Watching the Sky and other stories

For those who don't know: Blogger went down hard yesterday, losing posts and comments and remaining out of service for most of the day. It deleted several comments on my blog, including Masha's latest in the Twilight conversation. But the comments did come to my inbox, and I will respond when I get a chance. So if you want to know why I love Twilight, keep an eye on that thread.

Also, I'm definitely going to back up my blog.

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As an amateur stargazer, I'd be remiss if I didn't link this beautiful interactive sky map. It covers the night sky for both northern and southern hemispheres, has both constellations and bright stars marked by name at the click of the info button, and lets you zoom way in.

Speaking of which... all this cloud cover has got to go away. I haven't been able to use my telescope in weeks.

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According to both the title and description of this list, it is guaranteed to make the reader feel old. After reading it, however, I do not feel old. Only one of the Backstreet Boys is younger than me. Take that, world.

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Writers' link of the week: John E McIntyre on "The craft so long to lerne." This contains some of the best straightforward advice for young writers anyone could give.

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Music of the week: The Oh Wells. They're relatively local. And apparently playing Bellingham tonight. Hmm.

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Funny of the week: I'm not quite this cynical, but this did make me laugh. Hey, I'm a writer: I'm totally unashamed of having imaginary friends.

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Lou is gone for the weekend. The whole weekend. I mostly feel like pushing out my lower lip and burying myself in novels, but I've got a house to clean and an accompaniment to work up for a friend's song and a manuscript to critique and two books to write and tomato plants to re-pot and I should really take a walk... and tomorrow night I might just rent Tangled and get ice cream because I think I'll need such things.

Happy weekend, everyone.


  1. Oops, I clicked on the cool star map before my comment went up and it's lost.

    Going by that list, I'm Jurassic. ;-)

    I've been following the Twilight conversation and hope to engage next week. Good work, Jenna! And Maria and Masha, good, thoughtful critiques.

    Enjoy Tangled--a visual feast loaded with great symbolism.


  2. Thanks, Arabella! I'm looking forward to Tangled and hope I can find it in the video store. If not, I might have to settle for Enchanted.

    I'd love to hear what you have to say in the Twilight talk! You're one of the most thoughtful commenters on the novels that I know. :)

  3. I'm looking forward to your comments too, Arabella. I'm glad I won't be the only late-comer to the conversation!

    I'm away from home this weekend too - for four days, which is obscenely long in my view - I miss my husband, and have no way to bury myself, which would totally be my mode of dealing if I were Home, but I'm not, so I have to make do with taking lots of baths and spending more time online than I ever could at home. :) I hope you make it through the weekend without Too much loneliness!


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