Yesterday I took the day off. I figured that a solar eclipse was a legit reason for a science fiction writer to skip out on writing. Other good reasons to take a day off writing SF: alien invasion, giant meteor heading for earth, rise of the machines, rampaging triffids, or somewhat less unlikely possibilities like humans going to Mars, or NASA returning to the moon. (If we went back to the moon, I wouldn’t just take the day off, I’d throw a party!) Today I’m back at work on the book!
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!