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The sun rose this morning at 5:19, and will not set until 10:20 this evening. We’re on daylight time, but I’m not really sure why – we certainly have no shortage of daylight! 17 hours today, and we’re gaining about 7 minutes a day. Solar altitude at noon has crossed the 40° mark, most of the snow has melted, and I’m putting the mints out to harden in the daytime. But at the darkest time of night the sun is only a little more than 10° below the horizon.

Violets and delphinium are popping up next to the south wall of the house.

The forecast is for quite a bit cooler this week, with rain and snow possible. I hope the snow doesn’t stick! I’ll probably get out the hose today, but I certainly won’t leave it hooked up at night.

I’m doing the #writemotivation check-in again this month, with a longer list of goals now OLLI is over until fall. My goals aren’t all writing this time either. Specifically:

1. Get the garden going. Given the earlier springs up here lately, the beans have started to sprout (indoors) and I’ll try to get the squash planted today if I can find pots; plant both outdoors before Memorial Day. Get seeds in before Memorial Day if possible. This will involve getting the hoops to support plastic covers up on all three raised beds.

The chives in the holes in the cement blocks making up the raised beds have reached eating height already, though we're still having hard freezes at night.

2. Keep up daily blogging using my existing schedule: Alaska weather Monday, review Tuesday, quotation context Wednesday, wild card Thursday, Jarn’s Journal (back history on my science fiction novels) Friday, Science/technology/health Saturday, and Six Sentence Sunday on Sunday. https://homecomingbook.wordpress.com/

3. Keep up Context? Tweets daily @sueannbowling

4. Put at least two interesting science links a day on Homecoming’s page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homecoming/109303925759274

5. Get outdoors for at least a couple of hours a day when the weather cooperates, either gardening or tricycle riding.

6. Read over entire trilogy for flow; put bits on Six Sentence Sunday; find a beta reader or two if possible. Anyone interested?

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The first six of this week’s quotations are from Owlflight, by Mercedes Lackey.

“To treat a person like a carpet, it is necessary that one do the walking, and the other allows himself to be walked on.” Shin’a’in saying, here applied to the wizard Justyn, who allowed himself to be walked on.

“Do you fault a man for no longer chopping wood when he has lost a hand?” Snowfire is pointing out to Darien that Justyn was not to be blamed if the Storms reduced his ability to do magic.

“The value lies in the accomplishment, not how it was done” Part of the same conversation.

“Don’t be ashamed for allowing yourself to feel.” Snowfire is trying to soothe Darian after he has broken down and cried. The quotation continues, “You should rather feel sorry for those who do not.”

“Subtlety requires time and concentration, rather than power.” Starfall is trying to defeat the enemy mage without being discovered.

“If the people have survived, then the village has.” Snowfire to Darien, pointing out that people are more important than houses.

“I’ve got to try.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Roi, faced with a Healing he may not succeed in.

All of these quotes were Tweeted from @sueannbowling.

Sunrise this morning was 6:10 pm, with sunset not until 9:33 this afternoon for 15 hours 23 minutes of daylight. We’re still gaining almost 7 minutes a day, but the snow, while pretty wet lately, is far from gone. The snow stake shows just under a foot still on the ground. There’s been enough melting that the path to the shed (and the tricycle) is impossible to shovel – it’s ice. Too bad, as they’ve plowed the bicycle path, though the tenth of a mile of dirt road to get to it is a horrible mixture of mud, ice, and potholes. But the edges of the raised beds are poking out of the snow, and at this rate I’ll be able to see the soil in the beds beds themselves pretty soon. It was actually above freezing this morning at 7 am.

I’ve started wearing my athletic shoes when I go anywhere, just tossing the boots in the car in case I encounter ice. I’m actually getting to attend evening functions, like The Stoned Guest (P.D.Q. Bach) Friday night. I need to start the beans next week, and the squash the week after that. Time to start visiting the greenhouses, too – I rely on them for culinary herb plants and flowers.

