IWSG and Weekly News

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is Insecure Writer’s Support Group time. If you want to join or hop between the amazing participating blogs, click the image above and/or the co-hosts blogs linked below.

 

Our amazing co-hosts today are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!

The optional question this month is: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?
Absolutely. When I began writing, I used to participate in small writing contests. One of the ones I loved was based on picture prompts. Not only did numerous shorts and a few poems get birthed from that process, but one of those shorts actually grew to become my second book. Wow, right? It gets better. Dragon Embers–my book baby born from the short story prompt–is the first book in a, hopefully, five book YA fantasy series. I finished the first book, and I will write more once I sell it. Suffice it to say I love picture prompts.

Now, time for some news.

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We’re using vomit for predictions now?

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fiona-the-hippo-super-bowl-prediction_n_5e334f26c5b69a19a4ac648f

Who wants to wager the officer(s) were giggling as they pulled the wienermobile over. I would have been unable to speak.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wienermobile-pulled-over-wisconsin_n_5e308b56c5b693878a87c279

In the tradition of saving the best for last, science. Apparently, human behavior can at once be alive, like Schrödinger’s cat, and also dead. How? Quantum cognition. I heart science!

https://www.livescience.com/quantum-like-model-of-decision-making-proposed.html

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

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Weekly News

It’s time once again for some weird, interesting, and science-y news. You ready?

This first story elicited a giant head smack when I read it. They may need to put his picture next to the word dumb in the dictionary.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/spencer-alan-boston-smoke-pot-courtroom_n_5e30d4bfc5b6cd99e7855ad5

He is a a cute little guy, but I would have been a little more freaked out than the lady in the story.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/possum-trashed-office-australia_n_5e292714c5b6d6767fcef142

Last, but definitely not least, an image of plasma on the sun. So cool!

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/these-are-most-detailed-images-sun-ever-taken

That’ll do it for me tonight. See you back here again in seven.

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Weekly News

Happy Wednesday! We’re midway through the first January of 2020. It’s a calm week in my neck of the woods. I’m currently drafting the first draft of my newest book baby. I had to take today and yesterday to rethink important character information, but I’ll be back at it tomorrow. Until then, some news.

This first story deals with bird poop. I have to share. I’m such a child. 😉

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/05/784728412/this-minnesota-city-has-a-bird-poop-problem-but-the-crow-patrol-is-on-it

This next story shows how wily bulls can be. Run, no. 33, run!

https://www.npr.org/2019/10/03/766697025/a-bull-has-an-afternoon-out-in-baltimore

Last, but not least, science. The idea of understanding a person’s aging profile is fascinating. This could be a huge change for people in my generation. I heart science!

https://www.livescience.com/four-types-of-aging-revealed.html

That’s it for me tonight. See you again in seven.

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Weekly News

Happy Hump Day! It’s time once again for some weird, intriguing, or just plain slap-your-head-news. We all need some of that in our lives.

This first story needs a category of its own–wow! Read it, just read.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e1bebb1c5b6da971d1843c3

And sticking to animal stories because they’re the best, a big old example of intriguing/weird.

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e175288c5b600960c61e8de

Last, but not least, some science. Robots that can hug. Don’t get you hopes up, though. The robots only dig space trash.

https://www.livescience.com/esa-space-junk-removal-kamikaze-robot.html?_gl=1*mmrtg2*_ga*YW1wLUNKQ3RNRVlVRGcySUpfeWloVGVmbVhBbzhxdU1mX2xPTEwzT1ZsNmV2WDJQU0NXbERnV0ptMmZ3aHhud2ZVQzg.

That’s it for tonight. I’ll see you in seven.

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Time for my monthly posting of Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). The first one of the new decade (spare me the controversy–2020 is too cool, 2021 is not). If you haven’t already clicked the image above and soared between insecure blogs, now is the time. While you’re there, check out the new anthology cover. It’s cool!

Special thanks to our co-hosts this month:  T. Powell Coltrin, Victoria Marie Lees, Stephen Tremp, Renee Scattergood, and J.H. Moncrieff!

The optional question this month is – What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?

Writing for me had always been in spurts that fizzled because of life and the intermittent nature of my dabbling until about ten years ago. I was going through a very reflective time and was in a new house. Part of being in that house was exploring the neighborhood, which I did through walks, the other part was painting. I do all the painting in our family because my husband can’t stand the smell of paint. My walking and painting began at the end of May (because was a teacher and off for the summer). This meant the walks and painting could occupy huge chunks of time.

The reflective side of my life at that time began to simmer in those huge chunks of alone time, swirling as I was completely engrossed in my tasks. The first thing to shake loose was character who appeared as I walked–a little girl. I started thinking about her nonstop–what her life was like, what led to the image of her I was imagining, and a constellation of other aspects of what I later realized was story.

With the little girl character taking up greater and greater parts of my brain, I began to paint. In the background while I paint, I often play movies and TV shows. One of the evenings as I was starting our front room, an interview with J.K. Rowling came on. Something about that interview stirred the swirling story about my little girl. The next day I decided to begin searching for writing resources. And, bam! I came across an online writing’s group. My journey began with the supportive group of writers I found, and from then on, my interest and stories keep blooming.

Now, I’ve finished dozens of short stories, poems, and two novels. I’m in the querying trenches with both novels while I work on my third. All because of a little walking and painting.

 

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Time for some news.

This first story shows one option for school fundraisers. I hope the team makes the Guinness world record book.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/toilet-paper-pyramid_n_5e151525c5b66361cb5c5641

Regardless of the anti-climatic reason for the effect, he has the video to whip out at parties.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/larry-lewis-ring-camera-alien-abduction_n_5e14fa5fc5b687c7eb5cfe73

And in science news, “ET phone home.” Check it out!

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/home-galaxy-second-repeating-fast-radio-burst-is-puzzle

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

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Late Weekly News

I know you’re all shocked that time slipped for me again. 😏 Well, I blame the weird time-warpy week between Christmas and New Years. It’s weird. I’m not alone. Admit Wednesday is a blurry day for a holiday–admit it, admit it. Are you entertained yet? Distracted away from my Wednesday/Friday posting? No, then how about some weird news?

I just can’t. Eww…

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e0e4708e4b0843d360f96a5

How have I lived this long and not known there are Kissmobiles?

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5e0bb23fe4b0b2520d1bb8ad

And in science news tonight, an excuse for me forgetting to post. Time matters, folks. See. 😂

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191218090152.htm

That’s all for tonight. See you in five.

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Weekly News (Holiday Style)

I’m back. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Best wishes for warmth, health, and happiness in the year to come. And music–can’t forget the music. 🙂

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