Saturday, July 30, 2011

The rain came, slow at first...

Pic from COAST TO COAST AM ~ Ground-to-Cloud Lightning

I was taking video of a lightning storm on July 24, 2011. In this frame capture, you'll notice the lightning in the background, but also the red lightning in the foreground. The strike was in front of a bush 20 feet from me! The fact that the strike is in front of the bush means that it was VERY CLOSE! I submitted the photo to a local TV station and the meteorologist responded with this comment:

"Thank you for sending your amazing photo! It's so nice to finally get some rain and thunderstorms in our's been far too long!

That photo may actually be showing a bolt (foreground) moving upward from the ground. When lightning strikes, there are small segments called "stepped leaders" that forge part of the path for the lightning to travel toward the ground. They usually extend upward from taller objects in the area toward the parent cloud above. Definitely too close for comfort!"


Saturday into Sunday maows, my purty and precious Pussycats... lightning in the southwest part of the sky over the tame prairie right now... so this Big Cat is hoping she can get her bloggie posted... there was a wonderful rainshower during the late morning... giant thunder claps, some lightning... and yes! The rain came, slow at first, then fast for about twenty minutes... oh, and the Kougaress wants more! Please... please, and thank you!

Authoress news and mews ~

Purrs, some progress on the short story WIP.


Ride Me Baby!!
by Solara

“Ah, she is a real sweetie Harley. Riding her is so damn fine. I can feel her purring between my legs from the moment I mount her.”

Gil stopped dead in his tracks as he pushed the double kitchen door open. Three days in squirrel form was bad enough, now he had to listen to Louie gush loudly about some dame. Christ, his artistic aberration attack had gossip flying all over town. Hell the new dishes and haute cuisine werestyle had more shifters coming in than Katie could handle alone. A few had taken up eating at the bar. At least the tips were good. Scrubbing blood and guts off the varnished wood nightly was getting old real fast. Recently some drunk had tried to chomp on the bar. How did you get teeth marks out of wood?

Big Cat Comment in response to a thread on Amazon about word usage in romance ~

“Interesting, yes... but ain't NO WAY to 'satisfy' everyone's word preferences. I have my own faves, of course. But, really, unless the English language is expanded dramatically in the erotic romance department, there are only a limited number of words that can be used. And, of the supposedly acceptable words, how boring would it be to use ONLY them?”

Further comment: Oh, how this Big Cat author wishes the English language could be expanded dramatically, and thus truly reflect the emotions/feelings/actions/ that take place in romance and erotic romance. The current English language, even with all the added lingo, and the strides forward made by all of us romance writers, is still woefully inadequate, and, at times, immature in the words and phrases that are available, in this Big Cat’s opinion. While the Kougar does all she can to creatively enhance her descriptions of what is happening, this is sometimes viewed as ‘taking the reader out of the story’ or simply ‘not’ readable... that is, the reader can’t skim the story fast enough, easy enough. So, the trap is set to spring. Using words redundantly, or words some reader’s dislike... OR! Attempting to express what is occurring with new phrasing, a different usage of words that is considered unacceptable... all of this, this current and ongoing ‘trap’, makes the Kougar want to scream HELP!!! as a writer.

Big Cat by-the-numbers ~

12:12 am... 2:22 am... 12:12 pm... 2:12 pm... 2:22 pm... 4:44 pm... 10:10 pm... the bar for ‘crazy’ and ‘crazy happenings’ will be raised beyond belief at this time in our world... watch out, my darlings...

Strong quake shakes Japan's Fukushima

AFP - A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan's Fukushima prefecture, home to a crippled nuclear power plant, early Sunday, but there was no risk of tsunami, seismologists said.

The most powerful weapon is the human soul on fire. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

~ Happy Summer-livin' in July ~


And, May you live the dreams of your heart, not in interesting times...

Slow at first kisses from the Kougar...


Serena Shay said...

Nope, pleasing everyone is impossible. A writers best bet is to please themselves and there will surly be others who love the work, as well. ;)

Savanna Kougar said...

Serena, that's true. I certainly understand a reader's frustration with an overused word, or the use of certain words -- but, really, blame it on the inadequacies of the English language, and give authors more leeway at inventing new terminology and words.