Folly is fatal

Feb. 18th, 2019 07:57 am
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Air temperature 13 F, overcast, wind north about 8 mph for a "feels like" 2 F. Two more deaths by snowmobile over the weekend.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 10:00 pm
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Under hazy moon
Tales unwanted, unfinished.
Not worth the effort . . .

Really snowed in

Feb. 17th, 2019 08:52 am
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The clumps are significant on leaves and branches, and details of the topography have all been smoothed to pure white softness. Tiny icicles, even, like crystal ear drops. Freshly fallen snow is stunning in its beauty, but I can see how trying to function in it would get toilsome and wearing.

Many thanks to those who answered my question yesterday. I expected a division, but what I got was another division among those who are okay with subscribing to serials--but save the whole until it's complete.

So! Time to get to work, but first, have a couple shots out window panes at the front side of the house:



Still invisible

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:22 am
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Air temperature 14 F, clear sky, wind WSW about 5 mph, windchill 8. Have not sighted our neighborhood eagle in several days, mainly significant because I can't enter him/her into the Great Backyard Bird Count. Unless I cheat . . .

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A small subset of readers here read my stuff. I have a question for you. Bookview Cafe (currently in the midst of a move to a new and more reliable host service) is talking about experimenting with subscriptions.

I'm in the process of finishing up a very long project, and I'm thinking how best to put it out there. Would any of you be up for something like that?

If so, how often should bits be posted, if, say, it was put up at 99c cents a segment? I'm thinking segments ought to be novelette to novella length.

Snowy Retreat

Feb. 16th, 2019 02:25 pm
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So we have been snowed into very pleasant surroundings. Each morning I make tea and fill the gigantic bathtub, drop some essential oils in it, and soak and sip tea. These past two mornings, this is what I look out at:



I relish every moment, with a deep gratitude for how lucky I am. Though I'm aware of a residual guilt, though I have done nothing wrong. It's the sheer selfishness of my enjoyment--because of early conditioning, the very word 'selfish' connoted imminent fire and destruction, well deserved. Because I am not the fastest with a clue, it took me over fifty years to comprehend the difference between the selfishness that robs others, or glories in others' hurt, and the selfishness that does no harm.

Our first day here, the snow all melted in a crashing thunderstorm. We stayed in the cabin below the main house for the duration, playing with the cats as a fire leaped in the fireplace. I did some yoga while thunder and rain poured all around.

Yesterday I woke to snow. As well as today. We walked out yesterday, trying to get the feel for walking in it. Here I am in the winter coat I've owned for a number of years, but till now it's lived in my closet, only coming out when I travel back east:



I took a video of today's snow, which I won't put up as Dreamwidth has a truly awful media platform--it's awkward and time consuming to upload photos, and one is limited to a small amount of bandwidth to store them. I think a single vid would max me out--and of course snowfall would be no delight and wonder to most of North America, save my corner.

So I'll put up a picture instead:



Everything, everything is made beautiful by a lacy coating of pure white shading subtly to blue here and gold there. The landscape transforms, familiar landmarks changing or vanishing entirely. I can't tell where the road bends. The snow makes a subtle squidgy sound underfoot, not wet and mushy as it did yesterday.

Leading to another observation: it is always changing. There is no still like the photos: clumps drop continually out of trees, or shower down. The temperature rises and the snow changes shape, or turns to water, creating myriad little streams. Or, during the night, it turns to ice--which is why we haven't gone anywhere. None of us want to attempt mountain roads if there is ice.

So . . . back to writing projects, reading, and slowly watching, and loving the endgame of The Story of Minglan, which is simply phenomenal.

Fimbulwinter on

Feb. 16th, 2019 11:35 am
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Drove over to Home Despot and bought a bag of sand for our back steps and walk, where we can't use ice-melter, and a tub of ice-melter for the driveway and sidewalk.  This has been a winter of iced surfaces.

Linear skating

Feb. 16th, 2019 08:41 am
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Air temperature 30 F, wind WNW about 5 mph, windchill 25. Managed a zero-falls walk for the newspaper. Sunny with scattered clouds, which may melt some of the ice from yesterday's rain. So it can refreeze tonight . . .

