S.N.Arly

Plays with words, runs with scissors

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LL Ori and the Orion Neblua, captured by The Hubble Heritage Team, NASA

Here are some great resources for some of the science-based quandaries and set ups that occur when writing fiction.  Medicine will have it’s own section.  Construction of worlds will be included with world building (because I love puns). EarthSkyAll manner of scientific news for us regular folks, includes all things earth (penguins, melting permafrost, wildfires) […]

View of woodland canopy from the ground.

“Do you want to play with us?” Rellin asked, his voice gentle and slow, as if he thought Shya might not be able to understand him. An eager wind pulled at the long white fringe dangling from his coat sleeves and pants, fanning it out behind him. Though she would have loved to join the […]

My office looks like the command center of a space ship. A low budget space ship with a clutter problem, perhaps, but futuristic nonetheless. Many years ago I banished my cheap ergonomic keyboard and kitchen chair and replaced them with a keyboard system. I literally waited for this keyboard for years. I tested out a […]

Brain: So, these speed writing challenges are pretty fun, eh? Me: Yeah. I’m having a blast with them. Brain: I’d noticed.  Are you liking the plot depth and details I’m providing? Me: Definitely. They’re turning out developed and with a nice arc in a short time frame. I couldn’t ask for better. I mean, we […]

Sign for Raspberry Island in St. Paul, MN.

“Excuse me.”  The young voice startled me, and I looked up from where I was hunched into the trunk of my car, rummaging for the jack.  She looked Japanese and about fourteen.  Her black and silver clothes made me think of the night sky.  She stood in the center of the sidewalk, a hopeful expression […]

The writer has a multitude of fears. For non-writers this statement may conjure a general list including failure, rejection, creative blocks, and not being taken seriously. While these may indeed cause some concern for a writer, they are nothing compared to the king of all fears, data loss.