My Sky

The smoke around our place is so thick right now, breathing outside burns. Thought I’d show you a picture of my sky. It’s yellower than the camera caught, but just as thick as it looks. Those southern swamp fires you’ve been reading about? This is what it’s like to live about eighty miles away when the wind blows in the wrong direction.

Smoke in the air
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  • hollylisle May 24, 2007 @ 14:56
  • ejoy May 24, 2007 @ 9:36

    I hope it clears up soon. That air looks really thick; my lungs are clogging just looking at the picture!

    Completely off-topic, Holly, a couple of years ago you posted something about taking a busman’s holiday. I remember you saying that Matt strongly suggested working on something other than whatever you were struggling with (Talyn, or maybe Wreck of Heaven?). I’ve searched this diary and the last one, and I think it may have been in the one before that. Do you have a link? I want to blog about the concept and would love to give you credit for the idea, since it was yours to start with!

    Thank you so much for all you do for us soon-to-be’s (formerly ‘wannabees’). Your clinics have really helped get me around learning curves and given me ideas I never would have had on my own.

  • BklynWriter May 23, 2007 @ 22:37

    We’ve gotten quite a bit of smoke over the past month here in Jacksonville. I’d planned to go to Atlanta this weekend, but with I-10 and I-75 closed in spots, it’s just not worth the extra effort. The concern now is whether evacuation routes will be clear in case there is a major hurricane. Stay safe.

  • Ann May 23, 2007 @ 21:37

    Good luck and stay safe. I’ll be praying for rain for you, and everyone in the drought area.

  • hollylisle May 23, 2007 @ 17:17

    We’re good. The wind shifted today, blowing west to east instead of the reverse, and we have clear skies and sweet air. My lungs are much happier. But rain…yeah. Rain would be an excellent fix for the problem.

  • PolarBear May 23, 2007 @ 8:43

    My smoke detector woke me up with three sharp beeps day before yesterday. Do you think it was smoke from GA over my way?

    I can confirm, however, this is not from a reprise of Sherman’s March to the Sea.

    Rain. We need rain. Like Carter said, we haven’t had any since the March 1 tornadoes.

    I second the be ready to move. Always room with me if you need it.

  • BJSteeves May 23, 2007 @ 8:12

    I remember, summer before last, when we had all those brush fires here in Oklahoma, some way to close to home for my comfort, (as in 2 miles or so).

    So I can really understand what you are going through. Lot’s of people with allergies and other breathing problems had to go to special shelters, or temporarily leave the area until the fires were put out.

    Keep up with the reports and stay indoors out of the smoke, and be ready to move if that becomes necessary.

    After all, I want one of my favorite authors to be around to write more great stories.

  • crystallyn May 22, 2007 @ 21:07

    I have friends in Atlanta who are experiencing a lot of smoke right now. Apparently 911 operators are getting calls of concerns for as much as 100 miles away–people thinking that the fires are encroaching upon their houses.

    I really hope that it stays far away from where you are!

  • Chassit May 22, 2007 @ 20:31

    Wow.

    Hope everything clears up, Holly, looks like a pain. We had a big fire a few miles behind my house last year so I know exactly how you feel. Hope you stay safe.

  • Rick May 22, 2007 @ 19:56

    Ugh, sympathy. My mother lives down in Central FL and they’ve been having this problem for weeks. Hope it clears up soon.

  • Jim May 22, 2007 @ 19:31

    Ouch.

    We’re actually getting occasional smoke from these fires in North Alabama, and I’ve been worried about you. It looks miserable — and may be a factor in your migrains. Have you checked out Dr. Pournelle’s web site and followed his link to the Medical Solutions site for the sinus irrigator. It’s been a lifesaver for me.

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