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Feb. 15th, 2019 05:55 pm
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Raining, 35 F. Rain in February often turns horribly wrong . . .
Well, at least I have retrieved the recycling bin before it froze into place for the duration.

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Feb. 15th, 2019 01:44 pm
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Slush falling from sky.

Still haven't seen a bear

Feb. 15th, 2019 04:27 pm
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The creature that skipped across our road about five metres fram the car yesterday looked like a cat. I'm not going to bet a fortune that it wasn't just that: a large cat, with yellow-brownish fur and no tail to speak of. There are cats like that. But I keep telling people that I saw a lynx. Two hundred metres from the house.

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Feb. 15th, 2019 12:38 pm

Notice to the world

Feb. 15th, 2019 08:28 am
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Due to the continuing onslaught of junk calls, all incoming calls go to the answering machine. If you are a real person we actually know, leave a damned message.

Red sky at morning . . .

Feb. 15th, 2019 08:15 am
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Air temperature 8 F, calm, overcast after a bit of sunrise. Storm, junior-grade, not yet arrived. We're supposed to warm up to mixed precip and then rain.

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Feb. 14th, 2019 10:02 pm
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Moon throwing shadows.

War with the White Witch

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:35 am
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More snow removed from garage and workshop roof and driveway and car. Taking a break to cool off and lunch.

A walk to Wrockwardine

Feb. 14th, 2019 01:42 pm
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It's a lovely springlike day today.

I know February sunshine can be counterfeit gold, but even so.

We decided to head out for a walk to the village of Wrockwardine. Not one of our longer walks, but an attractive one quite close to home.

For those of you not from the UK, we live in the county of Shropshire which is on the west side of the English Midlands, quite close to the Welsh border. Our home town, Wellington is a rural small market town fairly close to Shrewsbury and all the Ellis Peters'  'Brother Cadfael'  novel towns and villages and has literary connections also to
AE Housman and Wilfred Owen. The best know author from Wellington is the Victorian novelist and friend of Charles Dickens, Hesbah Stretton.

It was a misty, hazy sort of day but dazzingly bright at times too:



Blue remembered hills: )

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Feb. 14th, 2019 08:11 am
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Since today is Valentine's Day, remember to celebrate it by lining your enemies up against a wall . . .

Aftermath again

Feb. 14th, 2019 08:02 am
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Air temperature 22 F, wind west about 8 mph, windchill 12. Partly cloudy, impeding view of predawn planets. Need to finish cleanup of yesterday's storm in preparation for tomorrow's . . .

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Feb. 13th, 2019 05:42 pm
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Half moon on new snow.

Incremental change . . .

Feb. 13th, 2019 03:01 pm
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Dragged some snow off the roof of the garage and workshop. I'll get more tomorrow, using a stepladder.

Birdwatcher maybe

Feb. 13th, 2019 11:34 am
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I might have seen our neighborhood bald eagle cruising by as I worked on clearing snow earlier.

Relocation done

Feb. 13th, 2019 10:20 am
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Ran the snowblower and then shovels and broom, got the car out, fetched a newspaper. Second cup of coffee now finished. Life can resume.

Whoop!

Feb. 13th, 2019 06:16 am
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Yesterday [personal profile] rachelmanija and I had a lovely drive (once we got out of LA . . . it took almost three hours to cover the forty miles to her place) up to her parents' place in Mariposa. Snow in the distance, and then as we climbed into the mountains, it lay everywhere, glistening white and magical.

We're here on a writing retreat--no interruptions except looking at beautiful scenery.

Second whoop, I was sent the cover art for A Sword Named Truth, which is slated now for June. They said that the copyedit is coming, which means this is more likely to be a real pub date!

Snow-bound not idyll

Feb. 13th, 2019 07:04 am
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Air temperature 25 F, wind NE about 10 mph, snowing with "feels like" windchill 15. I contemplated the snowplow berm at the end of our driveway and decided against wading out for the newspaper. Snowblower first.

What does "all" mean?

Feb. 12th, 2019 10:22 am
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The Baths of Diocletian

Feb. 12th, 2019 01:49 pm
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Another day, another set of Roman baths!

