In my alternate timeline, I have penciled in that intrepid cosmonaut Polina Valentinova undertakes the ultimate adventure of her time: a manned version of the Voyager probes’ “grand tour” track, visiting Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune…and then turning around at Neptune and visiting all the … Continue readingGleichen and Valentinova: Lost in Space
No, I’m not talking about tassel as in the tuft of loosely hanging threads, I’m talking about my musical character Tassel Stark, she of Weatherscan fame (eagle-eyed fans of classic Weather Channel might notice a similarity in name and role to Trammel Starks and our … Continue readingScratch One Tassel
I know for my Great Christmas Blizzard of 2045 that I’m working up for a future story, it will already be a record-breaking storm in terms of pressure, passing the 900 millibar mark on the way down (lower pressures mean greater intensity), freakishly severe for … Continue readingDo I Dare Smash Pressure Records?
Ah, another week, another update for the worldbuilding for the novel I plan to write. If I spared myself all these blog posts and just wrote it I might have a full-length novel by now. Oh well. 🙃 I’ve never been a pantser anyway. I … Continue readingA Diamond Baron Goes Green?
Well, page girls too, actually. I know almost all of my posts this month have been about brainstorming my story of the Great Christmas Blizzard, the next installment of a saga that begins with “Orphans of Opry Tower”, but hey, it’s my blog, I can … Continue readingPage Boys of the Perfect Storm
In the story I’m brainstorming for (see here and here), the tale of a Christmas superstorm that’s rather sprawling but has as its heart Georgia Roadhouse, a character I invented, who has a vacation house in the Shenandoah, the very heart of the storm, and … Continue readingThe Lives of Georgia and Decca: More Thoughts
In a story I’m developing Fia, a competitive ballroom dancer who wants to upgrade her appearance, will get her makeover done in Southern California, at the behest of her (soon-to-be) sister-in-law Katenka, who lives in Malibu: in her own words, close to where all the … Continue readingTaking my Worldbuilding into Southern California
I’d just like to share a little scenario I dreamed up recently: what if the borders of the United States circa the War of 1812 were never adjusted much? In particular, what if the Mississippi River watershed boundary from the original Louisiana Purchase remained in … Continue readingSome Alternate Borders for North America
I’ve already shared some thoughts on my concept for a follow-up on a plot thread in “Orphans of Opry Tower” (a story I’ve completed but not published): a character named Fia and her impending big makeover, along with her desire for hot sex and, above … Continue readingA Shipwreck Date in the Kelp Forest?
In my yet-to-be-published story, “Orphans of Opry Tower”, a pair of teenage twin siblings are friends of the orphans, even living in the same tower as they do, and the close and nigh-exclusive relationship between the twins is disrupted when the brother, Fintan, brings home … Continue readingFia After Opry Tower