vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
I meant to put this in the author's notes for Down to Sleep, but totally forgot.  :P  In Chapter 9, Ronnie (the Second) brings Sara a journal article that announces a way to extract mitochondrial DNA from hair.  It's not relevant to the case, really, but the news intrigued me enough that I wanted to mention it.  Until recently, hair was thought to be just about devoid of cells unless the root was still attached, but it turns out that the core of a strand of hair contains plenty. 

Given all the CSI stories, canon and fan, that balance on such details, I found the news interesting.  The link isn't to the journal article itself, but someone discussing it, and what further delights me is the mention of something else--cloning extinct animals.  The hair DNA is apparently much purer than that found in tissue samples and would be easier to work with. 

There you are.  Belated trivia, but it amuses me. 
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
I meant to put this in the author's notes for Down to Sleep, but totally forgot.  :P  In Chapter 9, Ronnie (the Second) brings Sara a journal article that announces a way to extract mitochondrial DNA from hair.  It's not relevant to the case, really, but the news intrigued me enough that I wanted to mention it.  Until recently, hair was thought to be just about devoid of cells unless the root was still attached, but it turns out that the core of a strand of hair contains plenty. 

Given all the CSI stories, canon and fan, that balance on such details, I found the news interesting.  The link isn't to the journal article itself, but someone discussing it, and what further delights me is the mention of something else--cloning extinct animals.  The hair DNA is apparently much purer than that found in tissue samples and would be easier to work with. 

There you are.  Belated trivia, but it amuses me. 
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
*sigh*  Well, as often happens, I can't get to YTDAW to apologize for this taking so long.  Down to Sleep is officially finished and posted, with a nice fat Chapter 18 and an Epilogue.  Thank you for your patience, those of you still reading, and thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] cincoflex and [livejournal.com profile] laura27md for keeping me on the straight and narrow!  This story really belongs to them. 

I was going to post a link to the dress off of which I based Sara's, but I can't get to that either, and I'm not sure if it's because the site is down or because work is blocking me there too.  Just in case, and if anyone's interested, it's here
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
*sigh*  Well, as often happens, I can't get to YTDAW to apologize for this taking so long.  Down to Sleep is officially finished and posted, with a nice fat Chapter 18 and an Epilogue.  Thank you for your patience, those of you still reading, and thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] cincoflex and [livejournal.com profile] laura27md for keeping me on the straight and narrow!  This story really belongs to them. 

I was going to post a link to the dress off of which I based Sara's, but I can't get to that either, and I'm not sure if it's because the site is down or because work is blocking me there too.  Just in case, and if anyone's interested, it's here
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
 I wouldn't blame readers for giving up on me, but if anyone's still interested, Chapter 17 of Down to Sleep is now up.  *whew*
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
 I wouldn't blame readers for giving up on me, but if anyone's still interested, Chapter 17 of Down to Sleep is now up.  *whew*
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
*laughter*  Should I ask for royalties, or just be flattered?  
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
*laughter*  Should I ask for royalties, or just be flattered?  
vr_trakowski: (a pair)
Wow, I've been away too long! 

First of all, yayyy!!! to [personal profile] cincoflex for putting Argent Vite up at Lulu.com.  *sniffle*  I'm so proud!  A sensual, funny, enchanting novel, set in Paris no less... 

Second, the article that Ronnie references in Ch. 9  of Down to Sleep actually does exist.  The abstract can be found here, but the full article is not available for free.  Its focus is on pulling uncontaminated DNA sequences out of mammoth hairs, but the fact that DNA can be found in hair shafts is significant.  At least for my purposes.  *grin* 8
vr_trakowski: (a pair)
Wow, I've been away too long! 

First of all, yayyy!!! to [personal profile] cincoflex for putting Argent Vite up at Lulu.com.  *sniffle*  I'm so proud!  A sensual, funny, enchanting novel, set in Paris no less... 

Second, the article that Ronnie references in Ch. 9  of Down to Sleep actually does exist.  The abstract can be found here, but the full article is not available for free.  Its focus is on pulling uncontaminated DNA sequences out of mammoth hairs, but the fact that DNA can be found in hair shafts is significant.  At least for my purposes.  *grin* 8
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
 Okay, a day late if not a dollar short (at least I hope not).  Chapter 7 of Down to Sleep is up.  And when work cooperates, I'll announce it on YTDAW as well.  

Thanks for your patience and good wishes! 
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
 Okay, a day late if not a dollar short (at least I hope not).  Chapter 7 of Down to Sleep is up.  And when work cooperates, I'll announce it on YTDAW as well.  

Thanks for your patience and good wishes! 

Heh heh heh

Feb. 7th, 2008 10:14 am
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
Chapter 5 of "Down to Sleep" is now up.   And I have a lovely icon to go with it!  Thank you, Cinco!  <3

Heh heh heh

Feb. 7th, 2008 10:14 am
vr_trakowski: (Down to Sleep)
Chapter 5 of "Down to Sleep" is now up.   And I have a lovely icon to go with it!  Thank you, Cinco!  <3
vr_trakowski: (duck)
Chapter 2 of  Down to Sleep is now up.  It's a slow starter, but it'll pick up eventually. 
vr_trakowski: (duck)
Chapter 2 of  Down to Sleep is now up.  It's a slow starter, but it'll pick up eventually. 
vr_trakowski: (write)
 As promised, I've begun posting Down to Sleep, which is the story I started for my NaNo.  This is an idea that I've wanted to explore for some time; it's been done before, but not (to the extent of my knowledge) in this form.  It's gonna be dark and angsty, and if you choose to read be warned that it includes the nongraphic deaths of children.  

I want to mention here, since I forgot to do it in the story comments, that [personal profile] cincoflex  also gave me the title for this one.  Sometimes titles come to me, and sometimes they don't; she came up with the absolutely perfect one this time.  

And I also want to note that it was [profile] laura27md 's lovely homemade chai mix that got me awake enough to post it before work!  *grin*  Delicious.   

vr_trakowski: (write)
 As promised, I've begun posting Down to Sleep, which is the story I started for my NaNo.  This is an idea that I've wanted to explore for some time; it's been done before, but not (to the extent of my knowledge) in this form.  It's gonna be dark and angsty, and if you choose to read be warned that it includes the nongraphic deaths of children.  

I want to mention here, since I forgot to do it in the story comments, that [personal profile] cincoflex  also gave me the title for this one.  Sometimes titles come to me, and sometimes they don't; she came up with the absolutely perfect one this time.  

And I also want to note that it was [profile] laura27md 's lovely homemade chai mix that got me awake enough to post it before work!  *grin*  Delicious.   

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