It would be my style to write "California is burning, again."
Because it is again. It's still a couple of weeks until fire season.
Fires aren't uncommon here, as hurricanes aren't uncommon in Charleston.
Both can be devastating.
Again, reminds us of regularly, which leads to normal, with leads to ordinary.
There's nothing ordinary about disasters. Right now there are eight fires burning in the state. The closest to us is the fire in San Bernardino.
These are devastating, huge fires that will go on for weeks. Here, I watch the sky. It's crazy hot and oppressive and the usually crisp dry air of the desert is heavy.
I worked all day in the studio. In the evening, we sat outside and watched a surfing documentary and the odd-colored sky. I made notes for projects and took a few photos because the light outside was so strange. I'm still playing with the image above-- thought you might like it.
The patio television sits on a salvaged bubble gum machine. I plan to gut the thing and turn it into a bubble gum machine that looks and sounds and runs like I made it.
I don't know when. I've had it for four years. It doesn't even have a place in line yet. That used to bug me to no end, but not anymore. I'll get to it when I need to. Everything's eventual, as Mr. King teaches us.
I wish you well. I hope for everyone affected by the fires, especially the firefighters and their familes. This is really serious stuff.
And, weird enough, there's a hurricane in Baja California currently.
If this isn't the setting for a story for someone, I don't know what would be. I'm going to call Larry Niven. Not for the sake of stories, but to see if he's okay.