The audiobook version of Vibrations is out! It is now available on Audible, Amazon, and the iTunes store. I’m trying to get the book so that it qualifies for Whispersync, Amazon’s/Audible’s program for seamlessly merging audiobooks and e-books. If it qualifies, those who have bought the e-book version will be able to get the audiobook for a discounted price.
As readers of Vibrations: Harmonic Magic Book 1 are aware, vibratory energy plays a major part in the story. It might interest some to know, however, that such things do not exist exclusively in fiction. Vibration has been used for healing for thousands of years, mainly in the far East. Now, there is a new tool in this type of care: a 3D-printed cast custom-made to deliver vibratory healing energy to a bone fracture.
There have been indications for at least a decade that low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) improves the healing in bone fractures, but the equipment used for treatment was inhibited by bulky plaster casts. Industrial Design student Deniz Karasahin has created a way to use LIPUS more efficiently to promote faster healing of broken bones: the Osteoid Medical Cast, a honey-comb structure cast printed on a 3D printer that works with a bone stimulator to deliver the appropriate vibratory energy to the injury.
Images courtesy of A’Design Award & Competition
The designer claims that fractures heal 38-80% more rapidly than without the vibratory treatment, depending upon the type of fracture. Though there are not a great number of studies on this method of treatment, those that exist seem to indicate that healing is, in fact, improved with LIPUS (see this study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Another thing recommending the cast over traditional plaster casts is that the open design allows air to flow on and around the skin. Maybe more importantly to the injured person’s close friends and family, the cast itself can get wet. No more putting plastic bags over a cast to take a shower, and no more “cast stench” (my term) from the unwashed skin underneath. By all accounts, this device is a good example of the beneficial use of technology in general and the adaptability of 3D printing specifically.
Now if technology could only keep us from breaking bones in the first place.
Today is the start of the National Novel Writing Month project to write a novel by the end of the month. As I posted a few days ago, I am taking part in this program. I will be logging my word counts and my experiences on this page. If you’re interesting in seeing how I’m doing, check it out. I’ll try to post daily, but can’t promise I can do that for thirty days straight. I’ll do my best.
Did you know that November is the month in which the National Novel Writing Month program takes place? According to the official website (http://nanowrimo.org): “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”
The premise of the program is that if you think you have a story in you that wants to come out, the first step is freeing yourself to write as many words as you can without judgment or too much attention to how well the words all fit together. This first draft is the start of a novel and, with edits and changes afterward, can result in a published book. The website gives more detailed information.
The program was started in 1999 to encourage young writers and has steadily grown since then. The complete history is here. According to the NaNoWriMo website, 325,142 people participated in 2014 and since the numbers increase each year, it is expected that even more will participate this year. The community of participants discuss, encourage, and support each other throughout the month, making it a fun as well as rewarding experience.
I have already signed up, ready to start typing away on November 1st. I am a planner, structuring and outlining my stories, but many who participate are “pantsers,” those who allow the words to freely flow from their creative mind to the screen in a “seat of the pants” fashion. Both types of writers are welcome to participate. In fact there is a badge presented for each of the two types of writer.
Would you like to join me and the hundreds of thousands of others who will be trying to create a work of surpassing creativity and beauty? If so, check out the NaNoWriMo website for details, or comment on this post so we can discuss it. I’d love to see you in the trenches!