The Backworlds Book 2 is Out!

I have two exciting newses today.  First, WRiTE Club 2012, hosted by D.L. Hammons at Cruising Altitude 2.0,  is starting up soon with some exciting changes - it promises to be even more fun than last time.  Be sure to visit the WRiTE Club 2012 page to sign up & get all the details. 

Second - The ever clever M. Pax is on fire and has just released the sequel to The Backworlds! Craze and his friends continue their adventures in Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge. See what role chocolate plays in the galaxy this time. If you haven’t read The Backworlds yet, it’s available as a free read from many outlets. See HERE for links.


The interstellar portal opens, bringing in a ship that should no longer exist. A battleship spoiling for a fight, yet the war with Earth ended two generations ago. The vessel drops off a Water-breather, a type of Backworlder thought to be extinct. She claims one of Craze’s friends is a traitor who summoned the enemy to Pardeep Station. A betrayal worse than his father’s, if Craze lives to worry about it.

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iTunes and Kobo will be available shortly.

Inspiring the words M. Pax writes, Mary spends her summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where she lives with the husband unit and two loving cats. She write science fiction mostly and has a slight obsession with Jane Austen. Mary blogs at http://www.mpaxauthor.com/blog/


Come, Dream with Me...

What are the top three things you'd do more of if time and money were no object?  For me the answers are easy:
  •  Immerse in my favorite pretty places
  • Spend more time writing
  • Exercise more hours in a day & eat healthier
A few weeks ago I dreamed up this idea of a Writer's Retreat. Not a thing where we attend a bunch of seminars that may or may not be helpful, but an inspiring place to go where we are given the blessing of time to do the things we want to do.

Here's how I see it working.  First, we go some place serene and beyond beautiful.  Let's say...Sedona, Arizona.

 Then we follow a daily schedule something like:

7:30am: Gather for a 60 minute Cardio Workout
8:30am: Healthy breakfast that someone else prepares for us

9am - 6pm
Free time to schedule as you wish, including:
Up to 6 hours of writing time
60 minutes with personal trainer
At least 30 minutes walking
Eat healthy sack lunch provided at breakfast
Please bathe at some point
6:00pm: Healthy dinner that someone else prepares for us
6:30pm: Writing time and/or Crit Group meeting
9:00pm Gather for 45 minutes of Yoga
9:45pm Wine & Cheese on the terrace

Can you imagine?  If we did this for two weeks straight we'd have our books written/revised/whatever your goals are AND we'd look & feel amazing!  And you know we're going to love it so much, we'll want to do it again, so here are a couple ideas for the next destination:

The Cinque Terra, Italy
(which made a heroic recovery after devastating floods last fall)

or Varenna, Italy on Lake Como.  I can't decide...you pick.

And tell me, if it were your dream retreat, what would you add/subtract from the list above? 



IWSG: Getting to Know Characters...and You!

In case you didn't get the memo, since tomorrow is the 4th of July and therefore we Americans will be busy eating weenies and exploding things, Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group will be held today through Thursday.

This month I'd like to talk about character profiles.  I don't do them.  So whenever I read some great tip on creating a character profile or about the in-depth "off screen" backgrounds many writers dream up for their characters before they even begin writing their novel, I get a little insecure. Like, maybe my characters are shallow because I haven't ever thought about what their favorite color is or decided under which astrological sign they've been born.

But the thing is...I know my characters aren't shallow.  One of the most consistent compliments I get on my writing is how real feeling and multidimensional my characters are, even the ones on the sidelines.  So I think the deal is that I just have a different process for getting to know the players in my stories. This is how it seems to work: instead of writing out a detailed profile, I create a mental sketch of each character, and as I write the first draft, I get to know them better so that by the end of it, we're all quite intimate. During the second draft, I frequently smack my forehead and mutter, "No way would she/he ever say/do that!" and then I rewrite that dialogue/scene/whatever it takes so that the character is true. Further refining occurs in the third draft.

While I don't do a lot of pre-thinking about my characters' intricacies, I do have some fun with the post thinking, as evidenced by these quizzes I created for the Daves, in my novel Three Daves (currently on sale, details below).  I promise they're short, so please choose one and take it...cuz I'd like to get to know my blogging friends a little better too. ;)

Have a wonderful 4th, wherever in the world you are.