Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex

Rho Ophiuchi Cloud

Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex
Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA


A rich collection of colorful astronomical objects is revealed in this picturesque image of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Explorer, or WISE. The Rho Ophiuchi cloud (pronounced ‘oh-fee-yoo-ki’ and named after a bright star in the region) is found rising above the plane of the Milky Way in the night sky, bordering the constellations Ophiuchus and Scorpius. It’s one of the nearest star-forming regions to Earth, allowing us to resolve much more detail than in more distant similar regions, like the Orion nebula. — from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

I foresee that many of my visitors will come from this beautiful formation. Such rich fodder for my imagination!

A working cover and a motto

For years I’ve resisted the obvious motto for the Spaceport stories as perhaps being just a little too campy. But who am I fooling? Most of the stories begin with an alien walking into a bar. Except book 2. That begins with a bartender falling out of the sky. But it’s okay. She survives.

I’ve decided to just embrace the campiness. It’s part of my voice.

Along with the motto, I’ve also been wrestling with the first cover. Covers are expensive investments, and they matter. The mood has to be just right. While I love starscapes and will definitely have those on some of the future covers, this first one needed to feature the Spaceport in all of its Earthly glory. While these stories are always full of aliens, they center on some very human characters — whatever planet they may hail from. In the center of this swirl of intergalactic activity is one very human building…that does happen to house a bar among other things.

Here’s the working cover:

Spaceport cover

Living in the World of Dreams

green nebulaMy daughter told me about a dream she had the other night. She ended with, “And then I woke up and that made me sad because I really liked that dream.”

I told her that this was one of the joys of being a writer — that if she wanted she could capture that world on paper and then share it with others. I explained that as a writer, I get to live in the world I’m creating for days and days, talking to imaginary people, working out their problems, throwing surprises at them.

And that’s why I’ve been so quiet on my blog and in public of late. I’ve been working. Writing. Creating.

Living in an imaginary world that I can hardly wait to share with you!