Fun Link o’ the Day: Chemistry

“Two novel ruthenium polypyridine complexes, [Ru(bpy)2Cl(BPEB)](PF6) and {[Ru(bpy)2Cl]2(BPEB)}(PF6)2 (BPEB = trans-1,4-bis[2-(4-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene), were synthesized and their characterization carried out by means of elemental analysis, UV-visible spectroscopy, positive ion electrospray (ESI-MS), and tandem mass (ESI-MS/MS) spectrometry,” reads the abstract, “as well as by NMR spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry.”

But oh, those wacky chemists. You have got to see the accompanying illustration of the macroscale molecular complexes in question.

Wish me luck!

So Gina and I have spent the past couple of nights revising and re-revising a query letter for the book on polyamory I’ve been on-again, off-again working on. It’s been great; she’s a veteran of this getting-books-published thing, with a couple of books already under her belt, so I was absolutely delighted when she volunteered to help. This project has been pushing on me lately, and I really would like to see it happen.

Anyway, the query letter is done, I’m working on a formal proposal (in case anyone should bite at the query), I’ve made a list of agents and publishers interested in this sort of material, and tomorrow I plan to start mailing the query out.

Wish me luck!