Magic and Kissing

This is what you will find in my books; the rest is just details.

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maggie-stiefvater:

currentsinbiology:

fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

In the dark of the ocean, some animals have evolved to use bioluminescence as a defense. In the animation above, an ostracod, one of the tiny crustaceans seen flitting near the top of the tank, has just been swallowed by a cardinal fish. When threatened, the ostracod ejects two chemicals, luciferin and luciferase, which, when combined, emit light. Because the glow would draw undesirable attention to the cardinal fish, it spits out the ostracod and the glowing liquid and flees. Check out the full video clip over at BBC News. Other crustaceans, including several species of shrimp, also spit out bioluminescent fluids defensively. (Image credit: BBC, source video; via @amyleerobinson)

This is beyond cool!

moral: be so shiny that bad things won’t eat you

maggie-stiefvater:

currentsinbiology:

fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

In the dark of the ocean, some animals have evolved to use bioluminescence as a defense. In the animation above, an ostracod, one of the tiny crustaceans seen flitting near the top of the tank, has just been swallowed by a cardinal fish. When threatened, the ostracod ejects two chemicals, luciferin and luciferase, which, when combined, emit light. Because the glow would draw undesirable attention to the cardinal fish, it spits out the ostracod and the glowing liquid and flees. Check out the full video clip over at BBC News. Other crustaceans, including several species of shrimp, also spit out bioluminescent fluids defensively. (Image credit: BBC, source video; via @amyleerobinson)

This is beyond cool!

moral: be so shiny that bad things won’t eat you

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Anonymous asked: What do you do if you're writing a draft of a novel and you're worried it will be too short?

laurendestefano:

My first drafts are always extremely short—sometimes nearly half the length they’ll be in the final project! From my perspective, I’d rather write a bare bones first draft and know that everything I’m writing is absolutely essential. Then, in editing, I can go back and look at areas where I could expand. During this second round of revisions, I find that there’s always a lot more I could say and even some back story that would help readers better understand my characters.

If your first draft is too short, don’t worry. It’s easier to add than it is to delete and then try to stitch the wound.