Mysterious, woman-like figure captured on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover

Wouldn’t be awesome if there was life on Mars and they looked more like something out of a John Waterhouse painting than the “little green men” we’ve become accustomed to expect?

So what is this? A trickery of light and shadow? Dust or vapor perhaps? Or is it an elegant woman observing something alien to her?

You decide! And be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section down below!

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PASADENA, CA — Is it proof of life on Mars? Or just a bizarre rock formation that has people all over the world looking closely at a picture sent back from NASA’s Curiosity rover?

UFO Sightings Daily has brought attention to the picture, saying that the shape “looks like a woman partly cloaked.”

In a YouTube video, it also points out images in that same picture that “may” or “may not be” a dwelling and/or a vehicle and tracks.

Curiosity's Mars picture Curiosity’s Mars picture

We’ll let you decide after watching the video:

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A Good Day To Die

Once upon a Cessna, my dad took me flying with him. It wasn’t my first time to fly as I’ve flown the planes myself before. Little did I know what was in store for me on THIS day! Here We Go!

Arriving at the airport, we made our way into a building where my father paid to rent a plane, buy the fuel, get the low down on weather conditions and chit chat about I only could guess what.

Minutes later we were walking off toward a tan and white-ish colored single engine Cessna. I was already getting excited about the prospect that soon our chariot would take us to where the birds fly.

Dad checked the fuel mixture, did the walk around to examine the condition of the plane and went through his pre-flight check list. A few more minutes went by.

Soon the engine came to life and dad was on coms with the tower getting permission to take off. The tower gave my father directions as to what altitude we would be flying as well as a bunch of other babble I couldn’t make out.

Using the foot rudders to taxi to the designated runway, I made our way to an area in which we would stop to check the flaps. More pilot lingo ensued.

With everything looking good, I was told to get us in the air. I pushed the throttle in and the airplane began to roar. We began to move and quickly gained speed.

Moments later, I pulled the wheel back and I could feel the plane leaving planet earth. The feeling was exhilarating! The safety of being on the ground was no more.

We soared over town for a few minutes before my dad gave me some interesting news. He was going to take over so he could show me a couple ways to get out of a stall.

Remember! In case of emergency, the Cessna can and will glide to the ground. I was preparing for what could turn out to be a very memorable airplane ride. Little good it did me!

The first method my dad showed me, I’m speculating, was engine failure. He pulled out the throttle to deaden the engine, but not kill it completely. The annoying stall buzzer sounded. Confusion sat in.

The props slowed to a “crawl” and the plane shuddered slightly – bouncing the nose up before it decided to show us what a 3-D version of plummeting to the ground looked like. Here we go!

My hands braced dash. Panic and terror washed over me. The things on the ground were getting larger in appearance by the second. So long world! At least I won’t have to worry about going back to school!

The father figure driving our sinking ship was now laughing; all the while coolly instructing me on what he was doing to restore control of the airplane. That’s right. He was talking normally!

He might as well been wearing a clown suit and singing a gospel hymn because I was beginning to think the only thing on my mind was going to be the last thing on my mind. Forever!

The aircraft sputtered, the propellers came back to full swing and we jolted as the plane began to climb back to altitude. Heart rate decreasing. Breathing returning to normal. All was well.

The laughing dad person asked me if I was okay. Seriously, dude? I acknowledged and was then told there was another nifty way to get out of a stall.

Another way? How many ways can one drive an airplane into the earth at a terminal rate of velocity? Are you freak’n kidding me? Cool! Let’s do this!

This time, the ole father of mine pulled back on the wheel. We started climbing – gaining more altitude. I looked out of the window and watched the things on the ground getting smaller and smaller.

Heck! This was more like it! Hold on a sec! He said we were going to stall the plane again, right? Okay, so-o-o…

We reached a thirteen degree critical point of climb. The stupid buzzer started making that racket again. Great. NOW what?

Once again, the propellers slowed, but, this time, something weird happened. For a second, and only for a second, the airplane seemed to hover motionless in mid air.

Then it happened.

The plane went into reverse; slightly falling backward before tilting over back onto its bow end. Talking about a very awkward feeling!

