This is just stunning: BBC has released 50 hours of video from Earth II which they’re calling a “visual soundscape” as part of their Real Happiness Project. Nature — even nature video — has been proven to increase happiness, so they’ve put together five 10 hour videos of nature and posted them on YouTube! You can click through to all videos from this Treehugger article and add the videos to your playlists (or create a massive 50 hr playlist)! As the heat of summer increases, actually spending any significant amount of time in nature becomes more difficult—but you can now pour a cold beverage and sink into breathtaking landscapes anywhere you may be. Enjoy!!!
Something fun and wonderful for your Monday morning: Text San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to get art sent to your phone. This is nifty, though the responses are a bit quirky for the input. Still, wonderful art comes right into your hand instaneously and it’s a lovely surprise to see what you get.
I’ve posted a short “end of year” summary over on my author site. All-in-all, it’s been a good year for me as a writer. One book and two new short stories published. Not too bad. I hope everyone has a good holiday season and a terrific new year. Thanks for following this eclectic little blog.
Do you pick up pennies? I used to, but now I usually just leave the “luck” for someone else. 🙂 When I was a kid the full rhyme I learned was “See a penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck. See a penny, let it lay, bad luck will haunt you all the day.” I never liked the punitive aspect of the full rhyme. I prefer to take my chances, and leave the penny for someone else who might need a penny’s worth of luck. 🙂
I’ll be doing a live internet radio interview on Deadly Reads Radio (aka Journey Into the Night) on April 28th at 9 pm Central Time. We’ll talk about the new book, as well as other projects and interests of mine. It’s a call-in show, so mark your calendars to join us! I’ll be posting the call-in number and a reminder closer to time. Click through and bookmark the show site!
Lots of things are popping up online either free or on sale cheap for the holidays. This isn’t a definitive list, but I just thought I’d share some fiction (ebooks, audio books, podcasts) and music. (All but one are holiday-themed.)
Podcasts: I like science fiction and fantasy. However, when one looks at a list of Christmas-themed stories or ebooks what one usually finds are romance and mystery. I like romance and mystery just fine, but if you want SF/fantasy here’s some to brighten (or maybe I should say “enliven”) your holidays. Podcastle, the excellent fantasy podcast, for the past few years has featured a holiday story by Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw in December. (Note that the podcasts are rated; most are G or PG, but one is an R.)
- 2010: “The Christmas Mummy”
- 2011: “The Ghost of Christmas Possible”
- 2012: “Catching The Spirit”
- 2013: “Seasonal Disorder”
- 2014: “Elf Employment”
Keep an eye on Podcastle to see if there’s another story this year!
More Fiction: Also….not a podcast, but….“Overtime” by Charles Stross. Fantasy/horror/comedy which is part of his Laundry series, but can be read as a stand-alone story. Free to read on the Tor.com site. (Ebook short story 99 cents Nook and Kindle.)
Music: “Christmas Time Is Here” played by Michelle Shumann Trio live in studio 1A, from KUTX’s Song of the Day podcast. You can listen in the player below (for most browsers) or click through and download the song.
Ebooks: One of my favorite children’s book, Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree is on sale for Nook and Kindle, $1.99 right now. It’s a short illustrated poem. Charming.
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd is a collection of the essays that were the original basis for his screenplay A Christmas Story. A nice treat for fans of the movie. $1.99 for Nook and Kindle.
Audiobooks: This isn’t Christmas-y — unless you embrace the tradition of ghost stories at Christmas — but M. R. James’ classic story, “Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come To You, My Lad”, read by David Suchet, is free from Audible.com right now. (Not sure if you need an Audible account to get this. Some freebies are accessible to all and some are not.)
Joyous Everything to Everyone! 🙂