Rebecca Renner

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favorite saltwater crocodile features 1) largest bite force on earth 2) jazz hands
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I'm alive, mostly. I'll try to get back to your messages soon.
It ended up 35,000 words. But WHY did this get so many likes?
I mean, the prose is an absolute trash fire, and it’s fantasy with invented languages, so my spell check just *gave up*, but the story’s coming together nicely. I’ll probably finish the first draft in a month or so.
I wasn’t on social media all this week, and I used that time to write some fiction to clear my head to work on my book (nonfiction). I ended up writing 30,000 words! This week! 😳
My first-ever story for @sciam is finally online. It's about #Florida panthers, California mountain lions and the world's largest wildlife crossing -- and also that one big cat roaming the hills near the Hollywood sign. scientificamerican.com/article/worlds…
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I got my alligator meatball. Overall, there’s a bit too much filler. I can barely taste the gator. twitter.com/RebeccaRennerF…
There’s an Italian restaurant near me that serves alligator meatballs. What the Florida?
Trophic cascades are really interesting. If you don’t already know about them, watch this video. youtu.be/ysa5OBhXz-Q
The Lorax, Dr Seuss’s famed environmental book, turns 50 today. Did you know that it describes a trophic cascade? That’s when the plight of one species affects its whole ecosystem, like the removal and subsequent reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone.
I visited here once. It was abhorrent. So many snakes were neglected and had patchy sheds and Jay (the owner) was thirst trapping with some football players and ignoring all the guests just to get his gram video right 🥴 no wonder this employee has no idea what they’re doing 🥴twitter.com/7hundredeyes/s…7mj
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Update on my dog: a few weeks ago, she had a bad seizure. Vets worried she was dying. They talked about making her comfortable. Well, she’s still alive, spunkier and more energetic than ever. They say dogs are like their owners, so I guess mine is fueled by spite.
I love! love! love! love! this @josh_sokol story on stargazing seals, birds, and dung beetles. nytimes.com/2021/07/29/sci…
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Column: Legislators subverted the #Florida Wildlife Corridor Act with a Tallahassee Switcheroo worthy of an #OlympicGames gold medal -- sneaking in budget language to help developers destroy #wetlands. My latest for @FLPhoenixNews floridaphoenix.com/2021/07/29/flo…
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remembering that Ryan Lochte is the most famous person who ever graduated from my high school 😅twitter.com/KrangTNelson/s…f
Wait till you hear about how they give each other funerals, have regional dialects, read traffic lights, and recognize the faces of humans they hate and hold grudges against them. twitter.com/adirtyguntz/st…
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“It’s okay not to be okay” has swiftly morphed into “it’s okay not to be okay as long as you inconvenience no one, maintain your same level of productivity and responsibility, and don’t fall short of the standard we’ve decided to hold you to.”
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So, Gators Daily got suspended, and I'm trying to help him get the account back online. He filed an appeal, but they haven't given him a time limit. Any ideas on how we can fix this? Help a gator out!
How dare Twitter suspend my gator pal??? This is an outrage.
This is the 2nd @politico parachute journalism piece on Covid in the South in a week and both rely on a lot of tropes and are missing the hard work folks here are doing to promote vaccines. (Also these pieces miss structural problems w/ WHY folks in the south behave this way.) twitter.com/politico/statu…
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For most of their existence, bogs have cooled the Earth’s climate, and have offset some human emissions. We owe them some thanks and respect! #BogDay #InternationalBogDay
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Answer carefully, because one is pretty chill and the other wakes up every day and chooses violence twitter.com/GatorsDaily/st…
My new car! It’s a hybrid!! I haven’t used any gas today!!! And I bought it with only money I made with writing, the dream! 😍😍E6A
I'm getting a new car, and I haggled the price down by more than 11 percent! So the salesman believed me when I said haggling about money is half my job as a writer.
I just saw a dude chase a gecko up a wall and try to grab it. When he saw me, he slunk away, embarrassed, but he shouldn't have. My dude, you only get one life. Chase your geckos! The person you think is judging you is just as big a nerd as you are.
We made it home, and she’s doing a lot better. You should have heard the cat meow and meow and meow when we got back. She was so happy to see her sister was okay. 🥲h
My dog, Daisy, had a big seizure, so now I’m at the animal hospital with her. Send her some love and tell her it’ll be okay. (And me. Tell me it’ll be okay 😢)0
"One reason we find the fantasy of outer space colonization so irresistible is the prospect of starting fresh. Our global society is enormously complicated, with baked-in bigotries and illogical ways of doing things that seem impossible to untangle here on Earth.🧵
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If you look closely, you can see he's wearing a carbide lamp on his hat like miners wore on their helmets. That's so he could see in the swamp at night when he was...up to no good.
While researching for this long-form story, I stumbled on a picture of my main character (left) sitting on the porch of a houseboat on stilts. The picture was in a Nat Geo issue from 1940, but none of the people in it were labeled. When I saw it, I did a double-take!
This is a great thread. For years, I was so poor that I couldn't afford books (and a lot of other things!). That meant I was a regular at the library, and I used all their apps! twitter.com/silviamg/statu…
In the 60s, some people were worried that alligators might go extinct—it was a close call—but this newspaper article about it is absolutely surrounded by vacation ads for South Florida. Because bulldozing their habitats to build hotels couldn't possibly be part of the problem. 🙄e
My favorite thing about writing narrative nonfiction is when my sources' wildest tales turn out to be true. My current story has a trickster antihero & punch-clock villains in the glades. You should see my grin while I read the public records that confirm every zany escapade.
This entire thread has made me grateful for my undergrad and MFA professors (and classmates!). We had our drama, but it was nothing compared to this nonsense. twitter.com/antoinewilson/…
Word of the day is ‘unasinous’ (17th century): united in stupidity. From the Latin for ‘one ass’.
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I ran out of bookshelf space, so I turned my bar cart into a library cart. It turned out better than I expected.
Finland, painting reindeer to ensure* tourists are scared out of their wits imgur.com/gallery/ul0yXxK *Motorists can see them in the dark
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“Don’t anthropomorphize animals.” Most people who study animal behavior don’t think that, but it’s an often-repeated truism in science journalism/comms. Human emotions are the only words we have to apply to animals. And we are animals. Our feelings evolved. We are not special. twitter.com/sciencewithtyu…
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randomly remembering this sweet baby alligator and how he didn’t want me to put him down :)
Thank u @Gatorland for having me and @RebeccaRennerFL for tagging along on my gator quest. Have lots more fun pics/videos for u
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Disclaimer: I was helping with feeding time at @Gatorland. Please don’t feed wild gators.
I’m walking on the wild side today
This meme was made for me
Hey, if no one told you today: you're still a writer even if you haven't written lately. (If you want to be, that is.) It's also ok to take a break and just *be* for a bit. Sometimes you've got to *be* a bit to make stories happen.
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