March 16th, 2007

spring

Status

Wayne, who is working from home today, reports that it looks like a heat issue with my computer -- my theory is that the fan has gone out again.  The shuttle is nice, but it's always had fan issues due to the size.  But yay, that means I haven't lost anything, including a chunk of music.

The nice thing about working on the laptop in the living room, though, is that I can watch some of the news shows that I try to TiVo - Keith Olbermann and BBC news.  I've got it set to keep whatever the most recent episode of each show is, but I never get a chance to watch them.  Having the news playing while I catch up on e-mail is nice.  I don't know how much it does for my productivity.
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spring

Among the Acacia Trees

Another story itching at me, so I've drafted out some notes and the progression of scenes.

A (very rough) excerpt:

I slide the drawer open, its walls each a half inch of dark, old wood, a glimmering lining of gold foil inside.  It is filled with sunlight, the color it becomes when it shines through mid-afternoon acacia leaves.  I lay on the mudflats with my son, near the water, the chalky blue and gray water.  The air smelled of the shift between wet and dry season and the mud was just starting to curl at the edges, though everything was still green. A big-headed baby baboon perched high in a yellow acacia's canopy, picking at the bark to make it bleed sap -- a sugary whiff came on the wind -- and we were watching it because the two flat-nosed basilisks that usually quarreled over the tree's territory were sneaking up on it. Together they were just about big enough to take a baby monkey, and it was simply a question of whether or not they would reach the baby before its mother, grooming herself on the ground, noticed what was going on.
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    cheerful cheerful