Booster Test for Space Launch System Rocket

The second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch System’s booster is seen, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah. During the Space Launch System flight the boosters will provide more than 75 percent of the thrust needed to escape the gravitational pull of the Earth. via NASA

Juno on Jupiter’s Doorstep

NASA’s Juno spacecraft obtained this color view on June 21, 2016, at a distance of 6.8 million miles (10.9 million kilometers) from Jupiter. Juno will arrive at Jupiter on July 4. As Juno makes its initial approach, the giant planet’s four largest moons — Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto — are visible. via NASA

A Test Version of the Booster for NASA’s New Rocket

A test version of the booster for NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, will fire up for the second of two qualification ground tests at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28 at prime contractor Orbital ATK’s test facility in Promontory, Utah. NASA Television will air live coverage of the booster test June 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. via NASA

Hubble Sees New Dark Spot on Neptune

New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. This full visible-light image shows that the dark feature resides near and below a patch of bright clouds in the planet’s southern hemisphere. via NASA

Tiny snippet from Daughter of the Dark

The three stories high house with its red-brick façade, dark windows and large, walled in garden didn’t look out of place in the neighborhood. The elemental magic based wards I sensed beneath the ordinary looking surface told me otherwise.

– from Daughter of the Dark

Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica

Along the Bellingshausen Sea coast of West Antarctica, ice has been retreating inland being lost to the sea. Scientists knew this, but they lacked a full picture of the scale. Now a team of researchers has compiled a Landsat-based data set and found that such losses have been going on for at least the past four decades. via NASA


My awesome editor has crawled out from the pile of life and deadlines and sent me the line edits that I have been patiently waiting for.  It has been a long wait for them, but I needed the break.

Anyway. This means that Vanished is put aside for the next week or so while I do the line edits. ( I am going to do two passes : One cleaning up formatting errors and one fixing any comments that is left afterwards.)

This means that I am one step closer to releasing Daughter of the Dark. It might even be when I had originally intended to release it last year.  That said, this time I am going to take time. I am going to make a plan for promotion, to send it to reviewers and so on.
But it will be worth the wait. It is going to be so good!

Anyway. Now I am off to make dinner.

Space Station View of the Full Moon

Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams of NASA took this photograph on June 21, 2016, from the International Space Station, writing, “A spectacular rise of the full moon just before sunset while flying over western China.” via NASA

Rant: Any exercise is good


Earlier today I had the annual evaluation meeting with the chief nurse who is technically my boss. It went fine. Until the end when he asked if did any exercised. I told him I did yoga at home. He told me I should walk more.

I wasn’t annoyed when I left the meeting, but the more I thought about it the more pissed off I became. I know that he was trying to being helpful, since he is one of those guys that runs or bikes the 10 km to work everyday. I live too far away to do that. ( And my limit for walking to work is 3 km. Or so.)

I am the first to admit that before I began doing yoga, I was a bit skeptical, since I couldn’t see how it could be effective. Turns out that it is effective enough that I am noticing a difference both when it comes to how fit I am, but also how flexible my leg is. The fact that the yoga is low-key and something I can do when I have time, is making me more likely to keep on exercising. Which is the important thing.

Anyway. The point of this is that no matter if you are dancing like mad while dusting or walking the dog or swimming or running around getting everything done, you are exercising, so go you! And that is what counts. Gyms are good, but it isn’t the only thing. If you look at Runkeeper, Fitbit etc you will see that they count a lot of things as exercising. Some of them might surprise you!

And if you are not exercising.. that is ok too.  Cause what is important is that you are happy. 🙂

Expedition 47 Soyuz Landing

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 47 crew members Tim Kopra of NASA, Tim Peake of the European Space Agency, and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Kopra, Peake, and Malenchenko are returning after six months onboard the International Space Station. via NASA