9/21/16

IDEAS FOR A SEASON




As we fall into fall I always start thinking about the end of another year and the season that brings the year to a close. As a culture we like to celebrate the coming season with merriment, gift-giving and festivities as in days of old. I am reminded of medieval times and how the people would celebrate the Yule.

With that in mind I am contemplating an idea for a medieval Christmas story. Different than A Medieval Yule, a very short story that was released a few years back. That story was written for the publisher and their Twelve Days of Christmas promotion.

I have an idea forming in my mind for a Christmas story that can tie into the yet to be released Knight Series. The new story will have a Yule theme and feature a castle keep celebrating the season.


The young heroine is the daughter of a wealthy baron and is betrothed to one she feels is a loathsome older man. She does not want to become his bride. As the Yule approaches and celebrations abound, things happen. 

Enter the hired entertainment. One of whom is handsome and attractive young man. And this Lady cannot keep her eyes from him. Yet she knows beyond doubt there is no hope for them to become involved or marry because he is below her station in life.

Who is he? Where did he hail from? Why does he seem so different? And why is she so enamored with him…

These are just basic ideas that are coming to me. I may not get this story done. But I plan to work on this idea and just maybe I will create it into a nice little Yule story just in time for the coming season.

One direction I am pondering: Andy, aka, the young bumbling wizard who is actually from the future in the story Knight Medieval certainly does needs a heroine. Of course while creating, all these ideas could go in a completely different direction. Intriguing as it may be, because Andy is actually a quantum specialist tied to the future, it could become more complex than I want for this kind of story. I will just have to see.

I also plan to layer and expand last year’s Christmas story, Almost Home – Nick & Krista Christmas which will likely get its makeover and a nice reboot for the coming season.

Wish me luck with the interesting new medieval ideas. And the reboot of last year’s seasonal story too.

I’ll keep you updated.


Kaye Manro 




© copyright Kaye Manro 2016

9/17/16

HARVEST MOON




The Harvest Moon gets its name because it is the full Moon closest to the equinox on September 22 this year.
The equinox is an astronomical event in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator - the projection of the Earth’s equator into space.
On the date of the equinox, both day and night are around the same length around the globe. Afterwards, the night is longer than the day.

The autumnal equinox is associated with the harvest. Harvest festivals are traditionally held on the Harvest Moon. And don't forget there is also a lunar eclipse tonight as well.  Should be astounding.

Kaye


9/14/16

TIME TRAVEL PARALLEL REALITY AND FTL



The vast ideas behind Quantum Physics seem to be everywhere in SF these days. 

So what is the difference between time travel and accessing a parallel reality? And what about faster than light speed travel? Is FTL part of time travel or parallel reality?

My study into quantum science theories behind these concepts says that all can be related but not always. For instance, when SF thinks about traveling at faster than light—FTL—it is usually seen as a starship hyper jumping through space from destination to destination. Such as in Star Trek.


Sometimes a parallel reality or time travel can be involved but actual FTL is usually to reach a specific destination. Since FTL presumably bends time to reach a destination, TT and PR can and does sometimes happen in SF stories.

So what about a different reality? String theorists say there are an infinite number of parallel realities some much like ours, some not. But how do we get there? Usually in SF there is a rift or something that causes the parallel shift.

As for time travel just happening, in the extremely popular series Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, the main character Claire gets caught in a time rift leading to the 1800s by touching a standing stone. It worked well for the author of these stories.  

However, I like to have more science theory behind my stories. Such as a quantum portal that takes characters to specific places in time. I have a series that takes place mostly in a medieval atmosphere because of this time portal.


Parallel realities differ in some ways, at least from my perspective. In two of my Soul-Love stories, Remember Him Yesterday and Barefoot Dancer, there are distinct parallel realities involved in which the characters must interact, but not by traditional time travel. These stories have plausible SF scientific theory behind them. But to keep from spoiling or giving away too much plot and background that’s all I will say for now.

I will say this—each story does have a SF background. Yet basically the main direction of RHY and BD is not about scientifically explaining the parallel realities these characters find themselves having to deal with, but about falling in love and becoming involved with a true destined mate for which they would do anything. Even figure out how to traverse into a different parallel reality to find them.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more on the fascinating subject of Quantum Physics.

