A Consequential Brainstorm #IWSG #amwriting

[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]

This month’s awesome Co-Hosts feature other fabulous writing friends with me:

C. Lee McKenzie, Lisa Buie-Collard , Sadira Stone, and Patricia Josephine.  

Check out our IWSG homepage for recent news and events.  And as always, thank you to founder Alex J. Cavaugh 🙂 


"The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand." Frank Herbert.

The weirdest google discovery I ever made was the existence of bizarre planets held in a tidal lock to their star. One side always faces their star and the other side is permanently without that light and heat. These planets look exactly like their names—Eyeball planets.

Twilight areas truly exist. Ice and perpetual night are at 180 degrees of the planet, darkening the backside of the eyeball appearance while clouds and vapor create light and white uncertainty like an eye.

And there are tons of them.

My favorite discovery is how some of the hotter planets may fade toward the center, some sort of midpoint area, cooling with the mix of night on the other side of the world, which, may resort in water through the midline. Water aids life. Could potential life exist in this mid ring? Scientists aren’t sure, but the idea of life on these strange planets is very intriguing.

And just to remind you, I’m no scientist, so this post is all my interpretation of the Youtube surfing I’ve done.

This month, the IWSG question of the month asked: “What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?”

I hope my answer was a little interesting to you too.

Other news?

My busy home and career life haven’t changed. I have little time to market or think outside of my writing, but I’m writing, a little each day. I’m also working with an exceptional writing coach.  I’ve slowed down my manuscript and am working with her, thrilled with our once a month correspondence. It’s been the most fantastic experience. I’m growing in ways I never imagined.

So what am I reading?

I just finished one of the best trilogies I’ve come across in a long time. A page turner series I couldn’t put down: The Chemical Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano. If you like YA and untraditional futuristic possibility, you’ll like this one.

So Happy IWSG Day everyone 🙂 Keep Dreaming. Keep Plotting. Just don’t stop because of the struggle 🙂

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on November 6, 2019, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 75 Comments.

  1. I never heard of eyeball planets. Wild to think that only the ring of twilight might hold life. Can you imagine living on a planet where venturing too far either direction might result in death?

  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren

    Love the idea of eyeball planets! So many possibilities to write about 🙂

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day Year in Review

  3. The strangest things I’ve researched were Wicca spells, familiars and the power of numerology. For my NaNoWriMo novel I’ve researched mythological creatures and races around the globe.

  4. Ooooh, science! Such a wealth of possibilities for the inquiring mind! Eyeball planets? Who knew? Thanks for teasing us with these bits and pieces, and for co-hosting this month!

  5. That’s wonderful you have a writing coach.

    Fascinating about those planets. I’m surprised more sci-fi authors don’t write about them.

  6. I do like that tidbit about planets. Seems like a cool setting for a sci-fi story.

    Now that I’m finished with the first draft of a story, I’m looking at a mile-long to-do list and wondering what to tackle first.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Eyeball planets. I had no idea they existed. Thanks for co-hosting the Nov IWSG blog hop.
    Lynn La Vita @ Writers Supporting Writers

  8. Love this phrase – “tidal lock to their star.” 🙂

    And working with a writing coach sounds so interesting. Glad it’s working so well for you!

    Thanks for co-hosting!

  9. I never even heard of eyeball planets. Very interesting. Thank you for co-hosting this month. A writing coach sounds amazing. Good Luck!

  10. Love the term “eyeball planets.” And it’s always a challenge to interpret what we find in fields that really are outside of our own. Good luck with your coach. That should be an interesting experience.

  11. Fascinating information about the planets. I had no idea. Thanks for hosting today. Have a great week.

  12. What a great answer to this question! I had no idea about eyeball planets… Thanks for co-hosting this month!

  13. I’m no scientist either, but I’ve always been intrigued by astronomy. Eyeball planets are fascinating! Thanks for this new source of information. And the writing coach sounds interesting. Glad it’s going so well and helping with your writing.

    Thanks for co-hosting toay.

  14. I’ve never heard of those. It is fascinating and makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing that.

  15. Wow. You’re researching the kind of stuff that gave me headaches in science class- very cool, but very complicated.

    Best of luck with your writing coach! I’m still learning to slow down.

  16. Eyeball planets? Interesting!

    That’s great to hear your work with the writing coach is going well. Love that!

    Thanks for co-hosting today!

  17. Fascinating! I’ve never heard of an eyeball planet before. It’s true! You really do learn something new every day.

  18. Those planets sound fascinating!
    Thanks for the interesting science tidbit and the short book review!

  19. Hi Erika,
    Eyeball planets – eew, ick! But your fascination is wonderfully infectious 😉 Your answer to this month’s question is indeed intriguing. Seems like for as much as we learn about the solar systems, there’s 10 times more we’ve yet to. I’ve never had a writing coach, though I’m sure I could use one. I’m glad your experience is a good one. Thanks for hosting!

