Essay — Summer Weather Forecasting is for the Birds

Weather forecasting is for the birds—bluebirds, that is.

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Image Source: HL Carpenter

Here in Carpenter Country, the magical place where we write, we offer room and board to local avians in exchange for the pleasure of their company. We built two of our community birdhouses especially for bluebirds, and they’ve been continually occupied over the years.

During that time, the bluebirds-in-residence have followed the same routine. In spring, for warmth, they raise chicks in the box that sits in full sun. In summer, to keep the nestlings cooler, they use the quarters that occupy a shady spot close to a leafy Sycamore.

Last month, Mr. and Mrs. Blue reversed the procedure and built a summer nest at their spring address.

We’re pretty sure bluebirds don’t move house because the kitchen in the new place is equipped with great appliances or the bathroom has a hot tub. We think they’re more into the realtor’s creed of location, location, location. They decide—in advance—which location will offer the best conditions for the survival of their chicks.

So, are bluebirds better at long range forecasting than human meteorologists?

Turns out they are. Every day during the month of July, the weather people predicted an occasional shower and lots of sunshine. But the birds knew July would be cloud-covered and rain-soaked.

Perhaps forecasters should watch birds instead of computer models. How about putting bluebirds on the air? A live-stream webcam of bluebird activity would be more interesting than swirling maps of radar simulations. And, given the accuracy of recent forecasts, Mr. and Mrs. Blue would earn their salary of insects and berries.

What do you think? Is employing bluebirds as forecasters an idea whose time has come? Or could it only happen in Carpenter Country, a place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue?

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 51

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JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

*****

Continued from Installment 50

 

She pulled her gaze from Jack as Tenspot walked to the hole, knelt and started digging with his hands. She’d been fighting her feelings for Jack, but the fear she’d felt when she thought he was hurt revealed the truth. She could no longer tell herself it was too soon, too impossible. She remembered what Cori had said after her first date with Charlie. When you find the right one, there’s no question. Your heart knows.

Her heart knew.

“I got it!” Tenspot tugged Jack’s boot out, drawing her attention back to him. He set the boot on the ground and widened the gash around the root even more. He lay on his stomach, and peered into the pit. “Hey! I see water gushin’ down there. And something shiny.”

Jack said, “Shiny?”

“Yeah. Shiny and round.” Tenspot reached into the hole. When he drew his arm back, a silver medal attached to a broken chain dangled from his fingers

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse.Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

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JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Continued from Installment 49

 

“No scratches, no blood, only water.” Nessa let out the breath she hadn’t been aware she was holding. “When Tropical Storm Kyle passed through, a pool of rain must have collected in the gap left by the tree roots.”

“I guess that’s the water Harey found.” Jack smiled at her and took her hand again, though his face was sad. “Thanks, Nessa.”

“When I heard you yell, I was so scared—” She gripped his fingers as words failed her. How had he come to mean so much to her, so quickly?

Tenspot said, “Hey, what’s with you guys? Let’s get movin’. We gotta find Harey.”

Nessa said, “You’re right, Tenspot. Why don’t you get Jack’s boot?”

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse.Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

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Top Drawer News — Jack and The Review!

Rain’s been falling here in Carpenter Country most of the week. The days have been drizzly and damp.

There’s been thunder and lightning, too, just to liven things up.

We like rainy days. And the rose bush does too.

Image source: Free Picture: Pink Wet RoseID: 182353 © Tiffany Toland Dreamstime Stock Photos

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But after a week, rainy days get kind of old.

And then we spotted this:

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

Image source: Screenshot by HL Carpenter

You probably remember Deborah McKnight, author of the novel, Of Dreams and Shadow-Forget Me Not (Book 1) from a previous Top Drawer News post, back in February. Deb was kind enough to share space with us on her blog, Novel Notions.

Well, today, Deb featured a review of Jack and The Fountain of Youth on her blog! A really nice review that she also shared on Amazon!

Thanks, Deb! You added a rainbow–or two–to our week!

Image source: LeonardoWeiss (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0  (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Installment 49

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JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
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*****

Continued from Installment 48

 

The wetness had melded the leather laces into a tight, slippery knot. She tugged at it, worry making her fingers clumsy. Tenspot hovered behind her, muttering about wishing he’d remembered to bring his pocketknife.

When she finally worked the knot loose, Jack crabbed backward, pulling his foot free. The abandoned boot and sock stayed in place, plugging the opening like a cork in a bottle. Nessa rocked onto her heels, shaking dirt from her hands, as Jack leaned back on his elbows. He flexed his ankle. “It’s not broken.”

Tenspot said, “If it was, I could set it with a tree branch.”

“I’m glad we didn’t have to put that remedy to the test.” Nessa stood up. “Let me check for cuts.” She rolled up the leg of Jack’s jeans, the dirt making dark outlines of her hands on the denim, like Indian paintings on a cave wall.

Tenspot crowded closer.

Jack sat up, craning his neck around the boy’s head. “See anything?”

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Also by HL Carpenter:

The SkyHorse.Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Taxing Pecksniffery. Flying frizzles! The year is 2176, a rebellion is brewing, and the boss wants a recon report. Ichann Count is all wet as a spy, but she plunges into the fray. Will she emerge with her memory banks intact?

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