February 13th, 2013


Kitsnaps: Guarding London

Kitsnaps: Guarding London There’s an exceedingly long story that goes along with the lion and dragon guards of London and Westminster’s borders. I remember none of it, but if you get on the London city bus tour with a guide named Barry, you’ll hear it in magnificent detail. (I’m sure you hear it from other guides, too, but I can’t imagine they’re as GOOD as Barry! Barry and Dave, Dave the bus driver, who says he works with Barry every day and Barry still makes him laugh. :))

At any rate, lion! Fierce and snowy! Seriously, London in snow was just splendid. I have a couple more photos to show off too. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)



Since, as my mother said, we couldn’t be in New Orleans last night, we had pancakes for dinner instead.

Actually, Pancake Tuesday is a totally new-to-me concept since coming here. Or not *totally*, because when we lived in California with a British friend on hand, she would do pancakes on Fat Tuesday. But aside from that, totally new to me. Is it something people other places in America do or am I right in thinking of it is a European(British?) tradition?

(I was making maple syrup for the pancakes, and as I usually do, as I was waiting for the sugar to boil away, I stood there watching it and thinking, “Until the blood runs clear,” which I assume is PERFECTLY NORMAL and EVERYONE ELSE DOES IT.)

Anyway, now it’s Lent, which is of no importance to me at all, except I’ve decided I’ll take advantage of other people’s traditions and give up junk food for forty days. God knows (aheh. so to speak) I should anyway, so solidarity with somebody else’s religious traditions!

I also need to write 3K a day during Lent in order to finish this wretched book. I suspect the phrase “ahahahaha” applies. Except I really have to. :}

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


Hope is the creature with wings.

A to-me-fascinating takeaway line on this article on climate change is this: There’s a small but non-trivial chance of advanced civilization breaking down entirely.

My climate change trilogy would be meant to be a thing of hope. That said, hope is the creature with wings; it is difficult to catch. The idea of writing another trilogy post that, a farther-future-set story where some things have gone right but a lot has gone desperately wrong is really appealing.

Apparently I’m suffering from the urge to reinvent myself a SF writer when the Walker Papers are done. In, you know. My copious free time.

Anyway, while I’m linking, if you haven’t read this Rolling Stone article from last year about climate change, it’s a good one.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)