June 13th, 2011


Monday Update 6-13-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:

Crowdfunded Illustration: Updates from Meeks
Sunday Fic Meme: "Catch of the Day"
New Verses (for "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son," "Igor's Creature," and "Enki's Messengers")
Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Donor Perk: The Epistolary Form
Torn Tongue: Sea Monsters M-P
My Poem in StarShipSofa
Enforcing Nature's Rights

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," "Clouds in the Morning," (fiction) "Steam Power," "Cage of Hope" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Cutting Time," "Scars of Stone" "Catch and Release," "Swept Away" (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: Nothing, wow!  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," (fiction) and "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," (fiction).  Currently writing: "From Dark to Bright," "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day" (fiction).

There are two new epic poems in microfunding: "Fiorenza and the Witch-Son" features Fiorenza the Italian herbalist musing about social roles and gender dynamics, at a time when there is NOT a major preternatural crisis going on. "Enki's Messengers" is essentially a sidebar to the Sumerian myth "The Descent of Inanna," focusing on the kurgarra and the galatur created by Enki. Continuing from previous occasions is the epic poem "Igor's Creature."  This is a mix of horror and science fiction with a large helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor.  The epic poem "A Periodic Table of Elementals" is ahead of production.

I have new assignments from Llewellyn Worldwide.  I'll be writing a batch of witchy tips and a set of 13 stone articles for the 2013 Witches' Datebook.  I also just got a request to write an article on "Waxing Moon Yardwork" for the 2013 Moon Sign Book, as a counterpoint to the "Waning Moon Yardwork" that I wrote last summer, so I look forward to doing that.

The soft fruit is just starting to ripen here.  No wild strawberries this year, but I picked the first of the mulberries and the black raspberries on Saturday.  There are raspberries as far as the eye can see.

Shrinking Salmon

Scottish salmon are getting smaller and lower in quality, a shift attributed to climate change.  In particular:

He said that by monitoring an unnamed major Scottish river for the past 17 years he had found that the weight of the average grilse had fallen from 5.3lbs (2.4kg) to 3.74lbs (1.7kg), and that its length had shortened from 23 to 21 inches (59 to 54cm).
Prof Todd said he suspected that climate change was the cause of the shrinking salmon as the water temperatures increase and force the plankton that the young salmon feed upon further north.
Not all damage from climate change is obvious. This one is pretty dramatic as animal populations go, but isn't the kind of thing visible at a glance. You have to look closely. So, consider how many other effects we are not noticing because nobody has examined the data.