This past week flew by so fast! SHARK LADY received some pretty beautiful hardware, and I rounded a big wordcount milestone on my next novel. The combination of drafting and prepping for an upcoming book release means lots of dirty dishes, but I’ll save you the joy of that visual.

Here are ten things that caught my attention this week!

1)  These square waves look pulled right out of a YA dystopia novel.

2) Speaking of dystopia (aren’t we always?) – did you hear about this Hunger Games news? I’m a huge fan of this series, so I’m eager to see what’s in store for us 64 years before Katniss showed up.

3) Laundromat mermaids. Enough said.

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4) For your soul: How to Listen to Your Body and Give it What it Needs. 

5) I’m not the one to write it, but there is a beautiful, timely picture book to be made of this incredible story of America’s first Black radio station.

6) Wangari Maathai was the First African Woman to Win the Nobel Peace Prize. This book is a must read, as is this beautiful essay

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7) Drop everything and listen to this previously unreleased recording of my hero, Freddie Mercury. (Seriously!)

8) “I’d do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” A phrase you won’t often hear coming from a spider, if science has anything to say about it. 

9) I love naked mole rats. I included them in one of my books because they are basically potatoes with teeth, but some new research shows that they’re immune to wasabi. This sounds weird (and it is! Imagine being that researcher!) But it also has some pretty cool ramifications for pain management.

10) Know who else I love? Leonardo da Vinci. I’ve had this book for years and was interested to find this little article that pulled out some main prompts on how to think like da Vinci. Get your genius on!

Thanks for reading! As always, if you enjoy this kind of thing, pass it on to a creative friend! I hope it sparks something inspiring for you!

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