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Katrina 3

I woke this morning, hoping that during the night that Army engineers would have been successful in their efforts to plug the breach in the Lake Pontchartrain levee. But they haven't, and water continues to pour into New Orleans.

This morning on Good Morning America, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said, "The National Guard has been dropping sandbags into it, but it's like dropping it into a black hole." She has ordered the city completely evacuated, and Mayor Ray Nagin has said (also on Good Morning America), "We are looking at 12 to 16 weeks before people can come in." With tens of thousands of people remaining in the city, it's hard to imagine exactly how this evacuation is going to proceed. The numbers I've seen claim that 80% of the city's population left before the storm, but that seems like an excessively optimistic figure, with 20,000 still trapped in the Superdome alone. There are plans to house 40,000 refugees in the Houston Astrodome, people who will be evacuated to Texas by a bus convoy. It's a nightmare, a disaster of proportions I've not seen hit the US in my lifetime, I don't think. And in the flood of information from the internet, newspapers, and television, some of which is contradictory, it's very difficult to figure out exactly what's going on.

I just heard that it's presently 97F in New Orleans.

Once again, I urge you to please donate whatever you can to the American Red Cross (financial contributions to the Red Cross are tax deductible), which is already housing and feeding tens of thousands of people across the Gulf Coast. This things going to get a whole lot worse before it starts getting better.

Also, you may wish to donate to the Humane Society's Disaster Relief Fund. Protecting and controlling the countless numbers of animals, both wild and domestic, displaced and orphaned by Katrina is important not only for the sake of the animals, but is also important as a means of controlling disease in the wake of the storm.

An effort is underway, headed by Amber Van Dyk, to raise money for docbrite (Poppy Z. Brite), who was forced to leave many pets behind when she left New Orleans on Sunday afternoon. It goes without saying that she has been devastated by this storm. The fate of her pets and her home is unknown and will likely remain unknown for many weeks to come Like me, like most writers, she's not a wealthy person, and I can't imagine how she's going to recover from this. You can find out more by following this link. Poppy is extremely dear to me, and if you can help, I ask that you please do. Donations will be made directly to her PayPal account, as I understand it.

How do I even talk about the writing after all that? I guess I just do, that's how.

I did another 1,337 words on Chapter Eight of Daughter of Hounds yesterday. The first six hundred or so were among the hardest I've done yet for this novel, but then, an especially difficult scene bested, things got much easier. I spent another hour and a half last night working on a cover for the Little Damned Book of Days chapbook, but came up with nothing usable, so that still has to be done. I read Spooky the first half of Nancy Kress' excellent short story, "Shiva in Shadow," from The Year's Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Second Annual Collection. Then she read to me from a number of NOLA blogs, including some chilling accounts from people who escaped before the storm hit. I fell asleep to The Return of the King. Jackson's LotR trilogy has become my new comfort film.

Okay. That's enough for now. I gotta write.

Comments

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loosechanj
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
97, which means the heat index is definately in the triple digits. And can you imagine how bored most of those refugees must be? If I were King, I think getting some entertainment in would be just as important as food and medicine.

I've got my fringers crossed for [Bad username: docbrite"], but there really isn't a lot of hope in this situation. :-(
albionidaho
Aug. 31st, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing.

Since early this morning, I've been trying to figure out a way to suggest tho those who have the means that entertainment be provided ... somehow. For exmaple, what would it take for even just one of the large publishers to send a bunch of remaindered books to the Astrodome (or wherever else) so the people could have something to read. They were going to be sold for something like five bucks at cost anyway, and wouldn't the donation be tax deductable? Everyone wins.

Or what if someone could set up some screens and show movies? You know, like Spielberg or Lucas and company. They could show E.T. or Star Wars, or some other escapist old movie.

What about some musicians and comedians giving some performances, or producing some plays?

I don't have Ted Turner's, Random House's, Disney's, King's, or Madonna's (okay, she's in England, but still...) email addresses, but this is a small world. What is it? Like seven degrees of separation?

What would it take to get the idea to those who could make something like this happen?

albionidaho
Aug. 31st, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
Took a shower and decided I need to think smaller.

