Welcome to the New Florida Keys! Bring your exotic pets and let them go! Give them their well-deserved freedom! Others have--many others--and here is the result: Dead iguanas on the road, and huge snakes
slithering across suburban lawns.
Turtle, birds, fish, snakes, lizards--if it's tropical and exotic, chances are it has invaded the Sunshine State. In fact, according to an article in The New Yorker, there are now so many exotic animal in Florida that the state has started to export them. The Burmese python, a snake that can grow up to twenty magnificent feet in length and weigh upwards of two hundred writhing, slithering pounds, has become a major problem in the Everglades as well as the Keys. What do these monster reptiles eat? Oh, alligators and such--and deer and kitties and doggies and rare birds, too. So far, no human has been crushed and swallowed whole, but, who knows? I suppose then the government would sit up and pay attention.
But enough of Florida. I'm back home now and find I'm too distracted to write--except for this stream-of-conscious blog. My poor fragile attention span has been shattered by recurring thoughts of sailing our new boat, Seawind, down from Long Island, a voyage that could take up to three weeks. I just called the ship yard that is doing prep work on her. She's ready and will be launched today. Am I ready? I'll say yes until the last minute and then I'll find ten things I should have thought of before.
My brother, a part-time delivery captain, is going to crew for me. Should be an fair and fine adventure. We're driving up Sunday, next.
Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal (http://bit.ly/1mMT6ZC). The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/1j3axVk) and Crossquarter.com. Visit the author's website: douglasarvidson.com