The Magic Time

The Magic Time

There seems to be a magic age to life. Somewhere between 15 and 30 the human brain reaches its peak performance. For about 5 years, the brain performs at a phenomenal level of creativity and intelligence. Then it is all downhill from there. Hopefully, it is a pretty gradual slope. I’m fascinated by young people…

50,000 words

50,000 words

I did it! “Shipping Out” is now a full rough draft, written in one month. In this novel, Tanner goes to school to learn how his world can become a productive member of the Galactic Alliance. When he gets partnered for intercultural interactions with a 3 foot tall, pink, sentient tree species who can kill…

NaNo 2017

NaNo 2017

[nanostats] I have not completed my writing goals for this year. I’d hoped to have 3 novels edited by now. I’ve done 3 chapters of the first novel. And yet, I couldn’t resist doing NaNo again this year. If all goes well, I’ll have a 4th novel that needs drastic editing in a month. You…

Meet Chirp

Meet Chirp

This is “Chirp,” the first alien we meet at the Spaceport. He’s about 3 feet tall. What would you do if this walked up to you and started trying to communicate?

Beams of Light on a Golden Lake

Beams of Light on a Golden Lake

This stunning Earth image taken by the Expedition 47 crew on May 31, 2016, from the International Space Station looks from northwestern China on the bottom into eastern Kazakhstan. The large lake in Kazakhstan with golden sun glint is the crescent-shaped Lake Balkhash, the second largest lake in Central Asia. via NASA http://ift.tt/1UiwouL

Atlantis on STS-101 Mission

Atlantis on STS-101 Mission

Flames from the solid rocket boosters lit up the clouds of smoke and steam trailing behind shuttle Atlantis on May 19, 2000, as it lifted off on mission STS-101. It was the shuttle program’s third space station assembly flight, and first space flight for astronaut Jeff Williams, currently aboard the station as a member of…

Stargazing From Space

Stargazing From Space

Isn’t this the most amazing view? It will play a part in some of the Spaceport novels I’m working on. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) see the world at night on every orbit — that’s 16 times each crew day. An astronaut took this broad, short-lens photograph of Earth’s night lights while looking…