Monday, September 24, 2007

Determination and Other Ramblings

My partner's name is Murphy, and he's a legislator. (hehe Think about it.)

I no sooner set up a post schedule than I lose high-speed internet. After a 20 minute wait to sign on to this blog, I is here to post! Determination is a necessary trait in writers, so I am told. :) Of course, by now frustration has robbed me of what I was going to blog about, so guess I'll just wing it.

Good readin'.

Those fascinating MCs from Fantasy and Sci-Fi are queueing up for interviews across the internet. Admiral Branden Kel-Paten, one of Linnea Sinclair's best loved MCs from GAMES OF COMMAND stands for questions this week on the Alien Romance blog.

You'll notice a couple of questions came from Yours Truly, however, I must confess that I was channeling a certain enigmatic female captain that I happen to know very well. She's quite intrigued with Kel-Paten and his abilities, don't ya know. Oh and his standing as an admiral? Doesn't intimidate her. After all, she has one in the family.

Admiral Kel-Paten only granted his request after Lisa Shearin's powerful Conclave Guardian, Mychael Eliesor, from MAGIC LOST TROUBLE FOUND agreed to a round on the hot seat on Lisa's blog. And he followed Raine Benares (POV MC, MLTF)., that is, Admiral Kel-Paten has some interesting things to say, and I don't think he agreed to this Q&A session without considerable coercion from both Sass and Linnea. Better enjoy it while it lasts.

I have to say, this new age of accessibility to some of our favorite MCs is certainly enlightening. :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Posting Days

In order to more effectively manage my time (i.e. have more time for writing and revisions!!!) I'm going to adhere to the following schedule going forward. (Really, I am. heh heh heh).

Draxian Trilogy

Spacefreighters Lounge

Toasted Scimitar

Weekends...OFF! :) But I may pop in if the mood strikes me.


Here's a new series of posts I'm starting.

The "Recommended" items could be books, tips, websites, authors, blogs, or endorsements of just about anything.

Check the POSTS BY TOPIC list at right for a quick look at posts of "Recommended!" things. :)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sometimes the Dragon Wins

(A.k.a. Some of my Favorite Quotes.)

The unread story is not a story;
it is little black marks on wood pulp.
The reader, reading it, makes it live:
a live thing, a story.

- Ursula K. Le Guin

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Admiral Kel-Paten Stands for Questions

Linnea Sinclair has convinced her reluctant male protagonist of GAMES OF COMMAND to submit to questions from his readership (after much arm-twisting and bribery).

The brilliant human/cyborg Triad admiral captured the imagination of many a reader, according to Linnea's favorite character survey on her Intergalactic Bar and Grille website. Is there anything you'd like to ask him about his relationship with Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian? About his career as a Triad officer? About his state-of-the-art ship, the much-feared Vaxxar? Or his telepathetic conversations with Tank the Furzel?

Linnea will be accepting questions for Admiral Branden Kel-Paten this week, which he will begin answering next week.

Check out Linnea's post on the Alien Romances blog for more information.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Draxian-Related Short Story

Over on Toaster Scimitar, we had an assignment last week to write a short fiction piece. As my contribution to the effort, I took a scene from Draxis (that no one has read yet) flipped the perspective to a minor character and had him relate the story from first person POV. He reveals this tale as just one tiny thread in the fabric of a much larger epic.

It was a lot of fun to write and a superb exercise for me. If you have any interest hop over and give it a read. Remember this is a raw draft (so you may need to be a tad forgiving). I wrote it on Sunday, posted it on Tuesday. If it was something I was going to market, it would have a grueling journey through the critique gauntlet ahead, but I think you might find it an entertaining read even "as is".

Look the post called "Short Fiction--Laurie", entitled The Recruit.

Oh, and check out our Scavenger Hunt while you're there. We have amassed some great prizes for the winner. It will kick off within the next 24 hours. :)

Friday, September 14, 2007

This is a collectible word. ::: grin :::

Wondering what this post is all about? There's a cross-blog Scavenger Hunt underway. Read the details at

Prizes will be awarded. You're welcome to join in the fun.

Edited: AND WE HAVE A WINNER! Thank you everyone for your interest in the Great Scavenger Hunt. It was a blast.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Draxian Trilogy a Scavenger Stop

Draxian Trilogy is participating in the cross-blog Scavenger Hunt to be hosted this weekend by Toasted Scimitar.

Check out the Hub Site for rules, information and a list of prizes.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Vocabulary Game #1

Another Contest. :)

Test your vocabulary. Be the first to get the answer right, and win the colorful mug at left.

"Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" --T.S. Eliot

Here are the rules:

1. See the definitions of a word below.
2. Guess the word, type it in a comment. Spelling must be correct.
3. First to make a correct guess in a comment wins.


1. An exclusive and unquestionable right belonging to a person or body of persons
2. Any characteristic privilege peculiar to a person or class
3. Precedence; pre-eminence

*Definitions are from a vintage 1969 Funk & Wagnalls Standard Encyclopedic Dictionary.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Name That "Actor"

OK, I confess...

I hired an "actor" to play the part of Draxis on my blog. You can see this talented "personality" pictured at the upper right. I was very pleased to find such a perfect representation of the "character." Definitely had the look I was going for. ;)

Soooo, I'm gonna slip in a surprise contest. Very simple rules. They are:

Be the first to guess the name of the actual heavenly body that was hired to play "Draxis" by stating it in a comment on this post and win this fabulous prize (which sports a fitting phrase for either writers or readers, don't ya think?):

Alternate Universe
in progress

from Cafe Press

Hint: If you're stumped, check out some of the reference links to space photos on my blog to help you with your research.

Draxis World Building