In the jolly chaos following the holidays and the new year's paperwork (we changed health insurance companies, among other things), and the usual piled-up medical appointments (including some expensive ones for my cat Silverdot), I haven't had much time for writing. ...Except, that is, for finishing off a short story intended for the next Darkover anthology, which I just sent off (cross fingers).
However, I did manage to make it to yesterday's LAFA filk -- thanks greatly, Lee and Barry. It was really nice to do some singing again, with live feedback, even via Internet. And in between songs we caught up on news, gossip, the usual stuff everybody's been missing during the damned lockdown.
I forget who brought up the subject of the Garbage Crisis, but I knew something about how to deal with it. I've been doing some Internet searches, and learned a bit about Catalytic Depolymerization -- which is the best way to deal with trashed plastics. Basically, it's a heat-and-chemistry process that breaks down any polymer -- and all plastics are polymers -- into fuel-oil and pure minerals. This process could clean up the oceans and the surface of the Earth in ten years or less, making profits all the way, but there's some unseen economic war being waged against it here in the US. I mean to do my part in the battle by advertizing the process so that as many people as possible know it, and I thought that a great way to do that would be to write a song about it.
The problem, as I explained to my fellow LAFA filkers, is that "catalytic depolymerization" is hard to rhyme and harder to scan. We tossed the idea around a bit, and came up with a possible tune -- "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", from the Mary Poppins movie -- provided you stretch one syllable for two beats. I managed to work out a chorus of lines:
"Search out Catalytic De-polymerization.
It can clean the garbage up, in this or any nation.
It can make a million jobs and hammer back inflation,
So look up Catalytic De-polymerization."