably not their real name. Nor is it very polite to Mother Nature. However, Mother Nature is the one that created said flowers, which do in fact smell like sweaty balls, so maybe I’m the one who should feel offended…

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I think Riley would enjoy Spring more if it wasn’t ushered in with rainstorms. Last night he was being a big baby because of some thunder and lightning, and he kept trying to sit in my lap. That might have worked and been rather cute if it weren’t for the fact that I was using my lap to hold the computer on which I was trying to be productive. So when I turn 87 and someone asks me why I never achieved my life dream of becoming a famous author, I will say, “Because my dog is giant wuss.”

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But what Spring ruins with rain, it makes up for with sticks. At least that’s what Riley always says.

8 responses to “Stick, Spring! Spring stick!”

  1. floreta Avatar

    i like that you’re featuring other writing contestants. and better than coelho? that’s a high compliment!!

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  2. Alex Avatar

    Are those crepe myrtles?

  3. Kristan Avatar

    Maybe? Lol, I definitely don’t know. Andy said he thought they were a type of dogwood? But then I was reading about these Bradford Pears that are supposedly similar looking (and stinky):

  4. Alex Avatar

    Yeah, I don’t think crepe myrtles smell, lol…

  5. D'Arcy Avatar

    I don’t know what they are. But I find it an offense to the senses that something so beautiful on the outside is so smelly when you get up close. It’s a super model tree!

    Your dog is super cute!

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  6. Pseudo Avatar

    Sweaty balls flowers? ; -)

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  7. Claire Avatar

    aw, riley is adorable. and, if you’re not going to achieve your life long novelist dream, it may as well be because you were too busy cuddling your dog. that’s not the worst reason out there… :)

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  8. Kristan Avatar

    Thanks, Claire! By the way, your photography is BEAUTIFUL. I totally dig the tone/style.