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Have you heard about the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest? It’s pretty much what it sounds like, except for the technicality of what is produced tends to be more of a novella rather than a novel. But how many in the general public know what a novella is? It’s a prose genre 20,000 to 50,000 words (some say 40,000 words), generally, by the way.

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This past winter, I entered the CBC Literary Awards competition for Creative Nonfiction. In short, it’s a contest for style of how you tell a real story in 1500 words or less. The Long List was recently announced and I wasn’t on it, which meant I can now share it here with you! Entries published anywhere until now would have been disqualified from the competition.

This event had an impact on something in my near future at the time of writing, on which I contemplated and which has since passed. In a few days, I will post the follow-up to my contemplation at the story’s end.

I hope you’ll like it and thanks for reading. :)

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Lloyminster location mapThe Toronto Star recently analyzed the leaked database of Ashley Madison cheating website data for Canadian postal codes from where the most (credit card) money was processed. How the results came out was the neighbourhood at Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. W. in Toronto being first (where Ashley Madison’s home company Avid Life is located), and then, eyebrow raisingly, the 31,483 population town of Lloydminster, which (ahem) straddles Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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NASA has just released some amazing high resolution files of Pluto.

Pluto Close-up by NASA

Pluto Close-up by NASA

The resolution is more than good enough to create a 3D print of the planet, at something like a room sized scale, and maintain all of the details captured, in my opinion. If done smaller, you’ll even lose some details! That is, the information might be finer than the 3D printing technology that is currently available!

So the only thing remaining for me to ask is who will be the first?

I think that would be quite something to see, Pluto in 3D compared to just a speck of light we knew of its appearance only a short prior to whenever they get enough information to print the 3D model!

I play tennis and I had a thought this morning. Modern racquets are a nice glimpse of successes of material science. Everything from the strings to frame to grip. They’re also painted to look advanced and “cool” as well. But there’s plenty of it out there, and a lot border on ghastliness!

Why doesn’t someone make a modern racquet and paint it as if it were wooden?

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