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World Building and Food in Science Fiction: EASY Star Trek Desserts

No matter what worlds we explore in science fiction, if there are humans involved, food will be important. While different cultures’ diets and food availability affect people’s views of what is a special occasion food, I’m sticking with sweets for these … Continue reading

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World Building and Food in Science Fiction: Star Trek Menu

Worldbuilding when writing science fiction has to include food, right? It wouldn’t be a real world without it, and besides, it’s fun to think up what kind of food a particular culture in a particular environment would eat. My characters … Continue reading

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Farewell Downton Abbey – Viewing Party Recipes

I am very sad Downton Abbey is ending, but I have learned so much from watching it. I’ve been curious about every aspect of the time period, from fashion to the political situation of the day. I am also very interested … Continue reading

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Ten Tips Writers can take from Star Wars

  Even if you don’t like Star Wars, and I know a few people who don’t, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the first Star Wars movie created millions of fans, myself included. The photo above includes only a … Continue reading

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Sidekick Characters – C3PO’s role in Star Wars

I’ve learned so much about storytelling from studying the original Star Wars’ movies-as well as given myself an excuse to watch movies as part of my job-and one of the things I’ve discovered is the value of a good sidekick … Continue reading

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AIR FORCE ONE- Thumbs Up, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN – Thumbs Down

Or “What I Learned about Writing from Watching Movies 1” One question I am often asked during talks is how I made WILDFIRE RUN seem believable, even though the premise of a President’s son getting trapped at Camp David during … Continue reading

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Choosing Names from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings for Your Cat or Dog

As major Lord of the Rings Fans, our whole family is very excited about The Hobbit. When we  recently brought a new cat into our family, we decided she needed a name from LOTR or The Hobbit. Since she is … Continue reading

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