Friday, July 20, 2007

Tree energy

Since one of the reasons I started this blog was to muse and ponder about the book I am writing, I might as well get to doing that. The reason I haven't been very current with my postings is that Have been both working mostly full-time doing my internship and going to school full-time. Needless to say I am glad for the semester to be on to the book wanderings.

The books starts on a different planet that is for now called Yuriel. Yuriel has just been through the AEW or All Encompassing War. This war had a terrible effect on the planet because of all of the volcanoes that were set off intentionally by an evil government power. This government is very two-faced in all of their dealings.

The effects of this cataclysmic war were many, but most important and devastating was the perma-cloud that covered the planet. This cloud cover was so dense that virtually all plant life died. The other terrible effect was that their main source of energy (solar) was taken away from the denseness of the clouds. This government had a back-up plan: they had stored up tons of the solar energy in batteries and they became the only source of energy for all the survivors in their city state.

Their batteries and supply thereof wouldn't last forever so they organized elite research and reconnaissance teams to find a new source of energy. They scoured the battered planet to find something usable, salvaging many things from decimated cities.

One recon plane the gov't sent ahead reported something unusual across the continent from the city-state and their best team was sent in to investigate. Off in the distance they see a green glow and decide to proceed with caution. As they get closer they realize the green glow is coming from a giant grove of trees and the reason they are glowing is because there is a hole into the sky and the sun is shining down on them!

This amazing discovery along with some intense research allow them to take the excess amount of energy produced by the trees and store it in bio-batteries. Voila! They found a new source of this same research they found that humans have light energy as well, just more pure and usually more of it in children...and the government funds (under the table) an organization that steals children to take their light away.

And thus my story begins. (that was all prologue)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Man Who Planted Trees

I just finished watching an animated movie based on a book called by the same title The Man Who Planted Trees. I have seen it before but am always intrigued and moved by the story. The short animated film is narrated by Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) and won an oscar in 1988. I think everyone should at least see it once in their life if not own it. The story talks of a simple man who by the endless toil of planting trees and his love for the land he changes the face of the countryside from a barren wasteland to a verdant paradise in just over 30 years. We have been talking in my landscape materials class (plant ID) about creating microclimates but this man in the story reached so far as to creating a macroclimate. This happened to the Salt Lake valley. When the pioneers found the place where they were to live--it looked like a barren desert(it was). Now it is very lush and green and the climate is much milder--all because (I believe) of trees and hard work. I think that this is the way God has fulfiled his promises to the saints in areas like Utah and Idaho. By their planting of trees to change the almost uninhabitable areas to great places to live.....Well, I have probably said enough for now.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

A new blog and a first of many

I guess I am joining this crazy blog thing too. What I would really like to do is use this to muse on ideas for my book(s) that I am writing (hence the title of the blog). I hope that my imagination is something that will entertain you. I like it. I guess you can't see it like I do but here it goes anyway...