18th Century Venetian Street Trades: The Cat Gelder

by Robin Saikia blog This plate is from an important and entertaining book published in Venice in the mid-eigthteenth century, Tratto da Le arti che vanno per via nella città di Venezia (Venetian Street Traders would be a suitable short title), with engravings by Gaetano Gherardo Zompini. It shows an itinerant tinker who would sell…

18th Century Venetian Street Trades: the Marmot Guy

By Robin Saikia link blog Following on from my previous post about Zompini’s Venetian engravings, here from the same series is an unusual and seasonal trader, the Marmot Man, who comes for Carnival. In the accompanying rhyme he explains that at Carnival he quits the snows of Piedmont for the squares of Venice, bringing his…

Tea please!

By SedenB Watanabe Over again, I find myself caught in the rat race. Every so often, all weary and exhausted, and at times, a little off track, hobbling around trying to pull myself back up and get moving. Whilst, I am a kind of person who loves living a slow paced life, there are times…

Considering the Void, 5 am

by Sun Jesper Jansen link blog Reading about geology and deep timeand Norse mythology before bedapparently means that I wake upwith a line like this in mind: There were tardigradesin the Ginnungagap. I blink into the before-alarm dawn,pondering insanity, and the visionof the great Primeval Cow lickinga little water bear into being. I hope everyone’s…

The big to-do

Writing is a complex process and you need a check list. Tania talks to us about this topic today… j re crivello -Editor by Tanya Vessey A checklist has helped me to keep on track so far and I’ve written another 500 words for chapter four. When I got going it flowed but the going’s…

The Carver by A. M. Moscoso

Link Blog Anita ” How did you get so good at carving pumpkins? ” Aubrey asked her Grandmother on that last autumn evening in their golden sweet smelling and warm kitchen. ” Practice.” Enid told her Granddaughter as she delicately put the tip of her butcher’s knife against the side pumpkin’s blank face. ” Lots and…

Sisters

By Tamara Yancosky Link Blog And there they were; the two sisters; Evil and Innocence. One sister sported black, from top to bottom, and like a stray cat, preferred the closeness of the ground, which is why she crawled, crouching about. Her black hair hung around her neck in hideous knots. Her raspy voice mumbled under her musty…

18th Century Venice by Robin Saikia

Introducing a new Gobblers contributor: Robin Saikia, who invites us to visit the Venice of the century. Welcome to Gobblers Robin! Link blog -j re crivello Editor This collection of offbeat articles is inspired by the engravings of Gaetano Gherardo Zompini (1700-1778). an Italian printmaker and engraver. The engravings are taken from his best known…

Autumn Raspberries by Sun Hesper Jansen

Link to Sun’s blog When did this become your calling card?Your beacon, your in-joke, your perfumewhose notes of decay were so much strongerwhen we were seventeen, or younger,so young to be so willing, sugar in our handsfor the horses of the Underworld. When did you become this other fruit?Red and ripe amidst the leaves still falling,against the soft grass still…

Paving the road by Tanya Vessey

Writing is interesting, but writing with even better quality. For this reason we present our new collaborator who will push us in that direction. Welcome Tanya Vessey! j re crivello -Editor Blog Tanya Link For the past 10 years I’ve been writing a novel off and on, and now is the time to get it…

8 new writers in Gobblers!

Manuela Timofte & J re crivello tenemos el placer de presentar a 8 Nuevos escritores & colaboradores que se incorporan a Gobblers, nuestro Masticadores en inglés. ¡Les damos la bienvenida! Masticadores es una ciudad cambiante y variada, en la cual los individuos intercambiamos poemas, narraciones, textos cortos, imágenes o reflexiones. –j re crivello Manuela Timofte…

Christmas Clay Earrings – 2

Hello dear friends! I want to continue showing you how a piece of polymer clay can turn into miniature Christmas wreaths. That you can wear as earrings. So, first of all, I conditioned (meaning I warmed up) red and green polymer clay. This is a very important step when working with clay.  I’ve decided to…

Christmas Clay Earrings

Hello dear readers! I consider myself a polymer clay evangelist. I love polymer clay and I love sharing my love for this great art medium with the entire world.  There is something special about polymer clay.  I discovered it one day and I was hooked. And, to tell you the truth, all those working with polymer…