Kaye Manro




© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



9/11/16

MOKA ANYONE?


Back Bay, Boston 1966

Nick makes espresso in a Moka pot every morning for he and his love, Krista before they start their day...


Brewing the best Moka


One of the favorite things character Nick Zelmenis from Remember Him Yesterday loves is drinking and brewing true authentic espresso. Since his family is from the Baltic region of Latvia, he is naturally drawn to this strong and aromatic coffee.

Nick shops Boston's Market Place to find and stock the best blends and newly roasted coffee beans for his special Moka espresso. 

Here, straight from Nick Zelmenis and 1966 Boston, are a few tips on how to brew the best espresso using an authentic Moka pot. 

Says Nick:

I moved into my current Brownstone flat with Krista and we use the Moka every day, cooking the coffee on the gas burner in our kitchen. If you have fire, water and coffee, you can make a Moka. Fill with cold water, add coffee, tamp but don’t press the grounds into the basket, screw the pot tight and put it on the fire.

Moka or Cafe-tera as it is called in the old country, where my family is from is found in every kitchen there. As my grandmother says, if you want to brew something strong and good a Moka is the way to get your best espresso. And that's not bad for a cafe-tera invented back in 1933 

How it works:


The Moka uses pressure to force hot water through ground coffee, and the groovy shaped pot lets the resulting syrupy liquid bubble up into a top chamber through a chimney. 

It comes in three main parts: The bottom section holds the water for boiling. The top section will receive the coffee. In between is a metal funnel with a perforated disk set into it. This is where you put the coffee grounds, before dropping the funnel into the mouth of the water boiler and letting the thin end of the funnel submerge.

When the water boils, the pressure forces the water up through the funnel tube and through the coffee, and then out through the chimney and into the pot steaming the brew into espresso.

Why so good?


The Moka makes a strong brew, it’s good and with a little care it can be amazing.

Stick some decent coffee in the basket, screw the pot shut and up the gas on your stove. In a few minutes you have a far out brew worth getting out of bed for. Yeah.

According to my Grandmother, the
secret to the best espresso? Take the pot off the heat just before it’s done. Remove it from the heat as soon as the thick part of the coffee has come out. If you watch with the top of the pot open, you’ll see the first syrupy swirls of coffee flow down the outside of the chimney. As soon as you see this, reduce the flame to its lowest setting. This will give the water a little more contact time with the grounds.


The rest of the liquid, still black and thick, will gush out and you want to grab the pot off the heat as soon as this flow starts to pale. You know how many coffee houses will make you a long espresso just by letting the machine run longer, washing more water through the grounds? The pale liquid from your Moka is the exact same stuff, and will taste woody, bitter and burned.

Stop the flow early. I put a bowl of cold water next to the stove and dip the pot’s base in there. It stops the flow. You’ll soon get used to the timing.

Most homes in the old country where my family is from have one size for everyday use, and at least another bigger Moka for family occasions. 

Our Moka is a four-cup and it’s far out just right for Krista and me.

I prefer something medium for the Moka and I grind my own beans—but I’ll talk on grinders and the best coffee beans at a later time. The brewing method will still extract all the flavor, but that flavor will be better rounded, and not one-note bitter like you’ll get at the coffee houses here in Boston and elsewhere.

I say get a Moka pot if you want the best tasting and grooviest espresso around.

Nick Zelmenis

Guitarist, singer/songwriter, main character from
Remember Him Yesterday


Nick's Moka Espresso



Note: Moka pots are still available today though not as popular as other machines for making homemade espresso.

© copyright Kaye Manro 2016



8/27/16

HEAT IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING



Living with extreme heat and wishing for a break in this oppressive weather. Heat index reached 99 degrees yesterday. More of the same is on the way and it looks like for at least the next week. Isn't it supposed to be going into fall now? Tell the oppressive heat that. love to be outdoors, but it's just way to hot and not exactly safe. It's like being snow bound. Who would ever think that you could be heat bound?

Oh well, just venting. Got plenty to do indoors too. 

Have a good day no matter the weather! Stay cool, wear sunblock and take care of your pets.

