Life has been hectic this last week and will be for a few days. So there’s nothing too in depth for today’s post. How about a few photos from Saturday’s trip to DC, including a temporary exhibit at the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum and then a wrap up with another tidbit from the rebuild of Death Out of Time? The exhibit is Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed. This was a trip down memory lane to my graduate student days.
There’s always something happening on the Mall.
This was a Chinese event of some kind. We were in a bit of a hurry and didn’t pop around to the front of the stage to see exactly what it was.
So we made our way to the American Indian Museum and the ceramic exhibit. There were some beautiful examples of pre-Columbian art.
Kat Donnelly of Summer at the Crossroads would recognize this Classic Maya vessel from Honduras, even though she works in Guatemala. Classic refers to a time period dating from around AD 300 to AD 900 (give or take some years depending on where in Mexico or Central America you’re working).
From the ritualistic scene above, we move to a more naturalistic vessel below, a spectacled owl effigy from Costa Rica.
The rather intimidating fellow below is the Classic Maya rain god, Chaac. This large vessel is an incense burner that stands about two-feet tall.
Continuing with the Classic Maya theme (okay, yes, I spent a lot of time on this in graduate school), we have another piece that Kat Donnelly would recognize. This is a whistle in the form of a woman from Guatemala. The piece is larger than you might think. It’s close to one foot in height.
And how about leaving the Mall with one of my favorite pieces from the Sculpture Garden. This one’s for all you writers who remember the real thing.
Then, it was off to dinner at Ambar, which was really, really good. We had a mezze plate with meats, bacon-wrapped prunes, aged cheeses and cornbread with red pepper spread; cheese pie (gibanica); stuffed baby peppers (raisins, jasmin rice, roasted walnut, onion, carrot); and baked beans and sausage (prebanac). No, this isn’t how my mother or aunts prepared Serbian food, but the modern twist is fun and delicious.
And now, as promised (or threatened, depending on your point of view), I leave you with a few more tidbits from the rebuild of Death Out of Time.
Madeleine returned to Avery and peered over his shoulder through the lamp, struggling for a normal conversation subject in her losing battle to steady her thoughts. “Remember when you ‘disassembled’ Dad’s good watch to see how it worked?”
“Yeah. I thought it was great. But for some reason, he didn’t agree.”
“I’m thinking the repair bill had something to do with that.”
“That’s what he gets for encouraging our curiosity. And—wait a minute, what’s this?”
“Yes, we know,” Adams interjected. “We all took history in school. And we’ll be careful … when we either find out what happened to Hopkins or hit a dead end. It’s not like Landry’s a threatening personality.”
Landry wasn’t sure if that was a compliment, coming as it did from a former intelligence executive.
I admit, those are small tidbits indeed. But I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to work on the story. And much of what I have written would reveal information that should be saved for the time when you can read the entire book. I hope to have more time later this week to get back into the swing of things.
I hope your week will be saner and easier on you than mine. If not, remember to take some time to breathe!