Monday, December 12, 2016

Must ... finish ... novella

I would hate to go a week without posting, because skipping once makes it easier to do so again. Good habits are to be reinforced, after all. But I also have a story in process, about which I'll say no more than it's a secret history and it demands(!) to be finished.

Put this all together, and it's a good time to share some of the more eclectic items that have recently caught my eye -- such aggregation posts come together quickly. You might not find every item herein to be noteworthy, but you'll surely find something interesting in what follows :-)

Audio books are increasingly popular -- a medium about which many people have mixed feelings. The Washington Post addressed those feelings in "Is listening to a book ‘cheating?’ " Note that this is a cognitive scientist's analysis, not random old guy hearkening onto Ye Olden, Golden Days of Yore.

Image from The Guardian (UK news outlet)
Speaking of yore, have you ever felt nostalgia for big, beautiful, lighter-than-air aircraft? I know I have. (And no, I'm not Zeppelin-old. I have, though, seen the Goodyear blimp.) If that describes you, too, then you'll want to check out the Airlander 10, known affectionately in the UK as "The Flying Bum." See " ‘Flying Bum’ edges out of hangar before debut flight."

Another habit of the follically impaired: griping about changes to the language -- because language does change. (And I don't resist all change. I got myself a new dictionary a few years back. I stopped putting two spaces after periods in manuscripts. I've cut back my use of adverbs. Aren't you impressed?) ANYway, if the changes in language interest you, too, consider, "Stop. Using. Periods. Period." from the Wonkblog. I'm not saying I agree, but still, this is food for thought.

And from the Department of When It Rains, It Pours, we have "First it was Samsung phones. Now it’s exploding Samsung washing machines."

Finally (and timely for many SF and Nonsense readers), we have, from, "Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Reading List."

And it's back to that novella I go ...

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