Random Thoughts: Quasars, Artists, Storytelling, Soccer

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on July 2, 2011 in Art, Books, Language, Nature, Sports, Writing |

I’ve had lots of disparate thoughts going through my brain lately and it seems this post is a reflection of that.

First off, astrologists recently found a giant quasar that appears to be not only the brightest object ever found, but also the most distant and earliest quasar ever detected. Quasars are of particular interest to me because they are found the center of young galaxies and surround black holes (you all should know by now how much black holes fascinate me). Who doesn’t want to learn more about a super-bright object that is massively powerful and full of energy?

On an artistic discoveries, check out this cartoon called “Born Like an Artist.” I wonder what the anthropomorphic personification of my artistic soul looks like? I’m not sure it would be an animal. I think it might be something more abstract…maybe some kind of squiggle or a bouncy, round face.

And to combine two of my intellectual loves, here’s a periodic table of storytelling. A couple of “elements” that caught my eye are Jhg, 1wa, Mpb, and Gtb.

Over at Diversity in YA Fiction, the authors are challenging readers to diversity their reading choices. Publicly post an essay about your diverse reading experience and you have a chance at winning “a giant collections of fabulous MG and YA books.”

Finally, a third love of mine (soccer) is being showcased on a worldwide stage this summer. The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 earlier this week. I was pleased to see that the women’s games are getting just as much TV coverage as the men did last summer.

Where have your thoughts been taking you lately?

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  • Branta canadensis says:

    That periodical table is awesome!

    My thoughts have been all over the place lately, from political issues to animal sightings to wondering how often Andrew Wilfahrt got called Will Fart as a kid.

  • Cat says:

    I love the bit about the quasars! I was like, "That's not something you see in a post every day!"

    I've been spending most of my nights in bed brain-hopping from one story to another, wondering how insane I really am. LOL


  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    Wilfahrt is a very unfortunate last name to have. I've also been thinking about our servicemen and women this weekend (and ducking for cover from all the fireworks being shot off in our neighborhood).

    LOL, Cat! I've had trouble concentrating on any one project lately. I still maintain all us writers are at least a little bit insane.

  • Kelly Hashway says:

    My thoughts lately have been about trenches, revision, promotion ideas, and ebooks. I'm kind of all over the place. My poor brain never rests. I swear I wake up tired. Could explain the massive amounts of coffee I drink each morning. 🙂

    Love the info on quasars. I really like all things astrology. My dad got me started on that when I was in second grade. He had more telescopes than I could count and I could name all the planets and point out which you could see without a telescope in the night sky.

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    Hi, Kelly! My dad used to wake us up in the middle of the night when there was a meteor shower. The whole family would pile into the car, drive to a dark spot where you could see lots of sky, and look for shooting stars.

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