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Conversations in Science is now on YouTube

I’m sure that there will be many out there who will think that I’ve completely lost it. I have to admit that I probably have. However, today, I’m pleased to announce that Conversations in Science now has it’s own YouTube channel.

Although Conversations in Science has been available on YouTube since the very beginning, episodes and videos were easily lost among all the other stuff that is published from KLRNRadio on YouTube. Because Conversations in Science is such an anomaly compared to the other shows on KLRNRadio, I managed to convince the station manager to let me set up a YouTube channel of my own.

Check out the full post for the link.

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Judy L Mohr with Hidden Traps

Two Weeks to Go: On the Book Launch Trail

6am, with blurry eyes, but launching a book waits for no timezone. Hidden Traps will be released in just over two weeks. The countdown is on, and the book launch trail is blazing strong.

I can’t believe that near on a solid year’s work has finally come to fruition. It’s been a massive learning curve along the way. Not only was it a massive amount of research and testing, developing the ideas presented in the book, but it was also all the steps toward publication.

Remembering the nuances of nonfiction. Working with graphic designers. Fighting with software for the final formats. Cursing at the poor resolution of screen captures. The tears when the file won’t upload. Sweet talking the husband to foot the bill for the printed copies. And the fun doesn’t stop there.

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At least I have non-fiction.

At times, I feel like a fraud. I’m sure many writers go through this phase often enough. We work our asses off to craft our stories, perfecting our craft, but we struggle to get noticed. It’s rejection after rejection, with no real reason why.

Sometimes, the ones who surround us will flaunt their successes and you look at them and question everything that you know. They’re pumping out the stories, yet, you struggle to get just the one finished. And they get contract after contract, but you have yet to work up the nerve to even begin the query process for the second time.

Yep, self doubt is a constant state for many writers, and this writer is not exempt.

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Dave Brewer in MOPP gear.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

As much as I hate to admit it, not all science is intended to make things better. Sometimes science is used for war.

In this month’s episode of Conversations in Science, Jessie and I spoke with Dave Brewer, an active serviceman, about the training that the US military gives their soldiers, so they can better prepare themselves against some of the most frightening things that science has to offer: weapons of mass destruction.

Please be advised that this particular episode contains some material that might not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental guidance is advised.

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The mind is reeling… but not on blogs.

There are times when writers find that it is hard to focus — or at least I do. I’ll admit that I have so many different projects going on at once that trying to keep my mind on one task long enough to finish it can be trying.

Confession time: I have over 25 different manuscripts in the works, all in differing states of development, ranging from just a few jotted lines on a piece of paper through to a full manuscript that is ready to go out the door. And with the looming release of Hidden Traps just around the corner, I haven’t had the chance to work on any of them. Instead I’ve been so focused on the marketing campaign for Hidden Traps and the supplementary material. The creative wandering brain has fizzled from exhaustion. Dare I say it, so has my random thoughts generator for my blog posts.

I so need to curl up in bed and sleep for a week. But I can’t. I must push on.

But it’s not fair on my readers to generate some mediocre post. So, it’s time to revisit some of the old ones again.

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I’m a Gluten for Punishment. Auto-Correct is a Beast!

Have you ever written a message on Facebook or Twitter (or some other social media site) only to have auto-correct kick in, changing out that carefully selected word for something that is completely wrong? What about using MS Word or some other word-processing system? Now, for the tricky question: how many times have your actually just misspelled something but blamed auto-correct? Be honest. You know you’ve done it at least once or twice.

Today, I thought I’d pay homage to some of the masterpiece moments of auto-correct and just plain bad spelling.

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Pre-order Hidden Traps by Judy L Mohr

It’s a milestone, but still a long way to go.

I’m so giddy with excitement that I’m struggling to contain it. I know I should, but I can’t. I want to shout it out to the world.

Hidden Traps is now available for pre-sale.

So far, it’s listed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. Hopefully soon, it will also be listed on Book Depository, Fishpond, and many other places that I can’t remember the name of. It really has been mind-blowing to know how far and wide the distribution network has been cast.

It’s a massive milestone to get to this point — countless hours of hard work and very little sleep — but as much as I want to, I can’t rest. Now the really hard work begins: marketing.

(BREATHE, JUDY! BREATHE!)

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The Pleiades Star Cluster

Teaching Astronomy to Children

Within New Zealand, June provides the perfect opportunity for astronomers to get out into the community and spark the astronomy bug in children. Not only are we currently in winter, experiencing sunset really early — 6pm in some parts of the country and earlier in the far south — but it is also the Maori New Year, or Matariki as it is called, a time of the year that is marked by the dawn rising of the Pleiades Cluster.

Every year, I get asked by at least one of the local scout groups to introduce the kids to some of the concepts behind astronomy. This month’s show of Conversations in Science was all about some of the tactics that I use to explain eclipses, seasons, and our place in the galaxy.

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Sometimes, life gets in the way…

I had every intention to post something new this week, but every time I went to sit down to write something, life got in the way. (I’ve spent the last few days at the hospital while my husband had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. Not fun.)

So instead of trying to drive myself insane to come up with the perfect post, I’ve decided that it’s time to send out a few links to my favourite posts from recent times.

Read on, my dear readers. You won’t be disappointed.

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