Really you guys.
Look at this:
The Caring Owl
This is the best page ever, about an owl that hunts and delivers food to everyone in the house where it lived while it was recovering from being wounded.
Even to the cat!
(I was blog-hopping last night and found the link on this blog, which is also worth a look: Belgian Waffle.)
II. Last night, by chance, I also happened to be reading The Owl Service, by Alan Garner.
It's about some not-very-happy owls painted on a set of plates (that's the "service" meant––dishes––nothing to do with mice or even mail).
Actually, it's a retelling of a Welsh myth about a tragic love triangle in which the woman gets turned into an owl.
The book was recommended by my archaeologist friend Dr H, over at Prehistories (prehistories.wordpress.com). It's very good, and a perfect read for October--spooky and magical. Supposedly for kids, but way more sophisticated than something like Harry Potter. No spoons; the reader has to figure it out herself.
III. Say, Fresca, I hear voices in the blogosphere whispering, aren't you supposed to be turning in your book TODAY????
Why yes, that's true.
But this is research.
Look, I found a connection to sanitation: Toilet paper is a major source of waste. I won't bore you with the statistics (because I can't find them at the moment), but you can imagine, with all of us wiping our bums every day, it's a lot. But, now, at least you can recycle your toilet paper tubes by turning them into owls! Aren't these ones cool?
Looks easy to figure out how, but tips available here.
And now, I am going to make up for my government not working by working twice as hard.
I doubt I'll actually turn the ms in today, but I'm sitting here until I finish the draft of the last chapter.
Then if I do a quick edit, I can turn it in tomorrow.
Wish me luck!