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Postcards from Europa (Pt. 2)

A heavy snow again this morning. It began sometime in the night, or, rather, the pre-dawn hours after we went to bed (a little after three ayem). I am beginning to think there will be snow all winter.

Yesterday, after the journal entry, Spooky and I discussed what should be covered in the epilogue of The Red Tree and what should not, and how the presence of the epilogue will effect the novel, and, indeed, whether or not there should be an epilogue at all. I made notes. The epilogue is meant, along with the preface, to bookend Sarah Crowe's narrative, conveyed by the manuscript published after her death. The prologue is written by the book's fictional editor, who had been Sarah's editor. The epilogue would be written for a second edition release of the novel, by someone who has spent several years investigating the validity of the manuscript, its origin and authorship, the legend of "the Red Tree of Barbs Hill Road," and the possibility that the entire matter is a literary hoax.

We talked, and I stared out the office window, and I made notes. Finally, about 2:30 p.m. (CaST), it occurred to me that I needed to see Moosup Valley, where the story is set, in the snow, and it was a seemingly valid excuse to escape the house for a few hours. I'd not been out more than ten or fifteen minutes, all told, since the Great Extraction of January 10th. Spooky agreed, we quickly dressed for the bone-chilling cold, and left the house about three o'clock.

Here in Providence, the snow quickly becomes ugly, as it does in any city, I would suppose. But it's beautiful beyond the city's borders. There were clouds moving in from the south and west, and the sun was a dim blot that offered no heat whatsoever. We followed 6A to 102, passing through Chopmist and other towns whose names I can't ever recall. The Scituate Reservoir was frozen over, as were all the other lakes and ponds we passed. The woods were stark, brown and grey slashes against all the white. The town of Moosup Valley is located about twenty-six miles southwest of Providence, near the Connecticut state line. I'd not been there since the early summer. We stopped a while in town, and I took some photographs, mainly of the snow-covered cemetery. There were boys playing hockey on the small pond behind the cemetery. After Moosup Valley, we folowed Barbs Hill Road south towards Coventry before heading back home.

Last night, we watched the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica (thank you, Hulu), which I'd rank as one of the best in the series so far.

And now, I need to work, and try not to be distracted by the snow. If you've not yet ordered A is Alien, I do hope that you will please take a moment to do so. Thanks.



















All photographs Copyright © 2009 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

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jtglover
Jan. 18th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Wow!
I've never seen such a wonderful closeup of lichen, showing their gray-greeniness in all its glory. Lovely shots all.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 18th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
I've never seen such a wonderful closeup of lichen, showing their gray-greeniness in all its glory.

They are hardy little things, and seemed to almost glow amongst all the snow.

Edited at 2009-01-18 05:33 pm (UTC)
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 18th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)

I think Apollo had the best line, in the one that started "I'm tryin' to come up with a neat answer..." That was just So Perfect.

Yep.
sovay
Jan. 18th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
We're in a flurrying blizzard here.

Those last two photographs of the stream, and the lichen and the gravestones, are lovely.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 18th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)

Those last two photographs of the stream, and the lichen and the gravestones, are lovely.

The stream is called the Moosup River, though, personally, I think it was named by someone who'd never seen a river...
spiritworld25
Jan. 18th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Wow, the snow pictures are lovely. :) I think that it's great when a writer has the chance to visit places that they are writing about, makes the writing even more real. :) I hope that it helps with the story line etc. Happy writing.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)

I think that it's great when a writer has the chance to visit places that they are writing about, makes the writing even more real.

I've always been of the opinion that writers should try to avoid writing about places unless they've visited them firsthand.
mellawyrden
Jan. 19th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I love how old cemeteries are walled, like true cities of the dead. The gravestones look like watchtowers. So much more "true" for me than flat headstones in open fields.
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