Ghosts in outer space.

Into the Night

Researchers do not yet know what is lighting up IRAS 05437+2502, a small, faint nebula that spans only 1/18th of a full moon toward the constellation of the Taurus. Particularly enigmatic is the bright upside-down V that defines the upper edge of this floating mountain of interstellar dust.

This ghost-like nebula involves aIRAS 05437+2502 small star-forming region filled with dark dust that was first noted in images taken by the IRAS satellite in infrared light in 1983. This recently released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows many new details, but has not uncovered a clear cause of the bright sharp arc.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, R. Sahai (JPL)

Composer born August 19. Georges Enescu.

I love the Romanian Rhaposidies, especially #1.  It has a great viola part. 🙂 – about half way through….

George Enescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd​͡ʒe̯ord​͡ʒe eˈnesku]; known in France as Georges Enesco; 19 August 1881, Liveni – 4 May 1955, Paris) was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher.

He was born in the village of Liveni (later renamed “George Enescu” in his honor), Dorohoi County at the time, today Botoşani County. He showed musical talent from early in his childhood. A child prodigy, Enescu created his first musical composition at the age of five. Shortly thereafter, his father presented him to the professor and composer Eduard Caudella. At the age of seven, he entered the Vienna Conservatory, where he studied with Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr., Robert Fuchs, and Sigismund Bachrich. He graduated before his 13th birthday, earning the silver medal. In his Viennese concerts young Enescu played works by Brahms, Sarasate and Mendelssohn. In 1895 he went to Paris to continue his studies. He studied violin with Martin Pierre Marsick, harmony with André Gédalge, and composition with Jules Massenet and Gabriel Fauré.

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Queen Elisabeth of Romania with George Enescu and Dimitrie Dinicu

Three examples of a good “hook” for mystery beginning from Sisters in Crime

From Sisters In Crime blog. Sargent Wordslayer’s SWAT Boot Camp for Novelists.
Example One: Ordinary day turns to….incoming danger. Put your hero into a scene like the opening of Micahel Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer. Your hero is going to work. A normal day. S/he gets a phone call. Something unexpected happens, and you are off to the races. Sargent Wordslayer says “Get that iincoming bomb in the first 150 words.”

Example Two: Get the story problem in the first line. Example, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. The first line. “It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.” Give Sargent Wordslayer six new first lines that foreshadow your story problem…now! Get writing. You’ve got three minutes. Put that Popsicle down and get cracking. No looking around the room. Write, golly-gosh-darn-it.

Example Three: Pick a fight. Check out Harlen Coben’s Deal Breaker. Make your hero pick a fight with a throw-away character so we can bond with his righteous indignation, ability to protect the weak, and possibly admire his mental acuity and muscular body. Sargent Wordslayer gives bonus points if you can make the fight happen in two pages while simultaneously demonstrating your hero’s internal psychological flaw and one endearing little quirk.