Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Seen The Lake, Anyone?

I've seen people hauling boats down highways, and taxying planes down runways, but hauling a plane down a runway?


This float is actually on its way to the shop for a check-up. Much more convenient to work on it there than in the lake.

Friday, September 23, 2011

No News Is Not Good

If you’ve paid attention recently, you might have noticed that I posted several sections of my story in August, but I have not posted anything in September. That’s not about to change.

When I posted my character list, I mentioned a major upset in my plot. What happened exactly?

Well, to put it allegorically, I need to digress and describe the kitchen and pantry arrangements at the lodge.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

(Actually, there were more than three bears.)

This is the story of something that happened long, long ago and far, far away. In other words, it happened here, about three weeks ago.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

First Snow

...on Holy Mountain.

We just had rain down here, though.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Shakespeare: What's in a Name?

I’ve spent the past couple of nights with the rest of the crew, watching the first three Pirates of the Caribbean. Since the motto on the front of my writer’s name-book comes from the Chinese proverb that "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names," I decided to post my names for these movies.

Yes, I know that they have names already—or titles rather, and those titles don’t actually tell you what the movie is. So here are my names/subtitles to help you know what these movies are actually about:

Pirates 1: Uh-oh, someone got left behind again.
Pirates 2: Oh, look—how convenient! (The theme borrows very strongly from Wemmick’s wedding in Great Expectations. The plot borrows also the escape from an island prison in The Count of Monte Christo, Han Solo trying to blow out the Ewok’s torches, and the Orcs shooting at Isildur while he’s swimming—and that’s only the first half of the movie...)
Pirates 3: (I don’t actually know how to classify this one, other than the fact it might just have my favorite line ever—“No one move; I’ve dropped my brain!”).

P.S. I am beginning a movie-name collection, which currently includes these other two as well. Post your own favorite names for loved or unloved movies:

Star Wars Episode 3: The stars in their courses…aka “How many more bad choices can we make?” (This movie, in other words, proves Murphy’s Law).
Star Wars Episode 5: Let’s beat up on Luke!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PTA Trivia

We ate moose ribs for dinner last night--along with grilled salmon and veggies straight out of our garden. Oh, and the moose was shot just a couple days ago by a guide/handyman who works for the lodge. He and one of the guys on the ground crew hauled it back by boat, and several people worked at cutting it up. They just finished tonight.

Other things you might like to know about Port Alsworth:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Who's Who in Areaex

Since Emma asked me to post a character list and plot summary, I have been scrambling frantically to figure out both (at least, it was a bit of a mental scramble).

Until recently, I was debating the age-old question that haunts all writers at all times: plot first, or character first? Do I tell you about the action before I tell you about the people, or do I tell you about the people before I tell you about the events that affect them? Unfortunately, my story stalled last week about four paragraphs into chapter 12.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mountains, again

I believe that in a previous post, I mentioned mountains, and wanting to take pictures of one particular mountain. Sometimes, however, it's hard to get a photo of the mountain, since it looks like this:

Or this:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cranberries anyone?

Hike on Sunday, berries on Monday—yes, things do grow up here in Alaska. In addition to a huge vegetable garden, we also have wild berries. On Monday, since we finished our other work early, we spent two hours picking wild cranberries along the roadside (i.e. along a dirt trail between the town’s two airstrips).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tanalian Falls: A Photo Story

I meant to post these pictures yesterday—they’re from a hike we went on Sunday afternoon up to Tanalian Falls.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The road goes ever on and on...

Down from the door where it began…

Actually, the path goes just a couple hundred feet down the hill and then stops. We use it sometimes as a shortcut when we’re busy cleaning the cabins located conveniently near the path—or is the path conveniently located near the cabins?

The cabins—they are the main part, the heart and soul of our work at the lodge.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Moving thoughts--No Reservations

The other girls and I watched No Reservations (2007) a couple days ago. The general reaction? That is was a good movie—good acting, good dialogue, good filming.
It had minor problems with suggestiveness, but actors disappeared behind conveniently closed doors for anything more.

The story was pretty good too. An high-powered, overly-intense chef at a New York restaurant, brought out of her shell and shown the real recipe for life. We all need reminders occasionally that we are more than what we do. We do not become a failure for botching a dish or taking a few days off from 'our' kitchen.

Perceptions and Perspectives

Did I mention trees in my last post?

I don’t know why, but I’ve always pictured Alaska as huge grasslands, mostly yellow-brown. I’ve seen pictures of it, too. That’s a different part of Alaska. Here, we have trees. Yes, trees.

Many trees—rather like Oregon. I haven’t found any oaks or maples, but the hills are full of pines and alders and birches. They’ll turn yellow and gold in another month, about the time the tundra on the mountains turns fiery red.

Plus, the lodge sits on a bit of a hill, and we look across an inlet at a huge peak full of all kinds of wonderful gorges and pockets.