Once again, for the second time now, my hands went to the dash as if they were magnetically attracted. Pulse quickens. But a little more clear headed this time. After all, this wasn’t my first rodeo!

Dad went through the motions of regaining control of the airplane as before. The craft started back to life as it did before, and moments later we were back at cruising altitude.

Ah, good times! You know, even if you asked me at the very moment of panic if I was having fun I probably would have said I was. And would I ever do it again?

In a heartbeat!

So there ya have it! A little piece of my life. If you enjoyed this story, or have one of your own, put it in the comments. I’d love to read about it!

Thanks, everybody! Have an awesome day!

Guy On A Buffalo

These have to be some of the most hilarious videos I have watched in some time. I’ve seen them a while back, but decided to share them with YOU guys in case you haven’t.

If you’re not already doing so then you might wanna sit down. Because in just a moment you’re gonna be laughing too hard to stand up! Enjoy!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 1 (Bears, Indians & Such)

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Aw, you ain’t done yet, son! Keep going!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 2 (Orphans, Cougars & What Not)

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Dry them eyes! There’s MORE!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 3: Finale Part 1 (Origins, Villains & The Like)

Whatcha doin’ on the floor? Get back in that chair! You still have another round!

Guy On A Buffalo – Episode 4: Finale Part 2 (Rehab, Vengeance & What Have You)

Okay! Okay… Can ya breathe yet? Did ya like ’em? Tell us what you thought about them in the comments section below!

And while you’re at it, stop on by this website and thank The Possum Posse (all rights reserved) for their work! Keyword… “THEIR work!” Not mine!

A Long Infographic

Greetings to all!

Came across a website seeing what others have suggested for Bloggers to blog about. The site started out with this lo-o-ong infographic that I just simply HAD to share.

Click the pic. You may have to click it again to blow it up. OR…you can download the PDF here. Enjoy!

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See ya on the other side! Thanks for stopping by!

 

You Can’t Please Everyone

Let’s face it! You can’t please everybody. Plain and simple. And that’s what I want to talk about today: Pleasing everyone.

Hey everybody, Kyran Ravencroft here with a bit of a message for those who keep getting backlash for putting their BEST foot forward. Can't Win Them All

It’s only natural that you strive to do your best as an entertainer or artist. You do try to please everyone, or as many people as you can, but the reality is you just can’t do it.

There will ALWAYS be somebody out there that will not like something you did or said. You might not like my blog. I may not like the way you laugh. See how that works?

To deal with the onslaught of it all you have to thicken your hide. How to develop a thick skin: Leave your emotions at home. It’s mean and straight forward to say, but that’s just the way it is.

I have listed in another post already on ways to deal with the critics that are bound to jump out of the bushes and gnaw on your feet. To see the list go check out my post called Dealing With Grammar Nazis.

Right! So there it is. Just thought I’d take a quick moment to spew out my brain thoughts. Hope you found my words helpful.

Be sure to check out my T-Shirts and stay tuned in to see what random thing or things I talk about next. Thank you, and toodles!

Do What You Want To Do

Hello, world! Welcome again to my blog!

I was thinking the other day about how people insult and look down on the average person when they break out in something new. Then, later down the road, some celebrity does the exact same thing and everybody loves them for it!

I’ve never understood that.Breaking Out Of The Norm

So here’s my advice to all of you mens and womens and childs… If you want to act or sing or write or whatever, and you have a unique way of going about it, my advice would be to follow your heart.

Do what feels right to you. Don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing or how you should be doing it. Just don’t.

The world has become the world we know because of unique people just like you and me. I am sure if you read up on how some of those people (people like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and many others) got their start you will find they were mocked in the beginning.

They were told they would never make it. They were ridiculed and laughed at, but instead of bowing down in the face of adversity, they kept pushing until they succeeded.

That’s what I am telling you, my friend. Not everyone makes it to the top, of course. And even some of those who do are short lived. But who is to say you won’t be the next big thing? Either way, it’s worth shooting for the stars!

