Nuclear Pasta

As a writer who tries to be "surreptitiously educational", one of the tenets of my fictional works is that the science in them is at least somewhat realistic to how things work in the real world. Granted, they are still works of fiction, but I want there to be just enough of a scientific reality to them that my readers' interest would be piqued enough that they might learn these scientific concepts are at play in our universe. Consequently, I don't mind using Wikipedia as one of my sole sources for research. One of the problems with using Wikipedia for my writing research is the tangential research that ends up being added to the singular topic I wanted to learn about. This, in turn, leads to me wanting to include more and more interesting scientific concepts in my writing. In my first set of books, The Fluxion Trilogy, I tried to cram too many references into each one of them, a...
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The Paper Anniversary

As a newlywed, the first anniversary kind of sneaks up on you. Everything leading up to your marriage is scheduled out because there's a big production to put on: your wedding. Meeting with caterers, florists, and venue owners makes the time go by quickly, but there's a specific end-date that's being worked toward. Once the honeymoon is over and you've both returned to your new life together, there's not that much to "look forward to" in terms of big events. Time passes as you both get to know each other better and before you know it, your first anniversary is upon you. Traditionally (depending on which tradition you're following), the gift for a first anniversary is paper. This is a vague enough item that could be construed in many different ways. As an author, I felt obligated to write something. To be honest, I almost forgot that my anniversary was coming up. The holidays were so busy that I hadn't realized they...
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