Thursday, July 23, 2009

Time For Another Title Change


A new urban fantasy program on the BBC is called Being Human. It sounds awesome and features a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost sharing an apartment. I'd watch that. Sounds a bit like the start of a joke. Well, the point is, my urban fantasy wannabepleasepleaseplease-novel is...was called To Be Human.

Damn you, BBC! Will you never stop swiping my ideas?

Well, to be fair, they couldn't have known my title, being that it hasn't been published yet. But it's awfully suspicious that they also used my idea to write a show about a time traveling doctor in a police box. (Never mind that it was created in the 60's and I wasn't born until 1970.)

All I'm saying is that I need a new title or it'll look like I'm the copy-cat.

Of Mice and Stem Cells

What do mice skin cells and chameleons have in common?
They can both change.

There's a new study using stem cells derived from the skin cells of mice. See this link--> mice . It turns out they are quite versatile. That's good news for science and humanity. It's been long known that adult stem cells derived from bone marrow, umbilical cord et al. are useful in medical treatments. For one thing, if you use the patient's own cells, there's not chance of rejection. Here's a link to a fact sheet in a PDF stem cell treatments .

So, I was thinking of a new comic book series called "Mouse Cells" featuring two cells with super powers living in a petri dish in a lab. They'll be like Pinky and the Brain only smaller... and less cute.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Postcard Story

Hey, I'm published! Well... sort of. They publish nearly everything they get. It's a fun site. Come see mine as well as the stories of others. Maybe even publish your own. :) I took advantage of the postcard layout and wrote a note based on the Orpheus stories (which I simply adore). Most people just write very short stories.

Monday, July 20, 2009

How Dumb Am I?

Now we're going to play the game called, "How Dumb Am I?"

It's easy, really. We just count the number of mistakes Amanda made today.

One: Forgot to put a fork in my husband's lunch box. *cost = a teasing chuckle from husband~

Two: Let a library book go past due. *cost = twent-five cents~

Three: Sent out a query letter to a literary agent with the word "sole" when I meant "soul." *Priceless~

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Science Fiction

Woo Hoo! My friend went to a science fiction museum in Washington state and got me these cool things. I'm a happy space traveler. :)

My next post will be about something deep and meaningful. I promise. Until then, "Don't panic, Luke. The force is with you and the answer is 42."

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Vatican and Harry Potter

Hey, it seems the Vatican got to see Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince before me. You can see the article with this link.

Vatican paper finds good and bad in new Harry Potter movie

I'm looking forward to seeing it, in spite of the fact that every time I see the movies I feel compelled to say, "It's not like the book." Duh, lady. Did ya expect it to be? Well, I look at it as another opportunity to watch Brendan Gleeson play Mad Eye Moody. ;-) Just kidding. I just watch them for the sake of the kids....really.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

An Explosive Ten Year Anniversary

Yesterday was our ten year wedding anniversary and we're still as happy as can be! :) We took a motorcycle ride, went out to lunch, went to the shooting range. That was my first time shooting a real pistol. I actually hit the target a couple of times. We watched a movie at home, then met my sister's family (who had our twins for the day) at the park and there we watched fireworks.

Here's a picture of Peter on our bike.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Walk to Lime Ridge

We've no idea what these flowers are. They look like giant morning glories.
Here's the view from the ridge.

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