Virginia Arthur

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Out September 2018, my new Eco-political 'friction' novel (e-book), Treed:

A consequence of getting older is current experiences inevitably get threaded to memories as Maybelline Emmons learns when she embarks on what she thinks will be a simple road trip to find a tree. She experiences something so confounding, painful, yet transformational, none of which she signed on for, her evenings drinking Pinot, watching her hummingbirds...this was always enough. This passionate yet comic story revolves around efforts to save an old-growth tree but things go off the rails in a compelling, edge-of-your-seat way. Per Virginia Arthur's two previous novels, Treed will curl the tendrils of your heart and blow your leaves off.

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Virginia Arthur Per getting a rash of it about the cover of my book, much of it from people that know me, let's just get this out in the open, discuss it, and move…morePer getting a rash of it about the cover of my book, much of it from people that know me, let's just get this out in the open, discuss it, and move on. Please. It's what's in between the covers that I...uh oh...of the BOOK, damn it!! Gawd!

Field biologists get hired to do "construction monitoring." This is a regulatory requirement of many public agencies. It requires the developer to hire biological monitors to make sure sensitive resources are protected during construction. If the monitor is not a pansy-ass and does his/her job, it does help reduce environmental impacts particularly to wetlands and riparian areas; but for endangered species, it can feel ludicrous. Your job is to avert your eyes as the habitat is destroyed yet try to "save" any individuals that show up.

How do construction workers feel about being "monitored", 99.9% of them men? I'll let you contemplate this.

Years ago, I was monitoring a construction site with three other monitors, one of which was a stunning, buxom, intelligent, and strong woman I will call "Vanessa." She was also a damn good field biologist. She got full compliance from the construction guys meaning they stayed out of every area she stipulated they stay out of (and no smart ass comments here. I'm talking no backhoes in the creek and stuff like this. Focus, please).

She did her job professionally, without flashing her 'buxoms' around while at the same time, she was a very feminine woman. It was impressive.

The first draft cover of my book was of a skinny, bespectacled nerdy girl with binoculars that very conveniently fit the absolutely inaccurate stereotype of the "girl" field scientist/naturalist (i.e. what I look like). It was very convenient when I settled on this version of Ellie except I didn't. Instead, I remembered Vanessa--her beauty, her power, and intelligence. I absolutely refused to make Ellie into the stereotype. Why can't a woman field scientist be beautiful, sexy, and strong because you know what? They can be and they are. Sorry.

So enough already about the cover. Just read the damn book.

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Virginia Arthur So far so good on this one though I have reached the point of insanity with editing which I cannot stop doing. I am an incessant and chronic editor,…moreSo far so good on this one though I have reached the point of insanity with editing which I cannot stop doing. I am an incessant and chronic editor, this then grades into a re-write, then I can't finish anything. For now, my imagination knows no bounds which means a simple edit turns into a total re-working of a sentence and the next thing I know, I am adding in a new character. (Sht! Who is this now? Where did SHE come from? Go AWAY!"). There is no block because right now at least, my books are writing me. I am not writing them. (less)
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How You Know It's Christmas in America.

"Damn-it Ashley! I told you, do NOT climb out of the cart! NATHAN!"

And so it went, no doubt at multiple locations in the store, over and over, all day. I just smiled and whispered, once again, "thank you Jesus", that I don't have to go through...having given birth instead to multiple rescue dogs over the years that in some cases make me wonder why I just didn't have kids but I diverge...

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“If you want to know why the human primate behaves the way it does, I can easily explain:

1. human life span
2. human physiology at each stage of life="hormones"
3. our current state of evolution (still primitive in many ways).

Humans are the only species on earth aware of their own deaths. They aren't here for long so they are very concerned with the quality of their lives more so than the quality of the lives that will come after them. It is our life spans that trap us, make us truly incapable of long-term decisions which would require sacrifice we as a species are not willing to make.

Hormones: at each life stage, we are influenced heavily by hormones-raging levels in the young male or not, descending in the middle aged man or woman. Hormones also influence our behavior.

Lastly, we are not out of the oven yet as far as evolution goes, still prone to settle our differences through primitive means--greed and violence.

Here is a thought question for you-how would things differ if the average human could expect to live 200 years instead of 70+-?”
Virginia Arthur

“As the human population continues to grow, it will become harder if not impossible for the human species to manage itself.

This has potentially catastrophic implications.”
Virginia Arthur

“Since Jay died, the past few fall and winter seasons, when the days grew short, there were days she didn’t get out of bed except of course, to go the the bathroom, grabbing wine and snacks from the kitchen on her way back to bed.”
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“Human nature scares the hell out of me.”
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“There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings. The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of bloom drifted above the green fields. In autumn, oak and maple and birch set up a blaze of color that flamed and flickered across a backdrop of pines. Then foxes barked in the hills and deer silently crossed the fields, half hidden in the mists of the fall mornings.

Along the roads, laurel, viburnum, and alder, great ferns and wildflowers delighted the traveler's eye through much of the year. Even in winter the roadsides were places of beauty, where countless birds came to feed on the berries and on the seed heads of the dried weeds rising above the snow. The countryside was, in fact, famous for the abundance and variety of its bird life, and when the flood of migrants was pouring through in spring and fall people traveled from great distances to observe them. Others came to fish the streams, which flowed clear and cold out of the hills and contained shady pools where trout lay. So it had been from the days many years ago when the first settlers raised their homes, sank their wells, and built their barns.

Then a strange blight crept over the area and everything began to change. Some evil spell had settled on the community: mysterious maladies swept the flocks of chickens, the cattle, and sheep sickened and died. Everywhere was a shadow of death. The farmers spoke of much illness among their families. In the town the doctors had become more and more puzzled by new kinds of sickness appearing among their patients. There had been sudden and unexplained deaths, not only among adults but even among children whoe would be stricken suddently while at play and die within a few hours.

There was a strange stillness. The birds, for example--where had they gone? Many people spoke of them, puzzled and disturbed. The feeding stations in the backyards were deserted. The few birds seen anywhere were moribund; they trembled violently and could not fly. It was a spring without voices. On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, jays, wrens, and scores of other bird voices there was no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh.

On the farms the hens brooded, but no chicks hatched. The farmers complained that they were unable to raise any pigs--the litters were small and the young survived only a few days. The apple trees were coming into bloom but no bees droned among the blossoms, so there was no pollination and there would be no fruit.

The roadsides, once so attractive, were now lined with browned and withered vegetation as though swept by fire. These, too, were silent, deserted by all living things. Even the streams were not lifeless. Anglers no longer visited them, for all the fish had died.

In the gutters under the eaves and between the shingles of the roofs, a white granular powder still showed a few patches; some weeks before it had fallen like snow upon the roofs and the lawns, the fields and streams.

No witchcraft, no enemy action had silenced the rebirth of life in this stricken world. The people had done it to themselves.”
Rachel Carson

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
Edward Abbey

“Technology... the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it.”
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“As the human population continues to grow, it will become harder if not impossible for the human species to manage itself.

This has potentially catastrophic implications.”
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Sarah (SB) ღ Thanks for the invite Virginia :) don't worry, it will all seem less foreign very soon.


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