Weekly News

Welcome back, all! I’m a sleepy writer tonight. I just finished the first night of conferences for the new school year. These make for looonnngg days. Yawn. Time for a brief taste of news before I fall into bed.

This first story happened in my neck of the woods, and it stunned me. Can you imagine how many butterflies were required to be picked up by radar to the extent shown.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/butterfly-invasion-covers-weather-radar_us_59d672fde4b0f6eed34ef790?section=us_weird-news

This story made me so happy. I love elephants!

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/elephant-rescued-dragged-out-to-sea_us_59652890e4b03f144e2ea8cf?section=us_weird-news

This is a fascinating discovery. It is not the only disease with a possible link to bacteria. We are learning so much about how our bodies work.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171006124004.htm

That’s all, folks! See you in seven.

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Time for another visit with insecure writers worldwide. If you have not yet checked out the image above, you’re missing out. Go flying on a magic jpeg ride and check out a myriad of weird but funny blogs.
Thanks to our wonderful co-hosts for the October 4 posting of the IWSG: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!
Question for the month: Have you ever slipped any of your personal information into your characters, either by accident or on purpose?
Constantly, but not specifically. Let me ‘splain. My experiences, emotions, etc … help form the basis of the emotional landscape, but it is in pieces. When I need to flesh out a portion of a character, I start with the hows, whys, and what ifs that form my own life experiences and then build out. So, the answer is yes, but with so much more nuance than I’ve even described.
Up next, the news.
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This next story had me in total agreement with the bakery until the cleaning part came up. There is no love if your equipment is dirty, dude. Clean that stuff up.
This next one is very sweet. Few people can claim a giraffe in their engagement story, so score a win for the guy.
This is a very sad but interesting look at the opioid crisis. Science once again looks both wide and narrow to solve problems rather than merely moaning about them.
That’s all for tonight. See you back here in seven.
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Tis Wednesday once again, my friends. The final one for this September, yet another month slipping away and making me older. Sigh. I suppose there’s also that wiser piece I could add–no smirking. Hmpf. Time for some distraction-worthy news.

I enjoyed this very much. I know it’s a very Pavlovian reaction, and yet, I still love to imagine this dog in all kinds of scenarios in which she could finagle some cash. 😉

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dog-loves-money-pay-for-treats_us_59c670eee4b06ddf45f84119?section=us_weird-news

A conectomy. Now, that’s a first.

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/27/553917926/it-s-not-a-tumor

And in science, proof that struggle makes us better. Who knew it started so soon.

https://amp.livescience.com/60482-babies-learn-perseverance-by-watching-you-sweat.html

That’s it for tonight. I’m going to go be wiser on my couch with my jammies and a warm throw. Grandma style. :-p

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Happy Wednesday! Fall is here. The Autumnal Equinox evening out day and night, ushering in cooler temperatures. I love this season. I suppose I should stop rambling about the season. You’re here for the news, aren’t you?

I initially clicked on this thinking: don’t flush it, give it all to me. But then, I read the part about the lawyer and the police investigation. Those tidbits intrigued me more. I really want to know what he/she is trying to hide. Questions. I have so many questions.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/money-flushed-down-toilets_us_59c00ac9e4b06f9bf0487865?section=us_weird-news

This man appears to have more heart than brains.

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/20/552269787/hopefully-this-would-be-obvious-don-t-climb-a-mountain-in-your-underwear

This seems morbid, but it’s also fascinating when thinking about the animal side of our nature. Thinking like a scientist, but applying what I think about to character motivations and/or actions.

https://www.livescience.com/60431-do-animals-murder-each-other.html

That’s all for me tonight. See you back here in seven.

 

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Um … happy Wednesday, or should I say, Thursday. (If you can’t tell, I’m shamefully hanging my head). I know you will all be unbelievably shocked to hear that I forgot what day it was–again. I was equally stunned. Since I’ve never done that before ….

Oh hush. I could promise that it will not happen again, but I hate lying. How about some news instead?

I cannot begin to fathom how she could make so many stunningly bad decisions in one night, or how many shades of red she turned as a result. Awful, funny, and then awful all over again.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/liam-smyth-toilet-date-tinder_us_59aefdeee4b0b5e53101a36b?section=us_weird-news

Behold, the Titanic. No, wait! Not an iceberg. It’s a, um … fatberg. 🙂

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/12/550465000/behold-the-fatberg-london-s-130-ton-rock-solid-sewer-blockage

And in science/history news, the oldest photos in the world. These are so cool!

https://www.livescience.com/60387-oldest-photographs.html

That’s it for this extended Wednesday. See you again in six (my head’s still hanging).

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Welcome back one and all. It is that time once again; time for moaning and groaning, whining and, perhaps, some crying. Insecurity is, after all, quite a painful roller coaster ride. Come join us, we tend to have nearby items to soothe such nervousness. Things like: chocolate, cookies, coffee, tea, etc … I’ll let you fill in what the etc could be. I always stick to the coffee and chocolate myself. 😉
We have the following co-hosts to keep the support group on track: Tyrean Martinson, Tara Tyler, Raimey Gallant, and Beverly Stowe McClure!
This month’s question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing?
Yes. Why yes I have. I totally had a James Bond moment as I thought that sentence. Yes, yes I have. Get it?
No?
I guess I’ve had too much coffee.
All right, I guess I’ll just get to my answer. I regularly surprise myself. The truth is that I write through many chapters or scenes before I go back and thread my plotting together with my pantsing. In truth, I only stop once I begin to lose my way. So, when I do go back, and I began reading the individual scenes or sentences that construct each chapter, I will often find nuggets that please me, and, quite frankly, I forgot I even wrote. Early morning writing is at least partly to blame for that as well. Either way, I’m often surprised.
Now, time for some news.
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This first story looks so yummy. Ignore the political twist at the end. Instead, focus on three tons of guacamole. Can you taste it? Oh, I can. Please, sir, can I have some more?
I am grossed out, happy for the frog, and committed to never buy a packaged salad from Target. That’s a lot of feels for one half-page story.
Last but not least, evolution for the win.
That’s all for me, folks. See you back here in seven and some change.
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Welcome back one and all. I hope you are safe and dry wherever you are. Since so many are not in Texas and Louisiana, I’m going to depart from my normal silly headlines tonight. Instead, inspiration and ways to help. #inthistogether #weareonenation

These first two stories show how so many are stepping up. These are just good.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/28/heartwarming-photos-show-how-thousands-are-helping-each-other-escaped-harvey-floods-6885102/ 

From everyday Americans to the most privileged among us. We all need to step up.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/igorbosilkovski/2017/08/29/these-billionaires-have-promised-to-donate-millions-to-houston-hurricane-harvey-relief-efforts/#2953a7e67235

If you want to help with your wallet, click into this story.

If you want a variety of ways to help, click into this one.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546745827/looking-to-help-those-affected-by-harvey-here-s-a-list

That’s all for tonight. Stay safe out there. See you back here in seven.

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