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CreateSpace Report Card

Bottom line Up Front (BLUF): I released the first book, Homecoming, of my science fiction series Osguards: Guardians of the Universe on 8 Oct 09 through CreateSpace.com. This blog is to respond to Veronica Henry’s question on how I liked dealing with CreateSpace.com.



I have published three of the four books prior with Iuniverse.com. I thank Iuniverse for extending the opportunity to me, but I felt like I was doing all the work and they were reaping all the benefits. Even though I… Continue

Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on October 10, 2009 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Flight Check (cross post)



Ladies and gentlemen, this is your co-captain speaking, flying the passenger plane metaphor until the wings drop off.



As we approach cruising altitude, we thought it would be a good idea to start things off with some discussion of how to start things off. A flight check, if you will. Now, I know, it's normal to do the flight check BEFORE one takes off and, technically, we already did one, but, on GENRE 19 AIR, we like to live both dangerously and cautiously.… Continue

Added by Geoff Thorne on October 9, 2009 at 2:58am — No Comments

Driver to the Starting line (cross post)



Hi, Folks. Geoff here. I'm the writer half of Genre 19. Todd, like all illustrators in comics, does the real heavy lifting by drawing the wacky stuff I put in the scripts. We thought, since the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT is about to, well, be announced, that it might be fun, at least on this blog, to talk about how the comic book, PRODIGAL: EGG OF FIRST LIGHT came to be.



This won't be a discussion about Story or Plot or Character; there won't be any spoilers for the… Continue

Added by Geoff Thorne on October 7, 2009 at 10:12am — No Comments

back to work

The past few days have brought several observations.



Little things: like wondering why I was not hungry at all during Yom Kippur. If anything, I was a little zoned out. I finally came home and drank some coffee because I was afraid that I would fall asleep during the performance that the choir—that I am a part of—was giving. I wish that I could say that I was occupied in prayer. No—I just wasn’t there at all.



I’ve been spending money, which I normally hate to do: buying a… Continue

Added by MariesDaughter on October 4, 2009 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Urban Knowledge Bookstores

I will be signing "Kill the Messenger: Gemini" and discussing "Gemini and the Black Stone" at 880 Military Circle Norfolk, Virginia October 17/3-6.

I will appear at Urban Knowledge Bookstore in Colonial Hights, Virginia South Park Mall November 7/2-8.

Added by Johanna Nimley on October 4, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Harlequin

A clock-work doll sits atop a wobbly mountain of rubble. He has dry, empty sockets where his eyes should be. His smile is wide and full of teeth. A fat tear hangs in suspended animation, mid-dribble down one dirty cheek. The aging sun is going down on the distant horizon, casting its purple gaze across the broken remains of a barren metropolis. There's a tentative click, then the sound of slowly grinding gears.

Suddenly, a sharp melody explodes… Continue

Added by mikodragonfly on October 3, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Best music to write to...

Best music to write to ,in my opinion is at SomaFM.com.My favorite channels are Drone Zone and Doomed.Check em' out!

Added by Fred Hassan Powell on October 2, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Postings at BooksofSoul.com

Books of Soul (www.booksofsoul.com ) has posted interviews with multi-award winning author, Sharon M. Draper, and first-time author, Michele L. Waters.



Sharon M. Draper is a highly regarded educator and author. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author.



Similarly, Michele L. Waters has achieved success in her own right as an entrepreneur. She has now… Continue

Added by Eric at BooksofSoul.com on October 2, 2009 at 12:56am — 1 Comment

Prodigal sons

So this has been a crazy year. Not worth going into.



Ups and downs; you know.



So here's an up.



My partner and I created a company called GENRE 19 which just means the two of us making comics together.



We put together this thing called PRODIGAL which is jut straight up actiony fun. No superheroes. No super villains. No spandex. No secret IDs.



Here's the cover of #1



It's officially coming… Continue

Added by Geoff Thorne on September 30, 2009 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Planet Star - Unfolding Prophecy

THEMATIC QUESTION(S)



If events are permitted to occur naturally, would prophecies become realities? Can a prophecy be changed by manipulating events? Perhaps prophetic revelations come to fruition when a sequence of events is manipulated, and that prophecy is, in fact, contingent upon those alterations.



SUMMARY



A young widow leaves her home planet, heading out into the galaxy to a planet that will help her to reestablish her life as well as that of her young… Continue

Added by Cheryll M. Chakrabarti on September 24, 2009 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

Nnedi in SF Signal's Mind Meld

Excerpted from the latest… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on September 20, 2009 at 6:39pm — No Comments

eve of Jewish New Year

I am trying to feel “Happy New Year” when so much hate is creeping across the land. After all, I know so many good people. Even my workshop members who I drive batty.



