The lights have gone out before, but they have always come back on. –Combustion Hour by Yoon Ha Lee
Today’s heroin users are older — 23, on average — when they first try the drug. Most got high with prescription drugs acquired illegally before switching to heroin. They tend to live in suburban or rural areas rather than the inner city, and more than 90 percent of the study subjects who began using heroin in the past decade are white..
Previous research had reported that in the 1960s and 1970s, more than 80 percent of heroin users were young male minorities who lived in inner cities and began using the drug at about age 16.
“Our earlier studies showed that people taking prescription painkillers thought of themselves as different from those who used heroin,” Cicero said. “We heard over and over again, ‘At least I’m not taking heroin.’ Obviously, that’s changed.” –Science Daily
Back when Mary and Stacia first became friends, they’d both worn the black turtlenecks and hiking boots that were still Mary’s daily uniform, but after college Stacia had reinvented herself as an über-femme. Now she had special eyelashes that fluttered all on their own, hypnotically, and her black hair cascaded in waves around her creamy shoulders. Stacia’s ankles crossed sinuously on the bottom rung of the barstool, with her red ruffled skirt lapping against them. Two separate guys were trying to send her drinks, and she was rolling her eyes at them. –The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick by Charlie Jane Anders
Six countries lay overlapping claims to the East and South China Seas, an area that is rich in hydrocarbons and natural gas and through which trillions of dollars of global trade flow. As it seeks to expand its maritime presence, China has been met by growing assertiveness from regional claimants like Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The increasingly frequent standoffs span from the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, on China’s eastern flank, to the long stretch of archipelagos in the South China Sea that comprise hundreds of islets. The U.S. pivot to Asia, involving renewed diplomatic activity and military redeployment, could signal Washington’s heightened role in the disputes, which, if not managed wisely, could turn part of Asia’s maritime regions from thriving trade channels into arenas of conflict. –Council on Foreign Relations
Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for July 27, 2014. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.
The Creative Mindset
Maria Popova presents David Lynch on Where Ideas Come From and the Fragmentary Nature of Creativity posted at Brain Pickings.
Writing Quote of the Week
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Kevan Lee presents How Creative Hobbies Make Us Better at Basically Everything posted at Fast Company.
Larry Brooks presents a 7 part series on Characterization at Story Fix.
Chris Gerwel presents Society, World-building, and Estrangement in Spy Fiction posted at Amazing Stories.
Bryan Hutchinson presents Invaluable Advice From Seth Godin Every Writer Needs to Read posted at Positive Writer.
Grace Robinson presents Names in Fantasy – 3 Ways to Invent Names for Characters and Creatures posted at Mythic Scribes.
Christopher Jobson presents Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches posted at This is Colossal.
Paper Blanks presents Writing Wednesday: 15 Thought-Provoking Prompts for a New Journal posted at End Paper.
Sharing Our Work
The Business of Creativity
Cherie Haas presents When Your Work is Used by Someone Else: Copyright and the Internet posted at Artists Network.
Spam of the Week
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“Prick your finger, blood beads red. Forever and always, friends ‘til we’re dead.” –Friends ’Til the End, Bethany Neal
verb (used with object), muddled, muddling.
- to mix up in a confused or bungling manner; jumble.
- to cause to become mentally confused.
- to cause to become confused or stupid with or as if with an intoxicating drink.
- to make muddy or turbid, as water.
- to mix or stir (a cocktail, chocolate, etc.).
- Ceramics. to smooth (clay) by rubbing it on glass.
verb (used without object), muddled, muddling.
- to behave, proceed, or think in a confused or aimless fashion or with an air of improvisation:
- the state or condition of being muddled, especially a confused mentalstate.
- a confused, disordered, or embarrassing condition; mess.
- muddle through, to achieve a certain degree of success but without much skill, polish, experience, or direction.
The western horizon still glowed with the dying light of another sweltering summer day, and a thin haze shrouded the quarter moon and obscured all but the brightest stars in a darkening sky. Not a breath of wind stirred the humid air, heavy with the sour stink of tidal mud; even with the sun down, the heat remained unabated. The city itself seemed to be in the throes of ague. –A Plunder of Souls by DB Jackson
Timely new research suggests physical abuse against wives and girlfriends may be triggered by a specific psychological state: The emotional stress that can result when males perceive themselves as less masculine than their peers and cultural role models..
A research team led by Dennis Reidy, a violence-prevention scholar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, refers to this as “discrepancy stress,” and defines it as “a form of distress arising from perceived failure to conform to socially prescribed masculine gender role norms.” …Men who felt stress over their perceived inadequate level of masculinity were more likely to have admitted abusing their partners, even after a variety of other factors were taken into consideration..
“Men who experience stress related to perceiving themselves as being less masculine than the typical man—or believing that they are perceived as such by others—may be more likely to interpret ambiguous interactions as challenges to their masculinity,” Reidy and his colleagues write. -Tom Jacobs
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