Hugo Award Finalists 2019!

If you need a new list of books to read this summer, get on these before the awards in August!

Which have you read? Who do you think is going to win for Best Novel?

Best Novel

The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

 

Click here to see the rest of the categories and nominees!

Queer up the classics

A FUN IDEA: Our favorite classic authors are our favorites for a reason, but because of the times there was a severe lack of gay characters and storylines. Taking your favorite authors from the golden age of sci-fi (from Asimov to Zebrowski), tell us your favorite story and explain in the comments how you’d “queer” it up!

– Idea from Queer Sci Fi!

Instaration #6

Look out the window,
Find a sign, find a face.
The stacks of well-worn sorrow
are paled against snow-dusted glass.

I hold my hand out to you,
Press the glass, feel my warmth.
Your home is much more than a hearth.

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Spent the weekend in chilly St. Paul for Jingle Ball and stayed at the beautiful St. Paul Hotel. It had a very warm and old school feeling against the snow and biting cold of the city.

Just as I was packing for my flight to head home, I pulled open a drawer and saw their beautiful post cards and stationary. Well, I couldn’t help myself. I let my bag fall and pulled the chair out, reaching for my new pen (the one I had stolen from another drawer in that same hotel room earlier) and had to put something down.

This was a nice thing to add to the memory of my trip, so I think I’ll have to do something like this at more of the hotels I visit!

Notes from the Tree #1

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“Excerpts from the D’zalara, found scrolls from the Lozon Mine, Lelara.”

“The Tree knows the nature of what things are,

and not of what man wants them to be.

For not all things seen are shown.” – King Ghishet

“Notes from the Tree” are a collection of found excerpts from the scrolls of D’zalara, from my upcoming science fiction novel “Two Planets.”

New Rogue Planet Found Near Our Solar System

Amazing and inspiring.

Imagine what the aurora must look like from a planet such as SIMP? A planet where the Sun would be the size of a pin head as it looked towards our Solar System.

Between definitions, not quite a planet, not quite a failed star known as a brown dwarf.

It sits, in the dark, wondering where it belongs and how it fits in to the rest of the universe.

Do you think it drifts ever closer to our family, wanting desperately to be a part of our spinning neighborhood? Or do you think it is happy to be where it is, cautiously looking on, almost invisible, as it watches the rest of the planets plunder ungraciously around a spherical fireplace that wants nothing but to burn us all to dust?

Does it have machinations of being something more? What would we see upon it if we were to sit on its surface?

Newsweek Article

Independent Article

Inverse Article

Space.com Article

A Writer’s Day

Wake up and daydream about the writing you’re going to do today – 1 hour

Habitual preparedness to get in the zone (generally includes coffee making, music and podcast listening, stacking almonds, etc.) – 2 hours

A writers lunch – 1 hour

Reading what you’ve written – 20 minutes

Figuring out where to start – 40 minutes

Writing – 4 paragraphs – 2 Hours

Feeling like you’ve written an epic war novel and watch Netflix – 5 hours

Daydream in bed about what you’re going to write tomorrow. – 2 hours

(I just wasted 20 minutes on this.)

Drifting away and towards.

How do you start?

It is a strange thing, moving towards a path later in life. It creates an excitement that tingles inside the skull. It creates a fear that sits in the bottom of your bowels. It creates an entirely new world that has far surpassed you in the new digital age.

Having spent the last 16 years behind a camera and behind the scenes, it is difficult to crawl out and be seen again. They have been years spent travelling, meeting celebrities, and learning about people. I have been a fly on the wall of glitz and glamour, parties and private charities, royalty and legends. Photography is still a passion of mine, but the world is not what it once was, and neither am I.

I still do these things and still enjoy these things, but my soul is searching for more…a little something extra outside of my 24/7 career that I have been building since I was 16 years old. Side passions are where real passion lies, as your first passions generally end up becoming your job. So, here I come side passion número dos!

The last time I wrote any kind of blog was LiveJournal somewhere around 2000, then it was on towards MySpace popularity and eventually we were allowed to join Facebook outside of High school groups in 2005. It was already difficult then to keep up with the changing internet. By now, the social media age zips past me at a speed greater than the world warped around David Bowman after he left the Discovery One.

But, I take a deep breath and make a list of things to learn. Join me and let’s learn together.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist