Questions 3: Forging a World

Carl Sagan Quote (Supposedly.  Internet isn't always honest.)

Carl Sagan Quote (Supposedly. Internet isn’t always honest.)

I’m still on the road here, which means I needed to think of a post that would be fun and not require me to be around until later.  Then I thought of leaving something that stirred the imagination.

Below, you will find 3 questions.  I’ll be doing this on Wednesday and Friday too because I thought of 3 topics.  You can answer in the comments or on your own blog depending on how much you want to say.  If you choose the latter then please link back to here, so I can find my way to it when I settle in for a lengthy email, comment, tweet, and whatever run.

This topic is: WORLD BUILDING

  1. If you could create a fictional ‘world’, what would it be like?  Would it be similar to Earth or entirely different?  (This doesn’t only mean fantasy worlds.  For example, you can be a crime book author and describe your version of Miami.)
  2. How would your ‘world’ differ from the real world?  If many differences then what would be the two biggest ones?
  3. What kind of stories would occur in your ‘world’?

Just have fun with it.  Use this to show off something you have or come up with something new.

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An Adventure Ends

Just a few hours and I’m on the road for a long trip.  The wife has work tomorrow, the kid has school tomorrow, and I really need a haircut.  My plan was to start editing tomorrow, but it might be delayed a day.  Need to get a bit more sleep and my son is so off his schedule that things may be rough for a while.

The new plan is to design characters for the ‘road trip/altered USA’ idea.  Got something for the female lead, which leaves me with 6-7 characters that will have unique outfits.  Maybe.  Modern clothes will probably be around tough some characters will take the opportunity to be unique.  Just have to remind myself that the post-apocalyptic character in a top hat has been done to death.  I have a new idea too, but I think I’ll put it where it originally was.  Puts a future series up to 10 books, but it’s a comedy/Windemere history/adventure, so it all works out.  Need to double check since those notes aren’t here.

People have asked about the trip and if I’ll share stories.  Several people on this side of the computer have told me not to talk about it.  All I should say is ‘things happened and it was a fun experience’.  Yes, but I will tell one story because it may be the highlight for my son and I feel like making a warning.  If you didn’t know, like I did, 100% polyester clothing should not be worn around fireworks.  People can already see where this is going.

My son has a Captain America shirt that is 100% polyester and he loves it.  So he wore it for July 4th.  He was given sparklers for the first time and was using one under the very close supervision of mommy.  He wanted to do tricks like her and his aunt, but she was making sure he kept his arm out.  The kid has a habit of bending his arm when twirling the sparkler and we didn’t want his face to get hit by a spark.  We didn’t expect a spark to hit his shoulder and melt the shirt.  He freaked out (for good reason) and we got the shirt off him before taking him inside.  It didn’t catch fire, but three holes were melted and the ‘hot plastic’ left a red mark on his shoulder.  It’s still there too.  To the little guy’s credit, he still wanted to watch the sparklers and fireworks show.  We think he was more scared than hurt, which makes sense.

I sent an email to the place I bought the shirt from since I couldn’t find a manufacturer contact.  Just wanted to mention that there is no warning on the shirt and I don’t remember one on the tags.  Even if there was one on the tags, you take those off and can forget over the years.  Not looking for anything other than letting them know about this possibility, which cold have been a freak accident.

Anyway, that’s a story.  Rest was driving, zoo, car show, family, food, and a Boston Terrier that my son doesn’t want to say good-bye too.  I’ll be back on schedule tomorrow.  The Internet has been good, but doesn’t always open pages that I click on.  See everyone later or tomorrow.

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It’s My Birthday…

Originally posted on The Raven's Quill:

… and I’ll give away free stuff if I want to!

CoverAs a thank you to my loyal readers, promo-sharers, cheerleaders, and friends and family who are stuck with me, I want to give back on my birthday this year. So I decided to run a Rafflecopter giveaway for TWO signed copies of Venn’s main character debut: BLOODLORE!

With simple tasks of following this blog, signing up for my newsletter, and tweeting about the giveaway, you can gain entries to win. The contest opens on Friday and runs until July 14, at which point the two winners will be chosen.

I’m also at the point of trying to come up with new and creative ideas to get the word out about the Andvell Saga. I’m currently considering a new Twitter account run by the Andvell characters, and a launch party for the Cadis trilogy, online and in-person simultaneously, with raffles and swag…

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Joey Maverick: On Westmount Station by Barb & Michael B. Caffrey #99cents #sciencefiction

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Newly-minted Lieutenant Joey Maverick of the Atlantean Union is finally about to head out into space and is waiting at Westmount Royal Naval Station for ship assignment. Joey thinks no adventure is possible on Westmount Station, but he couldn’t be more wrong . . . there’s treachery afoot, black treachery, and it’s up to Joey and his temporary crewmates to stop a saboteur before it’s too late!

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A Dark and Stormy Night by Barb & Michael B. Caffrey #sciencefiction #99cents

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Joey Maverick, a young Ensign in the Atlantean Union, takes part in a low-tech sailing regatta right before he’s supposed to ship out for space. A storm hits, causing Maverick to take command of his ship and mount a rescue mission. Along the way he picks up stranded nurse Belinda Simpson, along with many others. Sparks fly while the tension mounts . . . what will be the outcome of this dark and stormy night?

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Columba and the Cat by Michael B. Caffrey #shifters #fantasy #YA

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Meet Princess Columba of Illinowa. She’s a magician, a scholar, and is currently the heir to the throne…but she wants no part of it. Because she’s royalty, she’s had trouble meeting men, and she’s tired of dealing with people in search of a title rather than herself.

Into her life comes a mysterious cat. She rescues the cat, takes him into the palace, and starts having unusual dreams — dreams of a man who understands her, cares about her, and loves her. Not her title.

Unbeknownst to Columba, the cat is a shapeshifter. He, too, is royal, albeit from far away. And he’s the man of her dreams…that is, when he’s not in the form of a cat.

Then the dream-man shows up, and the cat disappears. Columba must decide whether or not to believe in her dreams — and hope that somehow, the magical romance she’s found is here to stay.

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To Survive the Maelstrom by Barb & Michael B. Caffrey #sciencefiction #military



Command Sergeant-Major Sir Peter Welmsley of the Atlantean Union has lost everything he holds dear. He wonders why he lived, when so many others died at Hunin — including his fiancée, Lydia, and his best friend Chet.

Into his life comes Grasshunter’s Cub, an empathic, sentient creature known to those on Heligoland as a “weremouse.”

Weremice are known for their ability to help their bond-mates. But how can this young weremouse find a way to bring Peter back from the brink of despair and start living again?



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