After the Silver Screen Fades

Every year, I try to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month (see deets at  I have never completed the task, haha.

But I’m going to try again this year.  Just for the sake of it.

I don’t know if it’ll be any good, but here a short synopsis about what my novel is about.  My friend once called me a rom com gone wrong, so it’s kind of related to that:

This is the story about a girl.

You know the one.  She gets left at the alter when he realizes his one true love.  The one he’s with before he comes to his senses and realized it was someone else all along.  Yeah… her.  Nobody really tells you what happens to her after all the rigmarole that the leading man put her through.  But she lives on.  When everyone else is feeling good about the inevitable plot twist that take the main characters to their happy ending, she’s feeling something, too.

I’ve always felt that she feels matters.  She is not the smiling American sweetheart or heroine of the story who steals our hearts in the end.  Nonetheless, she matters.

I’m sure she had many names and stories, but for the sake of our purposes, her name here is Evie.  And this is Evie’s story.


‘Biggest Dinosaur Ever’ Unearthed in Argentina


Move over, Godzilla.

The largest dinosaur ever known to walk the earth has been unearthed in Argentina, and it really is a monster.

Based on its thigh bones, the dinosaur was 130 feet long and 65 feet tall, and at 85 tons, it was the weight of 14 African elephants. Basically, picture a seven-story building as long as a large yacht, and then add a set of teeth.

Scientists believe it is a previously undiscovered species of titanosaur — a herbivore, luckily for other dinosaurs who lived during the Late Cretaceous period.

The remains were discovered in the desert La Flecha about 135 miles west of Patagonia by a local farm worker, and excavated by paleontologists from Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio. About 150 bones have been found “in remarkable condition,” researchers said.

The huge herbivore lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, the…

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Python eats drunk man in India

Lords of the Drinks

When you drink hard, you might find yourself waking up in very strange places. However in some countries it’s quite risky to drink till you drop. A drunk man in India was taking a well-deserved nap outside a liquor store today, when he was discovered by a huge python. Unfortunately it was just around lunch time for the large snake, that smothered and ate him. The incident happened in the Attapadi area in the state Kerala. So if you ever have plans to go there on holiday, you better wait to get drunk until you’re safe and sound in your hotelroom.

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UPDATE: As our friends at TIME Moneyland have helpfully pointed out, and as economists from Adam Smith on down have long maintained, just because there’s less of something doesn’t mean we won’t be able to get it anymore — it’ll just mean prices will go up. So no, the “unavoidable” global bacon shortage turns out to be pretty avoidable after all. According to TIME’s Brad Tuttle, here’s what’s really happening:

Because this year’s drought wreaked havoc on the world’s corn crops, the price of corn has risen substantially. And because corn is used, among many, many other things, as feed for pigs, it is more expensive for farmers to raise pigs. Farmers pass along those costs to stores, and perhaps even decide that they don’t want to be in the pork business anymore.

 The expected damage to consumers? Price hikes of 5 to 10 percent. A blow, but —…

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