Ebola, curing paralysis, book marketing and Homecoming King

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“Decontaminating CDC Director” by CDC Global. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

OK, now that I have your attention, it’s link soup day here. (Definitely check out the Homecoming King item, as that’s my favorite!)

I thought I’d post a few interesting links today. First up, everybody in the US is watching how the Ebola situation plays out as citizens worry an outbreak may form here, too. So, here are a couple of Ebola related links.

  • Ebola symposium. My mother-in-law, Marcia, is in charge of the University of Virginia’s Medical Center Hour and she recently hosted a symposium with experts on Ebola. When we visited my in-laws recently, she told us that when she planned the seminar a few months back, she and the experts who’d agreed to talk thought they’d be doing a wrap up of the pandemic in Africa (with it having been contained). Sadly, things went the other way and it was really relevant when they finally did it. Here’s the Ebola symposium video.
  • Ebola and quarantine. This is a piece from ethicist Arthur Caplan expressing his view on the problems associated with mandatory quarantine.

Next up, I  ran across this article mentioning the use of stem cells to cure paralysis. I’m mentioning it here because in my book, Second Life, stem cell use to cure paralysis is involved in the plot.

In the field of book marketing, I had two posts run over at Indies Unlimited this week, where I discussed the marketing technique of image quotes. The main article discusses how people use image quotes, and the second one offers how-to advice.

Finally, I want to offer a shout out to my fabulous nephews. First to  Kendall, who was crowned Southern Illinois University’s Homecoming King.* How awesome is that?! I can say I knew him way back when. 🙂   Second to Austin, who turns 18 today! He used to be so little, and now he’s a grown up. Time flies.

That’s it for today. Have a happy hump day.

* I couldn’t find a direct link to the crowning ceremony, but it’s the last shot in the Homecoming photo montage.

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at http://rjcrayton.com/subscribe.
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