Weekly News

Welcome back for what was supposed to be an upbeat post wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. But, we’re in the U.S. during one of the most trying eras in our history. I generally purposefully maneuver around more serious news and keep it light. I can’t. Not again.

Seventeen people died today. More kids. Parents who should never have to bury their children are finding out now that they have to plan a funeral. Think about that. Really think about that.

This. Is. Wrong.

I will not debate what has led us to a place where we’ve had eight shootings since the beginning of the year. I just want to say that we have to do better. No matter where it began and what led us to this place, we have to do something differently. We’ve lost more than seventeen lives, we’ve lost what they and all others who passed before them would have added to our world. We have given it away by our inaction.

This has to stop.

 

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IWSG & Weekly News

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It’s once again that time. Another month, another posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). Thank you to our fabulous co-hosts this month: Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Today’s question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

My favorite thing about the fantasy genre, the genre of choice for my current WIP, is the possibilities. Fantasy has many tropes that readers expect and many character types who often populate its worlds, and yet, within those areas, there are so many combinations. Fantasy readers also seem more open to the unusual which seems unique within the book world. I love the openness and extent of the creative field open to me.

What about you? What’s your favorite genre to read?

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Time for the news.We are on the cusp of the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Two more days. Two. I wasn’t as excited before now, but looking up the start dates just made it real. February 9th. I’m stoked. Who else is excited?

This first story shows images of the cutest Olympic cheerleaders I’ve seen. I just want to hold them and squish them all.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/squirrels-ready-winter-olympics_us_5a70cf7ae4b0a6aa48741117?section=us_weird-news

This has many interesting applications but seems incredible creepy to me. Twilight Zone began playing in my head as I read it.

https://www.livescience.com/61630-human-uber-teleoperated-stranger.html

And in science news, the asteroid did more than strike the earth to kill the dinosaurs. Scientists long ago added increased volcanism to the mix, but I had no idea that the asteroid strike could trigger the eruptions. Our planet is so interesting!

https://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2018-02-07/dinosaur-killing-space-rock-may-have-triggered-sea-volcanoes

That’ll do it for me tonight. See you back here in seven. We’ll be five days into the Olympics by then. 🙂

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Welcome to the end of the week. Confused? Wednesday and Saturday are the same this week. Did you not get the memo? Ah … well, I did. 🙂

All right, I guess I’m busted. I was sick all week and kind of being a baby about it. So … Wednesday and Saturday became equivalent. I have some good stories to make it up for it, though.

This first one cracked me up. I love the play-by-play as much as the wobbly, and most definitely, incompetent car thief. Is it possible that the radio station staged it? Yes. Do I care? No. 🙂

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kiro-john-curley-burglary-seattle_us_5a74ad7de4b0905433b3f31b?section=us_weird-news

Yodeling is absolutely a legitimate type of singing, and majoring in specific aspects of singing or music is not weird at all. But … I want to be there to witness all classes on yodeling. As a spectator–with popcorn, please. I just can’t stop giggling at this idea.

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/31/582056623/swiss-university-to-offer-degree-in-yodeling

If this works beyond clinical trials, WOW! The implications for MS are huge, but they go beyond that as well. I love science!

https://blog.cirm.ca.gov/2017/03/06/could-stem-cells-help-beat-multiple-sclerosis/

Have a great weekend! I haven’t told you that before. 🙂 See you in four.

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Hi all! Wednesday is back. Again. This whole speeding through days as I age is getting a bit old–not like me. 🙂 Time for some distraction-worthy news.

This first story gets filed under the surprising question: What else you gonna do?

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/taco-bell-candlelight-vigil_us_5a6679e1e4b0e5630072d2be?section=us_weird-news

The people in this next story have the best attitude about being turned into Lego people. That photographer is really bad at her job.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zaring-family-botched-family-photo-shoots_us_5a5d3deee4b0fcbc3a12bc79?section=us_weird-news

Last but not least, science. It turns out that we’re from outer space.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/11/world/meteorites-organic-matter-life/index.html

That’s it for this old lady tonight. See you back here in seven.

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It’s Wednesday once again, but now the weeks are starting their pile up within 2018. Wow! Am I getting old? Wait … don’t answer that. Let’s just slip into the news and not think about age. Agreed?

This first story is just cool. I didn’t know the NASA ET sounds were available on CD, and now they’re on vinyl. I may have to check it out just to hear what sounds they believe represent Earth.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/voyager-golden-record-vinyl_us_5a1cc106e4b071403b28902d?section=us_weird-news

I had no idea drunk drone flying was an issue.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/drunk-droning-illegal-new-jersey_us_5a5d3906e4b03c41896844e0?section=us_weird-news

This last story makes me cautiously optimistic about the medical advances of the coming decades. Hopefully, we handle this ethically. The possibilities are tremendous.

https://www.livescience.com/61416-3d-printed-brain.html

That’s all for me, boys and girls. Time to put my aging body to bed. 😉 See you here in seven.

 

 

 

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It is Wednesday once again. A quiet Wednesday in my neck of the woods. A nice, calm start to the new year. It never stays this way, but I’m taking advantage while it lasts. Time for some fun news to entertain.

He should have watched Madagascar. He would have learned the lesson of lemurs.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bbc-reporter-lemurs_us_5a5538bee4b0b117f88043ea?section=us_weird-news

The memes on the Oregon gas-pumping law are beyond funny. I get that something new can be weird, but it’s 2018. Get with it, Oregon.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/memes-poke-fun-at-oregonians-who-dont-want-to-pump-their-own-gas_us_5a4e6035e4b0b0e5a7abb081?section=us_weird-news

And last but not least, evolutionary  proof that alligators are bad ass.

https://www.livescience.com/61389-alligators-snorkel.html

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

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Welcome back, all! Happy New Year! With the first Wednesday of 2018, we have another monthly posting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group. This month’s question pertains to organizing and planning a schedule, which is not something I ever do. 😉 So, I have decided to promote the winners and upcoming publication of the IWSG Anthology Contest. Congratulations to all of the winners!

The winners of the 2017 IWSG Anthology Contest: TICK TOCK

Grand prize winner: A Stitch in Crime – Gwen Gardner  

Until Release  – Jemi Fraiser

The Tide Waits – Rebecca M. Douglass

Center Lane – Christine Clemetson

One More Minute – Mary Aalgaard

Reset – Tara Tyler

Three O’Clock Execution – S.R. Betler

The Little Girl in the Bayou – J.R. Ferguson

Cypress, Like the Tree – Yolanda Renée

Gussy Saint and the Case of the Missing Coed – C.D. Gallant-King

Special Mention:

Heartless – C. Lee McKenzie

Look for the anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, late spring, 2018.

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Time for some news.

This first story is a heart-warming tale of family reunification with a twist. Still a little holiday-inspired sappy, I know. Pretty cool, though.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Lifelong-best-friends-discover-they-re-actually-12455897.php

How many holiday lights do you need to use to cause a bill this size? Dang.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/article/Woman-stunned-to-find-electric-bill-listed-as-12455155.php

From worms to chimps taking maternity leave, this next link shares the strangest science stories of 2017. Love!

https://www.livescience.com/61258-strangest-science-of-2017.html

That’ll do it for this week. See you again in seven.

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