I’m not sure why I’m thinking of this now… Probably something to do with the start of “cedar fever” season in this part of the country. (Or maybe it’s Jon’s fault — you know how fictional people can be sometimes.)
Anyway… The first part of this post is about allergies. And science. It will almost certainly contain both harsh sarcasm and ambiguous jokes. So, y’know, not that different from a lot of my blog posts. 🙂
There’s a woman in Clovis (the next town north of Portales) who used to insist to me that my food allergies are caused by GMOs. “Nobody had food allergies before all these GMOs were around,” she said.
What absolute twaddle!
For one thing, I am certain Bea wasn’t growing GMOs in her backyard vegetable garden back in the late 1970s. (Raising one in her house, yes, but that’s another matter. And as far as I know, no one is allergic to me.) If it’s not just a (pun intended) garden-variety allergy such as people sometimes get for no apparent reason, my problem with green beans is due to pesticides. Y’see, at the time I abruptly became allergic to green beans (they were my favorite vegetable before I almost died of anaphylactic shock after eating some), we lived in a neighborhood that was sprayed for mosquitos every evening during the warmer months. Residents were strongly advised to stay inside during this and for at least one hour afterward — that’s how unsafe it was for humans. The pesticide was absorbed into all the plants in the area, though; washing the vegetables would do nothing to remove it. And if it’s dangerous to get on your skin, it’s probably not good to ingest in high concentrations, either.
But sure, allergies are always caused by the evil of genetic engineering. Things that are genetically engineered are unnatural and should not be allowed to exist… And I’m sooooo not being sarcastic here, of course, because I’m never sarcastic when reacting to overwhelming and potentially dangerous stupidity.
(“Why do you take this so personally, Weaver? Okay, so she thinks genetic engineering is unnatural and immoral, and that anything genetically engineered ought to be eradicated. Why is that any of your business?” *sigh* You’re new here, aren’t you?)
Maybe I’m just thinking about this to distract myself from what’s going on in my twin’s brain right now. Good news for fans of his novels, by the way: As of noon today, the word count on the first draft of The Sleeping and the Dead was exactly 130,005, and he says he could finish this draft before the end of the month. He also says he just wants to be done with this book so he can start on another one… Could be the next book of The Awakening, or could be the sequel to Project Brimstone. (Because I am drawn to… interesting times for fictional people, I was pleased to hear that Dr. Channing will be in the sequel to Project Brimstone. He’s an interesting character with a fascinating backstory.)
…About half an hour passed between when I typed that previous sentence and when I started typing this one; I was on the phone with Paul, discussing how the current WIP is going. He had just finished writing a rather intense and difficult chapter… “Dammit, Paul,” I joked, “you can’t keep coddling your characters like this! You have to allow bad things to happen to them sometimes. Deny them ice cream or something.” (I keep seeing advice to newbie writers that, ‘You shouldn’t make life too easy for your characters — let them have bad experiences sometimes,’ and I keep thinking, ‘Who doesn’t do this already?’ Even Jon, who has been permitted to have a “normal life” for a few years, is about to get pulled into danger again… and because this is Jon, he knows his life is about to be disrupted, and he’s not happy about it. Hell, maybe he’s thinking that the emperor has changed his mind about having Jon assassinated.) Then we discussed the fact that Tebrey has never had ice cream and would probably find the whole concept disgusting. Then we talked about what’s happening currently in the other story thread, and what would happen soon after, when Drake finally caught up with the person he was seeking. “There will be a conversation,” Paul told me, and yes, it sounded just as ominous as that sentence looks. 🙂
So, in addition to any outside editing work I end up doing next month (November is a very slow month for me, but December usually isn’t), I need to dig through memory about characters who will soon (finally!) make their appearances in whatever my clone-sibling chooses to write after he’s done with this draft of The Sleeping and the Dead. (Yes, LR, this means you should prepare to do some beta reading soon-ish. Probably as soon as we have a chance to do a single run-through of the manuscript, plus a round of light copyedits to make sure it’s ready for human eyes. No later than the beginning of February, I’m estimating.) Much to look forward to…