Kaye


Add on note: It is now around 2pm and the heat index is at 103 F. and rising. I'm going to watch a movie and stay cool. How about something set on an ice planet? 


8/12/16

A VISIT TO DISTANT VISION



Distant Vision 
{original premise}



Alex and Ramie



You hear her calling from across the distance between you. See a vision of her in total darkness and danger.

What would you do if you knew your true love mate was in impending danger? You would move so called heaven and hell to get to her, help her, save her. The problem is you live light years away from her and she doesn’t even know your world exists. 

What would you do then?


For Alex of the Light Power the distance between them isn‘t as far as it seems. His people have mastered advanced quantum FTL the power of faster-than-light speed energies. The difficulty is  in convincing the alliance to let him go, because on her world how to use the quantum hasn’t been discovered yet…



Planets of the Light Power Alliance



Now this is the real SFR I'm talking about!

Stay tuned for excerpts coming soon

Kaye


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016




8/11/16

THE SHIP WHO SANG




Found this vintage book in a bookstore the other day. It is such a classic SFR -- from the sixties. And since Anne McCaffrey shared my birthday of April 1st it is very serendipitous. This is also the book Bella gave Krista on her 18th birthday in Remember Him Yesterday. How cool that I actually found it.





Kaye Manro

8/3/16

TIME FLOWS




Inside my books I sometimes like to write with aspects of time travel or alternate realities as part of the theme or background. Some scientific theories say that ‘time flows like liquid gravity’, and that all time is happening at the same time. Concepts to ponder. 

In the Knight Series, there is a tangible teleport device and a portal that takes characters into other timelines. Fiction for sure, but based on scientific theory.
More on this coming later. But for now I’d like to step inside my own time and see what I see there.  

Living Inside Time

This is often one of those mysteries that seem to get away from us. We’ve all heard that time flies, and turn around and it’s gone. So it is with me these days as I look back over the past year and then further back still. Things happened that I never thought would. And as I look at my life years past, I say, where did all the time go? And why did I let my life stay a certain way for so many years? The answers are not clearly defined or readily available to see. But I do know this, if I look deeper I look, it has to do with unconscious acceptance and even complacency on my part.

Yet to clarify, that does not include this past year, or most of it anyway. This has been a bang on bang up down up different kind of year, and one I never expected. But here it is. But that isn’t what I am speaking of now.

Right now, as I clean out old stuff from my environment, it is a time to take a look back over the years and understand who I am, why I did or didn’t do certain things. Why I am the way I am—a time for clearing out and looking inside. Although this past year has brought many changes inside me, and much to the surface, I know there is more to see and feel and do for me.  

And the fact still remains my personal space and environment hasn’t really changed much at all in several years. So it is surely time for revaluations and moving on in that area as well. So goes all the cleaning and clearing out of my personal tangle things, like closets, clothes, kept items and things just stuffed away because I didn’t know what to do with them at the time and don’t even remember why I kept them. 

So it goes with my life.


A letting go process for sure.

Kaye Manro

More on the Knight Series coming soon.


© copyright Kaye Manro 2016

8/1/16

DANCER ON THE EDGE



BAREFOOT DANCER



"I was a dancer once. But I don't know what I am or who I am anymore. I don't even know what is happening to me or where l will end up from here."
Kim Wills says to Michael Pasquoee
in Barefoot Dancer, second book in the Soul-Love Series.

Spoiler Alert:

The interesting thing about this story-- Kim is a descendant of Nick and Krista. And she is certainly dealing with her own unique set of problems in Barefoot Dancer. When she first meets Michael Pasquoee in a far north quaint little fishing village where he lives, she doesn't know how to take him. But soon their attraction for each other wins out over even the worst of circumstances...

More on their unique SFR Soul-Love story sometime in the near future. 

Kaye





7/22/16

THE TREK



OPENING IN THEATRES EVERYWHERE TODAY!


July 22, 2016


STAR TREK BEYOND




4/12/16

Distant Vision ~ Alex of the Light Power




Distant Vision

Set up: Alex takes a high orbit around Ramie’s planet in his FTL spacecraft. He prepares a force field around him as he rides on the surface of a transport that is called lightning bolt to the planet below. Details in the opening clarify the SF features. And how Alex ends up in the predicament he does.  

