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Indirect Viewing

On April 8, 2024, parts of North America were in the path of totality of a solar eclipse. Frederick, Maryland, was not included in the party, but a partial eclipse is still something. I misplaced my eclipse glasses but was able to view the happenings indirectly, through the shadows of the arbor vitae. Check it out:

April 8, 2024, partial solar eclipse credit: A. O'Brien

Sometimes you just have to look at things a bit differently, you know? There's a metaphor in there somewhere---go for it.


Writing has been skimpy lately (weather's getting better, you know how that goes), but I'm currently re-reading The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. This short novel messed me up back in 2001, so let's see how it sits the second time around.


I did buy the latest Taylor Swift album (some peer pressure was involved at the office and I'll leave it at that). But also: Billie Eilish's "You Should See me in a Crown" is just the right yeah for what I'm noodling for my protag's aesthetic in a very embryonic novel idea. . . .


And has anyone watched the Fallout series on Prime? Perfect in every way. PERFECT. Do not argue with me.


As a bonus, here's Penny the Belgian draft horse during the eclipse, being totally unimpressed:


Penny Glamor Shot credit: A. O'Brien

And a final side note, when I say "big sky country" you might think Montana. But I'm here to tell you that Maryland, too, has big, open skies in which to sink your pretty little teeth. So eat your heart out until next time:


Frederick county, April 2024, golden hour. Credit: A. O'Brien

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