If only I weren’t so busy with OLLI classes this month! Northern vegetation changes and archaeological science Monday, iPhoto and digital photography Wednesday, astrophysics Friday, and a weekend workshop on fiction writing at the beginning of next month. Hope I can remember to keep the plants watered!

p.s. at 4 pm: temperature +57°F and I had to take off my jacket and turn on the air conditioning driving home! Still plenty of snow, though — the snow stake says 8″, though lots of bare ground, as well as mud and puddles,  are showing.

The first six quotes are from the same book, Warlock of the Witch World, by Andre Norton. As you can see, my copy is pretty old.

“There is a vast distance between learning and wisdom.”  Kemoc, more than a little frightened by the effect of the words out of Lormt that he has spoken.

“Water can be a bad weapon to face.” Dauhaun, on hearing that the water-people, the Krogan, have refused alliance.

“Fear I wanted least of all, for fear may drive the one afraid to violent action.” Kemoc, captured by the moss-wives, as tried to contact them with his mind and is concerned that what he feels is fear.

“To read of the futures may weaken your resolve.” Loskeetha, warning Kemoc that the foreseeing he desires may not help him.

“Fear is a great governor of minds.” Orsya, trying to explain to Kemoc why her own people are now willing to sacrifice her.

“What lies ahead can change many times before we reach it.” Orsya is trying to offset the near-paralysis that hold Kemoc after Loskeetha’s reading of his future.

“She didn’t need an imaginary companion.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna is trying to convince herself she doesn’t need the companionship of the ghost of her dead lover.

Another snippet, continued from last week, from the end of the first chapter of Rescue Operation.

“It won’t happen again,” Roi said, “but I couldn’t do anything for Horizon.” He lifted his head, blinking wet eyes at Mark. The next time he had to reinforce Marna’s bindings, he swore to himself, he would insist that the part of the Inner Council he trusted back him up.

“Maybe,” he continued softly, as much to himself as to Mark, “I can get enough change in the situation to force reconsideration. But I don’t think I can do it by a Council vote. Meanwhile, I’ll have to do what I can with the other situations.”

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Kathy Collier-Miehl tagged me for the Fourth Writer’s Campaign Lucky 7 meme. The Rules are:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS/WIP
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written. No cheating
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let them know

I’m not going to do numbers 4 and 5, because I understand how exponentials work and I’m not sure there’s anyone left who hasn’t been tagged. If you haven’t been and want to do this, consider yourself tagged. And I have a little problem with 1, because my files are by chapters, with no consecutive multi-chapter page numbering. So I went to line 7 of page 7 of chapter 7 instead. (Which leads me to wonder what one does if one’s WIP is less than 77 pages long.)

I interpreted the start as the paragraph in which the 7th line fell, and then copied that and the following 6 paragraphs. The WIP in question is science fiction, with a working title of Rescue Operation.

Well, the horses hadn’t been that dirty to start with.  Each had free access to a generous grassy paddock, and a daily session with the autogroomer.  Their stalls and paddocks were likewise kept clean by robot extensions of the Big’Un.  The dirt Rabbit had managed to accumulate, however, was mostly now on Crys, who was continuing to brush as high as she could reach on the mare’s hindquarters.

“Is she clean enough?” the child asked, turning as she heard Dusk’s hoofbeats.  “I couldn’t quite reach the middle of her back.”

“Clean enough to ride,” Roi chuckled, and gave Dusk a firm mental order to stand still.  “Here, hold Dusk for me a minute, will you, while I get a saddle on Rabbit?  Dusk needs to be cooler before I put him up, and you might as well ride along while I’m getting him walked dry.”

The sheer bliss on Crys’s dirt-smudged face told him that he was finally getting to understand her.  I think, he thought at Emeraude, that you’ve just lost your horse.

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“You really don’t mind?” Roi asked that evening, watching Emeraude brush her hair before bed.

“Of course not.  I like being with you, and you like company when you ride.  I’m not all that fond of horses and riding, but I know you are.  If Crystal is, wonderful.  With a little practice, and you contacting Rabbit’s mind, she’ll probably keep up with you better than I do.  You need children, Roi.  She’s already done a lot to relax you.  I don’t know why the Genetics Board doesn’t want you to foster R’il’noids that need parenting any more.”

