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Okay, so, here's the state of My Little Ring-Tailed Lemur World:

1. On Sunday, I wrote 1,011 words on "Protoreaster nodosus (NYC 2014)" and realized that it's broken and needs to be gutted and reworked. It is, in fact, two short stories trying to be one. There's a story I was working on in, I think, December, "Oranges from Africa," and part of that story has made it's way into this story, and I can't see it working. And I don't have time right now to rip apart "Protoreaster nodosus (NYC 2014)" and try to rework it. This is why I don't rewrite. It's always, always earlier to just start over, from scratch, than it is to rewrite. I need to get Sirenia Digest #104 out by the 20th, so that I'll have nine days to work on the first script for the new Alabaster mini (my deadline is September 29th). So, I'm taking my 2,987 hard-won words and shelving "Protoreaster nodosus (NYC 2014)" until, maybe, next month. Or, more likely, November. Maybe it'll make #106.

2. This means I need a new story, a new idea, and I need to find that concept today.

3. We're getting eBay back up and running. And every winning bidder gets a FREE Alabaster "Because Bird" pin. Also, the same deal applies to sales from Spooky's Etsy shop, while my limited supply lasts.

4. Last night we watched "Robot of Sherwood," which was incredibly silly and by far my least favorite Doctor Who episode since the departure of the Ponds. Seriously, let's keep Paul Murphy and Mark Gatiss away from the toy box from now on, please.

5. Yesterday, needing to clear my head, and because we won't get many more vaguely warm days, Spooky and I went to the zoo. It was a pleasant couple of hours, despite the raging migraine I had yesterday, and my goddamn rotten feet. I'm getting moderately good at dealing with chronic pain. The elephants are almost always my favorite, though the Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) and the Giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyl a) and its nursing baby were pretty goddamn cool. Spooky took a bunch of photos. Here are a few, and I may post a few more tomorrow. This was much better than our last zoo visit, which, I think, was early in 2009. There was snow on the ground that time.













All photographs Copyright © 2014 by Kathryn A. Pollnac



Which is all I have for now.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)

You're welcome!
martianmooncrab
Sep. 16th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Little Ring-Tailed Lemur World:


more like the Goldens.... I do adore me some lemurs at the zoo when I go..
dipsomaniac
Sep. 16th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the zoo pictures. The composition of the bird picture is really good. It's been a couple years since I've been to a zoo. The hippo and rhino are my usual favorites.
everville340
Sep. 17th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
Last night we watched "Robot of Sherwood," which was incredibly silly and by far my least favorite Doctor Who episode since the departure of the Ponds.

Thank you. I really did not care for it, which I was afraid was going to be part of a trend. Deep Breath was such a powerhouse of a new season and Doctor, but so far I have almost liked each episode less than the preceding one. But it is Doctor Who and everything changes, so I'm just patiently waiting to find our how Cross Eyebrows made his way into the saving of Gallifrey in The Day of The Doctor.

The zoo photos are magnificent in the way they capture the nature of the animals. The two of you wield Nemo well!
setsuled
Sep. 17th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
"Robot of Sherwood," which was incredibly silly and by far my least favorite Doctor Who episode since the departure of the Ponds

I agree. It was a disservice to Doctor Who and Robin Hood--but mostly to Doctor Who. It was like the writing from a cheap, 80s Hanna Barbera version of a good movie.

The elephants are almost always my favorite

It's the apes and tortoises for me but the elephants are definitely near the top of my list. Beautiful photos.
everville340
Sep. 18th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
It was like the writing from a cheap, 80s Hanna Barbera version of a good movie.

Oh, thank you for that analogy. I laughed so hard I lost my breath. It's so true, if it were a cartoon special it would have guest-starred voices from Gilligan's Island with special appearances by Globetrotters.
setsuled
Sep. 19th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Gatiss episodes have been pretty consistently bad that way.
alumiere
Sep. 17th, 2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
Pretty pictures. My favorites are always the slithery things and cephalopods/jellies/etc.
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