I got another call begging me to write or call my senator about health care. Done that 2 or 3 times already. I guess that I will take a page from my elders’ notebook and do it again--even if I don’t think they are listening. On Facebook, I pasted a phrase from Sh’ma which came, the essayist says, from Kotzker Rebbe:… Continue

Added by MariesDaughter on September 18, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Check out Fire and Ink October in Austin, TX



Writer's Festival for GLBTQ people of African descent.

Nalo Hopkinson will be one of the speakers!

Added by Anne Gray on September 18, 2009 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Calling All Writers - Short Story Competition

Please help us spread the word about...



1st Annual MyAfricanDiaspora.com SHORT STORY COMPETITION



In our ongoing effort to promote positive images that reflect people of African descent, the website that connects that African Diaspora is pleased to announce our first annual Short Story contest.



We're looking for fiction that is unique, stories with characters we'll remember, plots that… Continue

Added by Veronica Henry on September 18, 2009 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Banjo Strings - Ch. 1

(Note: this Sci Fi/Horror/Neo-Southern Gothic Fable is explicit and for mature audiences only...)





Chapter 1





Augustus Wainwright was having an old familiar dream, of when he was thirteen and caught the dark chocolate upstairs maid smoking in his mother's bathroom, her private sanctuary. He'd fancied that gal all summer, and now he had her, close enough to touch. His face stretched into a goofy grin, he ordered the maid to his room near the back of the mansion.… Continue

Added by Larry Winfield on September 16, 2009 at 8:37pm — 3 Comments

Sigh

Sigh--I went all "Black" on my writing workshop tonight.



One tires of having to explain the substructure of a story. On the other hand, it is instructive to see much how they miss. I have more or less decided that I will explain, but I am not going to denature Black culture.



In science fiction, you don't stop and explain how "ray guns" work, and I am not going to stop and explain that Texas Southern is a Black school and that maybe a character described as a student there… Continue

Added by MariesDaughter on September 14, 2009 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Scrapping and rethinking---------WarHammer Trials

Well sort of considering the fact I never really destroy anything-just rethinking the order
my main focus now is trying to make everything fit....you know family trees timeline...that's really important to me..........


So the next story will be Children of Fire and Ice it has been brought to my attention that my Queen Phenica character is of great interest on other websites of course) and I need to elaborate on her more.

Added by Raymond Murray on September 11, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Reverse Phonics started out as a good idea but......

I realized how hard it would be for some people to pronounce ----plus it really doesnt fit with my story direction so i just might scratch that idea all together

Added by Raymond Murray on September 11, 2009 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Goals

My blog is mainly over at LiveJournal, but perhaps I should double post here:


Did I finish a story for workshop? Yes, I made my goal. A bit late. And it means that I didn't log on to "work" work tonight. But it was emailed out to members. Now I guess that I have to do real work. And think of another story.

Added by MariesDaughter on September 10, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Black Jack - A Drama of Magic, Mystery, and Legerdemain

Wanted to let all the denizens of Black Sci-Fi SOCIETY

know that my novel is Now available on iUniverse.com AMAZON AND Barnes&Noble in 2 wks!

I am excited to get this love story out: truly one of the greatest untold dramas of the 20th Century. I say this not because they are my relatives. Black Herman

is described by history books as the "first black superstar of magic". Eva, the "Woman Buried Alive"

was his femme fatale, able to perform any trick he

could devise.… Continue

Added by george patton on September 8, 2009 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment

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Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 18, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Credits: Frances Arnold Credit: Caltech

Topics: Chemistry, Diversity, Diversity in Science, NASA, Nobel Prize, Women in Science

Click here to read about Frances Arnold's Nobel…
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AI and MEMS...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 17, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image: Guillaume Dion

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A single silicon beam (red), along with its drive (yellow) and readout (green and blue) electrodes, implements a MEMS…
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New noise: researchers have discovered a new type of noise that is associated with differences in temperature. (Courtesy: iStock/Swillklitch)

Topics: Acoustic Physics, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Technology, Thermodynamics

A new type of electronic noise has been discovered by a team of physicists and chemists in…
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Moon Moons...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 15, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Could Earth's moon have its own moon? Science says: in theory. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Topics: Astrophysics, Exoplanets, NASA, Planetary Science, Space Exploration

I couldn't compound the two words in the post title (as in the article) and keep a straight face. Although, someone will likely write fiction about double system…
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Janeway, Nechayev, Sisko and #MeToo...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 12, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image Sources: Memory Alpha Wiki

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Kathryn Janeway was the Captain of the Starship Voyager, lost in the Delta Quadrant that managed to have a seven-year run and eventually get back to Federation space for…
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Morally Reprehensible...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 11, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Delegates at the first workshop on high-energy theory and gender held at CERN last month. (Courtesy: CERN)

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Accounting Dark Matter...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 10, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Fade to black: a type 1a supernova remnant as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Courtesy: NASA)

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Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 9, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Harry Taylor, 6, played with the bones of dead livestock on his family’s farm in New South Wales, Australia, an area that has faced severe drought. Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

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