Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Few of My Friends

There are a few friends and family that I would like to introduce who are themselves creative people. One of them started a web site to bring us all together. Please visit The Creativs and see what each has to offer, or what they are doing. The Creativs are a group of young, talented individuals who care to share their talents with others. Among the group we have:

Kayce  who makes custom, hand stamped jewelry, some of which benefit charity.

Your truely N.D. Melander who likes to write and is currently working on some short stories. More about that later.

Holden Melander wanting to write and some day publish a top selling fantasy novel.

Nolan Melander, a person you'll just have to click on his link in the web site for more informaiton.

Theresa has been writing since the fourth grade. She published the horror novel Moon Lit Night that can be ordered on the web site link.

If you haven't done so yet, buy Icarus Falling for your reading pleasure. After that check out the other fine artists and authors.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Discovery Dinosaurs: Fiction more than Fact

Growing up I have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, the big lumbering creatures from Earth's past. They hold a mystery and excitement that enthralls young boy's imaginations. I have never given up my interest in them. Any chance to learn about or watch a show that contains them is almost never missed. Perhaps in a strange way they were my first foray into the world of science fiction since we know so little about them and yet so much has been said. What they were really like even after years of progress in studies of their remains is still mostly speculation. Because of the relatively blank slate, the Discovery Channel has taken speculation of dinosaurs to a whole new level. The line between science fiction and science fact in not blurred, but completely imbalanced with the fiction side taking most of the space.

This drift from presenting research and doing more dramatic presentations has been going on for years. It all started with the documentary Walking With Dinosaurs where scientists presented the latest discoveries, and artists and film makers imagined them visually. This inspired more shows of a similar style, but a smaller amount of science was presented to the audience. The most recent incarnation almost does away with any scientific evidence.