S1.23 Earth Children are from Venus and Treborians are from Mars

Earth Children are from Venus and Treborians are from Mars is written by Sharolyn G Brown.

Read more about Roxal and Lauren in The Heaviness of Knowing

You can learn more about Sharolyn G Brown.

Sharolyn was almost 30 years old before she realized what she wanted to do when she grew up. Write. A life-long science fiction and fantasy fan, it took some time before she realized that other people may also be entertained by all of the characters in her head.

So, she gave them stories and started putting them in books. Her first novel, The Heaviness of Knowing, is currently available on Amazon.

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Fall is coming! (I promise, even if it is hot and sticky right now.) With fall comes Halloween. I’m working on getting ready for October episodes and am looking for Halloween themed stories.

October suggestions

  • Ghosts falling in love
  • Werewolf puppies trick or treating
  • Secret lives of jack-o-lanterns

My piece has a werewolf, a witch, and a vampire. Not that they’d be recognizable as that compared with modern versions, but hopefully a bit of a more old-fashioned tale. But old-fashioned doesn’t mean horror!

I’m a great horror wimp, so, please, nothing that would give me nightmares. I’m still recovering from Dangerous Metal and real life. Though the nightmares of the later may last a while longer still.

I know it seems like October is a long way away, but I’m usually working on episodes for 600 Second Saga a month in advance. I still have some space in September, but that will fill up quickly and I’ll be recording for Halloween!

The submission guidelines.




1.22 Franklin’s Version of the Origins of Tag

Franklin’s Version of the Origins of Tag is by John Collings.
Read more about Tag in Tag: A Cautionary Tale.

John Collings has traveled the world and has taken the wisdom he has collected from various cultures and placed it in his novels. He has found that satire is the best way to impart this knowledge due to its lasting effect with the reader. It is his goal to open up discussion about what he perceives is wrong with the world in the hopes that we can come together to fix it. Tag: A Cautionary Tale is the follow-up to his debut novel, Hell, and God, and Nuns with Rulers.

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Pretty pretty HiRISE pictures of Mars.

If you’ve never explored some of the photos and some of the amazing work that happens in space I highly recommend it. You can browse through a map.

Sometimes there is so much going on that just looking at thousands of pretty pretty pictures of Mars is amazing, mesmerizing, and a wonderful thing about the world. Human beings populated Mars with robots and they are exploring and finding amazingly beautiful things for us. We are doing powerful things that humans haven’t done before. We are filled with a sense of wonder and we want to discover what else is out there. Each time we discover more it opens more wonder and more ambition. All answers bring about more questions because the universe is amazing.

Dune Field
Valley with flows
Gullies and Dunes

Dress Code

I’ve been reading a lot of stuff lately and feeling very admonished. I think a lot of what I’ve been reading has been a bit like sending out the dress code to the whole office when you really need to talk to the one guy in dirty board shorts and flip flops. (There may or may not be some parallels to my job as well.)

There’s a thing that happens at not great workplaces when someone is breaking a rule or being an ass. The person wearing too much perfume/cologne/lethal axe body spray, the person who thinks the dress code is at best a vague suggestion, the person who is half-hearted about showing up or being polite or whatever. But people/management/leadership/a boss doesn’t want to talk to the person and say, “Hey! Show up to work, it’s your actual job!” or “Stop trying to kill us with Axe.” and instead they send an all-staff email.

What does this do? Make the rule breaker go “Oh Mah God!” and shape up? No! They ignore it because of course, it doesn’t apply to them. If they thought it applied to them they would have obeyed it in the first place. Instead what happens is the person who wears a lightly scented deodorant starts to worry that it’s about them. They go out and buy an unscented deodorant. And they stress out about it.

