Long Time No See…Can I Really Say That?

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Few may end up reading this post, but I’ll give this shout out anyway.

Around two years ago, I signed up here on WordPress.com to start my blog, but have yet to make a post after that initial introduction. How sad. And I also believe that I have no right to say “Long time no see” seeing as how I have not established any sort of routine or following. Hopefully, from now on, I can make it a regular event to post on here and get more involved in the world of blogging. So anyone willing, thank you very much!

Now, I would like to establish this blog for some sort of purpose. Apart from my own personal ramblings, I hope to post some interesting science articles that I scout out with my own short, easy-to-understand synopsis. Also, I will be mentioning the books that I have gone on to reading—which will mostly be fantasy—and progress on my own story.

Let’s see then…

Hubble’s Observations of a Blue, Jupiter-sized Planet Far, Far Away

It’s a hot and windy day. The sun blazes down on your head making your hair too hot to touch, and you know you should have grabbed that sunscreen since now you’ll have a lobster burn come tonight. The wind does little to help relieve your predicament because, honestly, it’s just kicking up sand and whipping it into your eyes and mouth, nearly scratching you in its intensity.

Ever think of a day like that, just without the ocean laid out before you? Well, according to the Hubble Space Telescope, it found a place just like that, only a hundred times worse. At 2,000˚F and 4,500 mi/h winds that rain glass and silicates (the same stuff that makes up sand) sideways, planet HD 189733b does not seem so nice a place. And it’s not blue because of water, but because of the light reflected off of these silicates and other unknown molecules within this 24/7 (or however many hours and days they have there) stormy atmosphere. This Jupiter-sized planet sits only 2.9 million miles away from its own star (~3/100 the distance between the Sun and the Earth), it is trapped by the gravitational field so one side is constantly bathed in starlight and the other remains dark side; this also causes the heated winds to move rapidly from the sunny side to the cooler dark side.

So, we’ve got a blue planet, not because it’s got water, but because of some light-reflective molecules, with a not-so-nice atmosphere and front-row seats to a solar wave show. Prospectives on life being here seem pretty slim to me, so I guess we just have to keep looking farther than 63 light-years from us. Though, if it takes light 63 years to travel there—remember! It only takes 8 minutes between the Sun and Earth—then humans best get on the teleportation technology if we ever hope to go out and find life aside from our own.

Article found on Science Daily. Article URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130711102859.htm

Aside from that, I have some good news! I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry in June—Yay!!! I’ll be taking a bit of a break until graduate school to save money and maybe get some experience in the field or just review everything I need.

Until then, I need to get four impacted wisdom teeth extracted. Ouch! Anyone want to share on their own experiences? I’ve gotten mixed answers. Though I would have to say the expenses for the surgery are more frightening than the thing itself. Oh dear…

I’ve been keeping myself preoccupied mainly on my story, but finding that same devil whispering in my ear that I need to change my first chapter again and add a character and this-that and the other thing, leaving me very torn on what to work on.

Well, enough rambling on about my own worries. Time for books!

Elantris A Story of Fallen Glory and Everything Else

So I like to go into my trusty Barnes & Noble every now and then into the fantasy section, and hopefully find a random, but interesting book for my free-time. I picked this book called Elantris by Brandon Sanderson up a few months ago and had started it, reading all of four chapters—each chapter ranging between 5 to 10 pages, some only 2 if you ignore the chapter title space taken—and found it really interesting, but was preoccupied with my final quarter of school to keep reading.

Thinking it would be best to pick it back up again, especially when I had to stay in the dental clinic waiting room for what felt like hours, I was distinctly reminded just how interesting this book was. Told from three different people’s perspectives in the same order throughout, each with different motives, the book opens with a one-page prologue that tells of the grand days of the city of Elantris with a very effective hook at the last line with one simple sentence. When reading the story, the insistent question comes back to “What’s going to happen then?!” and I find that to be the sign of a top-notch plot.

Now, some people may look at that and say, “Well, duh. That’s what you’re supposed to think when reading a book!” However, this is not always the case. How many times has someone read the first few chapters and already figured out the basic plot line and is just waiting for it to happen? Honestly?

That’s what’s so cool about this book essentially. Even if you figure there is going to be a happy ending, you doubt yourself; not only do you doubt yourself, but you have no clue how the happy ending will come about to begin with because it seems near impossible, a hopeless situation.

I give this book five stars. Brandon Sanderson not only had a great story and idea, but he did his research and tied everything together in all of the little details. Elantris is a thorough and well-thought-out story that will keep you reading for the next three days without a break, even when you go to the bathroom.

Thus concludes my second posting on my blog. Until next week! Or the next time I remember and am able to put the effort into updating this. Whichever comes first.

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So it begins…

Do excuse my dramatic titling, but I always find it to be more fun than something along the lines of “Hi! My first post!”

This blog will mainly be centered around science and fantasy (NOT science fiction), and I may add in occasional mentions of other things.

To give more background into who I am, I will only say as much as needed lest I start giving too much away and attract unwelcome attention from cyber-criminals. Here are some things about me:

  • I am in college as a chemistry major because, really, who doesn’t like to make things go “boom”?
  • I have a lot of siblings including an older sister, two younger brothers, and two younger sisters. For those of whom that passed first grade math, that would make a total of 5 children not including myself.
  • Like much of the world, I adore Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, along with another fantasy series called the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.
  • Writing and remaining trapped in my head are hobbies of mine…and often very distracting ones.
  • I am learning Japanese at the moment, so: はじめまして、どうぞよろしく!
  • Anything else, just ask. I might tell you.

Now on to customizing this blog a little bit more…