Although it’s been a long time since anyone here has blogged, it’s not because anyone has had overwhelming misfortunes or the perennial Covid. Instead, we’ve had tax nightmares, knee replacement (my husband), and we are trying to have an orderly first quarter for 2022.
On the bright side, another baby orca in the Southern Resident Pod has been spotted!
On a semi bright side, talks are still continuing about how to restore the salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. But as most adults know, talk is just that. Action is what counts. Everybody involved talks the same talk, but not everyone is willing to walk the same walk. This lack of action has been going on for years despite Save Our Wild Salmon Alliance’s efforts to have the Lower Snake River Dams removed. It’s tiring…and shameful. I won’t point fingers at certain individuals since I’m not a resident of Washington State and don’t vote there even though I’m there for months at a time. The inability to make tough decisions is wasting time…and not helping to restore the salmon runs.
On a somewhat brighter side, however, Washington State has removed some dams and has plans for more, increasing long absent salmon sightings…they just can’t seem to make a final decision about the Lower Snake River Dams. And there’s no doubt it’s a monumental one. Somewhere the buck needs to stop, however… Below is a photo from the Seattle Times of the removal of the Elwha Dam.
That’s all for politics…I don’t want to get started on Washington D.C.
Moonlight Mesa will probably be converting Saving Our Oceans and A Beginner’s Guide to Owning a Mule to ebooks in 2022.
For whatever of the many reasons/excuses we’ve come up with, Saving Our Oceans has been a tragic, major flop despite getting off to a great start. First, the title is misleading. It should be Saving Our Water. Maybe I can talk our cover designer, Vin Libassi, into changing that. Second, it’s become obvious that not everyone cares about plastic pollution, water pollution and contaminants, whales, flesh and brain eating bacteria etc. Maybe it’s just too overwhelming and depressing.
A Beginner’s Guide to Owning a Mule has been, hands down, our best-selling title in both 2020 and 2021. However, I had a critical knee jerk reaction when some buyer returned 99 copies of the book (out of an order of 156.) We’ve had a few books here and there returned, but 99 books cost us upward of $900 in return fees. Ingram charges $2.00 a book for returns plus we had to pay for the printing, etc. So, in my hysteria, I all but eliminated the discount and took the book off the “return” category. Naturally sales have plummeted. I may try one more time to give it a higher discount and make it returnable. But that hurt…bad. And I’m now a bit leery. I also have 99 copies of the book to personally sell.
Now that “someone” has seen to it that fuel prices are skyrocketing, it appears that our summer plans are dead in the water. With fuel prices for diesel already hovering around $6 to $7 a gallon in Canada (and who knows what they’ll be come June) we need to reassess the plans and speaking engagements we’d been working on arranging in Canada and Alaska. We’d hoped to donate some 500 copies of Saving Our Oceans to libraries and schools – that plan is now on an indefinite hold. I’d also planned to chart all whale sitings while en route with photos and stats.
FINALLY: I’ll be posting a photo soon of Tippy Canoe, my new “rowing canoe.” Because my skiff is so darn heavy, it’s almost impossible for us to set it on deck on our boat. But Tippy Canoe only weighs about 65 pounds (and that’s even with the carved, varnished row wings and shoe done by my husband.) The boat is quick to respond and super light so it FLYS. My skiff kind of crawled, but I loved it. Still do. Heavier than heck, though.