Saturday October 25, 2008 My night mind had worked out some background for “The Brain of Any Tree.” The small detail of how a planet could have trees with brains and Earth-compatible (we can eat them, they can eat us) life was left to me.
Possibilities: 1) Cross-time: this is an alternate version of Earth. 2) A spacefaring civilization arose on Earth at least a few hundred thousand years ago, and terraformed at least one planet before collapsing. The evidence of its existence has been explained as natural phenomena. 3) It’s the far future. Which is what I’ll probably go with.
So far, I have the title and some background. I won’t have a story till I get at least one character (rather than character role.)
***Department of Redundancy Department: United Fascist Union: http://joanne21921.tripod.com/. Found through http://politics1.com, which tries to list every US political party with at least one member. (Including one suspected of being a hoax: the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party.)
Back to the United Fascist Union: “Fascism is the one economic theory that has been proven time after time. It can raise the standard-of-living and improve the quality of life for all citizens fortunate enough to live in a Fascist Country.” The thinkers they acknowledge as intellectual ancestors are Benito Mussolini and Saddam Hussein.
“Let’s be realistic. There are lots of calls for reform, but we have a country in economic meltdown. The globe is warming, the Middle East is in chaos and “Mad Men” keeps teetering on the brink of cancellation. We’re not going to get around to repairing the Electoral College any time in the near future.
“I have given this a lot of thought, and I think our best immediate course of action is to whine a lot.”