The most alien sunrise I have ever seen walking to the bus stop Wednesday. Nothing fancy about the sky, which was clear in the east with the swelling light and colors of the twilight before dawn. But wherever there were unshielded man-made lights on the ground, there were pillars of orange light rising from the ground upward. Hard to explain--like an extended sun-dog, but not so bright of course. There were a bunch to the north, some scattered around the west and more in the south, just one in the east that was swallowed by the increasing brightness as I walked. It really was eerie at first, like some sort of mass alien landing, until my science-loving brain worked it out. What was coming down at the time wasn't snow, and it wasn't freezing rain, sleet, or ice pellets. It was tiny flat flakes of ice, very fine and nearly suspended in the air. I'm sure the Inuit (and Gethenians!) have a name just for it, but it's a type of winter precipitation I've rarely if ever seen. And it was the ice crystals refracting the light that caused the strange effect. Really a walk to the bus stop to remember!
Another delight that day, this one at work, when my coworker Kathy discovered--'Il Divo' is coming to Minnesota!!! (Excel Energy Center, July 8th.) Needless to say, I can't afford $800 for a second-row seat; the only seats I might afford are a half-mile away (so to speak). But how neat! =D
Today's treat--getting an LJ PM from someone I haven't heard from in a year. Good to know he's still alive and kicking, and a delight to get his compliments on my fourth book perseverance.
Okay, break's over now. Back to inspecting every single hyphen in book 4. 77 pages down, only 204 left to go! (Anybody have a spare straight-jacket? I might need it soon...)