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A post is coming. I promise it is. However, a few things interfered with it being finished last night. Now, I am being held hostage by Demon Cat (aka Brat Cat) and his cohorts, Thena (aka Her Royal Pussiness) and Bentley Dog. They don’t like the fact that I am even considering giving my attention to anything but them. DK had already hidden my thumb drive that has my work on it and Bentley Dog has been trying to make the power cord for the laptop into his chew toy. And who says I don’t have a life? Β πŸ˜‰

Seriously, I have a couple of things interfering in work this morning, including a very wonky internet connection. But I will be back. In the meantime, the floor is yours. Give us some ideas for future posts. Thanks!


  1. Don’t look at me. I’m just watching the first snowfall of the year accumulating at a rate of over an inch an hour, and reveling in the thought that there’s not a reason in the world for me to leave the comfort of my house.
    Hot chocolate? Why yes, I believe I will.

  2. I’m taking a break from dealing with slow software, slow hardware and oblivious humans, but I do have a few ideas… πŸ˜€

    – 1000 different real world experiences that science fiction/fantasy writers should have to expand their horizons and not insult their readers with glossed over, made up drak. (Not bitching about this motley crew, but I’m tired of hearing about life, science, technology, fighting, food, politics, community, etc… from people that don’t have a clue.) We could issue merit badges and whatnot. (Do you want to know what the one with the outhouse on it is for?) πŸ˜€

    – A single web site/page that list the best of the non-SJW/non-Tor-rible authors and their best books so I can give my family and friends a holiday present list. (They hate giving out gift cards, something I dearly love. And I hate making recommendations.)

    – a discussion of various modern media myth busters. (Clock-boy, etc…)

    – Your favorite hard core science. Geology and astronomy are a few of mine, but physics is something I tinker with daily.

    1. Is the one with the outhouse for having won the debate over whether one should put a scoop of ash down the outhouse hole with every use or not? I’m still pondering, and I think I’ve reached the conclusion that if you live someplace it’s not frozen most of the year and have easy sites for digging new outhouse holes, it’s a half-decent way to keep the smell down and fertilize the fruit tree you plant when topping off the hole. On the other hand, if it’s frozen most of the year, if you have one of two good spots in the middle of a bunch of granite, or if you don’t plan to actually be there long / have high volume use, then it’s way too much work to fill the hole faster.

      1. Now, that’s odd. Not the story – that I was just contemplating myself the differences between cultures (and economics) that result from their environments…

      2. The outhouse may require either the use of said facility for a minimum or a year and the relocation of the facility. Or the digging out and repair of two septic systems at the height of either summer or winter.

        1. As long as it’s not a badge of shame for learning the hard way never to shoot at a critter (usually snake) in the hole with a shotgun…

          I did not do so, I hasten to add. I am a human; we are an animal with the capacity to learn from the mistakes of others.

  3. No great ideas, but if anyone wants to write a 45 minute talk about the Tokugawa shogunate and the unification of Japan for me . . . no?

    Add me to the geology fans. I’ve been caught sneaking into the journal stacks and skimming the geology and physical geography issues when I’m supposed to be doing history. Bad Alma, bad, bad. (Although it does help keep the librarians confused. They have yet to decide which Department I’m affiliated with. πŸ˜‰ ) Archaeology’s another good way to squander research time.

      1. Hmm, the seeds to what Japan became in WWII may have been sown during Meiji.

        You can do a lot on Tokugawa as a reaction to the Sengoku Jidai, and the battle of Seikigahara.

        When my allergies are bad, I’m inclined to be an inverse Oda Nobunaga. If the nightingale sings, kill it, I want some peace and quiet. πŸ™‚

    1. Geology is fascinating. And the more you learn about the wildly varied world underfoot, the more problems you come up with.

      Like “How big and how deep would a crater have to be, in order to have noticeably denser atmosphere at the bottom for a colony to make the Bad Idea that this is a good ‘temporary’ base when terraforming a planet?”

      “Does said crater have to be volcanic instead, if I’m going to provide a geothermal heat source, or do we have any examples of volcanoes popping up in old meteor craters / the bottom being close to a magma chamber?”

      “What would happen, geologically speaking, if the Chikxulub meteor had instead impacted the Yellowstone basin?”

