Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

"Grief is the price we all pay for love." -- Gretchen Jackson, 2007

May your Memorial Day observances include
the good memories along with the grief.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Ugh! Too Much Blogging!

OK, I admit it. I've become a blog addict. I check out a link, find a blog, read a bit and maybe comment, find another link, find another blog, read a bit, post or find another link, etc. etc. etc.

I learn tons and get some great ideas. So what's the downside? It's cutting into my very limited writing time. I may have to go on a blog diet. Or institute blog rationing. Or set a timer. Or something.

Writers are easily distracted you know.

OK. ::: forces hands away from keyboard and back to manuscript ::: Time to do some serious editing. (Although *sigh* blogging is much more fun.) :)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

My Other Blogs vs. This Blog

My Spacefreighters' Lounge blog has been coming along and I'm quite pleased with the results. It has a number of links to the latest news on scientific breakthroughs or the universe in general, a news and video feed, and (of course) my ongoing commentary on the Firefly series. There are also several excellent Firefly video links (mostly fan tributes) and even some links to information on how to design a starship. It has already garnered over 360 visitors in just a couple of weeks. The site is meant to inspire and be a source of information for Science Fiction and Science Fantasy writers, and as the name implies, to be a galactic watering hole where writers can just come hang out, read and comment. Feel free to check it out. Link:

Since I'm also now involved in a Fantasy blog with three other co-bloggers, this one now needs its own individual focus. I'd like to channel it toward the emerging sub genres combining Science Fiction, Science Fantasy and Paranormal with Romance. I may consider a name change and a new look down the road.

That's the scoop. Feel free to comment. :)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mom's Day 2007

I'm not a mom, so to commemorate Mother's Day here's a pic of my mom-in-residence, "Africa" along with pics of kiddo #1 (a 2006 bay filly) and kiddo #2 (a 2007 chestnut colt).

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

A dozen roses for you >>> @@@@@@@@@@@@

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

On World Building

One of the aspects I most enjoy about writing is creating believable yet strange worlds for my MCs to roam. When creating a culture, I like to throw in contradictions or idiosyncracies that add interest to the setting, just as it does with characters. Having the ability to manipulate a universe is one of the joys of writing fantasy or sci-fi (IMHO).

Creating many layers for a fictional culture is what helps bring it to life. History, religions, traditions and laws can shape a civilization just as effectively as the climate or terrain of the world. Laws and traditions can be a powerful influence, even when the meaning or reason behind them has been lost.

On Draxis, it's the universal religion of the planet that dictates all weapons must be primitive (in stark contrast to their advanced aerospace technologies, genetics and other sciences). Their traditions often clash with their scientific knowledge. Not unlike Earth, in that regard. ;)

Monday, May 07, 2007

Time and Reality

The subject may not be what you think. ;) No indepth analysis of Einstein's theories here (I'd be grossly out of my league). This post is a comment on the very limited time available to most writers, since most of us must hold down a "day job" or a business, run a household and raise kids, or have a variety of other distractions that impact our available time to write, research, network with other writers (critique and comment), or post to blogs and various writer's websites.

When I look at my schedule, I wonder how I manage to get anything done. But even with eleven hour days (work hours and commute), running a horse farm, managing two households (hubby is in the military), and standard chores like grocery shopping, paying bills, maintaining somewhat of a tenuous contact with relatives to let them know I'm still living (ha!), I still find time—or make the time—to write novels. I often miss self-imposed deadlines and get frustrated with the long and tedious process of edits and revisions, but still, I make progress.

*chants softly to self* We shall overcome. We shall overcome.

The most difficult thing for me is when my muse comes to call, and my mind goes into 'writing mode' but there's no way possible to write. All those fabulous scenes and sections of dialogue are whizzing through my head, but...I have to go to work, or see to a horse, or catch a flight, or I'm already late for an appointment. Such is the writer's life. :/

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Triple Crown?

Just one more post that's off the writing topic--to make my after race commentary, y'understand. Wow! What a race. Street Sense possesses the 'Three Ts' that can make a TC winner--Talent, Tactical speed and Turn of foot. Have we just seen the start of something great? We'll know in the next two to five weeks.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Back in the saddle again...

Hey, it's Derby Day. The post title seems fitting. :) Just a quick note before I rush off to watch Curlin win the blanket of roses. (Okay, we'll see in about an hour how prophetic that statement is.) As some of you know, in addition to being a writer, I also breed Thoroughbreds. I have a lot of reasons for liking Curlin including his resume', his running style and his trainer. (I'll 'splain my statement if anyone cares. ha!) OK, I'm off to watch the pre-race hooplah. May all your bets be winning ones...and may all these great horses have a safe trip.

Draxis World Building