Let’s take me, for instance…

My upcoming book, Komplex Sinplicities, is a maelstrom of poetry, suspense, comedy, a bit of horror, and who knows what else. It’s not published as of this very moment in time, but to SOME those I have talked about to about it have kind of sneered at the idea.

Here’s why: When a person picks up a book they expect to see one sort of genre. They are expecting a certain feel from cover to cover, and Komplex Sinplicities kind of goes against the grain of all that.

But I did it for good reason. Things in the world are continuing to evolve and transition from one thing to the next. That’s putting people out of their comfort zones, but it’s the way the world seems to be working now days.

I don’t know if anyone has ever done a book quite like mine, but seeing the changes in the book market as they are, I think there should be a pioneer…a leader in the industry…to begin a new era in how we look at books.

Like I said, I may not be the first, but I’m definitely going to get some nay sayers commenting about it. And you know what? That’s fine with me. But if I don’t start this, for a lack of a much better word, revolution then some one else will.

And the best part? My next book, although very different from Komplex Sinplicities, will be just as chaotic. What can I say? I don’t do “normal” if I can help it. I find it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

So keep your nose to grind stone. Grow ya a tough skin, and do what you want to do. That’s what I have to say about it.

Do you have something peculiar and different from the norm? Leave a comment! Tell us how you plan on revolutionizing the world?

Find Your Niche

Hello everyone, and welcome to another post by moi, Kyran Ravencroft. So! Let’s get to it! Finding your niche.

Niche WritingNiche… The heck fire kind of word is that anyway? NEESH! Sounds like something out of a Monty Python movie. “NI!”

Ok. But, seriously. A niche is a well defined area of expertise. Simple, yeah? Let’s break it down a bit more…

A niche isn’t the same thing as a genre. When say you write in a particular niche it’s a different thing than saying you write in, say, Fantasy or Horror.

Defining your niche is very important if you want to start blogging and/or writing books or E-books. If you plan to make any money then defining what your niche is, your defined expertise, is the most important thing you can do.

Once you have this down to a pin point, then the next move to start making money is to write specifically to that one audience. Don’t start writing about Italian Cooking Competitions and then move into Table Etiquette For Dummies.

Keep your focus and write! Write! WRITE!

The more defined your niche is then the better your chances of success. This is especially true if it’s not in an already flooded market like SEO or Network Marketing.

Even if the populous of your market is small, no worries! Those people will start seeing your name more and more and will begin seeing you as an expert in the something you’re writing about. They are sure to buy into your stuff.

Don’t have any idea what your niche is? Begin by looking at what your passionate about. What is it that just lays on your heart everyday and you delve into head over heels? THAT, my friend, is your niche.

Take a look at what you like to do; a hobby, side job or service. Sit down with pen and paper if you need to and write down keywords that come to mind. This will help you dig down past any general idea you may have.

Let’s give it a go, shall we?

When I’m not writing I enjoy metal detecting. Ok. So metal detectorists is my choice to write about. Good! Now you need to separate the components.

Let’s say we live in Florida. Now we write about Metal Detecting In Florida. Nope! Keep going…

We live in Florida and metal detect beaches. Better! It’s a good start. From here, you can go as far down as you want. We live in Florida and metal detect the Atlantic beaches for lost Spanish gold with Garrett’s such and such metal detector.

Now you have a defined audience along with other audiences that may also be interested in your topic. Get the idea?

Finding your niche will be more difficult to fine tune than for others, but that’s okay. It may take some time and deep thinking, but you can find something to settle in.

But don’t go down so far that you’re not interested in the subject anymore. Stay where you’re comfortable. The easier the material comes to you to write about the easier it will be for you to keep writing in the future.

Do you have a niche you write in? Something odd or strange or not well known to most? If you’re willing to share then leave a comment. Hope this was helpful to you, and thank you for stopping by!

 

 

How To Choose A Pen Name

A Name By Any Other...Many new writers sit on the edge about using a pen name. They make themselves sick with worry just trying to battle it out with themselves. But truly, it’s not really that big of a deal.

Countless artists, especially writers and singers, use pen names. From Mark Twain to Lady Gaga, Lewis Carrol to Anne Rice, pen names can be found everywhere.

