Fun Fact Friday: The Fun is Relative

 

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Today is the first big snow of Michigan!  And when I say Michigan I mean mainland.  The Upper Peninsula has has had snow for weeks.

But yay for snow!  Here’s some snow themed facts for you:

NORTH DAKOTA HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST SNOW ANGELS MADE SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ONE PLACE.
Back in 2007 it was 8962 people in North Dakota who plopped down in the snow to waggle their arms and legs to make snow angels.

IGLOOS CAN BE MORE THAN 100 DEGREES WARMER INSIDE THAN OUTSIDE.

And they’re warmed entirely by body heat. Since fresh, compacted snow is approximately 90 to 95 percent trapped air (meaning it can’t move and transfer heat) it’s a great insulator. Many animals, such as bears, dig deep holes in the snow to hibernate through the winter.

THE MOST SNOW TO FALL IN A 24-HOUR PERIOD IN THE UNITED STATES IS 75.8 INCHES.

In 1921, over six feet of snow fell between April 14 at 2:30 p.m. and April 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Silver Lake, Colorado.

 

A More Middley Middle

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I have gone back and forth on whether or not Seer will be a Duology or not.  Almost to the point where I’m a lovestruck girl pulling leaves off a branch going, “He loves me, he loves me not…”.  I really want it to be two books because I feel like there’s enough material for it, but with the way I originally split it up, I just can’t make Book 1 long enough without dragging everything out and boring my future readers to death.

That is why I have enlisted help.  One of my beta readers, my wonderful co-worker Lo, is going to keep an eye out for a good stopping point farther in to the book.  A ‘more middley middle’ is how we described it.  So will Seer be a two-parter?  Your guess is as good as mine.  I would need the main character’s prophetic powers to ascertain that.

UPDATE: I have found my middley middle and am waiting for Lo to catch up to that point so she can tell me what she thinks of my stopping point.

In the meantime, I’m still waiting to hear from publishers.  It has been 2 months and three weeks since I submitted my Book Proposal and my agent said it could take 3-6 months to hear back.  I would not be surprised if I developed an ulcer due to the anxiety I feel almost every day waiting for someone to provide me with an answer to the question, “What publishing house will my book call home?”

Bye for now!

Y’All Better Be Voting

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See this link here:

http://digital.zoompubs.com/publication/?m=43835&l=1#{%22issue_id%22:533428,%22page%22:0}

This is an important link.  For everyone living in Michigan this is a critical link.  It is a link for this election’s League of Women Voters voter’s guide.

What does that mean?  Unbiased information on all the candidates you can vote for tomorrow.  It means knowledge and knowledge is power.  The power to evoke real change.  Because if you don’t vote you aren’t just not voting, you are giving the power to effect that change to someone else.  Someone who you might not necessarily agree with.

If you haven’t decided who you are voting for in some or all of the brackets, I urge you to take a look at this catalog.  For all non-Michigan residents, please refer to the site https://www.lwv.org/ to find your specific state’s guide.

This is important.

This matters.

I hope you will make the choice to vote.

 

Bye for now!

Fun Fact Friday: The Fun Is Relative

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Día de los Muertos originated in ancient Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America) where indigenous groups, including Aztec, Maya and Toltec, had specific times when they commemorated their loved ones who had passed away. Certain months were dedicated to remembering the departed, based on whether the deceased was an adult or a child.

After the arrival of the Spanish, this ritual of commemorating the dead was intertwined with two Spanish holidays: All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2). Día de los Muertos is often celebrated on Nov. 1 as a day to remember children who have passed away, and on Nov. 2 to honor adults.

Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated mostly in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America. Recently it has become increasingly popular among Latino communities abroad, including in the United States.

Research is weird and No More Ads

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So you may have noticed that ads are no longer on my site.  Or not.  Whatevs.  But they’re gone.  I had them in an effort to drum up some side income.  But, seeing the above numbers, I’d have to have superstar popularity on a daily basis to even come close to making any real money.  With that being said, Begone Advertisements!

