I’m currently knee deep in supply teaching work and trying to work on the Earth Balm Music material, learning much about the limitless possibilities of music software and my limited abilities on the piano keyboard on the way. I have a day’s break today and just as well because I feel compelled to post about the passing of the great Ursula K Le Guin. The news has finally made up my mind for me – she is my favourite author of all that I have read (and she is in some high calibre company with Rosemary Sutcliff, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Philippa Pearce etc.). Her characters are so well developed, her books explore ideas about social systems and politics so subtly and she handles big plot moments so delicately. I’m about to radically thin out my book collection and I’m keeping all of my UKLG books as I know I’ll only regret losing them if I pass them on. Please, let her be known as more than just a science fiction / fantasy author because she was so much more.

Photograph of author Ursula K Le Guin. Source Wikipedia, credit Gorthian.

Here is a quote from Ursula’s Wikipedia page:

Le Guin exploits the creative flexibility of the science fiction and fantasy genres to undertake thorough explorations of dimensions of both social and psychological identity and of broader cultural and social structures. In doing so, she draws on sociology, anthropology, and psychology leading some critics to categorize her work as soft science fiction. She objected to this classification of her writing, arguing the term is divisive and implies a narrow view of what constitutes valid science fiction. Underlying ideas of anarchism and environmentalism also make repeated appearances throughout Le Guin’s work

Olias, relaxing and re-energising

I’ve decided to have a recuperating, relaxing and re-energising day. Now school work, exterior woodwork painting, climbing up ladders or scanning books to get recycled.

I’ve taken the time to actually read the story of “Olias of Sunhillow” from the vinyl album cover I recently retrieved from the attic to send to my mate John. I hadn’t, in all the 37 years that I have owned copies of the album, realised how the story tells the narrative of the recording. “Dwi’n dwp!” The album cover is a thing of beauty (I own three copies) and I spent quite a while just looking at it and feeling the texture of the card (it has a dimpled surface). The whole thing resembles a book cover and pages.

Then I were mostly reading some of Coleman Barks’s Rumi translations. Beautiful poetry.

Olias cover art graphics.
Olias cover art graphics.
Olias cover art graphics.
Olias cover art graphics.