“They figure I’m too busy trying to run the Confederation.  Young R’il’noids take a lot of attention.”  Roi lay back on Emeraude’s bed, letting his eyes roam over the rather spare room.  Like his other two wives, Audi had her own building, opening off the series of jump-gated rooms loosely called the corridor system.  As a general rule she preferred Roi’s oversized bedroom to her own, and she’d put most of her energies here into facilities for her sociological research.  The bedroom was adequate for sleeping and had a bed large enough for two, but that was about all.

The sun rose at 7:27 am and will set at 8:27 for 13 hours of daylight. What’s more, the air flow has shifted from northerly, off the frozen Arctic Ocean, to southwest, off the Pacific and Bering, and it’s warmed up almost to freezing. The noon sun is high—almost 28° above the horizon—and sunglasses are a necessity outdoors. Highs next week are predicted to be near or actually above freezing, so I hope we can forget 40 below for the rest of this winter.

The clean snow still shows no sign of melting, but where it is dirty, the sun is eating a honeycomb structure into any south-facing slopes. Luckily the main roads are bare, and the plows have scraped back the berms along the sides enough that what little meltwater there is does not run across the road. There is still white ice at intersections, and the roads were really slick yesterday wherever the pavement had residual ice and snow.

The engineering students at the university build an ice arch every year. After over 40 years up here, I have to say I’m not too impressed with this year’s effort.  But it’s another sign of spring.

(P.S. March 27–all but the anchored corner of the snow festoon collapsed yesterday afternoon.)

#WriteMotivation. My goals for March were:

1. Learn to use at least one legal method of getting images other than photos I’ve taken on my blog. (I’d love to have some shots of Africa on Jarn’s Journal, for instance.) I’ve found 2, not counting using photos from a friend.

2. Continue to blog at least 5 days a week. (I’m doing 7 now, but I’ve signed up for a number of adult classes in March.) March 30 and 31 are the only two days I don’t have a blog either published or scheduled, and I know what I’ll be writing for those.

3. Edit Chs 2 and 9 of my WIP to give more showing, less telling. Done! I finally got to Chapter 9 yesterday morning.

4. Participate in at least one Platform-building challenge–hesitate to commit for more without knowing what they are. The first one’s supposed to be out today.

I did both.

Now if I can just get my taxes done…

I’m skipping around a little in Rescue Operation, as doing it continuously just doesn’t give me good six-sentence fragments. This follows Roi’s explanation of the vote on slaving.

Keishala sighed as she picked up her music tablet. “Come on, Lani. If you’re going to finish that before the concert, we’d better go somewhere else. If it’s going to be politics, neither of us is going to be much help.”

“Anything I can do?” Emeraude asked.

She had seen immediately what the Inner Council had missed–how the citizens of Horizon would most likely react. Keishala and Lelani were dear to him, though right now they were best off preparing for Keishala’s next concert, but Emeraude might be a real help.

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And I know we’re not supposed to do this, but I just have to crow a bit: Tourist Trap is a finalist for the Reader Views Literary Awards!

The sun will rise today at 8:33 and set at 5:37, for 8 hours 47 minutes of daylight. We’re gaining 6 minutes 49 seconds a day now, and the run rises over 14° above the horizon. On clear days like yesterday the sun is blindingly bright on the snow, and tracks are easy to see. Temperatures are actually a little warm for this time of year – lows around 5 to 10 below, highs in the teens and 20’s. Actually much better than a thaw that won’t last.

The hole in the snow festoon is unchanged. I have a feeling that most of the gradual movement of the snow occurs when the temperature is relatively warm. That’s certainly true of glacier ice, and it seems reasonable to expect it of the ice bridges holding the flakes together.

Yesterday morning I saw some quite unexpected tracks. A moose had wandered into the yard and perambulated around it. The end of one raised bed was pretty well cleared off – do moose like lavender and rosemary? I didn’t actually pull either last fall.

It’s not weather, but I’ll be adding to the weather reports for the next month. I’ve signed up for WriteMotivation for March. The Challenges are:

1. Make a list of realistic goals for the month – and achieve them.

2. Make a Blog Post every week (preferably Monday, but if you don’t post on Mondays just add it to the next day you would normally post ). This is to help us keep tabs on our own progress, and for others to cheer us on if it’s a difficult week. Please link to the post in the #writemotivation hashtag

3. Visit your #writemotivation team mates blogs, and participate in the #writemotivation hashtag to cheer people on

My goals?

