Friday, April 18, 2014

The Crazy and Unusual Friday Post: Mongolian Death Worm

I tried a series of crazy and unusual posts a couple of years ago, and some people seemed to really enjoy them, so I thought I'd find some more unusual stories to spark those creative juices.If they don't inspire, then perhaps they will be a bit entertaining.
The Mongolian Death Worm (not the centipede pictured) is said to be found in the Ghobi Desert, and not a worm I'd ever want to encounter up close. This worm allegedly reaches 2 to 5 feet in length, being 2 inches thick, is a striking red color, and resembles a blood-filled intestine. I say "allegedly" because there is no specific evidence it exists, even after extensive searches for this deadly creature. 

Yes, I said deadly. What's so deadly about this worm, you ask? Why it spits poison over great distances, and then electrocutes its victims. It literally pops out of the sand, shoots venom at its target, and shocks them to death (enough volts to kill a camel), or so the stories go.

Interested in reading more or seeing an artist depiction? Check out the wikipedia page here.

This is where I admit something quite personal... the only fear I have is a fear of worms. That's right, a fear of worms. Not snakes. Worms. The Mongolian Death Worm will give me pure nightmares for a while. 

Anyone have a fear of something silly? 

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kids = Going Broke!

Indie Bookfest 2014

Ainsley Shay and I will be going to the Indie Bookfest 2014 in August, and looking forward to meeting some fellow bloggers/authors, and one of our favorite cover designers (Najla Qamber Designs). If anyone else is going, please let me know and I'll be on the lookout for you. It's always nice to meet someone in person. 

We will also be meeting Hugh Howey this month at one of the local libraries. It's funny that he lives in the same town, yet, I've only ever seen him online, mostly through Facebook. I love his inspiring blog posts, not to mention his books.

On a more personal note...Kids are expensive! They also don't get any cheaper the older they become. This month I've had to dish out money for a prom dress, grad trip, college tuition deposit, and the orientation fee for college (I didn't have one when I went). I haven't even come to the alterations for the dress, the hair for the prom at the end of the month, or the fancy graduation dinner coming up soon. 

For some reason, I also end up with more kids then I gave birth to sometimes. I pay the cell phone bill for my daughters best friend, as well as provide food for the neighborhood...or so it feels like most days. I'm the woman living in the shoe with all those kids.

They are worth it, though. They better have one damn good retirement home for me in the future.