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Long Distance Space Travel

This recent interview with former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison on the Star Talk Radio podcast brings up some fascinating points about long distance space travel. For example, with weight being closely monitored, how do you handle people’s clothing needs if you can’t bring along cartons of clothes? I think this episode would be a great resource […]

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Quake Redecorating

​We had a 4.5 earthquake ​last night, with the epicenter not far from my apartment. I was in bed when it happened and it felt as if a giant had picked up the apartment and was shaking it side to side.  ​I immediately checked my quake tracker app and saw something very odd. The app showed […]

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Questionable Power

The San Francisco Bay area is bracing for a potential power shutoff tomorrow. This is a preventive measure that our gas and electric utility, PG&E, is planning to implement if the forecasted high winds and low humidity combine with a high danger of fire. PG&E is hoping that by turning off the power, they won’t […]

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Embrace the Conflict!

I saw an announcement recently for a class on how to write conflict into your stories. The description said something along the lines of how as writers, we often want to protect our characters from any type of conflict.Um. No, I don’t. Anyone who’s read my books knows that the last thing I want is for […]

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Some Fun Author Interviews

​Some of my favorite podcasts have recently done fun interviews with authors. Here are a few of my favorite episodes. Enjoy! Host Sarah Wendell of ​​Smart Podcast Trashy Books interviewed one of my top favorite authors, Nalini Singh. Playing Verbal Poker with Nalini Singh. ​Neil deGrasse Tyson had two great author interviews on his StarTalk Radio podcast […]

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The Flavors of Autumn

It was 97F when I left the office on Friday evening. Yet it’s the middle of September, so when I stopped by the store to pick up groceries, I saw that all of the autumn flavored items were in stock.  This photo shows my favorites.A cinnamon stick mini whisk broom. I love the scent of cinnamon […]

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Story Changes Are Hard!

​One of the weird things about writing fiction is how real the events in my stories feel to me. When I hit a snag in my story and realize that I have to change an event or a character’s personality, I sometimes feel reluctant. A part of me can’t let go because I remember the […]

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September Issue of The KierDevil News Is Out!

The ​September edition of my KierDevils newsletter went out on Thursday, ​September 5th. It includes ​Fun Facts about WAR: Intrusion, the second book in my WAR series. If you’re a subscriber and don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk folder. For Gmail users, it might also be on your Promotions tab. If […]

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Science and Pop Fiction

​Over this long Labor Day weekend, I’ve been listening to older episodes of StarTalk Radio hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I particularly enjoyed the two-part Cosmic Queries – Science in Pop Fiction. Ever wonder whether it’s possible to develop stealth technology that will make us invisible like the Invisible Man? What type of solar system […]

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Rediscovering Silence

I’ve recently developed a renewed appreciation for silence. During the week, I work in an office with an open floor plan. It’s rarely quiet. Even when no one is talking, we have music playing. When I’m home, I usually play either a podcast or music. I listen to podcasts while driving. But since starting this job back […]

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