Welcome to the triumphant return of Science Affliction! I know I said last week that I wasn’t going to make my story fodder posts just about science anymore, but you know what? Science is freaking awesome. So we’re going to stick with that, but if I happen to see some cool artwork or other inspirational stuff I’ll add it in too, because I make the rules! Anyway, without further ado we’ll get to the science.
eins) A link I should have posted a long time ago. AstroPics has some of the most wonderful HD images of space on the internet. If you can look at Wally Pacholka’s amazing works of art and not be inspired, there just might be something wrong with you. Along the same lines NASA shares an Astronomy Picture of the Day that has some unbelievable images. Today’s image is the Featured
zwei) An interesting study showing that apes display emotional responses to the outcome of decisions.
drei) I would like to go on record saying that I want to place my order for a mammoth clone grown from the running blood of a deep frozen mammoth now. To be running at -10 mammoths must have had some kind of innate anti-freeze. While I do love to speculate what other forms of life might be out there in the universe, we have some pretty awesome ones right here.
vier) The fourth entry is a neat little story about a guy who wants to make robot drone pets. His ideas for what they could do involve following you around taking pictures, posting your status updates, that sort of thing. Personally, I can imagine some much better items to have my drone do, the dishes for example. I need me a Rosie from the Jetsons.
fünf) I’ve saved my favorite link of the week for last. Every wanted to be more involved in space exploration? Now you can! A Kickstarter project to fund a public telescope is a wonderfully exciting idea. Depending on your donation level you can get pictures of yourself in space, point the telescope at anything and get your own personal picture of space objects, or sponsor a school telescope time.
That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed the brief overview of the week in science!
Nothing new to report again this week because I’ve been writing the synopsis of Forgotten Magic in preparation for an application to a writing workshop. Synopsis writing is perhaps the most evil form of torture known to writers. You’ve slaved over this book, worked on it for months, adding in all of the subtleties and subplots so what you’ve got a is lovely representation of your soul. Now you have to take each chapter you worked so hard on and boil it down to two or three sentences. Ugh. Anyway, I’m almost done with that particular hell and will hopefully have something new and exciting for next week. In the meantime I’ve got a little story I wrote last year for my Fiction Seminar class by the name of Plague Vector. I hope you like it!
This is the first of what will hopefully be lots of writing updates. I haven’t written anything new this week, so instead of leaving you with nothing to read I’ve dug through my archives for two poems I wrote last year, a prose poem called Homesick and a blank verse poem called Bloodthirst.
I’m not a poet, not really, but I took a class last year for my MFA program. Though I was very bad at first, I learned a lot about writing while taking the course and ended up producing a few that weren’t half bad. Hopefully you enjoy this little taste of something different.
Three months. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve made an update. I could give you all sorts of excuses, but I won’t bother because it’s not important.
I haven’t been idle in that time. I’ve finished my latest WIP, tentatively titled Forgotten Magic. I’m letting the first draft cool off for a while, probably until the end of the summer, and then I’ll take up the edits. I’ve already gotten some great feedback from advisor, so I’m actually pretty jazzed about editing this one. My goal is to have that novel out querying agents by the end of the year. In the meantime, I’ve got some ideas for the third Broods book to flesh out and a project idea blooming that should keep me writing actively over the summer.
I just finished my Master of Fine Arts in Writing last week. I’m excited, but a little lost without my next class to look forward to. I really think I’m going to miss the regular interaction with other writers. To curb that, I’ve decided I’m going to apply for a few writer’s workshops in the area and see what happens. I’ve had few run-ins with rejection so far in my writing career, so I might as well jump in and get used to it, right? Time to thicken up the skin for the agent submission carousel. I’m also planning to devote more time to reading now that classes won’t be occupying my after-work hours. I’ve fallen woefully behind on some of my favorite authors and it really feels like something is missing from my life because of that.
As far as what’s going on here on the blog, I’m going to make a few new content commitments to revitalize this place. I’m going to bring back story fodder Fridays, but widen the topics a bit to keep things interesting. Instead of providing only science news stories I’m going to mix it up, giving out five tidbits of interesting stuff I’ve read the previous week. I’m also going to try to post some creative writing at least once a week. It might be flash fiction, poetry, or just a piece of an idea that’s been mulling around my head. Essentially you’ll be getting a peek at the inside of my writing journal. Let’s go with Wednesday for those, for no particular reason at all. I’ll try to get a few more visiting authors too, just to keep things fresh. If you’re an author looking to do a guest blog or an interview, drop me a line on the About Page. There will also be a blog site revamp coming soonish, so don’t be surprised if you see new and exciting things hereabouts!
First, let me start with an apology for not updating for a long while. Since the New Year I’ve had a whole bunch going on, but that’s really no excuse. Going forward I am going to do my absolute level best to update at least weekly, even if it’s some ridiculous nonsense, which it will likely be about half the time.
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’m on schedule to graduate from my Master’s program in May. The project I’ve decided to submit is the new novel I’m working on. I’m unsure as I’m writing this if I’ve mentioned what it’s about on here yet, so let’s save it as another update if not. (Look at me, milking this thing already.)
I’ve got another Broods of Fenrir short in the works. It will be another freebie, so it will go up here whenever it’s ready. Watch this space!
The final bit of news I wanted to share was that you will soon be able to buy all my books from right here, on my website via Gumroad. Pretty linkies below.
PS for authors: Gumroad is very user friendly and so far seems an easy way to sell direct to customers. So if you’ve been looking for that like I have, check them out!