How to Support an Author’s New Book: 11 Ideas For You

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Chuck Sambuchino

large_5595133805My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media). On top of that, my coworker Robert Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) recently got a publishing deal for a book of his poetry.

So I find myself as a cheerleader for my writing buddies — trying to do what I can to help as their 2013 release dates approach. I help in two ways: 1) I use my own experience of writing & publishing books to share advice on what they can expect and plan for; and 2) I simply do whatever little things I can that help in any way.

This last part brings up an important point: Anyone can support an author’s…

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Diana Gabaldon’s New Book!

I am SO excited about this!

http://www.dianagabaldon.com/books/outlander-series/written_in_my_own_hearts_blood/

On June 10, 2014, Diana Gabaldon officially released the eighth major novel in her Outlander series. It is called “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” – or what she calls “MOBY” for short.

I highly suggest you give the whole series a read! Don’t cheat yourself… start at the beginning of the series.

Musings on My Early Writings

As mentioned in a previous post, my mother recently found some of my early writings from the age of about 7 years.

Reading them now, I’m struck by what a morbid child I was! So many stories involved my main character (usually a strange young girl) dying at the end. Or at least getting seriously injured.

It guess it makes sense that I became interested in Stephen King and Dean Koontz as I got older!

Still, I have a feeling I was working through something tragic. At around that time, we lived in Denver, Colorado. There was a boy my age that went to my school. He lived just down the street.

He died from leukemia. His name was Ricky Knight. Although my mother’s parents died when I was too young to really understand what was happening, this was the first time I had encountered death up close and personal. And it wasn’t the death of a pet, or something “normal.”

It was the death of a child. My own age. I was shocked. I had no idea that such a thing could even happen.

I can only imagine I must have been trying to process this unbelieveable thing through my stories.

My next post will be one of those stories.

Sexually Dimorphic Tridimensionally Preserved Pterosaurs and Their Eggs from China

An exciting discovery indeed!

Reported at Current Biology magazine:

http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2814%2900525-9

To parse out the title for you:
Sexually Dimorphic – meaning that there were obvious differences between the males and females.
Tridimensionally Preserved – the eggs were 3-D (not flatened).

Pterosaurs are not to be confused with Pterodactyls, though they are similar looking creatures.

pterosaur
(Image from nerdfighters.ning.com)

Almost Earth-like Planet Found

Kepler-186f is described as “a rocky planet orbiting its star at just the right distance for it to harbor liquid water and thus, potentially, life.”

http://news.sciencemag.org/space/2014/04/almost-earth-tantalizes-astronomers-promise-worlds-come

How wonderfully exciting!

It is amazing to me how many variables come into play to make Earth habitable by human beings: distance from the sun, having an atmosphere, and rotation to name only a few.

Of course it is usually assumed that liquid water is required to support life. I would be inclined to say “life as we know it.”

How many other types of life forms might there be? I believe the possibilities are endless.

What if – right on this planet – we live with four dimensional creatures that we cannot perceive? What if trees are sentient, but we don’t know it because they move infinitely more slowly than we do? So slowly that they appear to be unaware of their surroundings?

Still, everytime there is talk about planets that potentially have much the same conditions of Earth, I’m reminded of one of my favorite TV shows ever: Star Trek.

Someday, I hope someone establishes a Starfleet Academy.

Preferably in the year 2161.  ;o)

Two Halves of Sea Turtle Bone Found 163 Years Apart

This is a really exciting palentological find:

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-turtle-bone-found-in-1800s-20140325,0,3960640.story

The turtle is said to have been just under ten feet long from nose to tail. So unless the diver in the “artist’s rendition” is a little over three feet tall, the graphic is not to scale (see image below).

Quick mock-up for scale.

Quick mock-up for scale.

Still, I’d have to say that ten feet makes for a truly large turtle!

I wish I could see this humerus in person.