Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Recruiting for Raccoon Commandos

My dog Jasper and I snooped around my neighbor's yard after I got home from work today, by walking up and down the service drive where their trash cans are. The trap and trapped raccoon are both gone.

I was pretty bummed about that, actually, since all day I've been imagining myself as a raccoon savior. I figured I'd march right over there and release the raccoon by using my awesome human intellect coupled with my slightly less awesome (but still awesome by raccoon standards) muscles. And after that I fully planned to stage nightly raids on the Havahart trap, springing it after my neighbors went to bed but before the raccoons were out, which is more satisfying than breaking it and probably won't get me arrested. I even planned to wear a black burglar mask. It seemed fitting. And then, years from now, one day when I was menaced in an alley by a bad guy, the raccoons would come to my rescue!

But as of now, all is quiet on the Raccoon Commandos front. I'll keep you posted.

Okay, so, in writing news: Nothing to see here. Please move along. We are a hedge. Also, I have still not reached the freaking explosion in The Taste of Magic and I am frankly getting really bored with this neverending section. I just hope it doesn't turn out boring to read. I just have to write one stupid conversation before the kaboom! Why can't I manage that? Well, because it's almost all exposition and I have to dole it out carefully to keep it from being an infodump--or worse, turn it into, "As you know, Ana, your friend Ash has escaped from the Tower and is on the run from the guards...."

8 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

You probably wouldn't like what we do to pesky raccoons around our house. But I only do that if I feel any of my other animals are threatened, or if they become unafraid of people.

I did just reach some of the explosions in my story, although they are literally just background noise. You will reach your explosions soon.

K.C. Shaw said...

As long as you dispatch the raccoons quickly and humanely, I understand. Raccoons can be real pests, partly because they're so smart.

Have fun with the explosions! I've decided to hunker down with a Coke and some chocolate, and just stay up and damn well write my way to the explosion tonight if it kills me.

Aaron Polson said...

No explosions here, but I did set fire to a guitar. Kind of a modern funeral pyre sort of thing...

K.C. Shaw said...

I finally reached my explosion! The line I stopped at tonight is "That was when the building exploded." Tomorrow (okay, still today but after I sleep) I get to actually describe the explosion and its fun after-effects.

I haven't set fire to anything yet, though. Hmm.

Catherine J Gardner said...

There's a story in there somewhere. ;)

K.C. Shaw said...

Night of the Raccoons. A gripping tale of terror and revenge! :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

followed up by the thrilling sequel- 'Possum Patrol: Death is Just an Illusion.

K.C. Shaw said...

lol! Possums are just funny anyway.