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Factual Details Enhance Fun Fantastical Tales

I’m no scientist or astronaut, so writing my Other Worldly series featuring aliens among us on Earth has been a science-based challenge since I realized upon approaching the third novel, Aliens Abound, that my protagonist Rowan Layne would inevitably travel into outer space. Something I hadn’t fathomed when I began writing the first novel, Alienable …

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Disheartened and Disgusted By Traditional Publishing Industry

I recently read two online Writer’s Digest articles about “Why I Choose to Self-Publish” and “The Most Important Question A Writer Can Ask” when seeking to be traditionally published. Herein, I will address the latter to justify the former, because I am decidedly skeptical and disheartened when it comes to the traditional publishing industry. According …

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Delightful Not Frightful Flora and Fauna Despite Human Phobias

I took photos of spring blossoms in my backyard this week, thrilled by the fabulous flora bounty including cactus, lime, and lemon blossoms, plus the bright red pods that bloom into blossoms to become tasty pomegranates seen in the photo accompanying this blog post. It turns out it was the perfect endeavor to galvanize me …

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Pentapods: Adaptive and Rather Alarming Real-Life Aliens

Yesterday I researched Saturn’s moon Janus for Aliens Watch, seventh novel in the Other Worldly series, and to my surprise I discovered it harbors a real life alien straight out of scary central casting. A creature known as pentapods are the dominant life on Janus. Who knew? And who knew pentapods would be so very …

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Eschewing False Choices of Dogmatic Book Industry

This week I read an online Writer’s Digest article, “Finding Freedom in Writing Fiction” by Jean Trounstine, which so resonated with me that I started cheering aloud in my living room and then jotted down choice points.  This was the initial highlighted quote that had me clicking to read the entire piece: “The idea that …

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Spring Means Dandelions…And Dimwitted HOAs

It’s springtime, and that means dandelions are sprouting up in yards, which also means it’s an annual exercise in dealing with a do-loop of stupid. Specifically, I’m referring to Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and HOA management companies who still seemingly operate with an antiquated mentality from an era when we didn’t yet comprehend that dandelions aren’t …

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