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Writing is such an internal process. Why not make those private ruminations public? This is how stories take shape and grow.

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Location: Happy Valley, Oregon, United States

I've been supporting myself as a writer for many years and am watching the changes in the publishing world with fascination. For me, sharing the craft, teaching, is as creatively satisfying as the writing process itself.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Globally Warmed Tomorrow

Patrick Swenson, of Fairwood Press, just emailed my the new cover for Water Rites, due out in January or February. The cover is GORGEOUS, isn't it? I love it, and it really expresses the heart of the novel. I hope this is not our tomorrow:
We failed to check global warming. In this dry future water is the most valuable resource. It is power. And in the US, the Army Corps of Engineers has become the guardian and keeper of water. Life is metered by water – by it’s lack and its location. And who controls it.

Major Carter Voltaire, newly in charge of The Pipeline, the enormous water project that keeps much of the western US alive, finds himself standing between thirsty locals and the need to provide water to the many. He has seen devastating water riots and must find a way to prevent that from happening here, while protecting precious water.

There are no good answers.
Let's hope we don't live this future.


Blogger Kami said...

Great to see you posting again!
I think it's hard to conceptualize drought and low water conditions when you're living on the west side of the mountains in the Pac NW. We have those dry summers but 'the rains always come.' It really is scary to look at the possibility that they may not. Wouldn't take long for us to take the water table down to a point where wells can't reach.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Mary Rosenblum said...

Yeah, no kidding, Kami. I remember...I think it was 1978...when Hood was still snowless at Christmas and people were panicking about the drought predicted for the following summer. The rains did come. That time. It would have been real ugly if they had not!

11:12 AM  

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