About

Hello. I’m Smehur, and I write. Mostly fanfiction for Mass Effect, but eventually I’ll gather the courage to put some of my original writing here as well. I also have a mind to post reviews of various things I play, listen, read and watch, and perhaps even the things I eat and drink! Well, we’ll see about that. For now, it’s about writing.

If you read my stories and articles and like them (or don’t), or have something to ask or say, about this site or anything related, please pen down your thoughts in the comment box, or mail them to me@smehur.com, I’ll be delighted to read them.

Thank you for visiting, and enjoy your stay!

About the Name

Smehur is a made-up amalgamation of the Serbo-Croatian words ‘smeh’ (laughter) and ‘mehur’ (bubble), so I take it to mean ‘laughing bubble’.

I know it’s hard to pronounce and I apologize for the inconvenience. The correct pronunciation is sme-hu̇r. The ‘sme’ is like in ‘kismet’ and the ‘hur’ is like in ‘hood’. Thank you for not reading it as smear.

About the Avatar and the Background

The ‘laughing bubble’ thing made me think of the Bubble Nebula. Not only because it’s a bubble, but also because in some images it appears to be smiling.

Bubble Nebula. You can see the smiley there, right? I knew it.
Credit & Copyright: Russell Croman. First spotted on APOD.

The Bubble Nebula is an emission nebula created in the collision between the powerful wind of a massive young star (the brighter of the two ‘eyes’) and the material of the giant molecular cloud that gave birth to it. It’s about 10 light-years across and part of a much larger complex of stars and shells. Here it is up-close:

Bubble Nebula as seen by Hubble. Hubble Bubble!
Credits: NASAESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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