She Went Boldly

Welcome to Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #07

You are going to pick up a news paper article. Either online or take a snapshot from the hard copy paper. Use appropriate reference for the article you have used. You need to debate and discuss your view points on the selected article. How best can you do? You can pick up any category like general, politics, entertainment, etc. Even guest columns are very much appreciated.

Opportunity rover’s 14 years on Mars may come to a quiet, tragic end

We have this great idea- with our science and smarts and adventurous can do spirit- humanity is going to explore the universe.

Explore of course is just a polite way of saying ” conquer “.

Let me get back on track.

I was watching a show about space exploration and one of the scientists said that the first person to step foot on Mars is alive right now. Along with that uplifting factoid it was left unsaid that the first person to die there is probably alive right now too.

But as we ponder that idea, the reality is Mars has already claimed a few victims and it’s about to claim another.

The most recent?

The Opportunity, the Rover who was only supposed to live for a few months. Instead our intrepid explorer has gone on to explore Mars for 14 years. The Opportunity, sadly was proceeded in death by her sister Spirit who left this life back in 2010 after getting trapped in sand.

There was an entire movement to cheer Spirit on – ” Free Spirit!” logos were popping up all over the place.

Sadly, it wasn’t enough and Spirit died on Memorial Day in 2011

I’m not attempting to treat you to my anthropomorphisms with the Rovers, I am however asking that you keep something in mind.

When I’ve watched shows or read articles by the people who work on these projects- especially the engineers, they say things like ” We explored the Gusev Crater, Our goals are to determine if Mars ever supported life.”

” We “.

Not “The Rovers”.

“We have gone to Mars”

As the Opportunity draws it’s last breath and dies -as the Curiosity is destined to do the same on a cold dusty world far away from home I think we need to realize something.

” We ” have gone to Mars.

Because ‘we’ have invested ourselves into these Rovers because ‘we’ see them as an extension of ourselves I would aruge that the first ‘person’ to set foot on Mars was alive  in our lifetime and ” she ”  died on Mars on Memorial Day of 2011.

I think we should not lose sight of that.

COLUMBIA HILLS, MARS: From the National Geographic Channel’s Five Years on Mars, after traveling a mile and a half in eight weeks through a desert of broken lava, the rover Spirit explores at Columbia Hills. (Photo by National Geographic Channel )

Last Image Spirit Ever Saw

Opportunity rover’s 14 years on Mars may come to a quiet, tragic end

News About NASA Mars Robots

Hey Kids! I’ve Got A Great Idea!

Yesterday I went into some small detail about how I am putting this particular blog together, so far it’s been fun but I forgot to mention a really great resource for ‘finding your voice’ that I have used over the years.

My friend Heather Blakey ran a remarkable international writer’s group via her website The  Soul Food Café ( now achieved, you can visit it HERE) and she has since gone on to develop a site called ” While Waiting For Godot “. Not only can you find some inspiration through her posts, there is a wealth of information for anyone on their creative journey.

Check out the 2017 Adventure ” Cheat Sheet “. Divided into 25 days you will find links to instructive ways to develop not only your talent but there are projects that you can use to help you show your interests in your own way.

Here are a few links on the cheat sheet that I really liked:

Day 1 Preserving Memories Take the time to preserve your memories using a range of internet freeware.

Day 5 Go on! I dare you! Become a Micro Adventurer!

Day 16 Twenty Eight Things I Love About My Town

Day 20 Visit the Soul Food Cafe Alphabet and find a host of creative activities


My personal favorite is Day 20’s Soul Food Café Alphabet. I rushed through it several years ago and I’m going to go back and take my time with it, you know, see where the Muses take me.

My goal is to enjoy the creative process as opposed to looking at each prompt as a goal I have to score NOW NOW NOW.


With a brand new attitude ( wasn’t that a song? ) I’ll be working on some ideas from ” Waiting For Godot ” at my blog “At The Crossroads” – so if you like to see how that is going you can check it out HERE.


I hope that you will find this info useful on your own writer’s journey!



I would also recommend taking your time going through the many links that are posted at Waiting for Godot- choose one choose a few to work on but take your time. I used to burn through my posts like a crazy person and if I could go back and change anything about working on these prompts, that’s what I would change.

Want Some Fries With That?

I decided to go to Google and ask it what the popular topics are for blogs are because I would like this blog to have the same focus as my other two blogs. It was easy to do that on those sites because they feature on my writing.

I had decided I wanted a ‘for fun’ blog ( in lieu of Facebook ) which I felt was sort of getting messy because I didn’t quite define what ‘for fun’ was when I started it.

Here’s what I have so far:

Google says a winning blog will be about:

  • 1. Listicles.
  • 2. How-tos.
  • 3. Politics.
  • 4. Bacon.
  • 5. Recipes.
  • 6. Beginner guides.
  • 7. Ultimate guides.

Write about these things and your blog will be popular get lots of traffic and be considered successful.

What follows are the topics that pulled readers to my blog, Enduring Bones. Though it doesn’t get BOODLES of traffic I figure if someone has ended up there and keeps coming back I’m doing my thing as a writer. I’m really not into heavy traffic because I post on line to get my writing chops down.

Curious and because I’m a research wonk, I went over my stats and here is what people come to my blog and look at:


Stories about my dog ( Pets or Dogs )


Short stories ( dealing with the Supernatural )

It seems to me that no matter what the hot topic of the day is, people do love a good ghost story- thank goodness for that or I would be stranded on Facebook Island with the rest of the population- and that is one crowded little island where everybody is yelling at someone or posting pictures of their food and Sunsets.

The one category that does take heavy traffic as predicted by Google is politics – HOWEVER the posts I’ve written deal with a specific local issue and the posts are based on first hand experience and personal knowledge so it’s not in the echo chamber realm. Plus I don’t add to it very often, so it’s anomaly.

Another thing I learned a long time ago was that I had a reader for maybe 3 minutes- and with the use of Phones instead of laptops that might have dropped. That might explain why my posts that feature Photography and Poetry seem to take a lot of traffic.

All gloves are off at Halloween because my main blog Enduring Bones features something Halloween related from The last week of September until the 2nd of November. It doesn’t seem to matter how long or short the posts are as long as they’re something you’d enjoy reading during the Halloween Season.

I work on that topic starting in July and my main body of work is queued up by September at the latest. I also spend time getting the word out on social media that ” Halloween has returned to My Bones “. So It’s true, you do have to promote your blog and the more time you put into that the more you’ll see in return.

The thing is, I only really care about my writing which gets its chance to shine in October. The rest of the year I sort of ‘warm up’ for the main event and hopefully I get some ideas for stories and I get a good collection of both my own photographs and ‘finds’ from the internet that stay with the seasonal theme.

Maybe I’m overthinking things.

Here is a quote from Stephen King that I like- maybe as I flesh this blog out I should relax about the issue and keep this in mind:

“So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft