Got all the little picky revisions done and have sent the manuscript back to the editor, HOPEFULLY for the final go-round. Frankly, I don't think 99.9% of readers care about all these details, but since I'm trying to make it all perfect, I'm doing it anyway.
Well, the final installment of Harry Potter came out this weekend, and I think they did a reasonable job. Abbreviated, yes, but fairly true to the story. I read one review that found the ending kind of flat—this was obviously someone who hadn't read the book, cause, well—that is the way it ends.
The war is over, your home has been destroyed, loved ones have died, and you will never be the same.
But life goes on, you begin again. A new generation, who may not ever experience the same struggle as you did, moves into place and takes over, with a fresh perspective. And your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to make them strong enough, and hopeful enough to cope with the future struggles that may or may not end up being a part of their lives.
Seems pretty realistic to me.
J.K. Rowling, as a Brit, probably has a somewhat more personal association with that kind of understanding than most Americans. We were, relative to Brits and Europeans, pretty sheltered in WWII. Their countries, in many cases, were all bombed. Cities destroyed, vast amounts of garbage and rubble needing to be put somewhere, their economies shattered, a huge percentage of their young men dead, and everyone else completely traumatized. And this went on for five, or in some places, six years.
So I think the ending of the Harry Potter saga is true-to-life, as well as true to the book. It is a timely version of the eternal The War of Opposites; good vs. evil; the unlikely hero faces the challenge, and in doing so pulls us all out of the wasteland in which our fears have rendered us impotent.
Seems clear to me - if we don't learn to love our home, we're going to lose it—or at least access to it, as IT will most likely survive us, if not entirely intact. So the primary goal of this website is to engender curiosity about something in nature—anything, whether it's an amoeba or the oceans. Whatever does it for you —get active, if you can, or get interested and support, if you're like me and are not able or inclined to tromp around in the woods.
I am an artist and writer, living off grid, in a strawbale house on the high mesa near Taos, New Mexico. I have four cats, and live amongst a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to: coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits (and myriad other rodents), ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantula.
The cats stay in, everything else stays out.