Here it is, the cover reveal for the CATALYST, the sequel to CONTROL! Enter to win one of two ARCs of Catalyst as well as swag!
Anonymous asked: I need some help describing characters of color. Any advice or references?
This is from our Towel on writing people of color:
48 Shades of Lightning
Taken from last night’s thunderstorm.
(color hues are unretouched)
What makes fireworks colorful?
It’s all thanks to the luminescence of metals. When certain metals are heated (over a flame or in a hot explosion) their electrons jump up to a higher energy state. When those electrons fall back down, they emit specific frequencies of light - and each chemical has a unique emission spectrum.
You can see that the most prominent bands in the spectra above match the firework colors. The colors often burn brighter with the addition of an electron donor like Chlorine (Cl).
But the metals alone wouldn’t look like much. They need to be excited. Black powder (mostly nitrates like KNO3) provides oxygen for the rapid reduction of charcoal (C) to create a lot hot expanding gas - the BOOM. That, in turn, provides the energy for luminescence - the AWWWW.
Aluminium has a special role — it emits a bright white light … and makes sparks!
A little late. Grr. Why didn’t I know this on the 4th? I would have been like, “Boom. Sodium. Boom. Strontium. Cewl.”
Book borrowing is the biggest form of true love it’s like, “Here’s a piece of my soul that I think you would enjoy.”
*slow clap for the harry potter fandom*
My TBR jar, because I have so many books I’m always spoilt for choice on what to read and then I end up not reading anything because I just can’t decide, so now everyone I feel like reading I will just pluck one out of the jar :)
I need to do this.
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