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Happy Wednesday! It is a million degrees over here. Again. I’m melting. I’m melting. He he. If you need a distraction from your quickly melting lives, I’m here for you.

This first story shows a kangaroo who knows he’s the shit and will go where he wants to go.

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/29/624357112/kangaroo-brings-soccer-match-to-a-standstill

This made me admire soccer fans from Japan and Senegal. Nice!

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/20/621726977/world-cup-fans-clean-up-after-themselves

If this study bears out, significant change could be in store for the coral reefs. There are so many connections within ecosystems. I heart science!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711131201.htm

That’s all for me tonight folks. Time for us all to return to our individual infernos. Hopefully, you don’t melt in the next seven. If not, see you then.

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Welcome to another posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. If you haven’t yet checked out the site or any of the authors who participate, click the image above and go whisking away. Everyone loves a good virtual whisking.

The amazing co-hosts for this posting of the IWSG are Nicki ElsonJuneta KeyTamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

The optional question this month: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

My ultimate writing goals are to get my novels published. I currently have two completed ones, and I’ve started the third. The goal is actually bigger than it sounds when you hear that my second novel is the first in a series of five. I want to not only find homes for my completed novels, but also homes which will welcome me completing what I have started.

And yes, my goals have definitely changed over time. When I first started writing, I didn’t look past my first book. The goal at that time was to complete a single book. Now … I have no intention of stopping at three. 🙂

That’ll do it for this portion of my blog. Time for some news.

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Ah, Siri, you naughty thing.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gavin-williamson-siri_us_5b3c50a7e4b07b827cbbfbbb

He’s smarter and far more hip than your average bear.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bear-margarita-hot-tub_us_5b3bc90ee4b09e4a8b2821ec

Dude! They’re growing Neanderthal brains in a lab. This is both incredibly cool and terrifying all at once. Next up, interfacing with robots. Seriously!

https://www.livescience.com/62916-mini-neanderthal-brains.html

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

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Hello all! Wednesday is here. It’s a hot one over here, like a bring your marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers outside. The 100 degree day will fire up your s’more, fry an egg, or melt your brain. Same, same. I am so appreciative of air conditioning. My writing coherence is as well.

Time for me to prove it with some news.

This first story demonstrates people will buy anything. Critical thinking, people. *face palm*

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/man-trolls-festival-goers-selling-12773284

I love this raccoon. I may not be fond of neighborhood raccoons because they broke into my house and cost a lot of money. But this one, is far, far away from me and a freaking rock star. A little raccoon rehab for my heart.

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/13/619491657/raccoon-is-trapped-in-minnesota-after-capturing-fans-worldwide

This study underscores the importance of actual science in assessing generational changes. Our perceptions are skewed by our own experiences, the changing lens of childhood to adulthood, and screaming media stories calling into question “this generation.” Turns out, there’s a lot of good there.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180625122534.htm

That’s all from my scalding corner of the world. See you back here in seven.

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Welcome back for another Wednesday, an “I’m exhausted and horrified by the real news” kind of Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I need something beautiful and soothing. Time for some art and music.

This first one shows fantastic 3D street art, which is a frequent go-to for me. I love this stuff.

https://www.hongkiat.com/blog/absolutely-stunning-3d-street-art-paintings/

I also adore outdoor art installations. Look!

https://www.artworkarchive.com/blog/7-must-see-public-art-installations-of-the-summer

Last but not least, music soothes the soul. This song lets me get lost in a total music experience. The video is a bit odd, though.

 

Peace out, my friends. See you back here in seven.

 

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Happy Hump Day! The middle of the week has strolled back into our lives, ready and willing to let us all slide down its slope and into the weekend. Weeee!

Time for some news.

Who knew peacocks were so destructive. I’m getting a little economic activism as well. Low-end cars come in dark colors as well. The peacocks are only going after the expensive ones? I sense a revolt.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/peacocks-attacking-luxury-cars-canada_us_5b155c56e4b0d5e89e220cfe

Yuck, just yuck.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/susan-allan-liquid-poo_us_5b170960e4b0734a99387bb3

Normally when I search for a science story I look for a new advancement, technology, etc…. Today, however, I just wanted to read a story about how scientists could train and assess bees.

https://www.livescience.com/62773-bees-understand-concept-of-zero.html

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

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IWSG and Weekly News

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It’s time once again for the monthly posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). You know–the time of the month when shaking, twitchy writers crawl toward their keyboard and reach out into the great swirl of the internet in hopes of making a virtual connection. Or, to confirm if there’s still an actual world still spinning around them. Same, same.
Our wonderful co-hosts this month are:  Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor! Thanks for co-hosting!
The optional question this month is: What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
My answer is neither. Super concise, and not at all informative, huh? All right. The truth is I don’t have trouble coming up with meaningful names for either my books or my characters, but I struggle with putting full effort into the book naming part because we are constantly told we have little control over that aspect of marketing.

In fact, I recently received feedback that my single word title was too simplistic, and the reviewer was confirmed correct by an industry professional I know, and I still struggled to find the motivation to correct it. The whiny side of me didn’t want to put in the effort. But I did it. It’s better, too. So you know what’s going to happen when I sell it, right? They’re going to suggest changing it right away or not at all. I just know it. Oh well. Not a significant problem to have–I guess. Pouty face. Pouty face. Pouty face.

Enough moaning. Time for some mid-week news.
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I am way too interested in this first story, and it appears I am not alone. Twitter mostly makes me happy. We need an update on the socks, people. Please.
Um … why? Bathrooms are WAY better, dude. I bet they even have one, or–you know– like half a dozen inside the school.
In science news this week, ceramic that acts like Play Do before shattering. This could be huge for so much more than just jet engines. I heart science!
That’s all for me today, folks. See you back here in seven.
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Happy Hump Day! Tis Wednesday once again. Why the archaic language? Dunno. Just like I sometimes go down language rabbit holes, I’ve been known to occasionally affect an accent, even an archaic one. Random, I know. Tis what it tis, though.

Apparently, Florida now has zombies. The TV and movies never warned us about the fact they can only be contained by working electricity. They also never told us that our government knows where they are and has warnings set to release should their containment go awray. Guess what happens when there’s a power outage and the government loses their grip? WARNING: THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/florida-extreme-zombie-activity_us_5b03b07ae4b0463cdba56768 

If an agency begins their answer to your tweet with “Erm,” they are basically saying “you are a dumbass.” Just saying.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/roasting-marshmallows-hawaii-volcano_us_5b0d9babe4b0802d69cf0030

In science news, a possible vaccine for brain tumors. This has so much potential to change so many lives.

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/health-44288503

That’s all for today, folks. Now, apparently, I’m channeling Looney Tunes. Dunno. Oh well, see you here in seven.

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