Why I didn’t build a Time Machine

November 26, 2014

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Need a time machine?I love my Beta Readers, to a one, they delivered enormously helpful feedback and suggestions. Except for two.

One of the Beta Readers is an engineer and after he read the   Future Girls he chastised me, saying – you need to build a time machine!

A day later, the other Beta Reader, a physicist, counseled, whatever you do, don’t build a time machine.

You can imagine how helpful that all was.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

–Arthur C. Clarke

I chose not to build a time machine for two reasons: first, (according to both Beta Readers) I do not have extensive experience in time machine mechanics. And second, I did not want to unnecessarily slow down the story. I didn’t want the book to be all about whether or not time machines work, and invoke aRead More

Send in the Girls (Future Girls)

November 19, 2014

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Send the girls

Why send the girls back to the past? Why not intrepid boys? I have nothing against boys. I love boys, made a few myself. But in Future Girls, the boys have already been sucked into the Reality Cloud. They spend hours, days and weeks cocooned inside the Internet which has grown like Moore’s Law into an all encompassing second life. Men work exclusively within the Reality Cloud, they play, conduct business and fight wars all through virtual reality programs that are real enough to completely engage the players.   Of course they have virtual sex as well. If the fantasy world, where everything is accessible and nothing is forbidden is your daily experience – 10, 12 hours a day. What do you care about a real house, real food, the real world? It wouldn’t hold many charms. Sure the menRead More

Episode 152 – “Audio Books With Betsy Fasbinder”

November 15, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Betsy Fasbinder

http://www.betsygrazianifasbinder.com

Audio book productions.

Fire and Water

Blog and video blog – art finds a way.

In both her works of memoir and fiction, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder explores the unending complications of people living, working, and loving one another.

She has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award, a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces.  Four of her pieces have been produced as Readers’ Theater works in the historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California.  She is the also co-producer of The Women’s Writing Salon in Nevada County.

Betsy lives in the soft hills of Marin County with her husband, one son on the launch pad, and one out on his own in a neighboringRead More

We Interrupt Future Girls

November 12, 2014

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Just interrupting all the Future Girls interviews with this great info graphic in the service of NaNoWriMo.

Are you working on your book this month?  I’m actually working hard on Future Run, the third book in the Future Girls series. It’s messy, awkward and very little is spelled correctly but it’s so much fun to rack up that word count!

Check it out here – and back to Future Girls next week.

NaNoWriMo info graphic

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Episode 151 – “We’re Rated G For Garrett!”

November 6, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Halloween October 31st. Special Guest: Garret Miller

The curse of episode 151

Website:   GarrettMiller.com

Current Project(s):

Join Garrett live every Monday-Friday 10pE/7pW for Rated G Radio!

Rated G Radio is a Lifestyle & Entertainment Talk Radio program ending each week with the wildly popular Friday Night Dance Party.  You’ll hear the freshest artists and the World Premiers of their hot new music here first!
Always commercial free!  Always awesome guests!  You’ll hear from Hollywood Celebrities, Singers, Musicians, Authors, Spiritual Guides, Pop Culture Experts along with all the Gossip and so much more!
You can also now hear Rated G Radio in the United Kingdom on both the West Star Radio and Chat and Spin Radio networks!

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Why Science Fiction is Important

November 5, 2014

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Sci Fi is important

2145  All work and world negotiations take place in virtual reality, call the Realty Cloud – run and organized by men. Charity Northquest knows that her future is set – marriage at 18, babies and the same struggle over dwindling resources that her mother faces daily.

But there is another way. And Charity accidentally becomes one of the girls the women of the Time Cult send back in time. Charity has only 100 hours in the past to make the right change that will create a better future. Or she will stay in the past forever?

We’re still in the first minutes of the first day of the Internet revolution.

–Scott Cook

Insights from the author:

So much of what we can change and so much of time and history hinges on the unexpected. The more I study history and biography the more I realize thatRead More

Episode 150 – “Who Need’s A Holiday”

October 31, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest author: Ellen Sussman

Visit my website: ellensussman.com  

October 24, 2014

Author, teacher and recently just finished her book tour which is what I’m interested in learning more about.

Classes

JUMP START YOUR NOVEL – One Day Seminar

 

This seminar is for students who are ready to begin writing a novel or who have hit some roadblocks along the way. It would also help the student who has a fledgling idea for a novel and doesn’t know how to develop it.

 In this workshop, we will tackle essential novel-writing questions including:

Is my novel idea big enough? Is it interesting enough? How much do I need to plan before I begin writing? What point of view should I use for this novel?

Are my characters well-developed? Do I know who they are andRead More

What if the Future Sucks?

October 29, 2014

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What if the future sucks?

Future Girls

2145 – All work and world negotiations take place in virtual reality, call the Realty Cloud – run and organized by men. Charity Northquest knows that her future is set – marriage at 18, babies and the same struggle over dwindling resources that her mother faces daily.

But there is another way. And Charity accidentally becomes one of the girls the women of the Time Cult send back in time. Charity has only 100 hours in the past to make the right change that will create a better future. Or she will stay in the past forever?

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.

–B. F. Skinner

Insights from the author:

So much of what we can change and so much of time and history hinges on the unexpected. The more I study history and biography the more I realizeRead More

37 California Capital Book Festival

October 23, 2014

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37 California Capital Book Festival.

Just to get back to writing!  A book festival, a book event, anything where a bunch of starry-eyed readers exclaim over authors can be a great moral boost!

Is there a festival in your area?  Can you volunteer?  I’ve learned that being part of a festival or conference is more beneficial than just attending.  Something to consider and plan for in the coming year.

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75 things decorated with Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

October 8, 2014

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Things you can buy decorated with a copy of  Van Gogh Sun Flowers or Flowering Plum Tree (after Hiroshige) or with a Dutch Master image or two:

Plum trees by Van Gogh

  1. Snow globes
  2. Lens cleaning cloth
  3. candles
  4. Poppy seed package
  5. hand puppet
  6. Buttons
  7. pencils, pens
  8. bracelets
  9. earrings
  10. pins, charms
  11. necklaces
  12. umbrellas, totes
  13. purses, change purses, even smaller purses
  14. post it notes
  15. watches
  16. file folders
  17. gift wrap
  18. presentation folder
  19. silk scarves, wool scarves
  20. long and short sleeve tee shirts and tank tops
  21. posters
  22. postcards
  23. three D simulated actual paintings with realistic brush strokes and frame
  24. mirrors
  25. paper weights
  26. ceramic tiles
  27. jigsaw puzzles
  28. Rubrick’s cubes
  29. Playing cards
  30. greeting cards
  31. nail files
  32. book marks
  33. magnets
  34. thimbles
  35. napkins
  36. fans
  37. tea towels
  38. water tumblers
  39. tea pots, tea cups and saucers
  40. to go coffee mugs
  41. Read More