The bees are getting ready for winter. We’ve taken two jars of their honey–one last spring and one in summer. Each is a different color and tastes different than the other.
The size of the entrance to the hive is smaller for winter. This means the bees have less space to defend against hornets or other things that might slide in for their honey. You can see the wood bar blocking some of their slot.
Adam blogs more about the bees, so if you want more about the bees, read his blog.
I read something recently that made me angry. It doesn’t seem important now, but I’ll show you my response.
I’m still not brave enough to move away from the wall.
We’ve decided to switch to a different printer. I’m glad to be switching, even if it does mean Dewclaw will appear slightly later than I had hoped. The printer we’ve been trying to work with, Lightning Source, is just so inflexible about how they want their files. If Lightning Source were a city, there would be spikes on every rail.
A bee update–
There are two dead drones in the photo above. Drones are males, and they don’t do any work. The other bees may have killed them. Isabella Rossellini’s short movie about bees is funny and, I think, accurate.
Dewclaw 1 has been sent to the printer. Because the printer’s website is a clunker and their layout instructions confusingly written (from a technical writer’s perspective), printing has been slightly delayed. Should be finished by mid-June, I’m hoping.
Once printing is finished, I think I’ll blog something about my experience with the printer we chose (Lightning Source) in case it’s useful to you, who might be contemplating publishing something. If you’ve used a different printer, I hope you’ll let me know how it went. I’m looking for a printer for issue 2.
Submissions for the next issue of Dewclaw will open the first day of summer, June 21, 2009. Here’s what I’m looking for, as posted on the Dewclaw page:
Submissions for issue two will reopen June 21, 2009. Please send words that move around the notion of “under” (sub-). Sub-dermal, sub-lingual, sub-textual, sub-marine. A cross-sectional illustration revealing the foundations of a city to be another city.
Issue two will be a guide book to the under-regions of other books. What goes on under there?
A copy of Dewclaw 1 will be given away in this contest of Blake Butler’s. What a good way to do a contest. No entry fee!
Adam is building a hive, and in April, we’re going to get bees from someone who lives outside of the city and put them in the hive, in the city. Bees are sold by the pound.
Are there people I know who will get tired of receiving honey at each holiday?
Humans swarm, too. I was reminded of that when I watched this video. (sorry if you have to watch an ad for starburst or something first.)
I think that the first issue of Dewclaw will be published in June. But more about that soon.
I’m going to have a story, “Mr. Gray,” in 30 Under 30, an anthology edited by Lily Hoang and Blake Butler. I’m really curious about what this anthology is going to be like. I’m also curious about what it will be like to be covered with bees. I think it will be loud and tingly.