The most prominent, seared-into-my-brain new piece of knowledge is this:
However, my knowledge of degloving had confirmed another fact for me:
- I do not have what it takes to be part of a crime scene clean-up crew. While I've formed a new appreciation for Simple Green and glossy paint (as opposed to matte paint), I hope to never need to clean up so many blood splatters again in my life!
- There is, apparently, an ancient art of tapping. By tapping on your body at key meridian points, you can help cure various mental and psychological illnesses, including reducing stress and helping with weight loss. Who knew? Apparently most of the rest of the world, if this technique is as well known as the experts in the field say.
- Almond meal + mashed banana + pancake mix = heavenly pancakes!
- I read in a fiction novel of a recipe for dessert wine–soaked strawberries, filled with white mousse, drizzled in chocolate. My taste buds demanded I make this for them, minus the mousse (because of a lactose intolerance) and probably minus the drizzled chocolate (because contrary to popular opinion, strawberries are far better without the addition of chocolate)—just the wine-soaked strawberries sounds heavenly.
- I have been spending way too much time (and money) on Number One Novels. It was actually a revelation that came in tandem with my revelation of where my novel had gone off the rails. Both projects had taken a turn that, while at the time I thought had been the right course, was the opposite direction of where I needed to go.
Only, NON is not my primary focus. NON is a motivational tool for me, and has developed into a fun place to find new authors. But it's not where I want to be devoting hours of each week to nor, since I make no money from it, do I want to be spending money to send large batch emails (the only practical solution were companies that assist in this) and start up a site and buy books for contests. My weekends were becoming NON development days. So were Cody's. I already spend about two hours a week on regular NON-related posts and maintenance—more was a time suck I didn't need or want.
This week, I finally realized that my grand dreams and desires for the site are counterproductive to my main goals (becoming a published author and spending as much other time with Cody, friends, and family). While my grand plans for NON won't work now, I hope there might be a point in the future where I can make NON the site of my dreams. Until then, I'll be putting the focus back on my writing (and my website, which was another project backburnered by this NON project).
The other facts I learned this week are unrelated to everything, but interesting nonetheless.
- During WWII, there were people known as Jewish catchers: Jewish citizens who were known to turn in their fellow Jews in favor of differential treatment and safety for themselves and their family.
- Computers control about 70% of the stock market's transaction.
- Social engineering. I think I could benefit from this, or at least use parts of the genius of people who social engineer backgrounds for people in the marketing of my novels and myself once I'm published. Strictly legally, of course.