So I'm wondering... what would it take to have a book drive? Still a big undertaking. I don't want to clog up Caitlin's journal, but if anyone has any comments or ideas or whatnot, please feel free to comment over at my journal.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
So I'm wondering... what would it take to have a book drive? Still a big undertaking. I don't want to clog up Caitlin's journal, but if anyone has any comments or ideas or whatnot, please feel free to comment over at my journal.

It's not a bad idea. You should try to contact people with Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc., and especially Chapter 13.
albionidaho
Aug. 31st, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the ideas.

What is Chapter 13, though? I have tried several Google searches and mostly come up with information on bankruptcy and specific boooks themselves. I'm pretty sure that's not what you meant :).
mekkavandexter
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
PZB & Family Fund
Hi Cait,

Yes, donations have been made already by some folks straight to Poppy's paypal account. There is a group donation that will be made in a couple of days, but right now any individuals that wish to donate are encouraged to directly paypal Poppy.

best,
Amber van Dyk


greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: PZB & Family Fund
Yes, donations have been made already by some folks straight to Poppy's paypal account. There is a group donation that will be made in a couple of days, but right now any individuals that wish to donate are encouraged to directly paypal Poppy.

I'm so, so grateful to you for getting this going. It's a wonderful thing you're doing. I'm trying to reach Poppy now, to let her know.
wishlish
Aug. 31st, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
Caitlin, have you talked with Poppy? I realize that's probably unlikely, given how much damage was done to the telecom system in the Gulf.

Thanks for keeping us posted on these things. I gave my cat a big damn hug last night.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
Caitlin, have you talked with Poppy? I realize that's probably unlikely, given how much damage was done to the telecom system in the Gulf.

No. I haven't talked to her since this whole mess began. I'm pretty sure she's somewhere in Mississippi that is still without power and phones, and I've not been having any luck with her cell.

Thanks for keeping us posted on these things. I gave my cat a big damn hug last night.

You're welcome. I'm just trying to sort the facts from the confusion. And yeah, Spooky and I are feeling very glad for our safety right now.
girfan
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
I also would like to know how Poppy is doing. I've been thinking about her.


I still don't know if my mother is OK. I assume she has no phone or power and hope she gets through to my brother when she can. What I saw of Mobile on the news didn't look good, and she lives 3 blocks from Mobile Bay.

greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
What I saw of Mobile on the news didn't look good, and she lives 3 blocks from Mobile Bay.

From what I can gather, Mobile came out of this pretty well. Nothing like the destruction in Mississippi and Louisiana.
mercurygrrl
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
I think it's great that people are donating money to the fund/Poppy's Paylpal . I've posted in mu journal about it, where I refer to both your and other's post in the communities, hoping that someone will donate to Poppy, The Red Cross, or both. I'm glad you and Spooky are safe :)
greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
. I've posted in mu journal about it, where I refer to both your and other's post in the communities, hoping that someone will donate to Poppy, The Red Cross, or both.

Thanks!
redsleeves
Aug. 31st, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Hi, someone posted this in prime_liquor:

I saw a photo of reps of this agency rescuing some people with animals. If ANYONE knows Poppy's house address or how to reach her, they may be able to help with her cats.

http://www.wlf.state.la.us/apps/netgear/page1.asp
dyfferent
Aug. 31st, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
I have been thinking about her cats ever since reading about her unwilling bugout. She must be worried sick.

Been there with Hugo in 1989, and I'll never forget it--I worked hurricane shelters in the SC Lowcountry with the Red Cross for years, but I've never seen anything on this scale. There was a massive storm surge in McClellanville after Hugo, but it went away afterwards.

Katrina has been so horrifying. My heart's with all y'all dealing with after-effects of this disaster.
stardustgirl
Aug. 31st, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
While looking through the forums on the wwltv.com site, I saw a post from this guy who apparently lives Uptown and offered to check on the condition specific addresses while out taking photos (he's a photographer by profession). He gave info to several forum people and might be willing to check on Doc's house condition. The forum has since split into 2 smaller ones for the east / west parts of the parish so I can't link to his original posts, but his site - and some photos - are here:

http://www.musecube.com/michaelsiu/105154/
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