Election Results

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No, not that election. At my friend’s Halloween party, my friend decided that everyone should vote on our Halloween ballots. While we didn’t get votes from everyone, we did get some fun reactions, ranging from “definitely Cthulu” to “who the heck is Cthulu?” (My husband’s explanation on that race: this one will eat you and that one will enslave you.) We also got some unclear “hanging chad” results and a few people who were voting for the current underdog.

Here are the results:

Evil Overlord

            Cthulu 7

            Sauron 8

Supreme Commander

            The Terminator 4

            Darth Vader 10

Dog Catcher

            Voldemort 9

            Dracula 6

Evil Overlord

            White Witch 8

            Gozer 8

Supreme Commander

            Grendel’s Mother 7

            Alien Queen 7

Dog Catcher

            The Wicked Witch of the West 5

            Cruella de Vil 12

The obvious winners: Darth Vader and Cruella de Vil. The rest are demanding a recount.

 

Halloween Costume – Halloween Ballot

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Once again, I left coming up with a costume for my friend’s Halloween party until the last minute. And while I’d love to go as General Leia or one of the female Ghostbusters, I don’t have enough time to pull together either costume. So I decided to do something that would scare people. Behold: two Halloween election ballots, with some really frightening choices. I think they make the current election look tame in comparison.

Personally, I wanted to put Servalan on the Supreme Commander list, but I was worried no one at the party would get the joke. Of course, she already is the Supreme Commander.

What science fiction and fantasy villains would you put on the ballot?

 

Scorpio with Planets

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Well, it’s hotter ‘n hell and the tree frogs are singing, so it must be time for … goin’ outside and doin’ some astrophotography! Because, seriously, this view of Scorpio with Mars and Saturn is beautiful. Go out and take a look!

Camera geek info:

Canon EOS 60D in manual mode set at f/2.8, 30 second exposure, ISO 100
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX lens, set at 34 mm, manual focus at infinity
iOptron SkyTracker with ballhead
Tripod

Driving Home From My Daughter’s Graduation

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I was happily driving home from my daughter’s high school graduation, loaded with camera gear, and I spotted this interesting juxtaposition of the Moon and a stoplight. Of course, I took a picture. And, for the first time in years, I decided to write a poem.

Driving Home From My Daughter’s Graduation

Stopped at a red light
I think of daughter’s future
Brighter than the moon

Comet Catalina

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Can you spot the comet?  (Hint: it’s kinda green.  And kinda fuzzy.)

I braved the cold last night to play with a new toy: an iOptron SkyTracker. It’s a camera mount that tracks the rotation of the sky so you can take longer exposure pictures. Neat!

I have a sky-tracking telescope, but I rarely get it out because it is so heavy and hard to move. The SkyTracker is extremely portable and I expect I’ll be getting it out a lot more.

This was my first night out with it, and I must admit I hadn’t practiced using it, so I don’t think I had it set up as well as I could. Even with my poor setup, I could take 30 second exposures with no star trails. And with a low ISO, I got some nice colors.

I’m hoping for clear skies tonight so I can get it out again.

Camera geek info:

Canon EOS 60D in manual mode set at f/1.8, 30 second exposure, ISO 100

Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 lens, manual focus at infinity

iOptron SkyTracker with ballhead

Tripod

Fourth Quarter 2015 Stats

Now that the New Year has started, it’s time for some accountability before the new resolutions. Which means reporting stats.

October 2015 Stats

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 8.2

HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 3.7

WORDS WRITTEN: 382

WORDS/HOUR: 103.2

November 2015 Stats

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 12.3

HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 1.5

WORDS WRITTEN: 119

WORDS/HOUR: 79.3

December 2015 Stats

HOURS SPENT WRITING: 9.2

HOURS SPENT WRITING WORDS: 9.2

WORDS WRITTEN: 2374

WORDS/HOUR: 258.0

I spend my writing time in October trying to fix the ending of a short story, most of my writing time in November on research, and most of my writing time in December on editing my current novel. While I’ve had better writing quarters and better writing months, I am happy that there are no zeroes in here. And I am happy to be back on the writing wagon. Now to go check off “write every day” for the first day of 2016.  Here’s to a more productive 2016!