If you’ve ever taken a crack at storytelling, you know a story can be told in different ways. It can be told by a narrator, by a character, or by several characters. It can be told in first-person narration, or second, or third. I went downstairs, where my brother was waiting. He never trusted me… Continue reading Involved Author storytelling
There's a trail behind our house called the Hidden Pond trail. You reach it by first going downhill, past a creek that only runs in the winter and otherwise lays white and parched as a bone. At the bridge over that creek, a dusty footpath heads off to the right. It goes up, into dry… Continue reading Hidden things
Something that’s really exploded over the past twenty years is the number of exoplanets—planets outside our solar system orbiting distant stars and pulsars. Unlike discoveries of new comets and asteroids, which sometimes happen through ‘citizen science,’ exoplanets are discovered by astronomers dedicated to the task. In the 1970s, such planets were thought likely to exist,… Continue reading Exoplanets
2020 stretched on forever. 2020 felt like three, four, five years—of waiting. A planet full of people waiting, and all of us focused on one thing: coronavirus. In early spring, the pandemic was declared, and we tried to figure out what that meant to us personally. We acclimated, and adapted, and communicated, and researched, and… Continue reading Where did 2021 go?
The other day I wondered if I might lengthen a few of my existing short stories. These were originally written as character sketches, brief prequels to the world I had created for my novels. Two of those short tales are posted under my fiction tab. But if those stories could be longer, fleshed out to… Continue reading Growing a story