I was going to post about the mythological background of the Arab horse. But we got sad news here in Delaware this week.
If you saw my last post you saw the picture of the young woman sitting with her mare, and I mentioned that Delaware has a very strong Arabian community. On the 21st we lost 11 Egyptian Arabians, one mare is being cared for at New Bolton. The Farm is Yorklyn Arabians and they had a fire.
a Go Fund has been set up to help the family here. If you can donate it would be awesome, if you can boost the signal that would be awesome as well.
- Current Mood: sad
- Current Music:Ascensiion
I am at work for the 8th day out of 21 days in a row... sigh*
I have an idea for NANO - but again I will be away for a week with the crazy schedule. But maybe it will keep me from going crazy.
Just about done with The Almighty Johnsons first season, now I wish I could find the other two seasons.
The Strain - I love the way they have adapted the books, moving some things into the first season that were in the second book. But I kind of feel like they dumbed down Fett
- Current Location:my third job
- Current Mood:sleepy
- Current Music:The Almighty Johnsons 1x8
Also I am doing a series of blog posts about animals in fantasy and historical fiction the intro post is here http://elizabethingleerichards.blog
First off I am going to try to do a “Book of Days” thing. So hopefully you will be seeing more posts from me. It may be bits of writing or normal post stuff. Mind you I am bad at sticking to things so we will see how far I get on that.
Also I saw the second Hobbit movie. I really enjoyed it. Yes the movie deviated from the book and I wonder if he is giving some characters an ‘out’ from the ending they had in the book. I get why he would want to give them an out and I will be alright with it.
- Current Mood: sick
The past three months have been non-stop until about… well,l until July third. Some of it has been good and some of it has been bad, mostly it wouldn’t be interesting unless you are interested in dog attacks on sheep and polio (sheep polio is not what you think, it’s a neurological disease that normally stems from poisoning or over eating) so I’m not going to talk about it, if you want to know I’ll tell you.
Hockey season is finally over. It went better for the Bruins than I expected, but they still fell two games short of the Stanly Cup. Two of my favorites were seriously injured. Although both of them say they will be fine for camp, I can’t see how since camp opens soon. Since then the team has made some weird moves. Basically getting rid of 4 men who play on the right side of the ice - including two men I will miss like crazy and two I don’t care one way or the other about.
I’ve started something new and am 7546 words into it. I have much more time now since the hockey season is over.
How about you all? How have you been doing since I fell off the map?
To give this a little personal context I left for Columbus OH on the 9th and was just returning home on the 15th. I was at a trade show that is long days and tight living. I was sick Sunday night. Monday we left around ten in the morning for our long drive home. I was co-pilot and I was glibly telling the driver about Marathon Monday when I started to get texts that something had happened at the marathon.
Boston lives with one foot in the past. The Marathon celebrates the battles of Lexington and Concord. I know you’ve heard that a million times now, but it can’t be said enough, this is a public Civic holiday. There is so much going on that day; reenactments of the battles, reenactments of the ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes.
It is often one of the first really nice days in Boston and after a long winter everyone wants to be out. Patriots Day is half memorial service and half Bacchanalia and totally, utterly sacred.
I don’t know anyone who hasn’t stayed at the finish line until the last runner had crossed a million hours after the start, totally snookered and talking to people they had just met. It’s just something that you do at least once in your life.
My brother in law had said he might go that year. He had gone in the past. He had decided not to, but it took me about an hour to get in touch with him. Patriots Day in general and the Marathon in particular is personal to Boston. It is ours in a way that no other holiday is.
I have spent a lot of time texting and e-mailing this week. I have been angry, and frightened and sad. My family has been locked down. My family has heard explosions. Hundreds of rounds were shot not far from my old office.
This week has been hard, but hard places make hard people. All Bostonians were wounded by this act even if we weren’t there that day. I doubt that we will ever know why this happened, I’m not sure I care why it happened.
I want my city to go back to normal. I want people to feel safe. I want next Patriots Day to be sunny and I want to see happy locals giveing high fives to strangers again.
- Current Mood: tired
While at work on Saturday, my co-worker and I had a long talk about folk lore and fantasy. So I started thinking about one of my favorite fairy-tails, or maybe I should say groups of fairytales.
When I was little my mother read me Andrew Lang’s “Fairy Book” series. There are twelve books in the series. The first book is “The Blue Fairy Book” and it was published in 1889, the last one was the “Lilac Fairy Book” and it was published in 1910. In that eleven years fairytales went from rather brutal to what we think of them now - Jack went from “Jack the Giantkiller” to “Jack in the Beanstalk”
One of my favorite stories was in the first book and was called “Bluebeard”. Basicly a woman marries a siralkiller and is told not to go into a room in the house they share, of course she does and finds all the dead wives he has had before her. In the version in the Lang book the woman’s brothers save her. I probably would have liked it better if she had saved herself.
That said, Bluebeard is the French version of this type of tale, there other versions where the woman does save herself.
Bluebeard scared the crap out of me as a child and engendered a lifelong love of horror.
Read more about Bluebeard here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebeard