In which features ancient forests and trees, books of the electronic and paper kind, and The Writing Closet.
THE 10-YEAR QUESTION. – Jon Acuff “Ten years from now, what will the older you wish the younger you had done?” Could This Be the End of Frankincense? – JoAnna Klein As more uses are found for the aromatic resin, the population of trees that produce it are on the brink of collapse. During a…… Continue reading Friday Stuff: Existential Questions, Plants, Solar Eclipses, Word Origins, and What I’m Reading
I’ve decided to start the “weekly finds” posts again, as they are a lot of fun for me and they also give an idea of what I read that influences my fiction (up to a point, obviously). I’ll still do Friday Favourite Music as well, but I think it will more often than not be…… Continue reading Friday Stuff – Pondering Ideas, Reality, Widows, Tattoed Women, and a Song
“Blou” (”Blue”) is another of my favourite songs, and I think this version — by Loki Rothman and Laurika Rauch — is my favourite version of it as well! (Lyrics and music by André Swiegers.) “Blou” (”Blue”) by Loki Rothman and Laurika Rauch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6b_75iZHrA
It’s nothing new that music can influence mood – sometimes quite significantly. Music can conjure up old memories – both good and bad – but also take you away from the present moment into a place of serenity and calmness. I find that music can help me on dark and difficult days – and it…… Continue reading My favourite music for dark days
Articles of the week: Miniature Pyramids of Sudan by Eric A. Powell Archaeologists excavating on the banks of the Nile have uncovered a necropolis where hundreds of small pyramids once stood Hoards of the Vikings by Daniel Weiss Evidence of trade, diplomacy, and vast wealth on an unassuming island in the Baltic Sea 7 Psychology…… Continue reading Weekly Finds – Miniature pyramids, Viking hoards, underground cities, character pet peeves, and stone gods
Articles of the Week: The hidden dangers of euphemisms by Mark Peters This sneaky language is the enemy of clarity, from George Orwell to your office. The last mermaids of Japan by Mike MacEacheran The Ama are Japan’s last population of female shell divers. But with their way of life and culture increasingly under threat,…… Continue reading Weekly Finds – Euphemisms, mermaids, writing a series, Old Hag Syndrome, and more
Articles of the week The tree that shaped human history – by Mike Shanahan Fig trees have not only witnessed history but have shaped it and they could even enrich our future The man who tried to photograph thoughts and dreams – by Josh Gabbatiss A French Commandant’s belief that he could photograph the inner…… Continue reading Weekly Finds – Shaping Human History, Photographing Dreams, Creative Burnouts, and Hidden Buddhas
Masked Women, Widows, Antagonists, Convenience factors in fiction, Cities, and Worldbuilding
Welcome to the first Weekly Finds post of 2017!