Thursday, September 23 2021

Quote of the Day

There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.

Ruth Ahmed

Starting again

I’m re-reading Rachel and Trent and I can’t stop. They are so good, I get lost in them. I’ve spent hours over the last few days just sinking into the Hallows. 

Why don’t I sink into thoughts about my own book?

Do I want to write something more like the books that I love to live in? Sure I have this grand idea for a very dramatic, weighty novel, but how do I want to tell it? I could tell it more like Kim Harrison and less like Kim Stanley Robinson. 

This is why I need to write the short stories. Not just to get better–though I need that too–but to try on some writing styles, play in some genres. See if I want to build a world that persists over many stories. See what themes I like best. See if I want romance or adventure or moral subplots. 

Yesterday I watched a Neil Gaiman lecture where he said that he wanted to write a book when he was young that he knew he wasn’t ready for. It took 20 years for him to be ready, but eventually he was. And he worked on it, little by little, over the years, visiting graveyards and thinking about it. 

I think this novel I have in mind isn’t a project. It’s an adventure. It’s a magnum opus, a work of a lifetime, put together piece by piece. Maybe it’ll be done sooner than 20 years from now, but I don’t think time matters with this one. Experience matters. Exploring matters. Craft and growing matters. It’s so big. What I want the final work to accomplish, to encompass, to address is so vast. It can’t happen in the small space of just my head. It’s much bigger than that.

It’s time to explore.

The newest blue

I stumbled over the video on YouTube, and it ended up being super interesting.

Testing The First Blue Pigment In Over 200 years…

The development and trial of YinMn blue.

Suck it billionaires

NASA is so much smarter and better than you.

Solar Electric Propulsion Makes NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft Go

Loving this

Even if it is too little too late.

UArizona Launches Center to Advance Resilience of Native Nations, Address Environmental Challenges

The Indigenous Resilience Center is University of Arizona’s commitment to giving back to local tribes who have stewarded this land for millennia and who have endured and sacrificed so much. It is critical that Native nations drive the research questions based on their priorities and long-standing local knowledge, and that the approaches involve decolonized and indigenized approaches with Indigenous scientists actively leading these efforts. Furthermore, the resilience partnerships will aim to involve students who want to give back to their communities through community-based projects that are action oriented and solution driven.

It has occurred to me, while reading The Uninhabitable Earth, that it is very likely that the Narragansett’s tribal land will be underwater if things continue unabated…