Saturday, March 4, 2017

Caturday's Astrophenia | 2017.03.04


Namaskar. The last couple of weeks have been spent getting the house in good order for the return of the Parental Units on 2017.02.28 and catching up on study.

I'm making more progress in Bangla vocabulary, doing better than expected after a delayed retrieval practice session almost a week after originally scheduled. Recall of the material was reliable, with further sessions scheduled for the next few weeks, spaced out for better reinforcement of both recall and comprehension. And did I mention pronunciation as well? That too is much better than it was, not quite as bad as that of a stereotypical foreigner in a Bengali comedy film. I think I've pretty much nailed my use of dental vs retroflex consonants. It's not that easy for Ingreji-speakers like me to tell them apart, not at first, and getting it right requires much listening and practice.

I'm working on my third book project, having just finished the draft of the main text with more work on the introduction before editing, proofing, and final rewriting, then formatting the manuscript for uploading. It'll be ready for publishing prior to April. I'll announce details when I finally decide on a title and subtitle for it!

I've published my second book, Echoes of Forsaken Galaxies, an anthology of short-short stories from various online venues, all updated and rewritten for this volume. You've probably noticed the serialization on this blog of my first book, Dirge. I'm in the process of updating that book for a second printing, adding material, correcting any lingering issues, and generally making it a better read.

Echoes is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Forsaken-Galaxies-Collected-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01ND0R1VC


What drives the monstrous Broogh in their vast Flow across the galaxy? Just what sort of salvation do the ancient Dinathog-Trulg offer to those to be "saved"? What of a lost pack of werewolves on a quest for vengeance in a strange valley? This anthology contains short speculative fiction by the author published elsewhere online set in a variety of universes and diverse genres and styles.
Do check back in a couple of weeks, when I'll be augmenting this post with a regular 3-5 minute video update via my YouTube channel!

May you all have a festive weekend, and a great week ahead!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

The Astrognuz:

When Galaxies Collide, Stars Suffer the Consequences

Dramatic Greyscale Time-Lapse Cloud Animation: Pulse

Stellar Occultations of Planetary Rings: From Palomar to Cassini

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets around Single Star

NASA Proposes Magnetic Shield to Protect Mars' Atmosphere

KaBLAM! A Small Asteroid Carved Out One of the Youngest craters on Mars

A Nearby Galactic Empire?

Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

NASA Fires a Rocket into the Northern Lights, For Science!!

Redefining Planets, an Answer in Search of a Question

Winston Churchill and E.T.

NuSTAR Helps Find Universe's Brightest Pulsars

NASA Looks into Sending Crew in 1st SLS Megarocket Moon Launch in 2019

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet

NASA Data Show California's San Joaquin Valley Still Sinking

SETI Has Already Tried Listening to TRAPPIST-1 for Aliens

30 Years After a Star Blew Itself to Shreds

Imagining Your Future: Planetary Science Vision for 2050 Workshop

NuSTAR Spots Temperature Swings of Black Hole Winds

We're Not Saying It's Aliens Because It's Not Aliens, But Check Out These UFO Data Visualizations

It Turns out That Methane CAN Simply Walk into Mordor

NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

Rise of the Super-Telescopes: The European Extremely Large Telescope

These Strawberries Aren't Red. Really, They Aren't.

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