Weekly News

Welcome back for another wonderful Wednesday. Why wonderful? It’s fall. My favorite season. I’m loving life as I look forward to falling leaves, coolers temps, and so much potential change. As a result, I’m in a major music mood. Enjoy!

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

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Weekly News

Happy Wednesday! Yet another week has come and gone. Flying, I tell you, the days are fly. But no need to listen to my same old lament, you’re here for news and a song. 😉

He is so lucky. I cannot even imagine having a whale spit me out like a used piece of gum. https://www.npr.org/2021/06/12/1005918788/humpback-whale-swallowed-lobster-diver-cape-cod-michael-packard

New research shows how incredibly important REM sleep is in flushing out our brains. Science for the win! https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210825113638.htm

I leave you with an 80s favorite. Enjoy! I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/d9jhDwxt22Y

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Weekly News

It is time for yet another first Wednesday posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). If you haven’t already visited some of the writers who participate, check out our amazing co-hosts– Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie!

The optional question this month is: How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?

I do define success as holding a physical book in my hand. A physical book has always been part of the reading experience for me, so it is an important aspect of feeling like I achieved my writing goal. Enough money to write full time is part of the long-term goal, but the physical book piece comes first.

Time for some news.

My first story today asks the best question of the day: “Who puts a cow in a Buick?” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cow-mcdonalds-drive-thru_n_61296373e4b06e5d80cd6449

Yet another volcano story because I heart volcanoes as much as I heart science. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/08/210826111724.htm

I leave you with a song. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/Q-ejz2RmueE

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Week off

I’m taking two weeks off. See you in fourteen.

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Weekly News

Happy Wednesday, folks! I’m a happy camper today because I had a good editing day this morning. The words flowed beautifully. There’s almost nothing better. Since I can’t share the finished product yet, I leave you with news and a song instead. It’s not exactly a close second, but it’ll have to do. 😊

I bet you’ve seen this story. I had to share it anyway because the teeth creep me out. They shouldn’t, but—OMG—they do. So weird. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sheepshead-human-like-teeth_n_610bf7fee4b041dfbaa67a43

In science news, a game-changing discovery which could reverse age-related memory loss. I heart science so hard. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210722113052.htm

And last, but never least, music. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/YWt4wmZ_EMI

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IWSG and Weekly News

It is time once again for my monthly posting for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). This month I am also happy to be able to co-host. If you haven’t looked through the array of blogs that participate, rectify your oversight right now by clicking on the picture above and then surfing the links. Do it!

The awesome co-hosts for the August 4 posting of the IWSG are PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Sandra Cox, and Kim Lajevardi (me)!  

Optional monthly question – What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

Good question! My new favorite is Story Genius by Lisa Kron. It is an amazing how-to on using your MC’s internal struggle as a third rail to build a story which invests readers and makes every page worth turning. It has been a game-changer in the drafting of my third book, increasing both character and story depth as well as the speed with which I write. I recommend it to anyone who wants to level up.

Time for some fun news.

The headline on this one is a bit misleading–there’s not really a visible dispute–but the owls are too cute to pass on.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/doorbell-camera-owls_n_61089abbe4b0e882ab620e0b

We’re not so different from our Neanderthal ancestors. I heart science! https://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2021-07-16/just-7-of-our-dna-is-unique-to-modern-humans-study-shows

I leave you with another type of inspiration. Music helps me in more than just my writing. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/j5-yKhDd64s

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Happy Wednesday! It’s the last one for July 2021, onward to August, even if the temps we’re facing could roast the sun. Hot days deserve music. Enjoy a few songs instead of news pieces today, these and a bowl of ice cream of your choice of course. 😉

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Weekly News

Welcome back! Yet another summer Wednesday is here, and it’s rapidly disappearing. Do I sound like a broken record? I know, I know—but time is ridiculous. 🥴 I’ll get over it. Until then, news.

This first story is a great big example of “not even if you paid me a million dollars.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/london-sky-pool-twitter-snark_n_60b656b6e4b0c5658f991636

I would be beside myself if I found a 4.6 billion-year-meteorite in a horseshoe footprint. Major science love! https://www.livescience.com/rare-carbonaceous-carbonate-meteorite-found.html

I leave you with one of my favorite songs. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/veiuRiPgmso

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Tis yet another Wednesday in 2021. A hot, summer Wednesday where the news of the weird is needed to distract once again. I definitely found distraction-worthy pieces, and a song. I never forget the song. 😉

This first story cause me to chirp out a very clear “nope” as I read. I do not care if they’re garters. I would never sleep there again. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/18-snakes-under-bed-georgia_n_60ef639ae4b01ba8eed238fa

In science today, the darkest fish in the ocean. I’m drawn to these creatures because of the lack of reflectivity of their skin. Story reasons is all I can say. I heart science! https://www.nbcnews.com/science/weird-science/meet-ultra-black-fish-ocean-s-depths-n1234340

I leave you with a big song. Sometimes music needs to go big. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/EbKvBT9F0Vo

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IWSG and Weekly News

Welcome to the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for my Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) post. If you are a writer in need of a posse of insecure comrades, join. If you’re just a curiosity seeker, click the image above to find the blogs of participating writers. It’s a win either way.

Some of the blogs to begin with are our awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, Chemist Ken, and Louise – Fundy Blue!

The optional July 7th question is – What would make you quit writing?

This is going to be a short answer. The only thing I can imagine that would make me stop is death. Writing seems as necessary to me as breathing, so–yeah. Great segue into my weekly news, huh? 🙂

Did you know the going rate for a little slice of hell is $590,000.00? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/urine-saturated-home-dubbed-little-slice-of-hell-listed-for-590000_n_60cb9179e4b0f1fe8fe8add5

Proof that science and creativity are natural bedmates, and we owe so much to that marriage. Unfortunately, it is not always without consequence. Join me in remembering the amazing contributions of Hans Berger. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hans-berger-telepathy-neuroscience-brain-eeg

I leave you with a song. Enjoy, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/xo1VInw-SKc

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