Excerpt Chapter Two: Alex of the Light Power

Riding his Lightning Bolt headlong through a Dimensional Rift Alex surfed the stellar winds near the world which was below him and was his destination. He felt his body shifting and moaning under the pressure of a large whirlpool of debris floating above the planet. It hit him without warning.

Pulling in, he contorted and tightened his body against the edge of the Bolt, and turned toward the expanding energy. The Bolt which was designed to disintegrate upon landing, hit the planet’s atmosphere hard. Alex lost his footing and damn near caused the force field surrounding him to collapse. But he managed to regain his position and push the field back on full. His objective was straight ahead.

He hit the ground with a dizzying jolt as he tumbled across the dirt. Trying to break the impact, he threw himself into a large dirty green object that lay just ahead of him. His body slammed into it hard and everything went black.

When he woke his head pounded and every inch of his skin stung with unfamiliar pain. Thinking clearly eluded him. He peered around through blurred eyes. A faint flash of memory surfaced in which he beheld the greatest of Powers, but vanished as quickly as it had risen.

He felt small and insignificant in the midst of the gritty noise and strange surroundings. An acrid smoke-like substance hung in the air above his head causing his throat to burn, and tall structures jutted up from a dank nightmare glow.

A putrid smelling man with a whiskered face stood nearby slouching against a granular wall as he stared blankly into the hot murky night.

Sensing despair torturing the atmosphere Alex’s heart swelled into an odd sadness. He had no idea where he was and for that matter, who he was. He moved in an attempt to stand but his body rolled and fell backward onto the trash-strewn pavement. Confusion filling his brain.

The man turned slightly and seemed to notice him at last. Grunting, Alex pushed to sit up. His ragged voice came out in a low rumble, 
“Where am I?”

“Why? Don’t you know? You’re in hell, boy.” The man sneered as he turned and staggered away.

Finally managing to get to his feet, Alex followed the foul-smelling man. “What do you mean--is Hell the name of this place?”

The man threw his head back and laughed, but kept on walking. Alex caught up with him. With a sudden burst of strength, he trapped the man’s arm in a demanding grip. “I would know what place this is.”

The man tried to wrestle free but Alex held him firm. He faltered as he watched Alex through wild eyes. “Y-You’re in the dregs of the city of angels, boy. Los Angeles. Humph, angels all right.” 
Alex loosened his grasp. The man jerked and started running aimlessly, mumbling something about angels not giving a damn.

Alex exhaled a sigh and rubbed his aching head as he peered through the haze. In the distance, gigantic letters fraught with colored light shone bright. Squinting, he used an innate ability he didn’t know he had until now and read the word, “Hollywood.”

He wandered around the littered streets in a state of forgetfulness, as the muggy night turned to a hazy morning. Restless, with an unknown emptiness in his belly he sank down against a wall and ate of meager findings.

Then he saw a thing that caused an unnatural excitement to give rise within him. Protruding out from one of the trash bins in which he hunted for discarded foodstuffs sat a narrow board with wheels on either end. Cracked as it was down the middle and discarded as useless.

Alex picked it from the trash and with a calm focus he didn’t remember having, he fixed it. He wasn’t at all sure how he did it, but as he ran his hand down the fractured board, he felt it tighten and smooth beneath his touch. He tested it out. Placed it on the sidewalk and moved it forward and back with his foot. It felt sturdy under his weight. He easily mastered the skill of riding the thing and could move about the streets with more freedom.

Anguish grew strong inside him and with it came a distressing foreign kind of bitterness. He sensed and absorbed his surroundings, becoming part of the turmoil that existed here.

Yet something deeper told him this was not his home. Search as he may, the memory of his identity escaped him. “Not part of this place, I’m not part of this place,” he chanted repeatedly, more times than he could count.


Riding his newly found board swerving in and out between the others on the street, he heard tell of a location called “shelter” where one could find things like fresh food and sleeping quarters. He listened closely to the talk on the street, learning the vicinity of this shelter and went there. It truly contained fresh food and water and beds…

****

Soon Alex will meet Ramie. Even though he gets bits and pieces of his life before, it still takes a lot of story before he finally knows who he truly is. That's it for now.

