Saturday, October 16, 2010

Some Dinosaur Love

I can't remember if I ever mentioned it on this blog, but I love dinosaurs. If I liked science more, then I would have become a paleontologist. No joke.

My love for dinosaurs first goes back to the book Danny the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. It's the first book I remember reading as a child.

Then, in eighth grade, I read Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. It's one of my favorite books and favorite movies. I love the "what if" about it. Although, personally, I don't think we should ever recreate velociraptors. Big no no. I am also fond of Michael Crichton's The Lost World and the other two Jurassic Park movies.

When I was applying for a children's librarian position, I used dinosaurs for a pre-school activity. I didn't get that position, but I'm glad. I had fun creating my dinosaur project, and I have a much better job now as a library assistant for a small academic library.

I think my favorite dinosaur is the brachiosaurus or former brontosaurus or whatever the hell they're calling it these days. I'm also very fond of the stegosaurus. Like me, they're all vegetarians. *grins*

Someday, I would like to write a dinosaur book.

And, what brought this topic of dinosaurs? For one, I'm bored out of my mind but too tired to do actual work on my upcoming NaNoWriMo novel or a short story. For two, they had this cool article over at AOL news about the Tyrannosaurus Rex possibly being a cannibal. How exciting! I love when they figure out new things about dinosaurs. You can read the article here.



Nicole Zoltack said...

Ok, I am now convinced that we're twins. My mom used to tell me that if I wanted to be an author, I would need to pick something else to be in order to support myself until my writing made me enough money to support myself.

So I told her I wanted to be a paleontologist. (I even have paleontologist Barbie.) My mom's reaction: Oh, great, another job where you don't make any money. LOL

I already read the article before reading your post. T-Texes were such scavengers that they ate dead T-Rexes, how morbid is that?!

One book you have to read - Raptor Red. I've read it countless times and I LOVE it. You seriously have to read it.

Cherie Reich said...

Paleontologists make money! They have nice museum jobs or work in the university. Well, if they can find a job, but that's a different matter. The ones that have jobs probably make decent money...more than most writers. *laughs*

Oh, Raptor Red, I haven't read it yet. I'll have to get it!

Nicole Zoltack said...

LOL I wanted to be in the field, digging up the bones. Which would mean begging for grants.

But seriously, you have to read Raptor Red. It's a must-read for dinosaur fans.

Cherie Reich said...

Well, yeah, you would have to be begging for grants, but you are often funded some by an university too. Not many can just run off and dig up dinosaur bones without a backer...usually someone in the academic field.

And, I plan to read Raptor Red. I added the paperback book to my Amazon cart yesterday. I'm just waiting for some money (i.e. payday), so I can buy the items in my cart. *grins*

Aubrie said...

I like to think about what happened to the dinosaurs, but then it makes me melancholy.

Nicole Zoltack said...

You'll enjoy it. It's such a great read.