by BRENNAN MASSICOTTE
think-progress:

Scientists Find ‘Direct Link’ Between Earthquakes And Process Used For Oil And Gas Drilling

A team of scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have found evidence “directly linking” the uptick in Colorado and New Mexico earthquakes since 2001 to wastewater injection, a process widely used in the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and conventional drilling.

think-progress:

Scientists Find ‘Direct Link’ Between Earthquakes And Process Used For Oil And Gas Drilling

A team of scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have found evidence “directly linking” the uptick in Colorado and New Mexico earthquakes since 2001 to wastewater injection, a process widely used in the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and conventional drilling.

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A friend reblogged this on Facebook with the note “I don’t believe everything I read in a graphic, I need sources.” So I provided them.
On teen birthrate, Texas is #5 [52/1000] with Guam being #1 (uh? statehood?) and Colorado is #33 [28/1000].http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/teen-birth-rate-per-1000/
The repeat teen birthrate in Texas is the highest at 22%.http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0402_teen_pregnancy.html

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A friend reblogged this on Facebook with the note “I don’t believe everything I read in a graphic, I need sources.” So I provided them.

On teen birthrate, Texas is #5 [52/1000] with Guam being #1 (uh? statehood?) and Colorado is #33 [28/1000].
http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/teen-birth-rate-per-1000/

The repeat teen birthrate in Texas is the highest at 22%.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0402_teen_pregnancy.html

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cartoonpolitics:

A new report has found that proposed textbooks for Texas students are inaccurate, biased and politicized .. (story here)

cartoonpolitics:

A new report has found that proposed textbooks for Texas students are inaccurate, biased and politicized .. (story here)

syfycity:

Good Grief

syfycity:

Good Grief

pascalcampion:

Hu ho.#pascalcampionart.For Max and Colin

pascalcampion:

Hu ho.
#pascalcampionart.
For Max and Colin

This post is from a reader’s point of view. With just one complete (unpublished) manuscript and so much to learn, it would be presumptuous of me to give advice to anyone as a writer. Although I may be very new to writing, blogging and platform building, my fifteen-year experience as a translation instructor (tons of proofreading) plus a seasoned reader’s mentality qualify me to form a solid opinion on both the quality of any text and its potential appeal to readers. I also consider myself a good “success gauge meter”: I voted for J. R. Ward’s Lover at Last and Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam in the Goodreads Choice Awards, and both titles won in their respective categories. I missed in the Paranormal Fantasy category, but I hadn’t read the winning title (Cold Days by Jim Butcher) so there you have it.

But overall, it was clear the Cowboys won that game Sunday because they dominated the Titans on the ground. How about 43 runs for 220 yards? Romo only threw it 29 times for 176 yards.

According to the detailed account of the ship’s écrivain, or purser, as L’Utile approached the vicinity of an islet then called Île des Sables, or Sandy Island, winds kicked up to 15 or 20 knots. The ship’s two maps did not agree on the small island’s precise location, and a more prudent captain probably would have slowed and waited for daylight. But de Lafargue was in a hurry to reap his bounty. That night L’Utile struck the reef off the islet’s north end, shattering the hull. Most of the slaves, trapped in the cargo holds, drowned, though some escaped as the ship broke apart. The next morning, 123 of the 140 members of the French crew and somewhere between 60 and 80 Malagasy slaves found themselves stranded on Île des Sables—shaken and injured, but alive.

After watching the Titans play last week against the Chiefs, I had a feeling that running the ball would not be easy. Tennessee does an outstanding job of getting off blocks and rallying to the ball. As good as this Cowboys defense was able to play, the reason they won the game was the ability of the offense line to pound this Titans front seven and control the game that way. It didn’t matter whether it was DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar or Joseph Randle, there was space. The way the Cowboys offensive line played today in blocking for the running game reminded me of how this franchise won championships in the 1990s.

in case anyone was wondering how #book two begins…
@SesameSwallow and the Case of the Missing Heart - out in December!  book one available here:  amzn.to/1sbMUzz

in case anyone was wondering how #book two begins…

@SesameSwallow and the Case of the Missing Heart - out in December!  book one available here:  amzn.to/1sbMUzz

fter training camp there were plenty of concerns about the defense from its pass rush to secondary play. Losing Sean Lee at middle linebacker was also a major blow to a defense that ranked last in 2013. Two weeks into the season, the defense is doing just fine. In the victory over the Titans, safety Barry Church had a pick, linebacker Rolando McClain also had one, Morris Claiborne almost picked one off and corners, Sterling Moore and Brandon Carr had strong performances. Moore knocked down several passes and Carr did a solid job in one-on-one coverage. The pass rush also got to Jake Locker numerous times and the Cowboys defense was on point. The unit was more physical this week and the increased snaps for defensive tackle Henry Melton helped.

"If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to."

Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)

Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.

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This is so important

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File this under things I don’t remember reblogging, and another post where my comment isn’t sourced (but obv it was me cause it says YW!).

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