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Check out today’s Space Weather for information about the Carrington Event, which I referenced in my short story, SOLAR LULLABY. The legendary solar flare happened 159 years ago.
Auroras seen as far south as Cuba … and “As the day unfolded, the gathering storm electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting their telegraph papers on fire. The “Victorian Internet” was knocked offline.”
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This weekend, I’ll be at the Midwest Crystal Fest, held outdoors at Emmenegger Park in Kirkwood, Mo., sharing a table with my good friend Sandy Schulz of Earth&Wheel Pottery. She makes amazing horsehair and pit-fired pottery, including runes, beads, and bowls. Of course, I’ll have my books there, too!
Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
See you there!
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Research is one of the fun things about writing. When I was imagining my young adult novel, The Labyrinth of Time, I became intrigued by the idea of “double blue moons.” In recent times, we generally say the second full moon in a calendar month is a blue moon. A few times each century, you have two blue moons in one year, which is called a double blue moon.
On March 30, we’ll have the second blue moon of 2018, following one on Jan. 31. The last double blue moon happened in 1999, and the next will be in 2037.
The idea of double blue moons inspired the “prophecy of the Peruvian elders” that’s at the heart of the adventure story in The Labyrinth of Time:
Beware the second blue moon’s rising. Stones will speak to men, and the song of Pachamama and Inti will fill your hearts. Tremble at the dark moon, which heralds the Light’s return. Only those who tread the Path of Knowledge may rise among the First Men and quench the flames of doom.
I took some liberties with the “dark moon” reference. There is a total lunar eclipse during this cycle, but it occurred on Jan. 31, 2018, rather than March 30 when the story occurs. And the next total eclipse visible in Ica, Peru, is Jan. 21, 2019, which is not part of a double blue moon pair…and that was too long for Jade and Felix to wait for the comet’s return.
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January 31 brings a lunar trifecta: the super blue blood Moon! This full moon is the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.”
In St. Louis, the best viewing will be from about 5:50 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. This “trifecta” hasn’t occurred over the U.S. in 150 years!
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Local authors Jennifer Stolzer and Brad R Cook joined me today at Wildwood Middle School to discuss “Writing Real People” with eight classes of seventh-grade students. We had some great questions and lots of participation, which made it fun for us. Hoping to see some of the 200+ students at Gateway Con in June and to read some entries from them in one or both of the young writers contests sponsored by the St. Louis Writers Guild!
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Reprinted from Spaceweather.com
STRANGE ‘BLUE AURORAS’ SIGHTED: Last night, strange bands and rings of blue light appeared over parts of Scandinavia and Russia. Was it a weird type of aurora? No geomagnetic storm was in progress. The explanation may be a barrage of missiles fired during an overnight Russian war game, spreading a blue-glowing cloud of rocket exhaust around the Arctic Circle. Photos and more information are highlighted on today’s edition of Spaceweather.com.
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If you’re at the Grand Center First Friday on Nov. 3, stop by the St. Louis Indie Bookfair at Kranzberg Art Center, 501 N. Grand St., between 5-9 p.m. to visit with me and some amazing local authors, including Jennifer Lynn, George Sirois, H.C. Beckerr, and Braxton DeGarmo. If you can’t make it then, the book fair continues on Saturday from noon-5 p.m.
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Reprinted from SpaceWeather,com:
ASTEROID TO BUZZ EARTH THIS WEEK: Four years ago, a house-sized asteroid tore through the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and exploded. Shock waves shattered windows and knocked down onlookers as fragments of the disintegrating space rock peppered the Ural countryside. This week an asteroid about the same size is approaching Earth. It will not hit our planet, but it’s coming very close. On Oct. 12, 2017, the speeding space rock, named “2012 TC4,” will skim just above the zone of Earth’s geosynchronous communications satellites and briefly become a target for amateur telescopes. Learn more about the flyby on today’s edition of Spaceweather.com.
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, going to three events to sell books and talk about audiobooks. I wanted to say “thanks” to those who stopped at my table to chat, and especially to those who bought a book or short story from me or fellow local authors, a few of whom are shown here. I also had the great pleasure of talking with Mark Coker of Smashwords at Penned Con.
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