Saturday, July 04, 2015

Wishing You

Friday, July 03, 2015

Green Dreams

This short film shows you the very precise, painstaking process involved in transforming emeralds from big clunky rocks to sparkling gemstones (with background music, for those of you at work):

THE LANGUAGE OF EMERALDS from maya stark on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Just Write

Today I'm off to write something new and post it online before midnight. Everyone inclined to do the same is invited to join me.

My link: More on Ghost Writer (click on the title to go to the .pdf), with new material beginning on page 82.

For more details on Just Write Thursdays, click here to go to the original post.

Image credit: windujedi

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


If I ever go on a trip to the future I'm taking all of you with me. As to what I'd sneak back in my luggage? The time travel machine that took me to the future, of course, so I could make more trips to bring back other things -- although that's probably like wishing for unlimited wishes. :)

I dusted off the magic hat tonight, and the winner of the Pack Your Bags Giveaway is:

Dianna, who wrote: Definitely the Lotto numbers and stocks to invest in. I also want to know what art that is being created now will be popular in the future.

Dianna, when you have a chance please send your full name and ship-to address to so I can get your package out to you. My thanks to everyone for joining in.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Off Again

I'm taking off again today to get some work finished. Yes, I know, but such is the life of a writer-for-hire; these people keep hiring me.

Also, a reminder: I'll be posting name of the winner of the Pack Your Bags Giveaway tomorrow morning, so if you want a chance for it to be yours be sure to enter before midnight EST tonight.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Off to Write

I'm bailing on you all today so I can get some work done. In the meantime, be sure to enter the Pack Your Bags Giveaway for a chance to win a handmade tote filled with some great SF reads and other fun stuff.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pack Your Bags Giveaway

From time to time we all need to escape, but when you can't get out of town in person you can always let a great story take you away. I think that's what I've always loved about great SF adventure stories -- they're guaranteed to whisk you off to new worlds.

To celebrate the release of LJ Cohen's new novel Ithaka Rising, and because I love traveling through her Halcyone Space universe, I'm having a giveaway:

I packed one of you a getaway bag, which consists of this nifty SF-ish tote (one of my rare quilting experiments), an unsigned trade paperback copy of LJ's Derelict, a traveler edition of Gimble for hands-free reading, a blank journal called The Anti-Social Network (couldn't resist that one) and a quilted bookmark made by yours truly. There will also be an unsigned trade paperback copy of Ithaka Rising by LJ Cohen (which is not pictured because it's still en route to me with my own copy from the bookseller.)

If you'd like to win it all, in comments to this post name one thing you'd like to bring back after a trip to the future (or if you're afraid of customs, just toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. I will pick one name at random from everyone who participates and send the winner the getaway bag. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.