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Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through May and barreling toward summer. I’m enjoying the lengthening days at the moment. I love evening sunlight. It helps me read more headlines like the beauts I’m going to share. Enjoy!

I caught wind of this first story on Twitter. I would freak out if twenty condors invaded my yard. Life is strange sometimes. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_60941c4ce4b09cce6c287d71

Through advancements in imaging techniques, they can now see movement in the brain. I heart science! https://www.livescience.com/3D-footage-of-brain-in-motion.html

Last up, a song. Take a minute to enjoy a little Fleetwood Mac, and I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/WM7-PYtXtJM

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It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. Our collective twitter of insecurity blasted out via individual keyboards and shared via blogs and, ironically, Twitter. Check it out! Our amazing co-hosts this month are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando,Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

The optional May 5th question is: has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?

Yes they have. I used to regularly participate in a daily writing contest. They’d post a word or phrase prompt, and the end of the day was the deadline. One day the prompt made me think of a tired mom in desperate need of a few hours alone and a bath, so I wrote a poem with a mom jokingly telling her kids that she can’t come out of the bathroom for a variety of reasons, ending with a directive to ask their dad. I figured everyone would understand and laugh.

The judge for the event seemed to be equal parts horrified and frustrated. She thought my bathroom-bound mom was somehow being kept in the bathroom by the dad the kids were supposed to ask for help, and she was distressed I would write such a thing. 😮 I could not believe anyone would read that into my silly poem. I had been wrong about everyone being in on the joke, and I, most definitely, did not win the prize for my post. Oh well.

Time to talk about something more fun—news.

My first story is all about a good boy who wants to play. Stop talking and play with him, Mr. President. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6090ee43e4b02e74d22b15f2

Alligator popsicles! I had no idea Oklahoma had gators. https://www.livescience.com/snorkeling-alligators-oklahoma.html

Last up, a song. Enjoy a listen, and I’ll see you in seven.


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Wednesday has struck, again. The hump day is back, and with it, weird news and a song. You’re welcome!

This first story has a flying turtle and a very lucky lady. Drive carefully, friends. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/flying-turtle-hits-florida-woman_n_608194c0e4b0e7cb020bfbcf

They found a new super-Earth orbiting a red dwarf. I heart science hard. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210416131932.htm

Last but not least, a song to wrap up the bight. Enjoy! I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/Y3ywicffOj4

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Happy Wednesday! We’re wrapping up April 2021. It is almost May, time for sun and shine. Take that currently falling snow. 🤦‍♀️ Ah well, a little news snack can get me through tonight.

This first story has the yummiest animal ever. It’s bread-tastic! https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6079d643e4b001abc4dc27f9

It turns out T-rexes lived in groups akin to packs. Like wolves but so much bigger. I heart science! https://phys.org/news/2021-04-mass-fossil-site-tyrannosaurs.html

Last, but certainly not least, a song to close things out today. Enjoy! I’ll see you in seven. https://youtu.be/WM7-PYtXtJM

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Happy Wednesday! Sorry for missing last week. My job is in the process of moving locations, and I’m in charge of a lot of the logistics. Last week my brain was tired. This week is better. Time for some news and tunes.

Did anyone check whether the penguins were loose (I like to move it, move it…) 😂 https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_60717b6fc5b6616dcd78a61d

So many math teachers are preparing to say I told you so. Sometimes we all need subtraction, even scientists. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210407135801.htm

I leave with with a high-energy song. Have a great week! See you in seven. https://youtu.be/LY3GgGQk7iI

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Welcome all! It is time for another weird Wednesday. Weird day for a weird couple of years. It fits. And if it fits, I sits. 😉 Not without news, though. I’m not really a cat.

In keeping with a bit of an animal theme, thieving ravens. Who can say no to ribs? https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_6061edaec5b66d30c746b105

Zombie genes, need I say more? I heart science. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210323131230.htm

I leave you with a little Billie Eilish. See you in seven. https://youtu.be/GB_S2qFh5lU

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Happy Wednesday! March is racing toward April, but the weather is kind of, maybe, perhaps thinking of switching into lamb form. 🙃 Can you tell we are predicted to get our third snowstorm this week? They may be short bursts, but it is a constant issue this week. Ah well, guess news and music samples are worthwhile distractions.

Um … if I saw a mess of spiders and snakes coming toward my home to escape a flood, they would only see the red of my taillights as I high-tailed it out of there. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_60594b63c5b6d6c2a2a97957

In science today, a volcano. You know the rule: anytime I see a story about volcanoes, I post it. I heart volcanoes. https://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2021-03-19/long-dormant-volcano-comes-to-life-in-southwestern-iceland

I leave you with a bit of classic rock tonight. See you in seven. https://youtu.be/iX_TFkut1PM

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Today was super busy in my corner of the world, so I want to relax with music instead of news. Join me.

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Welcome to another Wednesday. It was a nice one in my neck of the woods, but that is about to change. We are waiting on Snowpocolypse 2021. One to three feet are hitting this weekend. Sigh. Guess news and music distractions are definitely in order.

Quick-thinking skier. https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_60177f89c5b6bde2f5c0bf6d

Apparently taking a nap is approved by science. Yet another reason to heart science. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210210133305.htm

Time for a song. I love Pink. Enjoy! I’m see you back here in seven. https://youtu.be/_Wl5-audkPY?list=RD_Wl5-audkPY

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It’s time once again for my monthly post for The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). If you’re a twittering writer looking to virtually connect with other nervous keyboard junkies, join. Connect. Insecure together is far superior to insecure alone. Our awesome co-hosts today are Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!

The optional question this month is – Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

I definitely read widely. Contemporary, fantasy, sci fi, thrillers, etc… In truth, though, I think I go through little obsessions. When I find an author or niche that I adore, I will inhale books from that corner of the publishing world for a while, grow tired, and then find another corner to fixate on. Even though I’m currently enthralled with a small YA fantasy fixation (Wicked Saints, The Thief, etc…) I had a major obsession over Seanan McGuire’s stuff last spring into summer. Middegame is what started it, but Every Heart a Doorway continued it. I am a reader first and foremost.

I’m motivated to the greatest degree by strong/interesting characters, but the overall intersection of the plot arc(s) and emotional arc(s) make the story hit me hard. I need to feel growth or change. If I feel the world and the moment, the author has me. 🙂

Time for news nuggets and a song to round out my Wednesday.

My first story today has the potential to reveal a mysterious sea monster. Please let it be a sea monster. Please. Ignore the hypothesis of a washed-up basking shark. It’s a sea monster, I just know it. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/mystery-23-foot-sea-beast-23597327

The title of the next article says it all. I bow down to the ogre-faced spider and it’s hearing. Science rocks! https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ogre-faced-spider-hearing-catch-insects-prey-air-sound-sight

Here’s a taste of Kansas to end things. Grew to love them from watching Supernatural. Have a great rest of your week, and I’ll see in seven. https://youtu.be/P5ZJui3aPoQ

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