Kaye



4/7/16

Gypsy Dancer ~ Beggar's Game


he saw first in a beggar's game
her heart was heavy but her eyes were light...



Here is a cool story idea that I'm working on. 


Gypsy Dancer ~ Beggar’s Game

In the traditional sense a gypsy dancer was part of the nomad Romani people in the mid 1800’s. They had dark hair and skin and were beautiful. (no blonde dancers here! Okay, I can fix that.) As it goes Romani people had no real home and would travel around from place to place, sharing music and sometime card reading and other psychic things to make ends meet.

The Dancers were the young women who would entice men to throw coins as they danced around in sometimes, yes, seductive ways. But not always. Many of the young gypsy dancers didn’t like doing what they were forced to do. But had to dance and at times do other things for money. The caravan stayed on the outskirts of various towns where they would set up their camps, and open their wares to the public.

In my idea for a short story and/or stage dance, Gypsy Dancer, Essie is a beautiful dancer who is reluctant to do what she is being forced to do. That is dance for men to gain money. So as you see her, she has a rather sad look about her, yet she also has that sensual appeal men love. Note: This is no stripper or belly dance stuff, this is real dance based on the traditional folk lore of the gypsy lifestyle.

Story Opening: Beggar’s Game

Mid 1800’s

When Jeffery, a young man of means, chances upon the Gypsy Caravan camping in a clearing on the outer side of his property he is not happy and intends to tell them they must leave at once. But then he sees her. And when she begins her Gypsy Dance to the Romani music being played, he is mesmerized. She is beautiful, enticing. And he can’t take his eyes from her. In truth he has never wanted to bed a woman as much as he did her.

As she dances around in a circle she stops directly in front of him. Her sensual movements and come on looks almost do him in. But when their eyes meet, he senses something about her. Something not right about what she is doing. What is it? He feels that she is trying to tell him something. But what?

***

Okay, what will happen between Essie and Jeffery? She does entice him to bed her for payment of the gold watch he carries. But what will happen next? Will Jeffery kick the whole bunch off his property and be done with it? Or will he fall in love with Essie and try to save her from a life she doesn’t want or deserve? We shall see.

Stay tuned for the conclusion to Beggar’s Game as it is written. Probably tomorrow...

Kaye  
                                


4/5/16

~ Knightly Love ~


Knight Medieval ~ The Pre-Story



Is this anything like courtly love? Not exactly. Sci Fi Rom is a place I really like to be. It is one of my fave elements. Been away too long. But I'm back to share one of my time travel Knight pre-story ideas that I left on hold a long while back... 

I love the idea of time travel and the 12th century is one place I envision as my best place to be if I were living in that time period. 

That's where characters, Alisa and Bryan meet and fall in love from the book, Knight Medieval. But how did they meet? How did they first encounter each other?

The follow is how the two first came together.

Alisa Vonn is a present day archaeologist working deep inside the ruins of Calimere Castle. As she carefully scrapes through the dirt and strata, she uncovers a small odd object that certainly doesn't belong in the ruins of a 12th century castle. In fact she can't figure out where it would belong. She examines it, touching its odd keypad and suddenly she is thrown into a whirlwind of swirling energy, which knocks her out. 

When she awakens, she finds she is inside what appears to be a catacomb of some kind. So she goes to explore. What she finds astounds her. She discovers that the dig she worked beneath the castle ruins is not a ruins at all, but is actually beneath an intact 12th century castle...

What will happen when Sir Bryan, Knight of Calimere, while on night watch, finds this scantily attired woman hiding beneath the castle proper?

Stay tuned to find out more...

Kaye 
who is back with Medieval Time Travel fun! Yes! Keep watching.



12/16/15

Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas




Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas, my new Christmas story from the Soul-Love Series released on Amazon Kindle on December 23. Almost Home features characters, Nick and Krista, from Remember Him Yesterday, my full length book releasing in late 2016.  To find out more about what Soul-Love is visit my Website. 

