My first disaster at Suite 101 is "Drought and Famine in East Africa as of the Middle of 2011".

The more accurate statement is that it is the first article in the "Natural Disasters" section within the "Science and Nature" category.

Drought and Famine

"NASA Vegetation Map East Africa January 2011" by Jesse Allen of NASA Earth Observatory
This is a splendidly useful image that I used in my article. The brown colour shows where the vegetation is doing more poorly than normal.

As always, I also promoted my Suite 101 article on my DeHaan Services site. The blog post is "Famine due to Drought in Eastern Africa in 2011".

Writing Tip: Build Freedom using Constraints

Today's writing tip is to create some freedom for yourself by choosing some constraints. When a Suite 101 Topic Editor noted that there were few contributors in her category, I decided to begin submitting articles there.

The opposite approach is to hope for inspiration on a regular basis. Your readers might eventually figure out that you either have no discipline or little inspiration...or that you really are stuck in a rut without realizing it.

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