  20. Thanks for co-hosting. I never heard of eyeball planets. I’ll have to consider YouTube for research in the future. And I’ll have to check out that trilogy. Thanks!

  21. Happy IWSG day to you as well and thank you for co-hosting, Erika. Yes, that tidbit about the Eyeball planets is fascinating! As is the idea of working with a writing coach. I’m sure it’s a big help. I hope to be able to afford one (or attending a writer’s conference or a writing class) one day as well! All the best with your projects, despite the busy lives we all have!!

    PS: It seems that the link to your blog in many IWSG posts of other writers is not the correct one…

  22. Hi,
    Happy to hear you have a great writing coach. I have one too and I learn so much from her.
    Thank you for co-hosting this month and have a happy November.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  23. Donna K. Weaver

    Fascinating stuff we research!

  24. I love the idea of twilight areas! This might inspire a new story…

  25. Eyeball planets?
    Wow. What next?
    It’s amazing how much is out there – so many different things waiting to be discovered…

    Thank you for sharing this information and for co-hosting this month.
    Happy IWSG Day.

  26. These eyeball planets sound like a wonderful setting for a sci-fi story. What lives on the hot side? What does on the dark side? And what about the middle ring of twilight. Oh, my imagination is already stirring. Thanks for the idea.

  27. Super fascinating, yes! These eyeball planets sound like a really cool setting for a story. Thanks so much for co-hosting today.

  28. Wow.

  29. Debbie Johansson

    I’ve never heard of eye-ball planets. As a writer, they’re certainly a scope for all sorts of possibilities. I’m glad to hear that your writing coach has been a great help. Thanks for co-hosting this month and stopping by my blog. It’s good to meet you Erika! 🙂

  30. I’m going to have to check out these weird plants. I love stuff like that. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  31. The problem with research is that everything I read adds to the things I want to read! I’ll have to become immortal to have time for all this reading! @samanthabwriter from
    Balancing Act

  32. That is interesting about the eyeball planets. You’ve given me some ideas.

  33. That was highly interesting. Thanks for co-hosting.

  34. Eyeball planets? Cool. I’m going to check that out. Thanks for co-hosting this month. Thanks for recommending The Chemical Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano. Sounds interesting.

  35. That sounds like some pretty cool research.

    I remember really enjoying the first book in The Chemical Trilogy but being disappointed by the other two installments. Glad you enjoyed them—it’s always great to find new books/series to love!

    Thanks for co-hosting!

  36. mlouisebarbourfundyblue

    Hi, Erika! I found your answer to this month’s question fascinating! I was familiar with the concept of tidal locking, but I had not heard of eyeball planets. You pose an interesting question about what life might be like on such a planet. This is why it takes me forever to get around visiting IWSG members. I’m always googling things members mention and finding out more. I had not heard of the Chemical Trilogy. It sounds fabulous! My list of books read grows longer! Thanks for co-hosting. I hope you are having a fun day!

  37. I love that you gave us the bonus of telling us what you’ve learned while researching! Fascinating. Off to Google an image of an eyeball planet.

  38. I haven’t heard the term eyeball planets, although of course we have a planet in our own solar system which permanently has one face to the Sun – Mercury!
    I love keeping up with the findings on exoplanets. It turns out that maybe its our planets that are bizarre!
    Thanks for co-hosting this month 🙂
    Jemima Pett

  39. Wow! Now that is some fascinating research. My writing partner is a scientist and I usually get to hear all kinds of interesting scientific stuff from him, so I’m going to enjoy asking him more about this.

    Thanks so much for co-hosting – catching up a day late here due to being unexpectedly out on IWSG day. Bad planning on my part! 🙂

  40. Eyeball planets are weird, but the moon (which is not a planet) falls into that category. I wonder what set our planet into an eternal spin. I also wonder who your writing coach is? Thanks for dropping a note on my blog 🙂

  41. That’s interesting about the planets. I had never heard of eyeball planets.

  42. I love scientific information. This was a new one for me (and it sounds like for others, as well) Eyeball planets!

  43. That’s fascinating about the planets. Had no idea. As for your writing coach, I hope you share more. I bet there are plenty of writers who would love to hear about your experience.

  44. Thanks for co-hosting this month.
    Your search sounds really cool. Perhaps I should start looking into planet related topics.

  45. How interesting Erika. I love anything to do with the exploration of planets. The Chemical Trilogy sounds Rey interesting, thanks for the tip. I’ve been catching up on the National Geographic series on Mars, Saturn and Jupiter and their moons. Fascinating stuff. There seems to be potential for life on several. Have you seen these documentaries. I highly recommend them. See you in December.

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