September 1st, 2009

DNA can be faked

While it doesn’t look like your average criminal can do it, scientists in Israel have successfully faked DNA. “The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.”

This might change a few crime novels - and maybe a few crime scenes..



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Are you an author? You could give a gift that would mean a lot

If you write books for middle grade or younger YA, you could donate a set for a book group of girls in a low-income housing project.

If you write books for adults, then there’s a book group in Boston for homeless folks. You can read about it in this article in the Boston Globe. If you could donate a set of 12 books, contact Ron Tibbetts at info_oasis@rocketmail.com.

Or if you know of other opportunities, let me know.



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Six crazy weeks

In the next six weeks I have to:
- Finish writing a book. And there is a ton still to be done. It kind of scares me how much needs to be done.
- Do the copy edits for a different book.
- Start teaching a new writing class. Teaching is energizing AND draining, all at the same time.
- Plan out what to say at a writing seminar in two weeks where my co-teacher just had to bow out, leaving me with twice as much time to fill.
- Live through several crazy weekends, including one where I have four speaking engagements in two days in two cities, one where I have to rush from a 50th birthday party for my husband's oldest friend to the class I'm teaching, and one where I have to rush from a seminar to a memorial gathering.

But you know what? My new life is SO MUCH BETTER than my old corporate world life where we had endless meetings to talk about branding strategy and endless reorganizations, and where my old boss once made me cry because she thought my handwriting wasn't neat enough (tip: when someone tells you your handwriting is messy, don't respond with laughter). And then I would come home and try to write at night. I did that for ten years.

So this life is crazy and hard sometimes, but it's a different kind of hard, and I am (more or less) the captain of my ship.



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