Cuteness! News! Answers!

Tiny Denizen

The lovely amphibian who graces today’s WW is a Chiricahua Desert Spadefoot toad.  He (courtesy pronoun; I refuse to call animals “it”) resides on the east side of our yard, beneath the desert willow, beneath the Tuscan Blue rosemary.  He is about two inches from nose to butt, if that!  This picture was taken by Jim one evening as we did our usual evening yard ramble by flashlight…

Said rambles have been sporadic of late, as smoke from area wildfires is making it unwise for me to take my breathing apparatus outside, but I hope to resume soon.

By the way, some folks clearly have the impression I live in the country and/or have a lot of land.  Neither is true.  However, cool natural things can be found, even in a relatively small area.  It’s just a matter of looking…  Even if you live in an apartment, there are possibilities. 

Oh…  Wait.  Some of you read this hoping for news relating to my writing life.  This week, I actually have a bit.  First, my new novels, Library of the Sapphire Wind and Aurora Borealis Bridge, are now officially scheduled for release: February 2022 and April 2022. 

I’m working on new e-book versions of Artemis Awakening and Artemis Invaded.  No set release date but, as always when I do a new e-book, there will be extra material related to some aspect of the books.

Star Kingdom book four, a new Stephanie Harrington adventure with David Weber, is turned in.  I’ll let you know when I have a release date and official title.  We haven’t yet started book five, but it’s under contract.  Rumor also has it that David Weber will be turning his attention to the long-awaited next Honorverse short story anthology.  This will include an all-new story featuring Stephanie and Karl on the planet Gryphon titled, “Deception on Gryphon.”

So…  We’ve had cuteness and news.  What about answers?

Last week I asked how my WW, which was largely about rain harvesting, could be also about writing.  There were many excellent answers, and I completely agree with them.  However, I was thinking about world-building.

Very many times when I read an SF/F novel the world-building is macro that doesn’t extend into the micro, unless that micro is a plot element.  However, it’s the little things that make a place “real”—or so I think…  Same applies to characters, not just settings.  Like the tiny toad, the little things count.

Just a passing fancy as I wander off to my labors!


One Response to “Cuteness! News! Answers!”

  1. Sean Says:

    In regards to rain and world building, I remember a western, where the writer made great use of the flash floods to help advance the plot. That also reminds me of several films I remember viewing when younger (as well as more recent films), showing the monsoon thunder storms and the resultant flooding, as you see the water creep across the dry ground like the Blob.

    I also remember a famous blockbuster movie, where it was just thrown out that the young orphan protagonist was a “moisture farmer”, which is why he needed to buy some droids, which droids then changed his life.

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