Friday, August 29, 2014

Sci Fi Friday: When Art and Science Meet It's a Beautiful Thing

If you've been reading my blog on Fridays, then you may have surmised that I frequently geek out over scientific discoveries. Whether its news about a new technology for space travel or the latest from CERN, I can't resist a headline that hints at a cool discovery. 

This week I was blown away by this elegant idea from Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde. Roosegaarde's team has conceptualized interactive highways and parks that remove smog. But this latest idea is where art meets science.

Here's the pitch: What happens when you take the biology that produces bioluminescence and merge it with plants? Think algae street lamps that store energy from photosynthesis to generate light at night. But Roosegaarde's team takes it one step further.

Roosegaarde's team, inspired by deep water jellyfish, imagined bio luminescent trees. Check out this video as Daan Roosegaarde explains the concept. Imagine, a street lined with trees instead of street lamps.


How cool is that? Imagine a landscape lit at night by glowing trees. My sci fi imagine is spinning ...

What other applications can you imagine for bio luminescent biology?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A New Award for Emily's House: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

I got notice this week that my first novel, Emily's House, received a Pinnacle Book Award in the Juvenile Fiction category! The Pinnacle awards recognize excellence in Independent Publishing. I'm thrilled, of course, to receive a recognition for my "first born" book and labor of love. 

The award feels almost as good as the Reader's Favorite 5 Star award that it received earlier this summer.

Awards are nice but nothing compares to happy readers. The nearly 2 Million reads of Emily's House on Wattpad as well as the votes and comments - that's what it's all about. Readers that enjoy the adventure, the mysticism, the action of the book. The readers who "get it." That's what keeps me writing.

But I'm happy to accept the awards too ;-)

If you'd like to read an excerpt of Emily's House, you can do so here on my blog. Just click this link.

Thanks to all of my readers and blog followers for your support! :-D

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3 Loglines for H.A.L.F.


I've been working on a spiffy log line for H.A.L.F., my speculative sci fi-ish novel that launches in March. For anyone not familiar with a logline, it's a one sentence (short) summary of the big idea of the book. It's the "elevator pitch".

After playing around with it for some time, I've come up with three and would like your opinion. Which of these do you think is the most intriguing? Which one makes you interested to know more? Or have I missed the mark completely?

Please drop a comment below and let me know your honest opinion. And thanks so much for dropping by :-D

1. When a teenager liberates an alien-human hybrid from a government lab, she triggers an inter-stellar war.

2. Three teens become fugitives when they help an alien-human hybrid escape a government lab.

3. While inter-stellar war looms, a teen must liberate the government's top secret weapon or be terminated.

So let me know which is best for you - #1, #2 or #3 - and why :-) Thanks!