Even Stephen King has wrote under a handful of names! So calm down, my friend. I’m gonna help you through this!

The first question you should be asking yourself is, “Why use a pen name?” Before choosing a pen name you must first figure out the reason you wish to do so.

I’ll give you the three biggest reasons I know why to use one, how I made the choice on mine, and give you a couple (obvious) ways to go about choosing one.

So! What is the reason behind it all?

First of all, for some writers, it’s to simply protect their privacy. Either they want to write a book without the mad attention that can go with it or they just don’t want anyone to bother them about it.

Two separate things, right? Not really. Think on it.

There are those folks out there that have made writing a book a milestone in their life. They aren’t looking for anything other the satisfaction of the publication of their book.

On the other hand, some people want to follow through with being an author. By using a pen name they make it more difficult for fans to track them down on a more personal level.

Make sense?

A second reason writers use a pen name, and probably one of the two more common reasons, is because they usually write in one genre and want to put out a book in a different genre.

By doing so, the readers don’t get the two names confused. It’s insane to say it, but it’s easier to be known by one name to one genre than it is to say an author writes in this genre and that.

You may disagree, but that’s how I understand it.

The third reason, and the other most common reason, is because the person has a popular name. Perhaps there are other authors with the same name and they don’t want to confuse the following they are trying to build and/or it could be they want to avoid interference with sales.

This latter reason is why I chose to use a pen name.

As of this writing, there is a pro basketball player and at least one other author with the same name as mine – Anthony Davis. I don’t hide the fact I am using a pen name, but I’m starting to get into another blog post here.

More on that one later!

Once you filed down the meat and got to the bone you now have your reason to use a pen name. Do you still want to use it? That’s your choice. No one can make that call for you.

But let’s say you have decided to write under a different name. Great! But there’s a catch. It’s not all that easy to think up a pen name.

You name characters in your books. You could do it all day long. But giving yourself a different name isn’t as easy as you might think!

Here’s three ways to put your name together:

  1. Think of some one who meant a lot to you; a teacher, a relative, that long lost friend, etc. Maybe they had a name that really stuck with you? Write it down and keep thinking.
  2. Make an anagram! Change around the letters to your real name to make another name out of it. It can be a tedious task, but a fun one!
  3. Use baby name books or websites. There’s oodles of names out there. Surely ONE of them catches your attention!

So how did I come up with Kyran Ravencroft? I firstly looked at my writings and how my mind operates. I wanted something fitting. I used baby name lists to pour through hundreds of names.

Then I came across the name Kyran. It’s an Irish name for a boy meaning “dark.” Perfect! That for me was the hard part. The easiest part was the last name: Ravencroft.

There is a Scooby Doo movie called ‘Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost’ that had a character in it with the last name of Ravencroft. Incidentally, the character was also a writer and played by (the most awesome) Tim Curry.

I wrote the name down and said it out loud a few times. To me, it sounded good. It was catchy and fit my personality. So I had my pen name.

Whichever method(s) you use I assure you it’s probably going to take you a while to find a name that just clicks. But be patient! Don’t rush into it no matter how frustrated you may get. The result can be quite rewarding; even if it’s just for personal satisfaction.

I hope you have found this helpful! If you are using a pen name or have decided on one then share how you chose yours in the comments!

Thank you for reading, and I hope to see YOU on the flip side!

Why Is The Past Important

Lessons From The PastI remember, as a kid, going to the video store and renting VHS tapes. And then came along DVDs. And, OH! Was there ever an uproar about them! Some people wanted to stay with the times, and we all thought (even secretly) they were nifty.

But we saw the future and we knew our beloved cassette tapes would fade out and we would have to RE-BUY all the movies and albums that we already owned.

What am I going on about? I’m talking about the past. And Why do we feel it’s so important to hang on to it.

When I was in high school, me and my friends created a role play game. During the game, one of my friends, Matt, asked my character that very question. And as hard as I tried to explain to his character the importance of remembering the past…he kept hammering me.

And you know what? It came to a point when he had me backed against the wall. Figuratively.

So, why do we hold on to the past? Why should we hold onto the past? Let’s take a minute and talk about the two obvious reasons: We’re sentimental and we learn from the past.

