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Mon, Jan 31 2005

Love That Book You Read? Use It To Write Your Own Novel

From Vision: A Resource for Writers, comes a great article on one more way to get started on a novel. It's the workshop article from their latest issue. Lazette Gifford expounds on Using Your Favorite Book As A Guide.

posted at: 09:07 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

Banshees, Yecks, And Humbatas

If you write science fiction or horror stories, or you just want to brush up on your knowledge of monsters, you'll enjoy looking through Gareth Long's Encyclopedia of Monsters, Mythical Creatures and Fabulous Beasts.

posted at: 08:59 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

It's Not The Lost City Of Atlantis, And It's Not Mars, But...

It's an island under the sea. And last year it looked as though the Davidson Seamount would soon be part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. You can see the location of Davidson Seamount in relation to the current sanctuary on this page. Special vessels from nearby MBARI have been used to explore the deeply positioned seamount and have helped map the area, and have helped detect environmental conditions and even to discover the existence of animals and whole living systems that were unknown to marine scientists (and all of us) before this.

But now there comes a hint of a hitch. A new memo from the U.S. Interior Department has some scientists and environmental watchdogs on alert. Are they being alarmists? I don't know. But I'm planning to keep tabs on what the government and commercial interests are doing to affect the area. I know that energy sources are important, and I like my furnace and my hair dryer as much as the next person. But if we don't proceed with caution when it comes to energy retrieval we may pay for it with the destruction of places that could vital to future human generations. We're finally beginning to have the technology to study our oceans, and since we live on a planet whose surface area is mostly covered by water, we'd be pretty irresponsible not to study that portion of our world before we go there drilling and doing things we can't undo later. This whole thing will play out in my back yard (so to speak), but it could affect you no matter where you live, especially if you have children or grandchildren. While we're off exploring the possibilities that Mars once had water, we'd better be looking at the worlds of water we still have available to us on our own planet. I notice the Mars exploration leans toward precious water and not toward oil. That should be a hint as to what really matters to us in the sustaining of life.

posted at: 06:53 | category: /Science | link to this entry

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