1/12/20: Floridingers.

The holidays closed the FPL for two Sundays, then last Sunday I was on St. George Island for a writer’s retreat (thanks to Miss Jennifer for taking over for me at the library). Today, we are back to business as usual–as usual as we ever are, that is.
 
We had a great program with Gordon and Perdita. They have been traveling from library to library teaching a very cool art project (we are probably their smallest library to date although they were too polite to mention it).
 
First we had to move things around, make it less like a food pantry, more like a library (we couldn’t do anything about the refrigerator in the middle of things). They rigged up a sheet-screen to project videos on. Olivia and Klark arrived about the same time they did having read the clock wrong. It’s 2, not three?
 
It was fine. We tried out the 3-D glasses, the black light. Olivia brought her drawings and happened to have one that had many colors in it. Man alive! Suddenly each color appeared to be sitting at a different distance from the viewer.
 
Vivienne blew in like a redheaded dervish and, small as we were as a group we watched the video and began designing our own Floridingers. Never heard of a Floridinger? If you want to see what we were up to you should check out Gordon and Perdita’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/floridingers/photos/?ref=page_internal
 
Each of our creatures combined three other (real) creatures. All got colored in vividly, mainly so we could look at them under the black light and watch them turn multi-dimensional.
 
It was a lot of fun, and after we pulled out some of the landscape photos I’d used as a prompt at the writing retreat and discussed them–mostly deciding whether the location might be France, or Italy–I’m not sure what we based our opinions on, but we all acted like we knew what we were talking about. Then Vivienne demanded a towel so she could put it on Olivia’s skateboard and cruise, belly-down on Marcia Avenue. I sure do miss the FPL when things like Christmas get in the way.

Author: slowdancejournal

I am a writer of novels for young readers. I also sing old time rock and roll in a duo called "Hot Tamale." My husband and I maintain our own 10 acre wildlife preserve. My home is Tallahassee, Florida.

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