I know, we are talking to the internet. Heck, I’m doing it right now. I don’t want to admonish because they are big name authors and I’m nobody. Mostly I’m writing this to purge the demons from my head that are telling me I’m doing it all wrong. I can’t possibly do anything, I should shut up and quit. I don’t think I’m going to stop anyone from shouting at the internet telling people they should sit down and shut up because they are horrible for wanting people to review their books, not reviewing everything you read, promoting themselves, not promoting yourself correctly, writing sequels, writing a stand alone, doing anything for free ever, charging for anything ever.

All of this “advice” (I cannot scare quotes that hard enough) is supposed to be helpful. But I think that, much like this post, it is sort of raging at frustrations. So…I guess everyone gets frustrated and rages on their blog about it? I don’t know. I’m not going to quit. I’m sorry about the things I get wrong, and if someone wants to talk with me directly about it, I really am happy to listen. I need to stop listening to the raging of others that makes me anxious and panicked about what I’m doing.


Sit down and coach your staff one on one rather than sending an all-staff email with the dress code.


Death and Weddings

I’ve been plotting out a Smoke Jumper novella. I’ve been wanting to write a mystery for a while and the idea came to me for a murder set at a destination wedding. So I’ve been researching death and weddings. It’s been…weird.

First the wedding!

I’ve been making a Pinterest board. Just like other Pinterest board makers. Except my thought when I look at something is, “Would this make a good clue?” “Would this make a good red herring?” “How will this factor into the death?” “I wonder which bridesmaid’s dress color will look good with blood?” “What picturesque location would be best to find a dead body?”

Basically, it’ll be a sort of rustic farm wedding, with a dead body and a shape shifter. That’s how most weddings are right?

rustic wedding
Matt MacGillivray

Death and corpses

I’ve seen this making rounds but The Human Body After Death is extremely helpful.

I’m having a poisons problem. Wolfsbane seems WAY to obvious considering that my shifter will be a wolf.

Here’s a list of 10 poisons used to kill people (beware audio – sorry!) The real problem for me is where and what I’d like to use. Poison ivy just won’t cut it. I’m not sure if this poison will be the actual weapon, or a red herring, but I know I need something that is plant based, ideally found in North America, super ideally found in the Rocky Mountains. Hm.


15 Tips from Elizabeth Craig

25 Things You Need to Know from Susan Spann

Really old post but had some good stuff about plotting clues which I’ve been having trouble with.

This (long!) post has some clue examples which is also helpful. Beware it isn’t even for writers, it is for creating one of those mystery dinner things I think. But I really liked the clues section.




iOS Writing Apps

I’ve been thinking about and setting up iOS apps for writing. (I’m still pretty sure that I’m going to get an iPad Pro this fall.)

ipad pro
iOS Writing Apps
  • Firefox: I’ve been doing all my writing stuff in FF on my desktop and have it synced so it knows all the stuff about me.
  • Pintrest: Pintrest keeps telling me I should use the iPad app. I’m trying to be better about using social media, including this one. (Check out my Smoke Jumper Wedding thing, I’m planning a murder at a wedding. Mysteries are fun but I want to have all my ducks in a row.)
  • Facebook: The social media thing, plus easy sharing.
  • Scrivener: YAY!!!
  • Google
    • Drive
    • Sheets
    • Docs
    • Keep: I’ve been using Keep to stash my ideas, links, and a lot of other stuff, I’ve been quite liking it.
    • Inbox
  • WordPress
  • iBooks
  • Overcast: Have I ranted about how much I love this? I love Overcast.
  • Overdrive: Did you know Overdrive does audiobooks too? Overdrive is likely the tool your library uses to let you borrow books. Super handy.
  • Goodreads
  • Dictionary
  • Dropbox
  • Pages
  • Wolfram Words: I think I like this tool in use more than I actually use it.
  • iCloud drive
  • Kindle
  • Wattpad
  • Nook
  • Audible
  • Canva
  • iAnnotate: This is more of an audio tool, but I may use it in the future when critiquing things. We’ll see?
  • LastPass

Anything I’m missing? Anything I should have? Anything you have questions about? Anyone have a great audio editing app?