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Earth Day '06

The sun just came out. But everything's still damp from the rain. The trees are sparkling. The brown thrasher is in the rain gutter next door, flinging dead leaves about in search of bugs. Oh, we had baby mockingbird drama yesterday. Three chicks and a very distressed and weary mother mockingbird. I think it's all been sorted out now. But there's a photo, thanks to Spooky. It's not the best photo anyone ever took of a distraught baby mockingbird, but it gets the point across:



I had in mind some sort of Earth Day entry loaded with statistics on global warming, overpopulation, mass extinction, and the like, something along the lines of last year. But I'm beginning to think the numbers don't impact people the way they should, so instead I'm going to post a link to this very informative ecological footprint quiz. I scored a 15. Given that the average for the US is 24, I figure the score a) shows I'm making an effort, but b) there's still a lot of room for improvement. I will also repost the links I posted last year, four groups trying to make things less wrong:

World Wildlife Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

Greenpeace

World Land Trust

Also, I'm given to understand that today has been declared "Blog Against Heteronormativity Day". Sounds good to me.

Yesterday was spent writing and rewriting and rerewriting cover copy for Daughter of Hounds. By four p.m., I had something which managed to convey the gist of the plot, something that focused on Emmie and Soldier. Something that didn't make we want to roll my eyes or wretch. Which is to say, something better than what Penguin had done. Still, any attempt to distill the book down to 150 words (or not much more) is doomed to failure. Synopses are, by necessity, fictions, even when they are synopses of fiction. But all yesterday afternoon I was sitting here thinking, What are the magic words that will sell 10,000 more books than Murder of Angels sold. It's a stupid, petty trap. There are no magical words. Or, if there are, I surely don't know them. My "magical" words will be between the covers. The text itself is the reason the book should be read. Anyway, I have no idea how much of what I wrote will be used, if any of it will be used, but at least I've done my best. Which is all I can ever do.

Today, I go back to work on "Highway 97." Which, after yesterday, seems like Heaven.

A good Kid Night last night. We had slices at Fellini's in Candler Park, then rented two Disney DVDs: Mulan and The Watcher in the Woods. I had no idea that I'd never seen the original ending of The Watcher in the Woods. There are two alternate ending on the DVD, and the second alternate ending is the original from the 1980 test release. It's much better and much darker than the safer ending Disney shot almost a year later before the official release in 1981.

And there were wonderful thunderstorms all evening.

Okay. Gotta go. The platypus wails. Do something good for the planet today. And tomorrow. And day after tomorrow. And, well, that'll be a start...

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kambriel
Apr. 22nd, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Earth Footprint
Interesting little quiz; here were my results:

CATEGORY ACRES
FOOD 3.2
MOBILITY 1.5
SHELTER 1.5
GOODS/SERVICES 2
TOTAL FOOTPRINT 8


IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER PERSON.

WORLDWIDE, THERE EXIST 4.5 BIOLOGICALLY PRODUCTIVE ACRES PER PERSON.


IF EVERYONE LIVED LIKE YOU, WE WOULD NEED 1.8 PLANETS.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Earth Footprint
TOTAL FOOTPRINT 8

Wow. Very good!
kambriel
Apr. 23rd, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Earth Footprint
Pretty good, but it could be better. I think the main things that raised my score were pre-packaged/distant foods, and air travel hours.
sovay
Apr. 22nd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Unrelated to anything in this post (except perhaps "The Shores of California"), are you planning to see The Onion Cellar? I missed the production of A Clockwork Orange in which the Dolls were involved last year, but I am planning in advance this time around: and I'm very curious.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
Unrelated to anything in this post (except perhaps "The Shores of California"), are you planning to see The Onion Cellar?

I would love to, but doubt I'll have the opportunity.
sovay
Apr. 23rd, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
I figured I would at least ask: it's not until the winter, so you might have time to budget.
setsuled
Apr. 22nd, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
I've spent the past couples days catching up on the Sirenia Digest. I must say I think it's the best work of yours I've read, and I've loved your other things.

This may be due in part to my perspective, but I find a richness in these vignettes that's almost cinematic; in a great movie, there're multiple levels of things to appreciate that aren't necessarily linear, and are yet at the same time related to one another. Like the photography and the set design and so forth. I get this same impression of lush depth from your vignettes.

I love the fact that the bulk of these vignettes seem devoted to places in between points other stories might devote themselves to exclusively. There's an exciting realisation that there are a hundred different circumstances between what the conscious mind normally perceives as the sequence of events. Like how "Untitled 17" isn't simply a story of someone's vicious tryst with a wolf-like entity in the forest. It's as much about impressions and how they change, and the prominence of the indescribable but unmistakable threads.

Actually, the key line from "For One Who Has Lost Herself"--"Mind the difference between the way things seem and the way things are"--seems almost a commentary on all the vignettes. There's a constant focus on the many levels, and great importance, of seeming, yet a sort of sorrowful--perhaps even fearful--acknowledgement at beats of how things are. Like in "Untitled 20" where the male character goes for the real vagina under the clay.

That story is interesting for how it seems to be about the relationship between a character who clings to the real versus one who goes for the symbol--rather brilliantly climaxed with the bit about the swallowed paper. You know, it occurs to me that this is how sex between Mulder and Scully ought to have gone, with Mulder being the woman and Scully being the man in this instance.

By the way, if it's not too sensitive a question, how similar is the girl's tail in "pas-en-arriere" to your own?

It's interesting--I only just now became conscious of the fact that we hardly ever get character names in these vignettes. Contrasted with "Alabaster" among them, it kind of highlights the intimate quality created by this device, as "Alabaster" feels less intimate (though it is very good).

I'm very happy that I subscribe to Sirenia. I feel sorry that my comments must inevitably fall short of returning you some of that feeling you create.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
A Medicine for Melancholy
Thanks for being a thoughtful sort of garda... :-)

By the way, if it's not too sensitive a question, how similar is the girl's tail in "pas-en-arriere" to your own?

They aren't quite the same.
setsuled
Apr. 23rd, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: A Medicine for Melancholy
Thanks for being a thoughtful sort of garda... :-)

Thank you for Sirenia Digest.
stsisyphus
Apr. 23rd, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
I had no idea that I'd never seen the original ending of The Watcher in the Woods.

This was one of my mother's favorite Disney movies, something that's partially transferred to me (The Black Hole being actually my favorite, with certain protests of course). I'll have to look for this the next time I'm out looking for a quick movie. I've always found that the ending was a little too relieving.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look for this the next time I'm out looking for a quick movie. I've always found that the ending was a little too relieving.

Ultimately, I think all three ending are equally "relieving." Karen still ends up going home to Mrs. Aylwood. The Watcher still ends up back in its own world. Jan comes out seemingly unscathed. It's just that everything leading up to the resolution is somewhat weirder and darker.
frankiemouse
Apr. 24th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
somehow i scored 11; i don't know how that happened. still, they don't seem to take into account things like a 2 gallon per minute shower head and a 1.6 gallon per flush water closet, but the whole thing is interesting.
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