Space Shuttle Era Ends, What’s Next?

The Space Shuttle Era ends and I’m sad. The Space Shuttles were transformed into museum relics when they were delivered to the Smithsonian this week.

Space Shuttle Discovery arrives at Smithsonian
Photo Credit: NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Carolyn Russo

One wonders what the future holds for the manned American Space Program.

Will it be Lockheed Martin’s vision discussed in their YouTube video: A New Era of Space Exploration?

What will happen to the International Space Station?

According to NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, ‘failure is not an option.’ See the entire article “What’s Next for NASA?

I fear that the future of manned space flight may be dim, at least in the near future. I also believe that humans have an insatiable need to explore, to find frontiers, and that need will fuel new and exciting missions in space.

As the Space Shuttle era ends, what do you think will happen next? What do you think the future holds for manned space flight? For the International Space Station? For space exploration? As always, I appreciate your time and love your comments. Keep them coming!

Monday Mashup: From SOPA to Nuts

I don’t know about you, but there are so many great things posted on the web, I often miss them when they are first published online. So today, I’m sharing a mash-up of my recent, eclectic discoveries with you. The links cover everything from SOPA to Nuts.

SOPA and PIPA

Someone once called me a ‘slow thinker’ because I prefer to weigh both sides of a situation before I make a decision. So characteristically, the movement to protest SOPA and PIPA moved faster than I did. I object to the language of the bills known as SOPA and PIPA, but I’m not necessarily against their intent. I practiced a ‘grey-out’ on Wednesday of last week in that I did not black-out my website or blog, but I also did the bare minimum of internet business. And I continue to read a variety of articles on the subject. Here are two that made me go ‘hmmm.’

Were you swept up in the internet protest against SOPA and PIPA? Read why David Pogue suggests we Put Down the Pitchforks on SOPA.

Jaron Lanier opines that we netziens harbor false ideals of the web and that our extreme reactions to SOPA can be doing us more harm than good. Read his article in the NY Times opinion page here.

Has either of these articles swayed me? I’m still thinking about it.

On Writing

Now, this is motivation! Write your story, finish and start the next one as if a sword is hanging over your head! Read Art Holcomb’s “Scheherazade” a guest blog for Larry Brooks on Storyfix.

Thanks to Lena Corazon for putting me onto this post “Ed’s Casual Friday: Everyone is a (one) Star.”

Space Exploration

According to this article, Orbital Junk Threatens the Future of Space Travel. Oh, man! I’ve got to finish revising my Repairman story. Reality is catching up!

How to Achieve Your Goals

Sarah Andre does a gig as a guest blogger at Pat O’Dea Rosin and Lark Howard’s blog: Reading, Writing, & Rambling. She makes a case on how Fierce Alter Egos will keep you exercising when all else fails.

Marshmallow Stuff

You knew I had to include the some of the posts that touched my marshmallow heart.

August McLaughlin tells her story of recovery from anorexia in this touching and inspiring post, Does Dirt Have Calories?

And finally, The Nuts:

A Random Act of Weirdness

This youtube video, courtesy of Lynn Kelley, made me laugh, watch Weird Al Yankovic’s Parody of Lady Gaga.

While this covers everything from SOPA to Nuts, still those are but a few of the blogs and articles I found on the internet during the past week. I hope you enjoyed them and found one or two that were gems for you. Have a terrific week!

Robots, Mermaids, & Dogs – Inspirations and Fascinations

Wow, the blogosphere and internet have been full of news and blogs that offer weird, wonderful, and soul-touching bits and pieces that captured this SF writer’s attention. I hope you are as fascinated with these robots, mermaids, & dogs as I am.

Would you move to Mars? Scientists think this might be possible in the near future.

How about if you had NASA’s R2 to help?

courtesy of NASA

Marcy Kennedy (an awesome WANA1011 classmate) also spoke of Mermaids in this touching tribute to her friend: Who is Your Unicorn?

You already know I am a marshmallow when it comes to dogs. Dogs and heroes – I’m toasted :). These two links demonstrate that our canine friends can suffer right alongside us.

He had me at Hero. 🙂 Hero, the dog.

Combat service dogs diagnosed with PTSD.

Demonstrating that writing ideas can come from anywhere is the following story about an endangered Salamander. Just the name of this creature brings to mind fantasy and horror: First Ozark Hellbender Raised in Captivity. If that isn’t a story title, I don’t know what is!

K. M. Weiland exhorts writers to mimic the masters and gives us clear guidelines on the difference between mimicry and plagiarism. Four Reasons to Mimic Masters.

Finally, I am not the only writer offering tips on revision this week (see my Re-Visioning Your Story Writing Wednesday post) Larry Fix offered tips on rewriting your nanowrimo story. Make December Your Nanowrimo Revision Month.

Generally what is here is good and useful, but I disagree on one point. Larry states that “Depending on the nature of the difference between your original idea and the one you finished with, you may or may not be able to salvage it.” I disagree. First, whether it’s fixable or not, depends upon how much work you are willing to do. You can always mine a totally failed story, figure out why it failed and use the salvageable parts to start over. You learn from revising. Most importantly, you learn about your writing process, your strengths, and your weakness when you revise your story.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’d love to hear from you. What inspirations and fascinations have you found on the web or in life this week? Did you enjoy these stories about robots, mermaids, and dogs?

From Giant Lego Man to Tiny Ninjas

It’s Friday and time for a collection of the weird and wonderful from across the web from the Giant Lego Man to Tiny Ninjas.

Giant Lego Man washes ashore

Giant Lego Man to Tiny Ninjas, lynettemburrows.com

Do you really want a world that’s totally honest?

Which came first Fact or Fiction? Why Science Fiction, of course!

Youth ready for blast-off

Is Big Brother in your pocket?

Giant Lego Man to Tiny Ninjas, lynettemburrows.com
Thanks to copyright free images. Photo by Paolo Neo.

UFOs as your home away from home

Tiny Ninjas

Giant Legos to Tiny Ninjas, lynettemburrows.com
Armed and curious … children in their costumes. Photo: Reuters