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Winged Retribution

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 | 4 comments

My dog has a nemesis. I think most dogs have an imposing nemesis, but mine has a squirrel. She’s had a hate-on for squirrels as long as we’ve lived in this new house, but I thought they mostly just ignored her. Yesterday morning though, I caught one of them staring at her from our neighbor’s yard through a hole in the fence. I never ascribed much will or emotion to squirrels before, but I swear this one was giving my dog a dirty look. I mean a really dirty look, the kind that befits the cliché if looks could kill. The squirrel watched her for several seconds as she did her...

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To Research, Or Not To Research

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 | 10 comments

I’m a compulsive researcher. I research random things all the time. Something occurs to me during the day, and ten seconds later I’m on Google digging through links trying to find out what the biggest frog is or something equally as pointless. So, it should come as no surprise that, to me, one of the best things about writing is the research. My first novel, Broods of Fenrir, is currently with a second set of beta readers and will be sent off to my editor in early August. I did a lot of research for this book, more than Urban Fantasy should reasonably require. The allure of...

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Science Affliction #6

Posted by on Jul 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Time for your weekly romp around the internet for tasty science tidbits! 1) ScienceDaily.com has a fascinating article on a study regarding the possibility that social pressure creates false memories. The most outstanding feature of the false memories was a strong co-activation and connectivity between two brain areas: the hippocampus and the amygdala. The hippocampus is known to play a role in long-term memory formation, while the amygdala, sometimes known as the emotion center of the brain, plays a role in social interaction. The scientists think that the amygdala may act as a gateway...

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Science Affliction #5

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 | 3 comments

I’m running all sorts of behind this week and I apologize. Without further delay, here is this week’s selection of science links: 1) A thought-provoking post at io9.com about why you shouldn’t lie to kids. I tried to convince a friend at work a few weeks ago that lying to your children about Santa is shoddy parenting, but she just couldn’t understand my point. Seriously folks, the myth of Santa is quite damaging if you deconstruct it. You’re teaching kids that presents that you bought were actually delivered by some mythical figure who keeps tally of what you...

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Weekly Flash #5 – Feral Attraction

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 | 0 comments

This week’s Flash Fiction is a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short. I’ve wanted to write the story of how Erik and Bera met for some time. They are two secondary characters from Broods of Fenrir who have a long history that you never do find out about in the course of that story. It was nice to have the chance to share a brief glimpse of how they met. I may write a few more stories in that world as flash. It gives me a chance to write some words and also do develop some side characters a bit more. I hope you enjoy Feral Attraction. As always, please leave a comment if you...

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Weekly Flash #4 – Jack of All Trades

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 | 0 comments

This week’s flash fiction is a bit of a bastard child. The idea started out as one of those late morning, half awake dreams. I got about halfway through the story and realized I had run out of steam. Then I thought, well, what if this man doing the carjacking is actually a character from Broods of Fenrir. Who would it be? Why is he carjacking her? So, that’s where the second half comes from. I don’t think it’s my strongest bit of short fiction, but I am a bit fond of it because I finished it through determination and didn’t just give up on it when I wanted to....

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