What our Activity Book is about.
(Skeat’s "Malay Magic" tells a Selangor version of the Langsuir origin story:
" … a woman of dazzling beauty, who died from the shock of hearing that her child was stillborn, and had taken the shape of the Pontianak. On hearing this terrible news, she ‘clapped her hands’, and without further warning ‘flew whinnying away to a tree, upon which she perched.’ "
Sadly, I can’t find an academic source for the Langsuir’s relationship with the nest fern, beyond the stuff my primary school teachers used to tell me.)
From our ongoing Activity Book project thing.
(The drought this year is pretty bad. It hasn’t rained for nearly three months now. The assignments we’ve been giving each other reflect this; we can help it. Our garden is dying around us.
Sharon’s underworld-ly drawing is from a recurring nightmare she used to have:
She used to find herself on the back of a giant tortoise, in utter darkness, with the sound of waves echoing through vast caverns. The giant tortoise was not evil — but it wasn’t good, either; it was uncaring. It plied seas beyond the sun without consideration of its single, scared passenger. Sharon knew she was all alone.)
More assignments from our Activity Book thing.
(Sharon really loves her musangs, snakes, and vagina-shaped flowers.
The pencil-handwriting on my assignment page was already in the activity book before we started using it. I think it’s my dad’s notes. The poetry is from the final verse of Isaac Watt’s "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross". I want to link to a Youtube video, but most of the versions on there are really naff.)
From our Activity Book.
(Gave Sharon this assignment because it was Anti-Drug Day 2014. A cop gave the morning assembly speech in the school behind our house. “Don’t smoke! If you smoke you will want to smoke marijuana, and then you will want to take ice and heroin, and then you will get AIDS!”)