      “No, I don’t want a top 10 clickbait list, I was a dense chewy geology article! Arrgh!”

      1. Look up Flood Basalts, especially the Deccan flood basalts. They erupted about the time of the K/T impact. There is some evidence (going off memory here) that the Chikxulub meteor was only one fragment of the thing. There’s evidence for a strike in what is present day India at the same time and around 2 other spots that I don’t recall off the top of my head.

        1. Part of the Siberian Traps, IIRC (although there’s a lot of cussin and discussion about that). And I’ve read some theories that the Yellowstone hotspot started as a meteor strike.

          1. The Siberian Traps are actually earlier Permian/Triassic and an even bigger extinction event (including marine life). Roughly 95% of all life in the oceans kaput.

          2. On Yellowstone, I’ll see what I can dig up. I need to re-up to my professional societies for free access to publications again. *sheepish*

            1. The theory (as of about 15 years ago) was that the hotspot/magma plume started with such an impact.
              If you want to research it, you’ll be looking at the Columbia River Basalts. The hotspot started there and shifted when the smaller plate it initially started in/under was completely subducted.

              1. I’ll ping my co-worker. She did a lot of her undergrad field work in that area. She’ll probably be able to point me in the right direction on articles. I’ve heard other similar theories for other flood basalts, though mostly from the K/T impacts and the P/Tr extinction event (which they found a crater that dates to the right time and makes Chikxulub look dainty by comparison. Though the talk that discussed it was back when /I/ was an undergrad so about 10 years ago.) This is the first I’ve heard of the hot spot being attributed to a meteor impact, but I’m not a vulcanologist.

                1. πŸ˜‰ Me either.
                  It was a speculative theory. As far as I could tell, it was at least as good an explanation for the existence of the mantle plume as any other. But it’s not something we can easily test.

                  1. I do know that there’s speculation about that subducted rifting zone. (There’s evidence that ‘mid ocean ridge’ actually got subducted, not just the plate and that’s some of what caused the geological wierdness that is the Rockies.) I’ve heard that get pegged as a likely candidate for creating the hot spot, but, again, old information.

  4. Did someone say geology? The rocks are my friends… *goes back to seismic data* I should dig my sed/strat book out of the box room (Still unpacking we need more bookshelves). I wholeheartedly welcome geology discussions.

    More seriously my current for-story research involves quantum physics. Not something I think even this crowd has an abundant number of experts in. Some things on biology and the effects of intense electromagnetic fields on the human brain (or how to efficiently extrapolate handwavium that creates such things.)

    Other Useful topics on writing:
    1) Common technical issues with getting epub, mobi, etc. files out there. What formatting issues are there? Is it similar to transitioning a document from Word Perfect to Word or vice versa (that is any ‘special’ formatting likely went poofle.)

    2) Pros and cons of setting up a ‘self only’ publishing ‘house’. Does it make more sense to be an LLC and have the ‘company’ pay for things like editing or stock art or is that needless extra paperwork? (Other insights on how to best structure the business side of the writing business would be welcome.)

    3) Anything along the ‘business’ lines of indie

  5. I can guest a “what I learned from trying a pre-order.”

    And trying to compress the creation of the Tokugawa Shogunate into 30 min made my brain hurt.

    1. It was just a reaction foreigners bringing in sorcery. Oda Nobunaga used that and western medicine to create armies of monsters.

      He was stopped by a total of fifty three highschool girl kendokas traveling back from between the 1960s and the 2020s.

      The real reason the Tokugawa fell is that past the mid 2200s, there are not enough Japanese to go back in time and keep propping it up.

      1. For as much sense about the subject as I would be able to cram into half an hour (and I DO know a fair amount about it) – I’d probably just show an anime, too.

        Bonus – the students would leave with a healthy fear of Japanese baseball players…

        1. My problem is partly that I can write and deliver shorter speeches, but I do not know about longer. I could write something longer than I could deliver off the top of my head, but it probably wouldn’t be thirty minutes, it would take me longer than it took TXRed, and I’m not sure I have thirty minutes worth of material.

          Someone needs to do otome games of the constitutional conventions, with a female high-school biathlon student, and bishie founding fathers.

                    1. Is this where the monkeys write Shakespeare by pounding on random keyboards? The real problem is would anyone notice in the flood of random garbage?

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