The Apprentice Stone cover close-up

Cover Art Ready!

Eye Catching Cover The cover art for The Apprentice Stone is complete! A shout-out to the artist who did a wonderful job. I would recommend Rebeca from RebecaCovers to anyone because she is flexible, quick, and talented. Mysterious Elements The knight on the cover is the main character Francisco when he’s in his early thirties. Francisco is 12 to 16 in this novel. The castle in the fog behind him is Almovodar … Continue reading Cover Art Ready!

First Place Short Story Regional Award

I received first place in the Short Story category in the 2016 Regional Writing Awards – University of Akron Wayne College for my fantasy short story “Sapling of Gardak.” The awards are part of an annual Wayne College Writer’s Workshop that our local writing group (Wayne Novelist Guild) attends. This year, members of our group won five of the nine award placements. Poetry Roberta Angerman … Continue reading First Place Short Story Regional Award

Ebola – Virulence Per Outbreak

In a deviation from standard posts, I turn to the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. The infographic from Forbes below may shed some light on the relative extent and virulence of this outbreak. EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE: VIRULENCE PER OUTBREAK. Rectangles are outbreaks, labelled with year. Size is number of disease cases. Color is virulence, the case fatality rate from 0% yellow … Continue reading Ebola – Virulence Per Outbreak

Asteroid 2000 EM26 – Live Broadcast

It’s February already and time for another Near Earth Asteroid flyby. We had asteroid 2012 DA14 fly by last year between the earth and the moon’s orbit. In an odd coincidence, fragments from another, unrelated meter hit the Earth on the same day, and its air-burst shockwave caused property damage in Chelyabinsk, Russia. See a previous post for more details: Meteor Explodes over the Ural Mountains in Russia. This year’s February … Continue reading Asteroid 2000 EM26 – Live Broadcast

A Taste of Earth: Scene 10

This is the tenth and final scene from A Taste of Earth, a science fiction short story. I hope you have enjoyed it, and I would love to hear from you. _________________________________ Lab 14, Edwards Air Force Base, California “Will you comply?” Brigadier General Jensen shouted in a command voice that would make a drill sergeant flinch. “Yes,” Hachiman answered. As the general issued instructions … Continue reading A Taste of Earth: Scene 10

A Taste of Earth: Scene 9

This is the ninth scene from A Taste of Earth, a science fiction short story in ten scenes. I will post the entire story one scene at a time each Friday. I hope you enjoy A Taste of Earth, and I would love to hear from you. _________________________________ Lab 14, Edwards Air Force Base, California Dipesh felt a little relief drain out of him as … Continue reading A Taste of Earth: Scene 9

A Taste of Earth: Scene 8

This is the eighth scene from A Taste of Earth, a science fiction short story in ten scenes. I will post the entire story one scene at a time each Friday. I hope you enjoy A Taste of Earth, and I would love to hear from you. _________________________________ Lab 14, Edwards Air Force Base, California     “The passive scans have revealed no new data,” General … Continue reading A Taste of Earth: Scene 8