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August CampNaNo

I’ll be trying to post the progress of each chapter of my August Camp novel as I finish them. I’m hoping to be able to finish at least 50k, preferably 60-70k.

The only reason that I’m not posting the chapters themselves is because:

  1. The novel I’m working on is the end of a trilogy, so there’s the issue of spoilers.
  2. I’m hoping to eventually self-publish these books through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

That said, I’ll be posting links to the NaNo novel profiles for each of these books later.

Got new videos on the YouTube channel!

Been a horribly long week, but at least we’re getting parts in

ASU Robo-Devils

A student organization competing in a NASA-funded competition

Temper Temper…

So we had an interesting experience this morning. We were driving to school/work, going towards the highway on Val Vista. This guy in a Kia Soul decided that it would be an excellent idea to cut off my dad (which is never a good idea), so my dad flipped him off. We reached the overpass, where my mom asked if she should flip the guy off, you know, just in case he didn’t see my dad.

Just then, the guy rolled his window down and started screaming at us. Of course, my dad can never back down from a fight and started yelling back. After the mini-war cooled down, my dad said “He saw me.”

Farewell to the Ponds

…Well that was about the most depressing episode of Doctor Who I’ve seen in a very long time.

My heart is completely broken after watching Angels in Manhattan. I was hoping for a happy(-ier) ending for the Ponds, and knowing what happened to them and knowing that they will never be coming back makes me tear up a bit. It’s a sad ending for the boy and girl who waited, but I guess there were worse ways to go.

I hope that the Doctor does not become as big a dick as he was to Martha after losing Rose. I’m holding my breath on the new companion. It’ll probably be hard to fill Amy and Rory’s shoes, especially after an end like that. Here’s to hoping for a girl who can stand up to the Doctor and hold her own against the hordes of enemies at the Doctor’s heels.

Lamia

I decided to do little posts on some of the characters I’m writing about. Each post will have a bit of basic info, some notes about their personality and history, and a picture (though the picture probably won’t match the basic info because it’s either the inspiration or how I would like them to look).

I don’t know why I decided to start with Lamia, but here she is!

Age: Unknown
Sex: Female
Race: Otori
Height: 5’1
Weight: 105
Hair: Black
Eyes: Silver

Lamia’s one woman you don’t want to cross. She once had children, but they disappeared a long time ago. Some people say that she ate them, while others claim that they ran away. She’s been around for at least 500 years, and she’s incredibly self-centered to the point that she doesn’t realize that some people even exist. She likes to ruin other people’s lives, finding it to be an amusing pastime. Her favorite saying is “Know your place, mortal.”

 

Lamia came to me after I found myself needing a big bad for my mystery series. I thought that Frederica Bernkastel from Umineko no Naku Koro ni would be a beautiful model. The name comes from Greek mythology.

The Surgeon

I just finished reading The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen. The first book in the Rizzoli & Isles series may not have the dear Dr. Isles, but it does help to read it since the next book, The Apprentice follows up on the story.

Overall, the book was excellent. I loved the way Gerritsen portrayed the various characters and led the readers along with the search for the killer. The clues were well-hidden, and I found myself tempted to go back and check something when a new clue came up.

 

Overall Grade: A

Surviving the zombie apocalypse: the DayZ experiment (Science Alert).

A creepy look at how society would implode in a major disaster (like a zombie apocalypse).

Life & the Chemistry of Stars

Everybody who has been paying any amount of attention to the hunt for habitable extrasolar planets (AKA exoplanets) has probably heard the term “Goldilocks Zone” in regards to planet location. The Goldilocks Zone refers to a thin band around a star where water can exist in liquid form. Too close, the water boils away; too far and it freezes solid.

However, scientists here at ASU have found that the distance from a star is not the only factor governing potential habitability. The composition of the star itself plays a role as well. Patrick Young and others contend that the abundant elements carbon, oxygen, sodium, magnesium, & silicon are particularly important. Higher concentrations of these elements can cool down a star and slow its growth. This would keep the Goldilocks Zone steady for longer, which means that any planets inside that zone will have longer to develop the proper conditions for life.

It’ll be interesting to see where this research goes from here. Maybe I can asked Dr. Young if I could volunteer! *gasp*