April 27th, 2007

Ann Vole

Doors seem to be made poorly on purpose

I have to fix my front door constantly due to the abuse the door is experiencing. Due to the insulation inside the steel-clad door, there is not very much wood on the outside for attaching the hinges and handle to. This wood is about 1/2 inch thick and made of short pieces of pine (one of the wimpiest types of wood). I thought I would shop for a better door and was surprised to find very few that were better. I got a book from the library on how to make doors and it is very easy to make very strong doors with high insulation value. Why manufacturers do not make such doors is beyond me. It looks like I will be making my own doors soon simply because they do not exist as a manufactured door and security is important to me in a place where every month I get someone trying to ram the door open.
Ann Vole

Genetic anomolies as characters

Here is a Russian animation about a curly quilled hedgehog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXwM8qYv4JM

There are a number of genetic anomalies as characters which can be an uncomfortable subject for me but at the same time my stories are full of such characters. Kid's entertainment often seems to thrive on things like size (Clifford the Big Red Dog, many cases of characters born very tiny - Thumbellina take-offs) or use species differences between anthropomorphic characters but there are a few with clearly genetic anomalies and the story centers around the reaction that others have towards this freak of nature.