I’m a Space Station Firefighter – Rough Draft

My friend's son is entering kindergarten and is already a voracious reader. He's very interested in science at the moment, especially space and the international space station. On Facebook she mentioned that his dream job at the moment is "a Firefighter Astronaut who puts out house fires on Saturn." That thought tumbled around all day in my head and popped out onto (digital) paper during my train ride home as "I'm a Space Station Firefighter." Its still a rough draft, but I think I'd like to do something with it.  I'd love comments and suggestions on the draft. You can read it here. 

What I’ve Been Reading – August 2017

August was a lot of catching up on the new releases from last month. I also squeezed in a new series, a few old favorites and my book club book a month early. Despite reading 12 books this month my spreadsheet informs me that I’m actually down a bit in terms of books read this month. I expect that’s because of all the writing I’ve been doing. That said, here’s what I read this month

Call me Gary Stu – The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper books

A few weeks ago I quit a series in disgust. It started out OK but rapidly devolved into something actively painful to read. The final book I read (#6) was so bad I literally yelled at my e-reader on the train. Normally my inclination would be to focus on the good in a novel, but this blog is supposed to be about what I’m learning and I learned a lot from this series despite it’s increasing awfulness. 

Writer’s Tools – Write or Die

A grab you by the seat of your pants timed writing app that is great for getting words down, just be sure to revise what you’ve written. Screeching Violins and screaming babies a bonus. Splurge for the paid version for even more options and incentives, plus the ability to backup your timed writings so you never lose a word.

A Place to Start – Science Fiction 101

When I was about thirteen, I discovered in the depths of a Vroman's bargin bin a thick* book with the title: Science Fiction 101. Well that’s clearly a book meant for me, I thought. I had only recently decided that writing was something I'd like to do and this book came with the byline "where to start reading and writing science fiction." Perfect.