Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Spiral Piece of Mystery

This spiral galaxy lies in the constellation Ursa Major, about 46 million light-years from Earth. The orbiting Hubble Space Telescope snapped this photo of the galaxy NGC 2841, one of several chosen for a new study to observe stellar nurseries. Newborn stars are bright blue.

CREDIT: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration; M. Crockett and S. Kaviraj (Oxford University, UK), R. O'Connell (Univ. of Virginia), B. Whitmore (STScI) and the WFC3 Scientific Oversight Committee.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Protagonist Inside

Dear Publishing Company Acquisition Editor (you probably don't know who you are):

My name is Austin Carr. I'm a fictional stockbroker buried deep in your slush pile, dropped there last year by my hard-working, persistent agent. She's about given up on you (and me) and last week suggested I ought to think hard about self-publishing, adding my third adventure to the two that were published in 2007 and 2008. She says nobody likes stockbrokers. I'm a pariah.

Well, sor -- rey! I was just trying to make a living, and my boss said those collateralized default swaps and mortgage-backed bonds were golden investments. How was I supposed to know they loaned money to a bunch of deadbeats? But the truth is, all those bad investments that bankrupt our country and wiped out TFA's retirement income also made for great fiction. Think of all those angry customers. What conflict!

Anyway, Ms. PCAE, could you please just take a quick look at BIG MOJO down there? It has more laughs than a Conan O'Brien show, a great insider trading plot, and a knife-fight between Luis the bartender and a bad guy that'll make your knees quiver. Take a peek, will ya? I'd really rather not do this alone.

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Resource for Mystery Writers

Hey there, Austin Carr fans.

My name is Tom Adair and I am a retired, internationally recognized, forensic scientist/CSI in Colorado. I am contacting writers of mystery/crime thrillers to let them know I have recently launched an informative blog called FORENSICS4FICTION.

I thought you and other mystery/crime writers you know might be interested in the information. I make an effort to explain the basics of forensics for authors of all experience levels. I have just started a section on historical forensics, and soon will be adding some fun categories for the science fiction and fantasy/paranormal writers as

I love to answer questions about forensics and law enforcement in general so feel free to fire away if the need arises. Thanks for your consideration.

Thanks, Tom. Consider the word passed around. We've been to the site and found much to read. Check it out.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Redhead of the Week Has Cold Feet

Emily Samuelson is a 21-year-old American ice dancer, the 2009 U.S. silver medalist, the 2009 Four Continents bronze medalist, and the 2008 World Junior Champion. Her male partner is some guy named Bates.

Emily was born in Southfield, Michigan and currently lives and trains in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from Novi High School in spring of 2008 and entered the University of Michigan that fall. She began skating at age five, competed in single skating through the Intermediate level and tested up to the Novice level in the USFSA testing structure. When she was nine, her coach, Karen Lingenfelter, recommended that she try ice dancing, and Sameulson briefly paired up with Lingenfelter's son Kurt and competed with him a local competition.

She began competing with Evan Bates at the Juvenile level in 2000 when they were paired up by their coach Gary Clark. At the 2001–2002 U.S. Junior Championships, they won the intermediate national title.

Thanks Emily and Wikipedia.