Yesterday my sister brought an animated short film to my attention:
Watch it. It’s amazing. It’s gorgeous, moving, and connects with me for a lot of reasons. It’s always been difficult to explain that I’ve used erosion as plot. People who haven’t grown up on the shore don’t really get to see its effects in their daily lives. Rest assured, erosion is plot.
There’s also something haunting about houses being swallowed up by the sea; it’s tied to the idea of erasure, and the understanding that one house or one life is barely a speck in geological time. That same idea can be quite hopeful: there’s freedom in knowing that nothing we make or do is permanent. And so, yes, following the course erosion can definitely be plot.
A few disappearing and vanished towns: