Cool Stuff You Didn't Know You Needed to Know...
Or the page of useful, useless, oh, and unusual things...
I'm always coming across links of things I find interesting or helpful, so I'm sharing them here for others who want - or need - to know these things, too.
Fiction markets and more... More to come...
* Flash fiction - No Pay:
* Flashes in the Dark - flash fiction, horror, under 1k, no pay
* Shotgun Honey - flash fiction, noir/mystery, to 700 wds. No pay
* Short Story Saturday - Haunt Jaunts
* List of open Anthologies - Literarium.net
* New - Black Cat Mystery Mag./Wildside Press
* Flash Bang Mysteries - flash to 750 wds.
* Mystery Weekly - email, online and on Amazon
* Synopsis writing guide - Beth Anderson (best I've found)
* Easy synopsis writing - 1 page
* Author book purchase site
* Kindle Kids Book Creator, make illustrated books, program
* Make one link for all Amazon book sites
* Writing articles - Holly Lisle
* Etymology Online
* Discounted, free books: Readfree.ly
* Indies Unlimited Book Promo Sites (free & discounted books)
* Because I forget - Post to Instagram from PC:
In Chrome, go to Instagram.com and sign in. Now right-click anywhere on the page then select Inspect from the list of options. Part of the site will be covered up with the Inspector tool, but we only really care about the small icon of a tablet and phone. It's in the top-left corner of the Inspector window -- click it. The page will refresh with a mobile view, and the + icon to create a post should show up at the bottom of the window. If it doesn't, refresh the page. When you're done, click on the tablet/phone icon again. Close the Inspector tool and refresh the website to go back to the desktop version. - On CNET.com
* Online LunaPic - Photo rotator - free (so pix stay vertical when uploaded online or to FB) (Other cool effects too!)
* Free animated gifs * Free online photo editor - PicMonkey
* Animated pumpkin gifs
* Free zombie wallpapers
* Convert audio to MP3 free
* Convert PDF to word (full docs, free)
* Canon XT Rebel camera guide
* Domain - IP look-up - Whois.net
* 10 Best Domain Registrars
"Apocalyptic" Science - World Events:
* Jan. 2020: Series of earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Devastating fires in Australia kill billions of animals; koalas near extinction. * 1/21: Contagious coronavirus spreads from China. First case arrives in Wash. State.
* Oct. '19: Flooding in Venice, Italy. Worst in 50 years. * Wildfires in Australia; hundreds of koalas killed. * Herd of elephants die in Zimbabwe from drought.
* Sept '19: * Crickets swarm central Texas. * Greenland and Arctic melting at record rates. * Spread of EEE (equine encephalitic disease.) First person dies in Wisc.; several deaths in Mich. * 1 in 4 - nearly 3 billion -birds have disappeared in past 50 years/Cornell Univ. study.
* Aug '19: (8/21) - (More shocks.) Montana hailstorm kills and maims 11k+ waterfowl and wetlands birds/Wash. Post. * Brazil's Amazon rain forest burning at record rate. * Brazil - millions of bees dead. *Greenland's glacier gone; water under surface warming. * Record whale deaths on US east coast.
July '19: * Herd of 200 reindeer starve in Norway.
* Ebola spreads to 2nd city in Africa; (But ebola cure vaccine works - Aug.) * Greenland, biggest ice melt ever. Extreme heat waves in Europe, 107 in Paris - hottest month in recorded history.
* Grasshopper invasion in Las Vegas, NV; Increased pilot whale die-off.
June '19: * Puffin die-off near S. America;
Mar '19: * Scientists grow brain in dish
* Measles epidemics hit states.
* Mt. Everest glaciers melting uncovering bodies.
* "Bomb cyclone" - Midwest and east coast. Massive floods, Nebraska, Midwest.
Feb. '19: "Polar vortex" - hit -21 in Wisc. -50 wind chills.
* NYPL Digital Library - sheet music, 1890-1909
* Free historical costume patterns - Mymondermet.com
* Flickr: Library of Congress vintage photos
* Unusual 1850 Victorian "Blood Book" Scrapbook scanned
* Vintage Christmas and other photos
* Vintage Christmas photos, villages, catalog pages
* Weird stuff at Ridiculously Interesting.com
* WWI photo series
* WLS radio top hits by year
* Catholic "incorrupt" saints - mummified bodies... (from the 1800s even)
Dogs & Pets:
* Good to know: Acupuncture pressure spot to combat bloat (if it works?) * CPR for dogs
* Currency converter
* My Belgian genealogy pages
Science - World Events:
* Insect apocalypse - insects dying
* Hundreds of sea turtles die after coming ashore; hundreds being cared for in Mass. due to cold.
* NASA lands InSight explorer on Mars.
11/26: * * Hundreds of pilot whales beached and die in NZ.
* Gene-editing of one unborn twin in China.
* Rain ends deadly Camp Fire in CA; thousands of homes destroyed; Town of Paradise destroyed.
* Mysterious polio-like disease spreads to 30 states. One adult affected in Wisc.
* Thousands of Swedish residents have embedded micro-chips for banking transactions.
* 8/18: Indonesia earthquake; CA wildfires; Red Tide, toxic algae kills fish, dolphins, hundreds of sea turtles in FL.
5/22: * Latest Ebola outbreak, million-pop. city; first time virus vaccination use
* Nipah virus outbreak India, fruit bats to humans (previous outbreak Malaysia to pigsm 1999
* New Guinea Flatworms found in Florida; eat earthworms
* Giant predatory (Asian Flathead) worms invaded France , just noticed
* Amazon – Orlando testing real-time facial recognition
* Hawaiian volcanic eruption; 3 wks. continues - 100' lava spouts; 6.9 earthquake 5/7/18
* Nearly 200 wild horses dead in SW drought. 5/7/18
* 1st time sighting of neutron star collision, 10/17
* Antarctic Adelie penguin chicks die - only 2 survivors in colony, 10/14
* Hole size of Maine opens in Antarctic ice, largest since 1970s, 10/11
* Total solar eclipse, 9/21
* Devastation of Puerto Rico & Caribbean, Hurricane Maria, 9/20
* Five category 5 hurricanes (Irma, Maria) 9/17
* Giant sunspot releases large solar flares, largest in decade, 9/7
* FDA approves first gene-altering treatment for leukemia, (but $475,000), 8/30; approves 2nd treatment, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, 10/19
* Sixth mass extinction underway 7/17
Swedish co. implants workers with microchips 4/17
* Discovery of 7 new planets 2/17
* Over 650 pilot whales beached in New Zealand 2/11/17
* Large-scale tornado outbreaks increasing 1/17
* Crack in Antarctic ice shelf growing 1/17
* Accelerated glacier melting Antarctica 10/16