My family and friends know that I never watch the news, rarely read a newspaper, and ever since the radio died in my car, I don’t even get my news that way. No, all my knowledge of current events comes from word of mouth and the bombardment of various snippets on social media. Even my own children know more about what’s going on in the world than I do. However, there are some things that there is just no getting away from. Let’s just say that I would have to completely disconnect from the world to get away from the political stage of the USA.Read More
There is a term that I have seen bandied around in the bios of various writers, and it’s a term that I don’t like: aspiring writer.
What I don’t understand is how one can aspire to be a writer. You can aspire to be an author. You can aspire to quit your day job to become a full-time writer. You can aspire to share your writing with the world. But aspire to be a writer?Read More
Not every writer is able to attend a write-in. Sometimes the weather is against you. Sometimes family life takes over and writing during the day is just not possible. Or maybe you’re extremely shy and don’t feel comfortable around people you don’t know. Well…
The Municipal Liaisons from different regions around the world have come together to create the perfect on-line chat for those participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo.
Jessie Sanders, radio talk show host on KLRN Radio, has graciously offered to host a special chat room for NaNoWriMo participants on her website. While Jessie is not a writer herself, she does know how isolating writing can be. She wants to help support writers. She does this through her radio show, Jessie’s Coffee Shop, and through the chat room.Read More
For the second year, I’ve been appointed a NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison (ML) for the Christchurch, New Zealand region. Okay… I can see the some of you reading this and wondering why this is such a big deal.
Well, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an international writing event where writers from around the world commit themselves to putting pen to paper (or their fingers to the keyboard) and writing the first draft of a novel within the span of one month. You track your progress daily using word count trackers on the NaNoWriMo site. You are encouraged to connect with other writers and it’s all fun and games from there.Read More
As promised, I'm putting my PhD to use and delving into an aspect of my life that has been neglected for far too long: the science geek in me. I now have my own show on KLRNRadio: Conversations in Science. (Don't ask how that happened. I'm still trying to figure that one out.)
Conversations in Science airs the first Monday of every month at 7pm EST (currently equates to the first Tuesday of every month at 12noon for those in New Zealand, but this NZ time will change come summer — daylight savings). For those who miss it, that's okay. It's downloadable. Links to the episodes are here on my site, and the show is now on iTunes.
The latest episode has now aired. Just a quick warning: we were plagued with a heavy storm during the recording and my internet was playing silly-buggers. It did have a negative effect on the recording, but we didn't have time to re-record prior to the episode going live. (Sorry, guys.)
Influences of Science Fiction on Science and Pluto
(First Aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, October 3, 2016)
Last month was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. (Warning: I'm about to go full geek mode for a moment.)