Went for a dog walk at the Sandy River Delta yesterday. It started out as a gusty day with clear blue skies, but in the afternoon, a nearby fire turned the sun and water orange and left a still haze over the sky.
Monster Girl got to jump around in the water. The river was too shallow to swim; we were even able to wade out to an island we usually only admire from shore. Maybe it’s time for the rains to return. But we’ll enjoy the last days of summer while we can.
Sometimes the world seems more dangerous and doomed than ever. Sometimes people are more confused and vile than seems possible. Like, does that troll have a hollow leg where he keeps his vicious, willful blindness? Sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever JUST STOP making the same mistakes over and over and over.
Then I take a breath.
Yes, there is fear. (Fear is the worm-eaten heart of the world’s evils. Hate is the fear of otherness. Greed is the fear of losing. Injustice is the fear of empathy.) There is static and, worse, cultivated entropy. There are wounds that go so deep the scars will never fade.
But I believe light and goodness, peace, love, and understanding will win the day. Do I have any proof for that belief? Er, no. Maybe I’ll say the mere fact that galaxies formed out of the interstellar dust shows that the universe* has an impulse toward order and beauty and forward momentum. (*You can call this God if you like. It gets us to the same place.) But I’ll settle for hope.
Sometimes I worry that hope is just the cheerful flipside of willful blindness… So then I take another breath. And each breath is a promise that we don’t stop here, that we can do better, BE better. We owe those steady, deep breaths to those who came before us and who will come after us, so that their hopes are honored.
How do we get there? So many ways. Pick one or two or three. Hug loved ones and be kind to strangers. Recycle. Seek the truth, even when it stings. Vote with conscience. Donate in constructive ways to worthwhile causes. Breathe. I dunno, maybe dream up a romance novel! Whatever you choose, share your hope with the world and we WILL make it better.
SCI FI NIGHTS, a collection of science fiction romance novellas, is out now so we’re celebrating!
Come join us — me, Cathryn Cade, Calinda B, Bianca D’Arc, and Mina Carter — for our Facebook Launch Party with the Book Nymph Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 5-7 pm Eastern (2-4 pm Pacific). Click here for my favorite time convert if you are from some place further afield.
We’ll have books to giveaway from our other series, book store gift cards, and a pair of my “Starry Sci Fi Nights” earrings! Plus we’ll be talking about our favorite thing — books! — and generally being silly. So, please, come join us.
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Can’t wait to see you tomorrow! Meanwhile, happy reading!
Been away for a few days for a family trip to the beach. It was wonderful: a little windy at times — by “a little”, I mean sandblasting, but the southern Oregon coast is wild and scenic, which means bring a jacket — and it was beautifully sunny.
Did a little hiking, a little tidepooling, a little rock collecting. Monster Girl was completely wiped out, and so was I. All that fresh air! I love summer.
At the overlook
Selfie with sea urchin
Took the day off work yesterday to celebrate my birthday and wander the woods with XY and Monster Girl. It was a beautiful day with perfect walking weather. The woods smelled of pine and moss and coooold mountain water. Ate frosted birthday cookies that only got a little smashed in my backpack. Had an afternoon nap beside the stream. Pretty much ideal for a happy, happy day.