1. Learn to use at least one legal method of getting images other than photos I’ve taken on my blog. (I’d love to have some shots of Africa on Jarn’s Journal, for instance.)

2. Continue to blog at least 5 days a week. (I’m doing 7 now, but I’ve signed up for a number of adult classes in March.)

3. Edit Chs 2 and 9 of my WIP to give more showing, less telling. (Ch 2 has been on Six Sentence Sunday; Ch 9 is the next section from Tod’s POV.)

4. Participate in at least one Platform-building challenge — I hesitate to commit for more without knowing what they are. The first one’s out today. Wish me luck!

I started posting on Six Sentence Sunday June 11, 2011 and  posted just about every Sunday until the end of Six Sentence Sunday January 27, 2013. Following that, I began posting in Weekend Writing Warriors, Snippet Sunday and most recently in Science Fiction Romance Brigade.  Here are the links to the excerpts I’ve posted. I’ve added a few to other excerpts from my writing.

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Tourist Trap riding scene 6/11/11
Tourist Trap dogs 6/19/11
Tourist Trap blizzard 6/26/11
Tourist Trap ski race 7/3/11
Tourist Trap sailboat 7/10/11
Tourist Trap start scene with Amber 7/17/11
Tourist Trap 7/24/11
Tourist Trap 7/31/11
Tourist Trap 8/7/11
Tourist Trap 8/13/11
Tourist Trap 8/21/11
Tourist Trap 8/28/11
Tourist Trap 9/4/11
Tourist Trap 9/11/11
Tourist Trap end of scene with Amber 9/18/11
Rescue Operation start of scene of Tod’s capture 9/25/11
Rescue Operation 10/2/11
Rescue Operation 10/9/11
Rescue Operation 10/16/11
Rescue Operation 10/23/11
Rescue Operation 10/30/11
Rescue Operation 11/6/11
Rescue Operation 11/13/11
Rescue Operation 11/20/11
Rescue Operation 11/27/11
Rescue Operation 12/4/11
Rescue Operation 12/11/11
Rescue Operation 12/18/11
Homecoming 12/25/11
Rescue Operation 1/1/12
Rescue Operation 1/8/12
Rescue Operation 1/15/12
Rescue Operation 1/22/12
Rescue Operation 1/29/12
Rescue Operation end scene of Tod’s capture 2/5/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 2/12/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 2/19/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 2/26/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 3/4/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 3/11/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 3/18/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 3/25/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 4/1/12
Rescue Operation Ch 1 4/8/12
Tourist Trap Zhaim 4/15/12
Tourist Trap fight 4/22/12
Tourist Trap Control 4/29/12
Tourist Trap Beating end 5/6/12
Tourist Trap Zhaim 5/13/12
Tourist Trap Zhaim 5/20/12
War’s End 5/27/12
War’s End 6/3/12
War’s End 6/10/12
War’s End 6/17/12
War’s End 6/24/12
War’s End 7/1/12
War’s End 7/8/12
War’s End 7/15/12
War’s End 7/22/12
War’s End 7/29/12
War’s End 8/5/12
War’s End 8/12/12
War’s End 8/19/12
War’s End 8/26/12
Who’s Bounce? 8/30/12
War’s End 9/2/12
War’s End 9/9/12
War’s End 9/16/12
War’s End 9/23/12
War’s End 9/30/12
War’s End 10/7/12
More on Pocket Herders 10/10/12
War’s End 10/14/12
War’s End 10/21/12
War’s End 10/28/12
War’s End 11/4/12
War’s End 11/11/12
War’s End 11/18/12
War’s End 11/25/12
War’s End 12/2/12
War’s End 12/9/12
War’s End 12/16/12
War’s End 12/23/12
War’s End 12/30/12
War’s End 1/6/13
War’s End 1/13/13
Horse Power  1/20/13
War’s End 1/27/13