Blurb:

Almost Home ~ Nick and Krista Christmas


It is unseasonably warm for mid-December as musician Nick Zelmenis and the love of his life, ballet dancer Krista McBaine shop for a Christmas tree. They take time to share their special Soul-Love and to spend quality time together before Nick maps out a trip to Ohio on his Yamaha. He is going to visit his ageing grandmother for several days. Krista will visit her parents in Vermont at the same time. The two plan to be back in Boston and share Christmas Eve with each other and with a few close friends. But things never go as planned. The unpredictable changing winter weather causes major problems. Nick must reluctantly tap into his psychic abilities so he can try to get back home to Krista before a mammoth snowstorm hits Boston and the entire northeast with a vengeance.


See you inside my books!

Kaye Manro


© copyright Kaye Manro 2015


10/27/15

Possible Giant Alien Structures ~ Could This be Real?

Artist's concept shows NASA's planet-hunting Kepler
spacecraft operating in a new mission profile called K2


Now this is what I'm talking about!
This is the exiting stuff SF is made from. And guess what, it's getting close to reality. How cool is this. Read on:  


NASA's Kepler Space Telescope is tasked with finding small, rocky worlds orbiting distant stars. 

However, exoplanets aren’t the only thing Kepler can detect — stellar flares, star spots and dusty planetary rings can also pop up in the mission's observations.

But the space telescope may have the ability to detect more than natural phenomena. Kepler may also detect the signature of artificial structures orbiting other stars, if they're out there. Imagine an advanced civilization which has the ability to harness energy directly from its star. This alien civilization may want to construct vast mega-structures, like supersized solar arrays in orbit around their host star that could be so big that they blot out a sizable fraction of starlight as they pass in front.

When Kepler detects an exoplanet, it does so by sensing the very slight dip in starlight from a given star. Kepler detects the slight dimming of starlight and creates a "lightcurve" — basically a graph charting the dip over time. Much information can be gleaned from the lightcurve, such as the physical size of the transiting exoplanet. But it can also deduce the exoplanet’s shape.

For the most part, any dip in star brightness is some kind of natural phenomenon. But what if all possibilities are accounted for and only one scenario is left? What if that scenario is this object appears to be artificial? In other words, what if it’s alien?

A star, named KIC 8462852, has been found with a highly curious transit signal. In a paper submitted to the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers report: "Over the duration of the Kepler mission, KIC 8462852 was observed to undergo irregularly shaped, aperiodic dips in flux down to below the 20 percent level."

The research paper is thorough, describing the phenomenon, pointing out tha846t this star is unique - they've seen nothing like it. Kepler has collected data steadily for four years. It's not instrumental error. Kepler isn't seeing things; the signal is real.

The Planet Hunters volunteers are depended on to seek out transits in Kepler's stars in the direction of the constellation Cygnus. The group described KIC 8462852 as "bizarre," "interesting" and a "giant transit." They're not wrong.

Follow-up studies focus on two interesting transit events at KIC 8462852, one that was detected between days 788 and 795 of the Kepler mission and between days 1510 to 1570. The first event appears to have been a single transit causing a star brightness drop-off of 15 percent, whereas the second was a burst of several transits, possibly indicating a clump of different objects, forcing a brightness dip of up to 22 percent. To cause such dips in brightness, these transiting objects must be huge.

The researchers also investigated the possibility of a huge planetary collision: could the debris from this smashup be creating this strange signal? The likelihood of us seeing a planetary collision is extremely low. The only natural explanation favored by the researchers seems to focus on an intervening clump of exocomets. "One way we imagine such a barrage of comets could be triggered is by the passage of a field star through the system," write the researchers.

A second paper is currently being written to investigate a completely different transit scenario that focuses around the possibility of a mega-engineering project created by an advanced alien civilization

This may sound like science fiction, but our galaxy has existed for over 13 billion years, it's not such a stretch of the imagination to think that an alien civilization may be out there and evolved to the point where they can build mega-structures around stars.

And hunting down huge structures that obscure the light from stars is no new thing. The Search for Extraterrestrial Technology (SETT) is one such project that does just this. 

