Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, poses for photographers with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren outside her official residence of Clarence House in 1998. Front Row left to right: Princess Beatrice, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Eugenie, Princess Margaret and Lady Sarah Chatto. Back Row left to right: Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Edward, Zara Phillips ( just seen) and Daniel Chatto.

At the end of work the other day, I followed a few links that eventually led me to the Soundcloud page of “Conversations with Margaret Daniel” and I began listening. While I should have been heading home for the night, instead I found myself wanting to stay plugged into my computer, listening to this woman talk about the plants that populate her yard: Roses, camellias, azaleas, lilacs… The audio is a collage of many different conversations with this woman and the result is a wonderfully intimate, reflective, and touching look at what is alive and what is dead. “Whoever this Margaret Daniel is,” I thought, “She is a pleasure to spend time with.”

Turns out, Margaret Daniel is the childhood neighbor of photographer Susan Worsham. Worsham turned to Daniel as a subject after losing her brother, mother and father. This audio was played in the gallery for an exhibition of Worsham’s featuring Daniel.

You are introduced to Daniel with these words:

As you go through life, don’t forget to smell the flowers. … ‘Give me flowers while I’m living. Do not wait until I’m dead.’ They come with all these flowers. Mother said that’s the worst thing it could be. Why not do good for a human being while they know? When they’re gone, no matter how many flowers you pour on, it’s nothing.“

- Nell

Image by Susan Worsham courtesy of the artist

As my husband’s always saying to me: literature is about the long game, not the short game (what that means in terms of sports I have no idea). But I think he means that as a publisher what you are trying to build is a long life for a book, to help it find its readers in many different ways, whether or not it made this list or got that review, etc. I’m sure some of that thinking has been useful to me as a writer as well.

I recently visited the new photography exhibit at Candela Gallery of Susan Worsham’s work. Here is her artist statement:

“When I was 18 my brother took his own life on his first visit home after severing his spinal cord in a motorcycle accident. I had already lost my father to a heart attack at the age of thirteen, and finally in 2004 I lost my mother as well.

"Shortly after my mother passed I came across a set of antique veterinary slides. They were some of the most interesting things that I had ever seen. They seemed to hold beauty and death at the same time. I framed 90 of them in a long wooden frame resembling the shape of the slide itself. It was the first piece of art that I made after my mother died.

"I called the piece a watercolor because of the collection of pastel colors, but it was also a sort of poem when you got close and read the titles…Rabbit’s Lung, Fowl’s spleen, and even Human Umbilical Cord. I then went on to photograph my old childhood home as well as my oldest neighbor, Margaret Daniel. She is one of the last remaining threads from my childhood and was the last person to see my brother alive. Russell’s last day was a Sunday, and Margaret  brought him a loaf of her homemade bread (his favorite). He finished the whole loaf, and when my mother and Margaret went for a walk, he shot himself.

"The story came full circle when one day Margaret brought out her dissection kit and microscope slides. I had forgotten that she had been a biology teacher, and here she was holding the same sort of slides that I was so fascinated with. Margaret’s microscope and slides have since become a metaphor for my own desire to look deeper into the landscape of my childhood. From the flora and fauna to the feelings, Margaret calls it ‘blood work.’

"I can remember one particular time when I visited Margaret. I looked out of her large picture window and saw what looked like a nest or hammock of small red berries draped between the winter trees. I asked Margaret what it was. She answered, 'Why that’s Bittersweet. Bittersweet On Bostwick Lane.'”

I was able to connect really well with the work. I think it’s because of how sentimental Worsham is and how all of her pieces have an individual story behind them, yet successfully connect with each other in a visual way. Just walking into the exhibit, I could sense that there was something very fragile about it. 

I recently had the lenses in my glasses replaced, and I was able to keep the old ones. They reminded me of the little glass slides that Worsham found, just in how delicate they are and how much of a purpose they have served. These lenses are what I’ve seen parts of my world through and in a symbolic sense, are a medium of perception. I was then reminded of the first painting that I did last school year - the self portrait I painted without wearing contacts. I am considering using these lenses in a sculpture that references something similar. I feel like they would be an affective material due to their sentimental quality. 

Click this photo for Susan Worsham’s full exhibit at Candela Gallery.


99 Episodes in 99 Days

Episode 3x18  | “Bleeding Through” | #62

Written by: Jane Espenson & Daniel T. Thomsen

Directed by: Romeo Tirone

After Zelena steals Regina’s heart, Regina casts a spell so that she can speak across the realms to her dead mother, Cora, to discover the truth about why she abandoned Zelena, and Belle stumbles across what Zelena’s ultimate end game is. Meanwhile, in the Fairy Tale Land that was, young Cora is duped by a man claiming to be a prince and finds herself alone and pregnant. But a chance meeting with a real prince could lead Cora to the royal life she’s always craved, but she must keep her pregnancy a secret or risk losing everything.


“As is my tendency, I let my fascinations direct me. I read Samuel Pepys’s diaries and from there naturally moved on to period cookbooks and from there to medical treatments. I wound up reading Pascal, for no reason except that it was nice to read. I read way too many books about seventeenth-century garden design. I stared at old maps. Then at some point I realized I was using all of it to write about Margaret Cavendish. She essentially hijacked the novel I’d planned to write.”

Danielle Dutton discusses writing Margaret the First, running a press, and Virginia Woolf with The Rumpus.

(via The Rumpus Interview With Danielle Dutton - The

anonymous asked:

Hello. Do you know of anybody who resembles a teenage Olivia Hussey? Thank you regardless! :)

So, of course, there’s her daughter, India Eisley who has a bunch of resources but here are a few more girls:

  • Margaret Qualley
  • Kaya Scodelario
  • Odeya Rush
  • Danielle Campbell
  • Ava Allan
  • Sabrina Carpenter (Blonde)
  • Ryan Newman

lifelines-rp asked:

Hello again, NPH! I'm wondering if you might be able to help us out once more with a face claim conundrum. We have four siblings (banshees) cast as Olivia Wilde, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Saoirse Ronan (twins) and Georgie Henley. We've been asked to come up with some alternative fcs for Georgie, since she doesn't have as many resources, but are having trouble finding a fc with some more serious GIFS as the char can predict massive disasters. Do you know of anyone who might be a good match?Thanks!

Danielle CampbellMargaret Qualley, Maddie Hasson, and Katherine McNamara could all work well as alternatives, although, if it’s a matter of finding resources, there are actually plenty of resources available for Georgie Henley:


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Diary Dates

Reminders about some Fox Spirit Appearances coming up.

This Thursday 11th Feb we are getting together with DMU Bookshop in Leicester for a Fox Bites event with local author readings.

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confirmed readers are: Penny Jones, Leah Osbourne, Marianne Whiting, Margaret Penfold, Mayapee Chowdhury, Daniel Ribot and Cathi Rae

On the 20th February Aunty Fox is a bit further north at the Sheffield Sci Fi…

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2016 catching up, pt. 5

- Last Night’s Reading by Kate Gavino

- A Brothers Grimm Coloring Book and Other Classic Fairy Tales: Escape into a World of Fantasy and Imagination by Adam Fisher

- Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton

- Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimute

- Rus Like Everyone Else by Bette Adriaanse

- North of Here by Laurel Seville

- Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg

- We Five by Mark Dunn

- The Golden Condom: And Other Essays on Love Lost and Found by Jeanne Safer

- Son of the Morning by Mark Adler

- A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance edited by Belinda McKeon