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War’s End 2/3/13
War’s End 2/10/13
Year of the Snake (War’s End) 2/10/13
War’s End 2/17/13
War’s End 2/24/13
War’s End 3/3/13
War’s End 3/10/13
Horse Power 3/17/13
War’s End 3/24/13
War’s End 3/31/13
War’s End 4/7/13
War’s End 4/14/13
War’s End 4/21/13
War’s End 4/28/13
War’s End 5/5/13
War’s End 5/12/13
War’s End 5/19/13
War’s End 5/26/13
War’s End 6/2/13
War’s End 6/9/13
Horse Power 6/16/13
War’s End 6/23/13
War’s End 6/30/13
Horse Power 7/7/13
War’s End (final) 7/14/13
Homecoming 7/21/13
Tourist Trap 7/28/13
Horse Power 8/4/13
Homecoming 8/11/13
Tourist Trap 8/18/13
Horse Power 8/25/13
Homecoming 9/1/13
Tourist Trap 9/8/13
Horse Power 9/15/13
Homecoming 9/22/13
Horse Power 9/29/13
Tourist Trap 10/6/13
Homecoming 10/13/13
Homecoming 10/20/13
Homecoming 10/27/13
Homecoming 11/3/13
Homecoming 11/10/13
Homecoming 11/17/13
Homecoming 11/24/13
Homecoming 12/1/13
Homecoming 12/8/13
Tourist Trap 12/15/13
Homecoming 12/22/13
Homecoming 12/29/13
Homecoming 1/5/14
Tourist Trap 1/12/14
Tourist Trap 1/19/14
Tourist Trap 1/26/14
Tourist Trap 2/2/14
Tourist Trap 2/9/14
Tourist Trap 2/16/14
Tourist Trap 2/23/14
Tourist Trap 3/2/14
Tourist Trap 3/9/14
Tourist Trap 3/16/14
Tourist Trap 3/23/14
Tourist Trap 3/30/14
Tourist Trap 4/6/14
Tourist Trap 4/13/14
Tourist Trap 4/20/14
Tourist Trap 4/27/14
Tourist Trap 5/4/14
Tourist Trap 5/11/14
Tourist Trap 5/18/14
Tourist Trap 5/25/14
Tourist Trap 6/1/14
Rescue Operation 6/8/14
Rescue Operation 6/15/14
Rescue Operation 6/22/14
Rescue Operation 6/29/14
Rescue Operation 7/6/14
Rescue Operation 7/13/14
Rescue Operation 7/20/14
Rescue Operation 7/27/14
Rescue Operation 8/3/14
Rescue Operation 8/10/14
Rescue Operation 8/17/14
Rescue Operation 8/24/14
Rescue Operation 8/31/14
Rescue Operation 9/7/14
Rescue Operation 9/14/14
Rescue Operation 9/21/14
Rescue Operation 9/28/14
Rescue Operation 10/5/14 (Published late.)
Rescue Operation 10/12/14
Rescue Operation 10/19/14
Rescue Operation 10/26/14
Rescue Operation 11/2/14
Rescue Operation 11/9/14

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Both Sides Now 2/14/14
Both Sides Now 2/21/14
Both Sides Now 2/28/14
Homecoming 3/8/14
Homecoming
3/15/14
Homecoming 3/22/14
Homecoming 3/29/14
Tourist Trap 4/5/14
Both Sides Now 4/12/14
Both Sides Now 4/19/14
Rescue Operation 4/26/14
Both Sides Now 5/3/14
Both Sides Now 5/10/14
Both Sides Now 5/17/14
Both Sides Now 5/24/14
Both Sides Now 5/31/14
Both Sides Now 6/7/14
Both Sides Now 7/5/14
Both Sides Now 7/12/14
Both Sides Now 7/19/14
Both Sides Now 7/26/14
Both Sides Now 8/2/14
Both Sides Now 8/9/14
Both Sides Now 8/16/14
Both Sides Now 8/23/14
Both Sides Now 8/30/14
Both Sides Now 9/6/14
Both Sides Now 9/13/14
Both Sides Now 9/20/14
Both Sides Now 9/27/14
Both Sides Now 10/2/14
Both Sides Now 11/6/14