May, 2012

Fish Friday: The Electric Eel

Today on fish friday, I’ve decided to talk a bit about one of the most fascinating creatures of the fish world.  The electric eel.

Now this interesting little guy doesn’t look like much, but he can pack a powerful punch.  He’s capable of generating electrical shocks of up to 600 volts and 1 amperes! (Keep in mind that any voltage of 40 or as little as 20milliamperes–far, far less than the 1ampere the fish produces–is considered lethal to humans.) They use three unique organs called the main organ, the Hunter’s organ, and the Sach’s organ that create low volume and high volume electrical shocks through the use of electrolytes.

Here it is lightning a Christmas tree in Japan.

They use this electricity to kill their food, and also as a form of radar, sending small pulses from it’s body to determine the size and location of their food.

A little bit more about this strange creature is that it’s not really an eel, but a fish.  It’s actually a knifefish and more closely related to the catfish, than an eel.  Like catfish, they’re bottom dwellers. However, unlike the catfish (though some catfish CAN do this), they breath air. Having to go to the surface every 10 minutes or so to breath, before returning to the bottom.

And here’s an awesome clip from my son’s favorite show, RIVER MONSTERS.

As seen in that clip they live in the fresh waters of the Amazon and Orizon rivers in South America. They are generally seen in muddy or stagnant waters.  They can grow to about 6′ 7″ in length and up to 44 pounds.  They can have as many as 3,000 babies at each hatching.

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Tip Thursday

Okay, so…I thought since we’re getting close to my release I’d do a twist on my old tip Thursday, where I offered tips on writing. This time, it’ll be tips about Elysium.  If you want to live in Elysium, you’re going to need to know a few things about it. 

 Even if you can’t see them, they can see you.  And they’re always watching.

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Wating On Wednesday: ANGEL EYES

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My selection for this week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

ANGEL EYES by Shannon Dittemore (Thomas Nelson) 

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .


Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

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 Happy Book Birthday to fellow apocalypsie and Floridian Jenny Torres Sanchez and her awesome book:

THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE by Jenny Torres Sanchez (Running Press)

 Charlie is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called “Chunks” Grisner. What’s worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can’t figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there’s his mom. She’s disappeared—again—and his dad won’t talk about it.

Somewhere between the madness, Charlie can at least find comfort in his one and only talent that just might get him out of this life-sucking place. But will he be able to hold his head above water in the meantime?

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Monday Musings: Pet Peeves

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I’ve been judging a lot of contests lately and while I love doing it, I’ve noticed that lately a lot of entries are hitting my pet peeves pretty hard. Specifically one.

Character development/motivation.

I think on my latest grouping of entries, I marked every entry down for character development.  Even the entries I loved.  And it’s not just contest entries I’ve seen it in, it’s in published books, too!

It’s not that the characters aren’t developed enough (although sometimes it is), it’s that the motivation isn’t there or doesn’t match what we’ve seen of the character.

For instance, when a character states that he can’t go through a portal to a different world because it’s forbidden and he’s afraid of the person who would enforce it, but then walks straight through that portal without a second thought and considers bringing someone back with him because they asked him, too, without a thought to the consequences. There lacks a certain motivation.

Now, if he had a thought that EXPLAINED why he did all that, despite the consequences, I’d believe it more.  But without that thought, or an explanation of some sort, it makes the characters unreliable and lacks that development I was talking about.  And it really drives me to distraction.

 So QFU: What’s your pet peeve?

Also, the winner of my Birthday Bash giveaway is:

Erin PreFontaine
Congrats, Erin!  You should have received an email from me this morning with instructions.
Thanks again, everyone, for entering. Stay tuned for more contests soon!

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