Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Rain and Whales

Well, we finally got some rain in Southern California and it was wonderful.

I've been fascinated with the continuing whale story...after the whale that washed up at Hobson while we were on vacation, two other blue whales have been found dead in the same area. Seems a shame, they are such magnificent creatures, and so few in number.

I've been scouring the Net, looking for news. Amazing, the number of news stories and videos (including some rather graphic video of researchers cutting up the third whale) that's available online.

Other than that, there's not much going on here. Still working on my third sequel to Night's Kiss. It's getting better all the time

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Whale of a Weekend

We went to Ventura over the weekend. While we were there, a 72 foot female blue whale washed up on the beach. It was an awesome sight. I mean, they look big on TV and I've seen killer whales at Sea World, but I've never seen anything as big as this. It was an awesome sight, but also a sad one. Apparently, the whale had collided with a ship.

There are several videos and articles about it on the Web. If you're interested, just type Ventura Whale into your search engine. I continue to be amazed by the size of this creature. One of the articles estimated that it weighs between 100,000 and 140,000 pounds.

Seeing the whale close up was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Monday, September 03, 2007

Is This Hell?

Well, it's been an exciting month so far! We had a 4.7 earthquake Sunday morning, and that afternoon, we had a power blackout. Thank the good Lord for generators, so we at least could run a couple of fans, since it was 107 degrees!!!! I hate earthquakes. I hate summer. All I want is some cold weather and some rain. Is that too much to ask?

Mandy, Shaken and Stirred in Southern California