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Yes my little Futurists, I realize that I reblog a lot (but the blog posts are sometimes astounding) so I thought I’d rip something that I think is a cute and quick and a tiny poll that is also interesting.

So, here’s the question:

What do you write with?

A fountain



A computer

A typewriter

A ballpoint pen


The other can be several choices in one if you’re like me and write with whatever you can grab!

Source: Authors to Read: SciFi/Fantasy

I’m no brain surgeon so when the subject of technology and physics terminology and logic popped up on one of my Facebook writing groups yesterday I read a lot of the posts and commented where I could. I was happily surprised that there are a few other authors like me who don’t go into the hard science perspective, preferring to focus on relationships (sometimes I can’t help it, my first publisher was a romance publisher) in a futuristic society complete with aliens (think Katy Perry’s song ET here).

I suddenly realized that there are two different camps in sci-fi: hard science and what some wonderful author called “low-tech” sci-fi (if you are her or know her, please connect us so I can proceed to give her credit due) which I think fits my level of sci-in-the-fi. In any case, I love the term. Many of those authors on the group give effort to trying to keep the science and physics correct which I love them for; I posted that while I love reading hard science, I’m not qualified to write it. But I do love semi-military sci-fi just because I dig giant alien killing or scorching big guns. So, what’s a low-tech science fiction author to do?

Well, I think that doing/showing/exposition should be done…simply. What I do is try to describe the ship, what I would like to see in/on it. Now, it’s a bit difficult for me to picture highly developed aliens who can travel across galaxies not having the wherewithal to include some nice, luxurious accouterments. That is unless they closely resemble the alien in Alien the movie, in which case their body structure is so different from us that hanging upside down is a way of sleeping rather than a spine stretch. Oh, and also if the character or characters are supplied ships via their military or are self-employed and dare I say it poor. Now that it is possible Mars had water and possibly life forms and similar environment to our own, it might not be so far-fetched that they might have similar physical and mental evolutions. Again, cue the ET song. My only hope is they don’t look like what one reporter called the “Spoonhead” aliens in Close Encounters.

So I like to think that my readers might think like I do: girls can carry big guns and have alien boyfriends and all aliens are not rich in the traditional sense. They have to work too otherwise a relationship is going to suffer in some way or another. And just because the aliens do not believe in or have any type of religious structures, they can understand the concept of “giving” whether it’s selfless or not, and can have a sense of fairness and justice in one way or another. Just maybe not our sense of justice.

Take Alekzander Brede for example. He cares absolutely nothing at all for what humans, even in their dystopian society, consider priceless: gold. What matters to him is physical power instead. On the other hand, Elektra Tate who worships him would love to have anything that could pass as money just to eat.  He makes his own justice and has no compunction against killing anyone for any reason most of the time just because he can. His size and physical strength dwarfing humans makes no one question him and pretty much everyone to avoid him to remain alive. Only Elektra is fairly safe and I mean fairly safe.

But again, I don’t go too much into the hard science factors. And, if I do, like I posted, I use what little science I’m familiar with–not in the Brede Chronicles–but in other series where I’ve used DNA evidence in unusual ways. But I try to simplify it so it’s not too daunting and is interesting to a reader. Like I posted it’s all about relationships. Why is that? Because what good is a book or story if humans can’t relate to it? And at this point, aliens are all conjecture.

I think if you’re writing commercial sci-fi you’ve got to make it comfortable and understandable to your audience. If you introduce something too strange or even just difficult to think about, you’re going to lose readers. And Lord knows that one of the last things an author wants.

That’s the lecture for tonight.

Good Night my little Imperfections!

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Source: A Short, Honest Treatment of a Serious and Real Problem — J.A. Owenby’s “Tears in the Sun”

Source: Authors to Read: SciFi/Fantasy

There’s a new contest in town! Well, not new exactly–it’s the 20th anniversary of the Lucky Agent contest! Check out the info below to read and participate: or check out this tweet:

New FREE contest for writers of Romance and Romantic New Adult Judged by agent @mcorvisiero, via @chucksambuchino

Good luck and happy writing!

Authors! Some info for your research…readers interesting info.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

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4. This map shows what is on the other side of the world from where you are standing.  For the most part it will probably be water.



5. Apparently you can’t get Big Macs everywhere.  This map shows (in red) the countries that have McDonalds.



6. This map shows the countries (in blue) where people drive on the left side of the road.



7. This map shows countries (in white) that England has never invaded.  There are only 22 of them.



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I thought it was funny.

Joanne Guidoccio

While fishing, three men catch a mermaid who begs to be set free in return for granting each of them a wish.

The first man shakes his head and says, “Okay, if you can really grant wishes, then double my IQ.”

The mermaid says, “Done.”

Suddenly, the man starts reciting Shakespeare flawlessly.

The second man is so amazed, he says to the mermaid, “Triple my IQ.”

The mermaid says, “Done.”

The man starts to spout out all the mathematical solutions to problems that have been stumping the scientists.

Impressed, the third man decides to one-up his friends. “Quintuple my IQ.”

The mermaid looks at him and says, “You know, I don’t usually try to change people’s minds when they make a wish, but I really wish that you would reconsider.”

The man is adamant. “No, I want you to increase my IQ times five, and if you don’t do it…

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I already use this but you may want it too!

Jens Thoughts

I love writing tools, and when I find a good one, I have to share. Anyone who has followed my blog has heard me mention Grammarly. I use Grammarly for every word I write whether it’s for an email, cover letter, resume, short story, or my new novel. I have the ability to use it directly on their website or while I’m typing in Word (they offer a word plug-in).

Recently, Grammarly became available for Google Chrome as an add-on which means that it will assist you while you write emails, blog posts, and even Facebook posts.

With each error correction and suggestion, I’m able to improve my writing on a consistent basis. Grammarly also emails a report concerning your usage and where your problem areas are. Since grammar isn’t my strong suit, I’m now able to identify my mistake while writing. It helps me become more aware especially since I’m…

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If you fear rejection, check this out!

Daily (w)rite

As part of my ongoing guest post series in this blog, we recently heard from award-winning author Patrick Holland, who spoke at length about the writing life.

Today, it is with great pleasure that I welcome Patrick Wensink, bestselling author, with four books and many articles in several reputed journals. His recent book Fake Fruit Factory is as moving as it is funny. If you’re looking for a darkly comic yet poignant book that is full of intriguing and hilarious twists and turns, I would recommend picking this one up right away.

Patrick will be stopping by to answer questions and respond to comments, so please feel free to ask questions related to Fake Fruit Factory, to his writing and editing process, the writing advice he’s given based on Improv, and anything else writing/reading-related.

  1. At what age did you start writing fiction? What prompted you?

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Great idea!!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

The Sunday show is now 18 months old and in that time I have interviewed some amazingly talented writers, musicians and artists.

I was looking at the format of a number of features on the blog and thought that it was time to perhaps look at Sunday in a slightly different way. I wanted to jazz things up a bit but still offer an opportunity to guests to promote their work.

I feel honoured to be part of this blogging community and there is one particular day of the week and one meal where family and friends traditionally come together.

Sunday Lunch is a time when food is prepared but is almost secondary to the interaction and emotional intensity provided by the people around the table.

I thought that I would like to recreate that on the blog if I can. So let me put the idea to you and…

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