I have been very lucky, so far, in my lot as a Navy wife: until last week, the longest Amanda and I had been separated was one night. That’s the beauty of shore duty – hardly any travel. But now we’re on sea duty, and I’ve spent the last week without Amanda while she’s away training. The first few days were bizarre and out of shape: routine fell apart, I ate a lot of pizza, and I binge-watched “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix. I didn’t blog because I didn’t have the motivation or the words to say. It was a quiet time of grounding myself in a solo routine, and I’m glad I took that time for myself.
(Before any veteran Navy spouses start schooling me, I know. It’s only two weeks. I get to talk to Amanda on the phone and video chat and text. This is a pampered taste of what’s to come. I know.)
And here I am, one week later, almost finished with season two of HIMYM, back to cooking real meals (with real veggies – Swiss chard, like a boss) for myself, and back to blogging. Last week, I was quiet. I read a lot. I wrote a lot on my book. I’m hoping to pull out that level of productivity again this week. And amidst it all, I found this lovely selection of articles to share with you: a collection of articles about humans and the will to survive and solve mysteries and do good and be strong. To keep digging.
ReadRightNow: Monday, September 16, 2013
- This week, NASA released the information that Voyager 1 has now officially travelled “beyond the region of solar winds around our sun and into interstellar space.” Something that was built on Earth, conjured up by humans, has surpassed our sun and is way the-H out there. And what’s really cool is, if you click on the link, at the bottom, you can hear a soundbite recorded by Voyager 1. There’s a high-pitched whistle at the end, and that’s the sound of an explosion on our sun, the sound of which travels 12 billion miles and is heard in interstellar space. Space, y’all. Listen and feel it.
- If you haven’t read the memoir, Into the Wild, or seen the movie, you should do both, in that order. The story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who graduated from college, then abandoned all his worldly possessions, lived the life of a drifter and adventurer, who died in the Alaskan wilderness, is a story that conjures feelings of frustration, anger, awe, sympathy, and confusion. It also begs the question of what exactly his cause of death was. Now, twenty-one years after his body was found, a book-binder has linked McCandless’s story with history and compiled new evidence that aligns his cause of death with a form of poisoning used on prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.
- Storytelling is a foundational exchange of information between humans. But good storytelling? That is another matter entirely, and this article in The Atlantic suggests that evolutionarily speaking, good (quality) fiction serves a greater purpose than mere entertainment: by insisting on excellence, we perpetuate a standard of excellence, of quality, and that standard of excellence produces a fighting spirit in us that helps us survive as a species. So when you’re in a writing workshop and someone is really riding you hard about POV in your story, don’t get frustrated. They’re just trying to help you survive, and therefore, ensure the future of the species.