Sunday, May 27, 2012

Call It Steampunk!

One of my nieces posted this on my Face Book wall. Love it! Just glue some gears on it and call it steampunk!
Honestly, I like things with gears glued on. It's a fun look! But I think my husband would agree with the video. He's annoyed by steampunky things that serve no purpose or that wouldn't really work. For instance, he explained to me why a bicycle-powered airplane wouldn't work. But he designed an alternative for me which may show up in my WIP. In tribute to my awesome and clever husband, here's the little film I made of him and his friend messing around with his friend's Varna HPV (human powered vehicle). It's got old timey silent film music. Kinda nifty! :)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Don't Panic

May 25th is fast approaching, so get your towel ready! That is the day that fans of Douglas Adams (of Hitchhiker's Guild to the Galaxy fame) commemorate their favorite writer's life by carrying around towels all day.

If you don't understand the reference, you have't read the Guide, Towel Day would be the perfect day to start the trilogy (of five books) :p.  And if you get the towel reference (because you've read the books or seen the movie), and you love Adams' work, but you've never celebrated Towel Day, I hope this will be the year.

Step over to one of the Towel Day sites, such as this one- TowelDay.net and share news, Towel Day pictures, and play games, or this one and learn about events around the globe. Or come visit the facebook site May 25th Towel Day.

Me on Towel Day 2011 with my 42 Towel
You too can stick a nifty Towel Day timer on your blog. I made mine at mycountdown.org.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Nifty Eclipse

Did you see the solar eclipse on Sunday evening? It was super nifty. You know that thing about not looking at the eclipse? That's good advice. Not satisfied with my pinhole eclipse looker thingy, I dared to peak at it. Just from behind my hand with my head turned sideways. I got a glimpse of it. Spectacular--with the moon mostly covering the sun. But boy what a headache and a lot of spots I had to endure for a long time after. Probably did serious damage to my poor eyes who already don't see so well.

They always say not to look at the eclipse or you'll go blind. As a kid, I was afraid to turn my face to the sky at all during an eclipse. I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to look at the sun ever, not just during an eclipse, but I never worried about sky gazing during the day.

I heard that there's this amazing correlation between the relative sizes of the sun and moon and their relative distance from each other and earth that make them appear to be the same size in the sky and this is the reason the moon covers the sun so perfectly during a total eclipse.

I snapped some pictures near the end of it. They don't look very eclipsy. (Is that a word?) My camera isn't set up for sky gazing. But they look kind of cool. I'll post three of them.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Truth is stranger than friction

Yes, you read that right. LOL

The rocks in a woman's pocket got jostled around, rubbing against eachother, and caught her shorts on fire. Strange. Read about it here. Now, if I wrote this into a story, people would either think it was dumb and unbelievable, or if a more skilled writer took it on, it could possibly be thought of as magical realism.

Or if you like, read this story about puppies falling from the sky.

And in other news, the pro bike racer guys (the ones who do Tour de France), came through my town. The Amgen Tour of California is on now. We went out to watch and I filmed it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Visceral Tales of Terror



I had no idea how compelling this collection would be when I sat down to read just one story. I thought I'd save the rest for later, but loved the first so much, I tore through three more. Then I couldn't wait to get back to reading as soon as possible.
Each story is vivid and has unique, unexpected twists. I was reminded of my love for Ray Bradbury's short stories.
It would be tough to choose a favorite from this collection. I would think I had discovered my favorite, only to go crazy for the next one. But I'll settle on "Scream Scream" and "The Last Line" as my top two picks. They had super surprising twists. But I assure you, not one of the stories will disappoint.

You get 19 horror stories of various lengths. Some are gruesome, some will chill your bones, and a couple will even tug at your heartstrings. In this collection, McCoy transports us to Russia, introduces a vengeful spider, and lets us experience the usefulness of rather unusual box. And you really won't forget your trip into the Kitty Kat Club.

Check it out. The collection is $12.99. That's only about 68 cents per story. And the Kindle version is only $3.99! Holy cow, what a bargain! Get Hunter's Moon today!
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