I’m reading Neal Stephenson’s new end of the world novel Seveneves in between my almost feverish bursts of writing – again, finally. I’m sitting here trying to decide whether I’m a Stephenson fan, and I guess I have to conclude that my relationship with his work is complicated. I’m a huge fan of Snow Crash, one of his earlier works. I followed through Diamond Age, and if I recall, I found it somewhat dry and sterile. I paid attention to his later, much more ambitious works, but never really mustered the energy to tackle them. They tend to be massive tomes. When I heard about Seveneves, what with apocalypse being one of my ‘things’, I decided to dive right in.
Well, I don’t know why I felt compelled to write about Hunter when I did, but it seems prescient now, three days after his final ride.
In my opinion, it’s hard to manage a better outcome. He survived more than four years after cancer first arrived. A big round of thanks to Dr. Parshley… She has been excellent, and we are fortunate to have her in town. I know that she has gone well out of her way to help and provide support when we needed it. That’s not the rarest trait among people who devote their lives to animals, but it’s rare enough in general that we should acknowledge it when it comes along.
One of my – one of our – “things” in life is dogs. We particularly like the rescues. My wife does a lot of work on that front, and is fairly successful at finding homes for dogs in need. That’s a good thing on several levels, one of which is that if she weren’t successful, those same dogs might very well end up here. We have six in our home, and that’s enough.
Oh, the temptation is always there. The easiest thing in the world for someone like me is to bond with a dog. My dog, your dog, the neighbors’ dogs, random dog on the sidewalk, dog in the back of a pickup truck in a parking lot, picture of a dog on the internet… You get the idea. But dogs need food, dogs need exercise, dogs need medical care, and most of all, dogs need attention. A six way split for those resources is enough for anyone, so we fight the temptation on an ongoing basis.
Those of you who are patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for me to finish the Renewal story are most likely aware that I’ve been spending the last few years becoming an expert UAV (drone) builder. The reasons I was willing to invest so much in the process are many – and probably worth another blog post at some point. This post is about why, as of last Friday, the UAV industry is on the back burner and writing is once again my primary focus.