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Happy Spring! This Wednesday is perfectly timed to the Spring Equinox this year. Sun–we’re going to start getting more sun every day. Longer days and a rapid slide toward summer. Yay!

A video about different ways to tie your shoes went viral. Watch it and you’ll understand why.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-tie-your-shoes_n_5c91c36fe4b07e05729f8a5d

The last Blockbuster store is hanging on in a little time-defying bubble in Oregon. Now I want to visit. It sounds like it’s exactly how I remember the store and my youth. Sigh.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/be-kind-please-rewind-oregon-blockbuster-is-last-on-earth_n_5c8fb7c9e4b071a25a84f9f5

Science has a new explanation for time flying as we age–physics. Specifically, the speed at which we process visual information makes us think time slows down because we do. It’s amazing how much of our understanding of the world truly results from aspects of our specific human perceptions. Understanding the mind is just another reason I heart science.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190320120547.htm

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

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Wednesday is back, and it has brought a snowpocalypse with it. What is that you ask? Well, it’s basically a blizzard with some really cool satellite imagery of a cyclone spinning above my state. What it really amounts to is about a foot of snow and some intense winds for the day. It sounds way more scary on the news, and it probably feels way more intense if you get stuck driving in it. For those of us lucky enough to stay home? It’s basically a snow day. Enough of my own news, it’s time for the weirdness I found elsewhere.

This first story illustrates the best prank birthday gift I’ve ever heard.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chris-ferry-birthday-billboard-prank_n_5c8827f2e4b038892f485c6b

Next up, a story of surviving being trapped in the snow with hot sauce. Taco Bell’s annoying packets to the rescue.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/man-survived-off-taco-sauce_n_5c7c1925e4b0e5e313cbd6e0

Last, but definitely not least, farting stars. The headline was most definitely clickable, but the discovery of partner stars farting away their mass was the icing on the science cake. Delicious!

https://www.livescience.com/64858-star-farts-caused-by-secret-binary-partners.html

That’s all for Snowpocalypse 2019. I’ll see you again in seven–hopefully with a far less dramatic intro.

 

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IWSG and Weekly News

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It’s that time of the month again. 🙂 Come join in–some of us may even share our chocolate. Our incredible co-hosts for this month’s posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) are Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!

March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I tend to write from the protagonist’s POV. It’s not for any particular reason other than I tend to imagine the protagonist in the early stages of building out my idea for the book. With the protagonist coming to life as the story takes shape,  his/her perspective becomes my natural in on the story.

 

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Next up, news. But first a song. It sums up how I’m feeling this week.

 

This is a savage post by the fire department, but justifiably so. Don’t block hydrants, folks. Not only is it not worth it, but you may just suffer the same fate as the car owner in this story.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/california-firefighters-fan-flames-with-broken-window-post_n_5c780547e4b010e7c564eec7

In science tonight, a fascinating link between chronic noise and Alzheimer’s. This could be a significant piece of research going forward. Science is fantastic!

https://sciworthy.com/exposure-to-chronic-noise-might-increase-the-risk-of-alzheimers-disease/

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

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Wednesday is back! Fast, right? I survived last week’s craziness. In fact, it was successful craziness. I took my engineering team to State for 2 1/2 days, and we scored six wins (a mix of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes). Then, I surfed my couch for two days of mindlessness. After all of that do you know what I need? News.

This first story is sweet, but I very much disagree with referring to street rats as cute. Yuck!

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fat-rat-stuck-sewer-manhole-cover_n_5c71a28fe4b00eed0834d612

This next story is extra interesting for me because of my current book. Carving supposed witch traps into cave walls shows just how fearful people were during the early Middle Ages.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/creswell-crags-witches-marks_n_5c7359f1e4b03cfdaa56fe82

Last up tonight, a genetic breakthrough thanks to sharks. Understanding the potential of stability genes could end up as part of cancer prevention someday. Also, super-fast healing understanding. Great Whites really do have superpowers.

https://www.livescience.com/64799-great-white-shark-genome.html

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

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Wednesday is here once again. I had a pretty chill day in preparation for three completely-crazy days. Pre-relaxing helps fend off craziness—it does. I hope. Time for some distracting news.

This first story is the first of two from Twitter, each far too amazing to pass up. Tweeting volcanoes. 🥰

This next tweet made me laugh so hard. I did fact check this because I was sure it was just a joke. It is most definitely real.

https://www.earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wtf/behold-the-falcon-sex-hat-a-species-saving-hump-helmet

Last, but not least, virus and bacteria partnering up—with help from science—to battle climate change. I heart science!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190217115830.htm

That’s all for me tonight. Time for me to roll with crazy for a few days. Deep breath. See you in seven.

 

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Happy Wednesday! It’s been a weird/good/intense week over here, and so I decided to do something I haven’t done in a while: share music. Enjoy!

Fight Song
That’s all for me tonight. See you back here in seven.
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IWSG and Weekly News

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(Sorry for the formatting. WordPress resists paragraphing every once in a while.)
It’s time again for my monthly posting for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The virtual group uber-focused on the anxiety-riddled life of writers. We’re a mess. Come see.
Our fantastic co-hosts this month are Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!
I’m skipping the optional question this month and again focusing on my own writing journey. In January, I mentioned I had finished my current WIP and was beginning the beta process. Well, I have most of my feedback back and am now launching into some pretty significant revisions. Good revisions, like “make this sucker jump out of the slushpile” good. Armed with great feedback and another read through, I have an editing plan. Tomorrow is day one of a probable month-long hard-core revision, and then …the slushpile. I’m feeling way too confident for this stage of the game. It’s weird.
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Time for some news.
I wish I could have been at the meeting where someone proposed a naked troll who farts glitter at tourists. Fun for all ages had to have been uttered at some point. 🙂
This next story is gross, just gross. That is too much mac and cheese. No one needs that much mac and cheese. Yuck!
Last but not never least, a volcano. When Kilauea erupted last summer it was devastating and newsworthy, but it also provided scientists with a treasure trove of understanding. Besides, I struggle to pass up volcano-related stories. I heart volcanoes as much as I heart science!

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/five-explosive-things-2018-eruption-taught-us-about-kilauea

 

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