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…and thinking of flying. Two of my favorite things.

So while I’m out you can gaze at some slides taken from a plane.

Because looking at pictures of my desk and papers would be pretty boring.

[I took these on a flight out of the old Larnaca airport. The building might have sucked, but taking off and landing always had a good view. As does the new airport.]

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Okay, new thing: when I get stuck on a story, I scan films.

Which is more productive than what I was previously doing: watching too many old episodes of The Big Bang Theory.*

Which is really how I remembered that once, a long time ago when I worked in L.A. I was on a photo assignment at Saks in Pasadena, and on the way to the car I stopped and took some non-work related pictures.

Ah, Kodak, you made good films. I always liked how they were way less green than Fuji. We had some good times. I hope you won’t die like Polaroid.

*On the last picture on the left: The Cheesecake Factory.

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It’s only January but things have already been real busy.

A lot of new writing and lots of different projects in development. We are making travel plans for later in the year.   Book Ex Machina is getting a site revamp.

But here’s a little sneak preview of a tasty literary treat we call Matchbook Stories.

Each matchbook is a  tiny story in prose or poetry form. They are stories about meetings fleeting and temporary, about moments and places, invoking the feeling of real matchbooks. A few words that can be carried in a pocket and shared with a friend, or perhaps a stranger.

The first four made their debut in a Nicosia Christmas market. But there will be more on the way.

To kick off the project me and Matchbook Stories poetry editor Lee Jing-Jing contributed two each. Mine: Paris, Las Vegas and Cha Cha Chicken. Jing’s: An Old Wives’ Tale and Last Fall.

In due time we will post ways to buy and submission guidelines. But in the meantime, this is a sneak preview.

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I was thinking of getting a foldable wireless keyboard for my cell phone so I don’t have to carry around a laptop to be able to write (type!) when I’m away from home. An iPad would be nice, but they’re too expensive and really, all I need is a typewriter I can throw in my bag. How come word processors never evolved to the electronic age? Is it because we writers are too broke to be a noticeable market demographic?

1996 Word Processor

This is the word processor I had in 1996. I don’t know how portable it was (did it even have a battery?) but it was super fun to write with. As you can see.

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So I just finished this amazing graduate writing course in Oxford that I’ve been doing for the last two years and found a few empty pockets of time. So I started scanning some old pictures.

For example this one slide film I shot the first time I went to Oxford in 2009 when the course started.

For the longest time I thought I was going to do a photography book called Travels+Daydreams.

If I did these would be the kind of pictures I would include.

Flight 01

The Emperors

Swan Lake

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