March 14th, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

So - what's your animal?...

Different animals stir different emotions in me. I am in awe of the elephant; I love lions; I've swum with dolphins, and I cannot begin to describe the sheer joy of the experience.

But if I have a totem animal, it is the wolf. What I feel for the wolf is greater than just affection or admiration - it's a connection, something that feels like it's out of a true dream, a sense that there is An Understanding. I look into those yellow eyes, even just in photographs, and something moves in me. I remember one time, I was in Banff, it was mid-winter and there was snow up the wazoo and it was FREEZING and it was early evening and the temperatures were dropping even faster - hardly the circumstances to linger - when I noticed a man, a boy, and a German Shepherd pup out for a walk. I asked if I could say hi to the dog, and the man assented, so I crouched down and called to it - and it lolloped over, all paws, and then lifted its head and *looked* at me. Through me. With eyes that glowed gold in the night.

I said, "What kind of dog *is* this?"

The man shrugged and said, "Let's put it this way. His momma ran away into the woods... and came back pregnant."

I stood there for a long time, after, my eyes on them as they walked away - the man, the boy, and the son of the wolf.

I'll never forget those eyes.

Now I've discvoered this place:

and I WANT. I was even looking into driving up from Anaheim in conjunction with WOrldcon - but the place is too damn far away for a day trip which leaves any time to spend with the wolves, and I don't have time for a longer trip, not then.

So I'll simply have to plan on visiting Wolf Mountain another time, and make a special trip if I need to. I've swum with dolphins; now I want to kiss a wolf.
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

I'm a-travellin' tomorrow morning...

...on my way to Lunacon starting Friday - I'm coming in to the East Coast a day early because I"ll be hobnobbing in New York with my agent and a couple of editors on the 16th. I *will* have my laptop with me, but access will depend on how exorbitant the charges are at the hotel I'm staying at - so I may or may not be able to read mail or post on LJ. However, a couple of people mentioned that they might be turning up at Lunacon itself - my schedule is up on my website - if you're there, come and say hello! (I've got a signing scheduled together with the Guest of Honor - oh joy - it means an hour sitting there staring at someone else's queue - always guaranteed to be a boost to the ego, isn't it...? )

So. Bag packed, ready to go, leaving on a jet plane tomorrow. Maybe I'll see you there. If not, see you when I get back. If not before. You know what I mean...