So I checked my calendar and the next time I get on an airplane is August 12th. So I plan to do three weeks of M-F posts until then: Something FOUNDSomething WRITTEN, and Something MADE.


Something FOUND

“Southampton’s barrage balloons floated gleaming in the moonlight like the ghosts of elephants and hippos.” — Elizabeth Wein, from Code Name Verity


Something WRITTEN

playful rhino suggested by Dia

When I saw this prompt, I somehow mixed up “rhino” and “hippo” in my mind, and thought of this children’s book effort from 2013 (created in that year’s online class “Year of the Giraffe”). I’ve never done anything with it — too shy!! — so why not publish it here for everyone in the world to see? (HA! But I feel I’m among friends here….) 

And apologies to Dia… there isn’t actually a playful rhino here!


(a portion)…
Another time my giraffe wanted to visit the hippos.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid of hippopotamuses. They’re kind of big, and not at all gentle like giraffes.

But I was too shy to tell her that, so instead I said I that had heard that hippos were really giant grey balloons, and that if you poked them with a pin they would pop, shrivel up, and become fuzzy grey blankets.

The giraffe believed me and we went on with our day.

That night, however, she had a conversation with a giggling hyena, and the next day the giraffe was unhappy with me.

I tried to tell her that hyenas laugh at everything, but that just made her more upset.

I felt bad, but what could I do?

Hippos were indeed balloons, and if you didn’t glue them to the ground they would float in the air like big grey clouds in the rainbow-colored sky.


Something MADE



Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow!


Please help me decide what to write about tomorrow! Comment with two words — they can be anything, nouns, verbs, names — and I will pick a set for tomorrow’s post. Examples: “giraffe love” “blue green,” “don’t lie,” “jay walk” etc.