Going to the Birds (Again)
I’ve done it again (my badgering at its best). This time I convinced hubby to build a kestrel nest box. (Remember when I begged him to install hummingbird nests and the hummingbird cam? That was after the first time he built platforms for our nesting roadrunners – all at my insistent whining urging).
Hubby scrounged for leftover building materials to construct the nest: unused wooden countertop remnants, plywood, house supplies.
According to The Arizona Game and Fish Heritage Fund, the nest box should be up by March to attract nesting kestrels. Nice to be ahead of the game for once.
The thing we’re learning about birds: if you wish to attract them, you must build the best possible nest, suited to each specific bird. You must have things just right so the bird can step in and out, enter and exit, hunt and protect its young.
For Writers/Readers: Building bird boxes … building fictional worlds … They’re not so different, are they?
Writers: Similar to a bird-box builder, we secure the right materials – voice, engaging characters, setting, unique plot, lively dialogue, conflict – building the best possible novel to attract agents, publishers and – most importantly, readers. I’ve been talking a lot with friends lately about ‘what’ seems to be attracting the attention of publishers these days. What do you think? Shorter books? Longer books? Certain genres? Particular themes? Specific writing styles?
Readers: What kinds of books are you attracted to? What makes you swoop in and investigate a book? Do you think a country’s “mood” dictates the type of fiction people wish to read – i.e. lighter fiction during hard times, darker fiction during up times? Does it matter? What books make you feel at home in your nesting box?