I’m officially a real writer

That’s what I’m calling myself anyway. I have a prepared time and place to write regularly and I’m actually sticking with it pretty well. If I had written this blog post yesterday like I was supposed to I would be writing right now.

I’m also going to be participating in a critique session on Facebook.

Pick Up Lines hosted by Chick Confidential

I can post the first 150 words. So I’m going to participate to keep myself motivated. Oh when it’s all done I might just post the opening here in my blog. With possibly changes that might be suggested. The event isn’t until March 2 so something for my readers to look forward too.

My next scene to write involves a spaceship crash and my main characters meeting for the first time. Fun times!

I promise my next post won’t be about me and I’ll actually write about a topic. I will also be creating a Recommended Reads page which will be books from all genres. If you have any you would like to see on the list feel free to let me know.

Until next week,

Keep on reading

Wilder than the Martian Winds (yes, I have a title now): 1,589 words.

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The Girl Who Loves Mars

Good news, ah for me at least, I found another time to write. So I’m hoping my output will increase dramatically.

I don’t know what it is about Mars but I find it fascinating. It’s not only me. If you follow space related news they are now trying to colonize Mars and if I wasn’t married with a child I would sign up. Family comes first.

I am not the only one to find Mars fascinating. Societies throughout history has held a fascination with the Red Planet. Ancient Greece named it Ares after their god of war. The Romans did the same naming the planet Mars after their god of War. It’s distinct in the sky among all the stars because you can see it with the naked eye and you can see that it is red.

I believe, that when we do colonize Mars, it’s history and literature will consist of, at least partially, of fiction about Mars written on Earth. I know it has been the stories I read and not so much the non-fiction of Mars that has made me fall in love with the planet.

The stories include the following:

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Moving Mars by Greg Bear

Mars, Return to Mars, and Mars Life by  Ben Bova

I might add that these are only a few of the novels I have read. I will try and dig up some of the short stories I have read which are just as good. For those of you looking for a romantic element in your stories. John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ben Bova’s Mars trilogy have strong romantic/relationship subplots and the stories wouldn’t be the same without them. I would even call John Carter of Mars Science Fiction Romance.

I hope you get a chance to check some these great works of fiction.

Until next week.

Keep on reading.