Monday, October 20, 2014

In Which I Hang With Writer Peeps

I had a buuuusy week last week. But it was a fun busy!

First, Matt came to the Twin Cities for a visit!

You know Matt MacNish, right? Of course you do!

He arrived on Wednesday and there was an awesome dinner with Matt, his friend Heidi, Steve Brezenoff, Bryan Bliss, Kelly Barnhill, Hannah Kincaid and me. It's really awesome meeting someone in person that you've been such good friends with online for so many years.

Then, Thursday, Andrew Smith was in town. He was speaking at a Teen Writer's Conference, which I couldn't go to because I'm not a teen, but that night he did a reading and signing at one of our local kid's bookstore (Addendum Books) and that was super fun. Matt and Steve and Bryan were there, and so was Carrie Mesrobian and Andrew Karre (who both had to miss dinner the night before). Also my good friend TL Conway made it and brought a visiting Adrianne Russell.

Andrew let us pick what he should read from, so I said GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE, and then after that he read from his forthcoming book THE ALEX CROW. It sounds amazing.

Then! Friday morning, it was breakfast with Matt again, and Tricia and Adrianne. Breakfast was delicious and the company was awesome.

After that I had to say goodbye to Matt and Adrianne (Tricia and I get brunch together ever couple of weeks) but not before Twin took a picture to commemorate the awesomeness of cool people, hanging out.



Matt, Me, Adrianne, TL


All in all, it was an awesome week.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Fun

Here we are, Friday once more and just a few hours away from the fun that's the weekend.

soon, this delicious grass will be nothing but a memory


So let's get this started!


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 



 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Weird: Herxheim Mass Grave

Continuing with our Halloween Wednesday Weirds, let's talk bones and skeletons.

Back in 09, archaeologists were digging at the site of near the village of Herxheim, in Germany. The site was from the Neolithic era, (7,000 years ago) when farming had spread into Europe.

The site was first excavated in 1996-99 so they expected to find much of the same. Instead what they found was a human bone.

Which, if you're an archaeologist, yay, right? But then they found another bone. And another. When they were finished digging, they had uncovered a mass grave of over 500 bodies. 500 bodies is a lot, but it's even more when you consider how small the population had been at the time the bodies were buried. Not to mention that Herxheim and other nearby settlements had been mysteriously and completely abandoned, ohhh, about 7,000 years ago.

So what had caused this massive die-off of the population and subsequent abandonment? The archaeologists weren't sure.

Until they found the bite marks.

Yeah. The mass grave was a mass cannibal grave. The bones in the mass grave had been chewed on, been cracked for their marrow, even had marks on them that suggested they had been spit roasted.

Cannibalism was extremely rare in Neolithic Europe (why would you need to eat people when you could grow your own food) and yet, here there was not just a single case of it, but a massive amount of it.

What happened at Herxheim, that caused much of the settlement to be eaten by other people, and that caused the rest of settlement to be abandoned?

We may never know . . .

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Fun

Here we are! Another weekend coming fast. Which is good news, because weekends means sleeping in and having fun.





And speak of having fun, let's get this weekend started!


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 


 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday Weird: Screaming Ghost

Here we are, the beginning of Halloween season. Which means for this month, the Wednesday Weirds are going to be as Halloweeny as I can swing. I'm going to try to pick scary or creepy or gross topics. What will they be? No clue. I figure out when I write the posts.

But for today, to launch our Halloween series of Wednesday Weirds, we're looking at a ghost video!

I picked this one because A) it's creepy as all hell. And B) it's different than a lot of the other types of ghost videos.

Whether it's real or not, I have no clue, but it's full of tension and it's an absorbing video (no worries. There's no jump scares or anything. I wouldn't do that to you.)

 





Thoughts?

Monday, October 6, 2014

In Which I NaNo For 2014

So we're into October already, and you know what that means,

That's right. It's the ramp up to NaNoWriMo!



I missed last year (for legit reasons that ended with me landing an agent and a book deal) but I've been participating since 2009 and I'm giving it a shot again this year.

I'll be writing under my old username Falen1 and I'd love to be your friend (also, because seeing everyone's little word count meters fill up is hugely motivating for me. So yes, I want to be friends because it's fun, but also I want to be friends to help me hit my goals)

If you've never done NaNo before, you should give it a try! It's a lot of fun, and no one takes it too seriously, so even if you realize it's not for you or you can't hit the word count, or if you want to break the "rules" then that's okay!

So, are you going to NaNo this year?

 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Fun

I'm back, ape-friends! After a hiatus NOT of my choosing.


I was so bored, I had to spend time with George


But here we are, for the first Friday Fun for the Fall! So let's get this started off right!



 
 
 

 
 
 

an alarm clock you have to stand on to shut it off
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
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