There is no such thing as an aspiring writer…

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

NaNoWriMo Chat Room: Unofficial, but International…

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…

nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_participantThe 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

NaNoWriMo will soon begin…

nanowrimo_2016_webbadge_municipalliaisonFor 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

Pluto is a dwarf planet, but not because it’s small

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.)

ShowLogo500x500Conversations 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.)

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Post, share and guilt…

As a writer, I will frequently connect with other writers through social media, mainly on Twitter and Facebook. Within Facebook, I’m a member of a variety of closed discussion groups. While I’m highly active on some, I’m a quiet observer on others.

In a few of my Facebook groups, there are many threads where people post information and links that they want shared with the world. There is an expectation that you will like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, retweet or repost whatever tidbits and ads they might have. Here’s the deal:  I don’t.Read More