New Mexico

Foothills of the Sandia mountains.

My mind always turns to Orion when I visit Sarah; this may be, as Jenai has recently informed me, because Jenai grew up in New Mexico. Or perhaps it is because David is in the military, and thus has a ready answer for (most of) my questions. Regardless, I have been thinking much of Jenai, Peter, the Academy, and the Alliance lately, and it is good to have someone to bounce questions off of regarding plausibility and world building. It is now 2010, which means I am allowed to work on Orion again. I have decided to go ahead and write down scenes as they come to me, even if this year is meant to be spent working on the VSI. The more I think of Orion, the more questions I have, the more I realise I don’t know; the more I wish to do this story justice, the more I wish not to lose sight of the story.

We saw AVATAR in 3-D today, and on the ride home Sarah and I discussed the genre of science-fiction, types, and questions we often ask about aliens and science-fiction that few other people seem to ask: two amateur anthropologists speculating the differences between species and the effects these difference have (or ought to have) in relationships between them and humans. Questions that I try to ask, as a writer to enhance my writing. (For the record, we both liked the movie; it was well done, if at times imperfect.)

In the past few weeks I have walked in the forests of the Carolinas and the desert of New Mexico. There is something about the desert and the mountains that pulls on me. We watched the sunset from the foothills yesterday, and looking out at the expanse that went on and on reminded me a bit of the sea. The open horizon leaves the mind open to think. Life struggles in the barrenness; a hard sky over a flat, dry land. In Scotland I am learning the moods of the sea. Someday I would like to live in the desert, someday I want to learn the faces of the mountains.

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