Ah…Antarctica. The seventh continent? Or is it? When you get down to it, pinning down the exact number of continents is like trying to touch a mirage: you can see it, but is it really there? Unlike the latter-day effort in astronomy to define what … Continue readingThe Seventh Continent…Or Is It?
Fun fact about me: whenever I spot an unknown shadow on the road my mind often goes “spike strip!”…despite spike strips not being the sort of object one would expect to find randomly strewn about public highways. Why do I expect to see them all … Continue readingRetvrn to Childhood?
In “Scratch One Tassel”, I shared the latest concept I have for Tassel, including an Egyptian boyfriend, the worldbuilding context of a pharonist Egypt overseeing a Coptic language revival, and all that good stuff. One aspect I became interested in is how this alternate Egypt … Continue readingFlowers in the Desert: Worldbuilding A Larger Israel
Having slept it and mulled over it…I’m honestly going to execute what I’ve always considered “the nuclear option” and just relocate; pull the trigger and relocate to California’s South Coast. I intimated as much in my last post, but now I’m more sure than ever, … Continue readingPacific Destiny
After the ultimate winter storm, the ultimate cold wave? Well, why not? After all, it would be just too disappointing for the Great Christmas Blizzard of 2045 to come in and then that’s it for the truly extreme weather. A second act where the arctic … Continue readingThe Ultimate Cold Wave?
In the course of brainstorming a vacation home for my character Decca Roadhouse, I’ve thought of another character, Georgia Roadhouse, her little cousin who’s just like her, right down to having a vacation home, sporting red ringlets, and guzzling red wine, but, in stark contrast … Continue readingA Christmas Blizzard Romance in the Shenandoah?
When you’ve got a Pottery Barn basket girlfriend in your SoCal beach house, and you’re lying together under a colossal throw blanket watching the sun go down on the maritime horizon, what landmass are you looking toward? The answer might surprise you. Counterintuitive Latitudes One’s … Continue readingSpherical Geometry, Beach Style
I had the misfortune of being brought up in a stinkhole located in the eastern interior of the United States, and by now, at the age of 29, the only way I can even stand my life at all is taking steroids (corticosteroids to be … Continue readingThe Best Coast Cures?
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
Fun fact: the last archipelago of substantial size to be discovered on the Earth was the Severnaya Zemlya islands, only being noted by cartographers in 1913 (though its existence seemed to be known as early as 1810), and not charted in any detail until 1930-32. … Continue readingArctic Toponymy in my Alternate History