IWSG and Weekly News

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The beginning of December is here, which makes it IWSG time again. It truly hit yesterday, but I was so tired last night that I just didn’t have it in me. So … today is the day.

Many thanks to our illustrious leader and the others who volunteered their time to co-host this month: Alex CavanaughJulie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!

The question for December is: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Nothing. I’m firmly of the mindset that every decision has led me to where I am, and where I am, especially with my writing, is where I want to be.

Now, that does not mean that this year was easy. It was, in fact, one of the hardest writing years of my life, but it has produced the best book I’ve yet written. (Not hard to do given it is only my second book :)) But the level of what has come out of me is far above what I realized I was capable of, especially given the fits and starts of the early drafts. So, as I mentioned in the beginning, I would not undo a step along the way. 2017 came in with a butt kicking in mind, and apparently, it was exactly what I needed to get ‘er done.

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Time for some news.

This first story is funny, a little off-color, but ultimately really cool. Anything can be a time capsule, people. 🙂

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jesus-statue-butt-message_us_5a24eff7e4b0a02abe92146e?section=us_weird-news

Any one of us would have done the same. I smiled each time she started to giggle. Laughter really is contagious.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tv-weather-forecaster-caption-fail-viral-video_us_59f1aff8e4b0438859156857?section=us_weird-news

And in Science news, yetis are bears with an evolutionary twist. It looks like what many have waved away as mere legend may actually be a distinct branch of the bear family isolated in its development by the peaks of the Himalayas. Fascinating find.

https://www.livescience.com/61048-yeti-hair-dna-analyzed.html

Well, that’s all for me tonight. See you back here in six.

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Weekly News

Wednesday has arrived, the final one of November. The weather is shifting. Winter is coming, and Christmas will be upon us before we know it. Yet again I bemoan time. Are you rolling your eyes yet?

Yeah, I get it. I’ll shut my trap and get to the news. 😏

This first piece is oddly satisfying. The best part is the excitement of the announcer.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/slippery-stairs-japanese-game-show_us_5a13fd14e4b0aa32975d8fc0?section=us_weird-news

This makes me feel old.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/warning-1988-home-video-of-a-kid-getting-nintendo-is-intensely-nostalgic_us_5a1c68b2e4b0e9bc3368d247?section=us_weird-news

Kind of blows a hole in the assumption that all ancient life developed around rivers, seas, ports, etc … Science once again deepens our knowledge.

https://www.livescience.com/61039-ancient-indus-civilization-survived-without-rivers.html

That’s all folks. See you back here in seven.

 

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Weekly News

Happy-day-before-Thanksgiving! Or, Thanksgiving Eve if you prefer. 🙂 I had a productive editing day, so I’m in a pretty thankful mood myself. I hope all of you similarly have some thing(s) to be thankful for. Time for the news.

This first story features inexplicable places to awe you. The park that floods for part of the year is the only one I question as being scientifically inexplicable. The rest … well, see for yourself.

http://definition.org/scientifically-unexplainable-places-exist/?utm_source=aol&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=DEF_US_D_AOL_36654_9811&utm_content=352137

I see what you did there, Amazon. Nice move. 🙂

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/amazon-customer-bemused-after-bubble-11562109

Science is as thankful for the wine you drink on Thanksgiving as you are. I heart science.

https://www.livescience.com/60981-surface-skimming-minibots.html

That’s it for me tonight. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate. See you back here in seven.

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Weekly News

Welcome back, Wednesday. You are very welcome this week. I am now on break through the end of next week for Thanksgiving. I won’t be resting, I have way too much editing for that, but I get to work in the peace and quiet of my house. It can’t get much better than that.

Time for the news.

This first story is just Ironman cool. Like a real jet-packed fueled, exoskeleton-wearing man.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/richard-browning-iron-man_us_5a0394e5e4b0f76b05c34011?section=us_weird-news

This guy is so lucky to be alive. It would be so surreal to watch a nail beating along with the beats of your heart. Healing thoughts, dude.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nail-pierces-mans-heart_us_599468f6e4b04b1933624044?section=us_weird-news

What an incredible place, both culturally and scientifically. I can only imagine the eeriness of workers continuing to toil away with statues of their friends and family overseeing their subterranean efforts. Rest in peace to all workers memorialized in salt, whether still in their carved forms or long eroded away.

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/science-works-save-salty-world-treasure

That’s all for tonight. See you in seven.

 

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Weekly News (A Little Late)

It’s Friday. The weekend. The source of exuberance worldwide. You may be confused about this showing up on Friday instead of my normal Wednesday. Or, if you’ve frequented this blog, you may not be confused at all. I, uh, kind of missed Wednesday this week. No specific reasons as to why. One day just slid into the next with little or no notice paid by me–ya’ know, the normal nearly mid-November slide. Never heard of it? Yeah, neither had I before this week. Time for the news delayed by said slide. 😉

This first story features one hard core koala. I am so glad she’s okay.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/koala-survives-ride-behind-car-wheel_us_59be9147e4b0edff971ccf66?section=us_weird-news

This is so cool. I want to visit this exhibition.

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/on-japan-teamlab/index.html

My science posting this week also features incredible images. The ocean is full of an immense array of life which puts on quite the night display. I see you, ocean. I see you.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170818-five-amazing-things-that-happen-in-the-ocean-at-night

That’s all folks! 🙂 Have a great weekend. See you here in seven (or five). 🙂

 

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Happy November all! Time for yet another posting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG).

Our amazing co-hosts for the November 1 posting of IWSG are: Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton,MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass.

This month, many writers are beginning Nano, and as such, the question pertains to finishing Nano projects. Since I am not, and have never participated in Nano, I will just wish all the participants my best. I feel your pain/anxiety/stress/anticipation/etc… Good luck and happy writing.

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Time for some news.

This first story is satisfying to watch. I don’t know why, but it is. Enjoy!

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/watch-lots-of-buildings-blow-up-in-seconds-during-controlled-blast_us_5989c6a9e4b0d793738a4244?section=us_weird-news

I wonder if the buyer is acquainted with the definition of irony.

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/25/559963919/albert-einsteins-quote-about-living-a-modest-life-sells-for-1-3-million

In science news, sand nearly levitating on boiling water would be a sight to behold. So fascinating!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171027085747.htm

That’ll do it for me tonight. See you again seven.

 

 

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Weekly News

Welcome to a wily Wednesday. It was beautiful and 80’s today in my neck of the woods; a stunning day to lure us into a fall sense of complacency. Tomorrow’s forecast? Snow. :-O

Some have described our weather as bipolar. That seems about right. Time for news which is no less wacky.

This first story shows a certain brilliance in marketing. KFC has stepped up its game in the last few years.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kfc-twitter-following-11-people_us_59e9d435e4b0f9d35bc9e7ee?section=us_weird-news

Yeah, talk about a smart criminal.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/weird-news/man-calls-for-help-after-getting-stuck-hiding-from-police

Evidence that concerted efforts to protect our planet works. We need to continue down this path.

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-investing.html

That’s it for tonight. See you again in seven.

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