September 6th, 2005

bear by san

The queen of faeries, she cried out, young Tam Lin, this is war--

Progress notes for 6 September 2005:


New Words: 1,524
Total Words: 76,342 / 91,000
Pages: 364

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
91,000 / 110,000
I wish I was as good at naming stuff as H. Beam Piper.

Reason for stopping: quota
Mammalian Assistance:  Sick mastiff. Sigh. A giant dog with a delicate digestion is not in all ways an ideal house pet.
Stimulants: seltzer, Constant Comment
Exercise: none
Mail: There's a somewhat mixed review of Hammered in the NYRSF, for those who want to run right out and pick up a copy. And I just heard that it's gone back for a third printing.

Also, my ink came. Yay! Ottoman Rose, I feel so girly...

Today's words Word don't know: zareba, enkang accelerant
Words I'm surprised Word do know: kraal
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: "This Cross pen is the sort of implement you could stab somebody through the heart with, and then write out his death warrant with." Which was in an email, not in fiction, but I loved it too much not to share.
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945;  Ladislas Farago, The Game of the Foxes; Leigh Richards, Califia's Daughters;
Mean things: Oh no, Brer Fox, not the briar patch
Other writing-related work: n/a
Interesting tidbits: Science proves what horse people could have told you last week--95% of thoroughbreds are descended from the Darley Arabian.; zarq on Al Gore and Barbara Bush. I've always rather liked Al Gore.

There are bright spots in the middle of all the awfulness. A local Las Vegas company, Harrah's Entertainment (the owners of Caesar's Palace, the Rio hotel, and a number of Gulf-area casinos) which was hit hard by the hurricane, are providing their employees in the affected states with 90 days pay and benefits, no questions asked, and also sending a substantial amount of money for hurricane relief. I'm usually pretty snide about the gaming industry, but that's a gesture that deserves a moment of acknowledgment.

Noah's Wish activities in Slidell via shadowhelm

motel666 with a powerful post on hope and survivor's guilt

A complicated and many-sided tale of financial malfeasance centers on the assets of singer Leonard Cohen, who appears to have been taken to the cleaners by his personal manager.
speak truth to power

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This will be the last Katrina post.

Not because I'm not thinking about it, but because it's getting on time to stop talking about it and start doing something about it.

From an email conversation with hernewshoes today:

her:How can they possibly think this is OK? are they going to get away with it?

me:We have to not let them get away with it.

This needs to be a breaking point.

Write a letter to your congresscritter.

ETA this is why you need to raise your voice. (via motel666)

And there it is. If you've given what you can in in terms of time and blood and money, and you still feel helpless, there is one more thing you can do.

Write to your local newspaper. Write to your congresspersons. If you feel the disaster was handled well, you can find somebody to single out for praise. If you feel it was a travesty, there are specific demands you can make.

Demand that the DHS regurgitate FEMA, thank you, and put it back nice where it found it. Demand that FEMA be reinstated as an independent entity with a cabinet-level position for the head.

Demand the impeachment, resignation, prosecution, and/or firing of whichever bureaucrats and/or elected representatives you feel deserving of the whip.

Demand that programs be put in place for the assistance of those displaced by the storm, and mention that you are willing to pay taxes to support those programs.

Complain to the people you pay to do something about it. Demand that they listen. Be loud. Write paper letters: they get more attention than emails.

And come next November, base your votes on their actions rather their rhetoric.

And don't even get me started on the wisdom of pumping the puddle of toxic sludge that New Orleans is currently sitting in untreated into Lake Pontchartrain. We'll be paying for that one later.

But I frankly can't see what else they're going to do about it....
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