europe_by_night_filtere4_1_l.jpgI have to admit that I’ve been struggling to write for the past week. I had some family stuff come up with my extended family and it triggered a frustrating case of writer’s block. At the end of each day, I’ve looked at my computer, contemplated that I should write, and then found no words to write. I’m trying to force myself to get back into it. Normally, writing comes easily to me, but … I guess we all have our moments, and right now I’m struggling to find my muse.

The news certainly isn’t helping me find writing inspiration. Flipping through my press releases, I found a very uninspiring set of Hubble images of Comet Holmes, and a troubling story about the UK pulling their funding from Gemini Observatory. Now don’t get me wrong, not everything is bland or bad. There was also a bit of good news in my inbox: two solar missions, Ullysses and SORCE are both continuing to observe the Sun, and Ullysses had its mission extended while SORCE extended our knowledge of how the solar cycle warms different parts of the Earth’s surface in different ways. There are also new and interesting images from the Rossetta Mission (see above right, an image of Europe), which is on its way to study the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

So there is a lot of stuff going on, just nothing that has a muse hidden inside its press release. Tomorrow I’m going to spend the day doing research (no classes – Woot!), so if I don’t find an external inspiration, I’ll tell you about my research.