Tag: 2019 August Group Writing

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Raining in the Solar System

 

Venus lightning and clouds
Lightning and clouds on Venus – an artist’s impression.
Earth is not the only place in the solar system where it rains.

Venus takes acid rain to a new level. In the clouds of Venus, it rains pure sulfuric acid, which is better known for being in your car battery. NASA probes have also confirmed the presence of lightning – not surprising, given just how thick the clouds are. Not to worry, though, the rain doesn’t actually reach the surface, which has such insane heat and pressure that the battery acid rain evaporates before hitting the surface. The surface of Venus is a volcanic hellscape (you could have pools of molten lead, and the carbon dioxide atmosphere becomes a hybrid of liquid and gas called a super-critical fluid), so the acid rain is the least of your concerns.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: The Tragedy of the Tiger Temple

 

Over 20 years ago, my husband and I visited a temple in Thailand with a Thai friend of ours. She had become friendly with the head monk who, along with his monks, had taken in many tigers. These tigers had, for the most part, been picked up as cubs by people who were visiting the forests; when they recognized their foolish decisions to capture the tigers (since the cats grew to be substantially larger and more fierce), they took them to what came to be called the Tiger Temple. The head monk felt he could provide a place of safety and care for the tigers, and gradually housed many tigers around the temple.

Every day the monks would take the tigers for a walk. They had an incredible rapport with these wild animals, and could often be seen relaxing with them in the open land nearby. The cats were kept and fed in very large cages, with plenty of room to walk around. We realized that there was no long-term planning involved; food for the cats was provided by people who knew of the monks’ work, including locals and tourists. Visits by outsiders were infrequent, and the cats looked well-cared for. It appeared that the monks were just doing what they believed was needed; theirs was the compassionate action to take.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s Raining at the Movies

 

Somewhere, there’s got to be a meteorlogically minded film fanatic (in the British Isles would be my first guess) who has probably compiled a list of every major rain scene in the movies. Well, this post is not that list. No Baby, the Rain Must Fall. No Rains of Ranchipur. Next time, Blade Runner. Back off, Back to the Future Part II.

These notes are only a few impressionistic sketches of rain and a few of its cinematic uses, to darken the deeper notes of drama or even, once in a while, to express the simple joy of splashing in puddles. That’s why Singin’ in the Rain (1952) begins this post, although the one scene everyone remembers is less remembered for its singing, but its dancing, joyously embracing the rain as a romance begins.

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We’re experiencing a short drought in theme posts, so I’m doing some cloud seeding here. Group Writing themes help generate conversations that are not necessarily about politics or current events. For August, our theme is “Raining Cats and Dogs” All you need do is write a short post to start the conversation. Perhaps you could […]

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Yes, it continues to rain cat and dog songs. Now we are getting gusts of popular tunes. Let’s start with Big Mama Thornton and her 1952 “Hound Dog:” More

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We are all aware of a certain musical about felines’ feelings, or some such thing. Perhaps it is one of our guilty pleasures. But were you aware of a canine counterpart, of a sort? In the great tradition of This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, and the unforgettable And God Spoke (the Making of…), a short […]

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So your friends called again, Urging you to slip the chain. More

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So many videos, so little time. I’ve found a few open days. Nature abhors a vacuum, so brace yourselves! We’ll start with a classy take on cat songs. No, there will be no show tunes from a certain alleged musical…unless you drive me to it! Aaron Copeland wrote a short piece for piano entitled “The Cat […]

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Who plays it best? Black Dog is a blues rock song composed and first performed by Led Zeppelin. It was the first cut on the A side of their fourth album, creatively titled Led Zeppelin IV. Heart, fronted by the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, have the strongest cover version, decade to decade. Hey, don’t click […]

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Your friendly Ricochet weather forecaster here, announcing a projected long dry spell ahead. After a lovely set of summer showers to start the month, we have only scattered showers ahead. But there is hope for those who want to go splashing in puddles or singing in the rain. We’re looking for a series of cloud-seeding […]

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I double-dog dare you to top the first few posts under the August 2019 Group Writing Theme: Raining Cats and Dogs! Lots of days left, if you’re not a scaredy-cat! Don’t be a wet blanket, come in out of the rain, especially if you’ve not written here before, or in a long time. There are plenty […]

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I thought I knew what a hailstorm was. I’ve seen hail fall everywhere I have lived. It tends to be pea sized. It might sting a bit if it hits you. Ah, but everything is bigger in Texas. Over a three year period, I had the honor of serving with a great group of Army […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Monsoon Rains: From Teacup Poodles to Great Danes

 

It is monsoon season in the Desert Southwest. Monsoons, in the American Southwest? Yes, indeed. While the desert, by definition, gets little rainfall, rain tends to arrive in bucketfuls, rather than sustained showers over longer periods. The way rain falls brings blessings and, in this fallen world, curses.

Visitors, and new residents, will be surprised to hear “monsoon” applied to the summer rains in the American Southwest. We all carry images of the far shore of the Pacific Ocean attached to “monsoon season.” If you lived for a time in the western reaches of the Pacific, monsoons are absolute bucketfuls, indeed water towers worth of water delivered from the sky. Add wind and you set sideways sheets of water, utterly drenching everything. You could say it was raining Great Danes and tigers.

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Writing is a form of playing God. One takes the clay of words and molds and forms them and breathes life into one’s characters. Oh, but perhaps that is the sixth day of creation? One starts with a void, a blank page, and separates the land of plot from the waters of possibility. Or, perhaps one licks one’s world or one’s characters into existence from the ice as Audhumla licked out the first frost giant, Ymir? Perhaps each author of fictions has his own method, and yet, they boil down to the same in the end. One has to have plot, characters, and the other elements of a story to build the story from.

I have a series of Science Fiction/Alternative History books I have been working on. They are not truly novels. They are more a group of short stories in a family saga grouped around a historical period and events with history gradually changing and distancing itself from the history we know and have experienced. The premise starts with a genetically-modified human showing up in rural North Carolina in 1700 and builds from there with his descendants inheriting his modified genes, reproducing, and spreading further and further around the world in a ripple effect.

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“Dogs and cats are falling from the sky!” That’s how the phone conversation began with a Chinese man learning idiomatic English. Idioms, like passwords, require precision. They are a dime a dozen, not a penny a pair. On the Gulf Coast, “raining buckets” is an apt expression for the heavy tropical rains we get occasionally. […]

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