Without a doubt, we are sentimental people. With the exception of minimalists, and not getting into hoarders, the average person likes to keep photos and mementos of people they loved, places they’ve been, and so forth.

I know I’m guilty of this. I even, on the occasion, buy something that I once had growing up. Material things. Funny they can mean so much to us.

The other reason is because we learn from the past. We advance as a society from learning from our mistakes to (hopefully) do better in the future. For this important reason alone we cling to the past.

But as my friend kept bringing up, why do we keep up historical parks and memorials? Why don’t we just discard old relics to make way for the new? Why do we keep things instead of just forging ahead?

I’d like to hear your opinions. Comment below and share your thoughts on why the past is so important to us. Till next time, have an awesome day!

Dealing With Grammar Nazis

Bad WritingWhen it comes to the rules for writing I don’t know everything. I didn’t go to school to major in English. I never took any courses specifically relating to writing. I’m not perfect nor do I pretend to be.

Everything I know has taken me my lifetime to learn. I’m always trying to continue to hone my craft; whether it be sentence structure or marketing strategies as an Indie author.

Writing, and doing it correctly, is an art. It’s (technically) not as easy as people think. Which is why a lot of people who want to write a book don’t ever try to pursue doing so.

With that said, there is a group of critics out there that like to, not necessarily bash writers, but nick pick their work. We all know the people I’m talking about.

Yes! I am referring to the grammar nazis! That’s a lower case “N” on purpose, by the way.

So, who are these people, why are they so picky, and how do you deal with them?

Well, before I answer that, let me just say that if I was to ever receive any harsh comments and/or reviews then this will be that moment! I realize there are some reading this who are going to shred this post to pieces, but that’s ok!

Because, for rest of you, if you read the comments those people post then you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about here. Thereby adding free examples without me dishing out a dime!

This is strictly me thinking off the top of my head. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, and this is mine.

Anyhoo. Where was I? Oh, yeah…

Grammar nazis are a wide assortment of people. Some are teachers/professors, some are writers, others are readers, but some are the “holier-than-thous.” But don’t let the terminology fool you.

Most of them aren’t bad people. Of course there’s the authors and editors, but many of them are just regular folks like you and me.

Which leads me to the “why.”

Grammar nazi’s are, in a nutshell, OCD. I’m sure you have something your OCD about, right? Well, these guys just happen to be picky about grammar and its usage.

Face it!

Nobody wants to read something filled with bad grammar. And they also don’t want to see the incorrect use of punctuation that may cause confusion of what the piece is conveying.

Writing rules are in place for that. Every writer knows this and has (at least) a good handle on things. Some more than others. I fall into the “others” category.

To deal with grammar nazis is like putting up with that annoying relative no one likes. They’re not going away. You just have to live with the fact.

Don’t let the critics tear you down. You didn’t make it this far in life listening to other people’s opinions of you, did you. No! And your writing should be no different.

But there is something you can do to help ward of the hissing critics; whoever they may be. And that’s simply taking the time to better yourself.

I make a crap load of mistakes. This post you’re reading now is probably filled with them! And I am sure those mistakes will be pointed out to me. But I am still publishing this.

I don’t let the fear of a few obstacles in the road keep me from going down it. I do the best I can, go back and try to make it better, put it in the hands of others to read, and move on.

Re-read the positive comments and share them. This is a good way to reinforce your ego. Or, you could just ignore those negative comments altogether; which I know  is hard to do.

Be kind. Lots of people who comment are just trolls. These people have nothing better to do in life than to try to make life miserable for others. This is, I’m only speculating, because they have no life of their own and they’re probably envious of you deep down.

So instead of getting mad at them, pity them. But what ever you do, don’t throw back anything negative. That’s what they want. It’ll just get you worked up and make you look bad in the long run.

The moral of the story is this:

There will always be opposition in all areas of life. If you are trying to get your feet wet as a writer, or thinking bout it, then put your ideas on paper.

Ignore what bad may come at you down the road. You can’t change it, and it’s a pointless reason to worry. So start writing! Do it NOW!

And remember: There’s always time to improve and make things better.