The Baths of Diocletian. The Emperor Diocletian that is.

This was our last full day in Rome.

This one is one of the best preserved of several in Rome.

We walked to couple of miles to the museum.

You can't get away from Il Duce, try as you might!

This Fascist era symbol on a lamp post:



More pics! )

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Feb. 12th, 2019 08:43 am
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We are reminded that antisemitism never goes out of fashion.

Winter storm warning

Feb. 12th, 2019 07:55 am
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Air temperature 4 F, wind north about 5 mph, windchill -3. Clear sky now, supposed to snow tonight into tomorrow -- 6" to 18" depending on where weather-people move us in the state.

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Feb. 11th, 2019 04:03 pm
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Revisiting the same battles with the same outcome. People see what they want to see.  People believe what they want to believe.

Check your pockets, folks!

Feb. 11th, 2019 08:42 am
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Headline in today's paper, "POCKETS OF STATE AT RISK FOR MEASLES" . . .

While they are talking about Maine, I'm sure pockets in other states are also at risk. Get them vaccinated!

Still slogging along

Feb. 11th, 2019 08:00 am
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Air temperature 11 F, wind WNW about 5 mph, clear sky and windchill 3. Winter storm watch for tomorrow night into Wednesday.

First wave of blossoms micro season

Feb. 10th, 2019 07:44 pm
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[personal profile] asakiyume was talking a while back about micro seasons. As I recollect, she said in Japan they have 72 micro seasons. I've learned that China has 24.

Though it seems we mostly have one long summer, we do get seasons. It's not just weather. Twice a year lemons can be found everywhere (like now), and twice a year the jacarandas bloom, though with less than two inches of rain last year the jacaranda season this past autumn . . . wasn't.

Ditto the white trees in Jan/Feb last year. This year, with rain having fallen, the white trees have bloomed again!


Then around the block there is a little lollipop of a tree that is totally boring all year, except for about two weeks, starting a couple days ago:

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Feb. 10th, 2019 10:01 pm

A storm of waxwings

Feb. 10th, 2019 04:07 pm
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Flock of Bohemian waxwings swarmed our sideyard, over a hundred birds. The rowan tree was already bare, so they've moved on.

Catchup

Feb. 10th, 2019 07:43 am
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We have had such a wealth of rain, and delicious cold weather! It's been wonderful as I hunker here in the bunker trying to get this story wrapped up*. Sometimes it's been so cold here at my desk I can see my breath, and I keep fixing hot tea in order to warm my hands. And loving getting to wear long sleeves!

I know summer will be coming soon, but there is slightly less dread because I'm looking forward to going to Quincy, MA, for Readercon (Rates going up soon, if you're thinking of coming) July 11-14, and the fiftieth Mythcon Deets here) the first weekend in August.

A friend and I have worked up some discussable possible panel topics to suggest to Readercon (and I sent in one or two myself); I can hardly wait to see what richness others come up with. Re Mythcon, I still remember the frantic joy and anticipation before the first Mythcon. I've missed a lot of them over the past couple decades, but I always love going back. Mythcon, like Fourth Street Fantasy (which alas I have to miss, sob), has its own shape, with certain events you don't get at any other con. It really is a mixture of academic and fun, and, like Fourth Street, it's mostly book talk and less media. There are more papers presented at Mythcon, but there's also more playful stuff. Readercon--at least the two times I was there, many years ago--has very little playful stuff, and that seems to be right at the beginning, but its real draw is a fantastic program, which spins off great discussions.

*have written 40 k words in the last three weeks, not including one redraft. Only two major set pieces to go, once I get the current one in the bag.

Birds of a feather?

Feb. 10th, 2019 09:03 am
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One of the groups of juncos that hangs around includes a white-throat sparrow. They get to work early -- saw shadows under the feeder while I was getting breakfast, not enough light to tell if one of them was actually brown.

More February

Feb. 10th, 2019 07:42 am
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Air temperature 13 F, clear, wind west about 7 mph, windchill 3. Record low for the date is -29 F, so maybe I shouldn't complain. Probably will, anyway . . .

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