Friday, June 21, 2019

Lordy, lordy, lordy it's hot!

Yep, Texas summer has arrived!

96 degrees with 102 index! Dang! We had a 'nice' spring, outside the floods, hailstorms and tornadoes. In Texas you take your cool weather with a grain of golf ball sized hail...

So I've been plowing through my latest WIP, book 5 of the Arlo and Jake SciFi series, while I sip iced tea in my writing den or on the couch. It's going OK. Like most writers I want it to go faster, but I'm pleased at how it's coming out.

You'll get the back story of the GHA, the Galactic House of Aquinoxous, the villains in the series. I think I missed an opportunity to add a lot great content by skipping over these guys too much in the early books. I'm even thinking about going back to the first books and adding some more content that will make the story 'meatier'.

Of course I've still struggling with my Muse. She keeps throwing great story ideas in front of me, trying to sidetrack my progress on 'Galactic Special Intel'. But what the heck, I'm having a blast just writing! I have no commitments to an agent or publisher so I can write what I want when I want to!

I know that makes me an amateur writer. I'm OK with that. I am an amateur writer. Every time I sit down to write I try to get better, to tell the story a little better. If I ever get noticed by a publisher or agent who says I can be an author who can make a living with my stories, I might belly up to the bar and get serious. Or maybe not.

I'm not sure my stories would be better if I did buckle down and spend 10 hours a day and have schedules to meet. In fact I think they would suffer. That's not me.

Stay cool, my friends. Drink lots of iced tea and keep your beanie covered!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

I propose a new season in Texas...

You know the 'normal' seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, right?

It just doesn't seem like enough definition to me, too vague.

So I'm adding 'Stormy' between Spring and Summer, specifically the month of May.

The temperature had been pretty nice here for the month of April, in the 70s, with rain for sure and a few storms.

But May! May has been one storm system after another, driving up from the south west and driving right across Ft Worth and through Dallas into Denton and all those towns north and north east of us.

We had to hide in our 'safe room' the other day for the first time in a few years, as the tornado sirens sounded and the TV weathermen were drooling over their maps of 'rotations' and 'sheer fronts'. I swear they are happiest when they can show the same radar maps over and over and over, spouting the same verbiage.

The 'Stormy' season will continue for a while longer and then Summer will hit. Yeah...

I grew up in Levelland, about 30 miles west of Lubbock, up in the Panhandle of Texas. The seasons up there are 1 week of Spring, Summer, 1 week of Fall, 2 months of Winter and them it's back to Spring. Weird.

Stay safe everyone and enjoy the Stormy season before we start to melt in the Summer heat! ;-)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Great day for writing!

Out on the patio for hours today, steaming away on my latest WIP, 'Arlo and Jake Galactic Special Intel'. At least that's the working title. Surely I can come up with a sharper title than that... we'll see.

The temperature on the patio was just right until about 4 PM. A little breeze and the tinkling sound of our water fountain helped. The iced tea kept me cool most of the morning and afternoon. Of course this is Texas, so it started getting too warm and now I'm inside enjoying the A/C comfort. How did my ancestors do it, living out here with no A/C? Ah, I remember now. Siestas!!!

I worked through several scenes and made some more outlining notes today. I think tomorrow could be another good time in the writing saddle. I have the next scene twirling in my mind and that should take at least 1000 to 2000 words, maybe more.

The story line is starting to move from setting things up to the actual meat of an interesting story. The characters are more substantial and the plot a bit more involved than the previous stories. It's challenging to keep the pace up and keep the feeling of the whole series in mind. I don't want to deviate from the fun and action, that's what I like best about the plots. Oh and the humor!

Time to get back to it.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, May 31, 2019

We are all made of star dust...

In response to a twitter question, ''reincarnation, heaven or hell or decay' I responded :

"My atoms will eventually return to the stars from whence I came.
Later I'm going to be reformed as a character from one of my #SciFi books.
Not sure which one.
Depends on the Universe's sense of humor.... so I'm guessing the snarky Chameleon from my 'Arlo and Jake' series."

The first sentence I attribute with respect to Carl Sagan, who said something like 'We are all made of star stuff.' If I had time I'd search the Knowledge Web to see who said it before he did. There is always someone to said it before me...

My twitter comment is meant to be both a thought provoking answer to the question and a bit of humor to add a little spice to the question. I would make a great Arlo, btw, though I identify with Jake, his human partner. ;-) I snark constantly. Not that fond of Cajun gnats though.

One of the great things about being a 'full time' writer now is that I have time to explore even the silliest of ideas that pops up in my imagination.

So. What do you think? Is this a viable idea for a SciFi book? 

I think it would also have to explore whether or not consciousness lies in the atoms of your body or some other mechanism whereby you could realize that you're a snarky lizard now but used to be a Tibetan monk say. And that scenario assumes we are limited to reassembling on Earth... 

It's not much of story unless that consciousness is maintained, I think. If you don't know who you used to be, what conflicts or questions could be raised to explore?

What if I'm Arlo now but I was a Snarrk'ian warrior from Alpha Snarkazon a few bazillion years ago where my star dust traveled the expanse after a comet kicked my vaporize body into space.

Maybe a short story? Is it even interesting, or would the reader instantly say, "Say what? There are a hundred scientific reasons that could not happen." Not that that stops lots of stories. ;-)

Something to let my Muse chew on for a while.

Would love your comments, pro or con.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Beautiful day at the LLELA!

Family hike to the 1800s cabin out in the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area by... you guessed it!... Lewisville lake!

Beautiful weather. Gorgeous woods and stream.

Here's a pix of the girls next to the cabin and one of a fisherman who snagged this monster catfish just as we got there! And a funny cartoon to top it off!

Have a great week everyone!