If you asked to see the Internet History of any writer you would pause, process, then run screaming from the room.  That is, if you didn’t know they were a writer.  Knowing that a person is a writer, while browsing through that internet history would still make you pause, process, and then give a very concerned look in your friend’s direction.

That is because dragons, I’m sorry to say, aren’t real.  But flying reptiles were.  Faeries are not accepted as real by the greater population (much to their folly and inevitable doom).  Because we are not taught about selkies and summoning charms, mermaids and curses, or any other supernatural things in the oftentimes depressing syllabus that encompasses public school education, writers have to do this research on their own.

How many people (outside of a Criminal Justice major/professional) know the minimum distance to keep oneself from an armed attacker while your gun is holstered?  The answer is 20 feet because an assailant armed with any form of hand to hand combat weapon can close the space of 20 feet in the time it take to draw and aim your gun.

So we have to look up some pretty weird stuff in our pursuit of knowledge.  The old adage, “Write what you know” has thankfully been adhered to by next to none of the scifi/fantasy community.  Otherwise, most of my favorite books would not be in existence.

So next time you peer over your writer friend’s shoulder and see something grisly or disturbing, take comfort in knowing it is all in the name of research.

Bye for now!

Hometown Hotspot!

I asked and I received!  Someone commented on my first Hometown Hotspot post with a request to dig up some info on the home of a friend of theirs.

Where is this lovely locale?

The highlands of Dingwall, Scotland.

Its name, derived from the Scandinavian Þingvöllr meaning field or meeting-place of the thing or local assembly.  That’s right people, Vikings.

In the early Middle Ages Dingwall was reputed to have the largest castle north of Stirling courtesy of King Alexander II.

The lawhill of Dingwall, looking east, c.1900-5 © Dingwall Museum Trust

Around 1710, Sir George Mackenzie the first Earl of Cromartie erected a large obelisk on the top of the thing mound. After his death in 1714 he was buried beside it, an act which has ensured the survival of the mound today.  By 1917 the monument had begun to lean so dangerously it had to be removed, and in 1923 was replaced by the smaller structure we see today. In 1947 much of the mound was levelled to make way for a car park. Only the central part containing the burial place of the Earl now remains.

Please comment below if you want to see your hometown featured!

Haunted Housing!

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It’s almost that magical time of year.  My second favorite holiday.  It’s almost Halloween!

Every year I go out with my friends/second parents, Susanne and Eric for some good old Halloween fun.  We do Erebus every other year and this was another Erebus year!  And man, I forgot how much of a workout is involved!

You climb up stairs, you go down ramps, you climb more stairs, you go down more ramps.  The ceilings get low, the floors shift beneath your feet and the scares are actually frightening.

You may ask, “Emma, by what barometer do you judge whether a place is actually frightening?”  Well I’m glad you asked.  I am a bit of a paradox.  I can’t tolerate horror movies at any level of scary, but when I go into a haunted house it’s like I’m dead inside.  Nothing phases me.  But this year elicited several jumps and a small shriek from me.  Which may not sound like much but trust me, it’s a big deal.

Probably the most impressive scare was one where a dude descended on wires from the ceiling, landing on two bars directly overhead.  That, my readers, was the shriek inducing scare.  And though I say scare, what I really mean is surprise.  Because at no point during haunted houses do I feel scared.  It’s more like I’m in a suspense thriller.

Erebus is a four story haunted house that is touted as the largest haunted house in America.  It is certainly an impressive sight to see.  If you haven’t gone haunted housing yet I highly recommend it.  You will have a spooktacular time!

Bye for now!

Hometown Hotspot!

(If anyone comments on this post) I will be starting another regular post called Hometown Hotspot! wherein I will illustrate fun facts about the commentator’s hometown.  So if you want to know something random and interesting about the place you call home, comment below!

But to get things started, here’s a little piece of knowledge about my home: Novi, MI.

The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop # 6 or No.VI.

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