But as KIC 8462852 is showing us, there may be something else out there — possibly an alien intelligence that is well on its way to becoming a civilization, which is setting up some kind of artificial structure around its star.

Of course, these mystery transit events are nowhere near "proof" of an alien civilization. In fact, it's barely evidence and a lot more work needs to be done.

The next step is to point a radio antenna at KIC 8462852, just to see whether the system is generating any artificial radio signals that could indicate the presence of something we'd define as "intelligent."

It might be a long shot, and the phenomenon is more likely a clump of comets or some other natural phenomenon that we haven't accounted for blocking star light from view, but it’s worth investigating, especially if there really is some kind of alien intelligence building structures, or perhaps, ancient structures of a civilization long-gone, around a star only 1,500 light-years away from Earth.

This kind of stuff makes me really miss all that research I use to do for SFR stories... Wow! It sure does take me back to my love of anything scientifically space oriented, SF for sure. The ideas kind of remind me of Stargate Universe. (SGU)

See you inside a new alien culture! 

Kaye



9/24/15

How Much Tech Is Too Much In Time Travel SFR?




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There are numerous things that need to be done on this blog. And it needs me focused here to update my friends on what is happening with my straight up SFR stories. (which have nothing to do with my continued fondness for the new Soul-Love Series)

First up, when I fell out of my direction and into the abyss of life, I was working on a killer time travel series set partially in the 12th century. One of these stories actually tied for a 1st place award for best SFR story and blurb.

A few days ago, I pulled up the not quite finished time travel series and even amazed myself with the detail, the settings, the background, the actually believable scientific way time travel happened between the 23rd century and the 12th century in the first book. And more. Basically the stories center around stopping those from changing or destroying timelines and putting things back the way they should be. Hardly ever can happen though, according to theory.

Coined first by H.G. Wells in his iconic story, The Time Machine, we have been fascinated with the subject ever since. TV shows and movies picked it up and featured it in series like Star Trek and Stargate. But what is time travel and the scientific theories surrounding it? 

Just to touch a little on the current theories about time travel, once a line is disrupted, it is never the same, what is set in motion is ripples, which will continue but on a different track (here we go with string theory) but not the same as before. These ideas can get really complicated. I am pretty much a stickler for keeping to the research as well as can be.

But if you are going to have that all important R in the SF you have to take a few liberties with science. So if my hero knight from the 12th century and my time travelling heroine from the future happen to fall in love, well, that has got to change things like timelines and such.

I will add here that my heroine in this story didn't just get thrust back into the past by some unknown vague thing, which is the usual way it happens in time travel romance. She is a scientist whose job is keeping timelines in tact. While working, she gets trapped in the 12th century trying to stop a bad guy who is mucking up various timelines. That's not to say that my 12th century medieval research wasn't just as in-depth.


Okay she does get involved with that sexy hero knight, but against her better judgement. She just can't stop her primitive attraction from emerging. And in her defense, she is trying to protect the hero's way of life when it happens. There is a bunch of SF in this story. Including the use of, let's see, Laser Blasters? 

So the bad guys who don't care about keeping the timeline safe start the battle using futuristic weapons, So yeah, she has to fight back, you know. And how can she do that unless she can level the playing field? But this is romance after all. Thus the SFR tag for Science Fiction Romance. Still its kind of a fun SF adventure too. 

I remember how much I enjoyed working on it, writing it, doing the research and making sure it flowed the way it should. The first two stories, yet to be published, are ready for working and not too far from finished. They need lots of edits, rewrites and layering, as well as insightful input from critique partners. In my opinion, crit partners are an author's saving grace. They can spot things you can miss and help flush out plot holes, areas that don't work and give you ideas to make the story better.

Thoughts to ponder:

With all this said, the question is, can I work on two distinctly separate focuses at the same time? Lots of writers do. But I'm not other writers. I tend to give my complete undivided focus to one project at a time. And then there is all the promoting of a new series, etc. I don't even know if I can convey how much I love soul-love and my characters Nick and Krista. They are a part of me like no other characters before, and in ways hard to imagine. And keep in mind too that Remember Him Yesterday (Nick and Krista) is a romance that also has SF elements.

But still, working a little on the time travel may not be a bad idea after all...

Kaye