Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

The future’s bright

This has not been a great day. Lots of computer issues. As in I had to restore the computer and it didn’t work, so I had to unrestore the restoration and the problem I was trying to fixed isn’t fixed. Basically, it makes it impossible to process any of my photographs, which as you might guess, is making me unhappy. Really seriously unhappy. I processed these before I followed those dubious instructions and watched my whole system crash. I’ll get it sorted out, but in the meantime, I’m not a happy camper.

Bright sketch – Easter Lily

Another bright sketch

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The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – April 14

Jo Hawk


Monday took everything out of me. My concentration deserted me, and I bounced from project to project, accomplishing nothing significant. These days drive the annoying, disappointing, and frustrating feelings to the breaking point. Every bone in my body screams to move forward, but my brain won’t comply. The sensible thing to do is rest. Unfortunately, that protocol malfunctions, so I took a nice long walk instead. It was enough to sync mind and body, so they reached a consensus and let me sleep.

No matter the challenges and the obstacles blocking my way, I maintain the item at the top of my list as a non-negotiable. Yesterday I wrote 139 words.

Did you write yesterday?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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Book Spotlight: I Am Mayhem by Sue Coletta #preorder #womensleuths #crimefiction #bookreview

From the Pen of Mae Clair

An open book with rays and orbs of light shooting from the pages

Today I’m shining the spotlight on the very talented, Sue Coletta, who is releasing the long-anticipated third novel in her Mayhem series. Shawnee Daniels makes a great MC, and “Mayhem” is one of my favorite book villains. Mayhem’s crows—yes, crows—Edgar, Allan, and Poe, also deserve a mention because they are every bit characters in their own right. Especially Poe.

I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this novel, and am sharing my 5 STAR review at the end of this post. Be sure to take a look and be ready to ONE-CLICK!

Book Description:

As bloody, severed body parts show up on her doorstep, Shawnee Daniels must stop the serial killer who wants her dead before she becomes the next victim.

But can she solve his cryptic clues before it’s too late? Or will she be the next to die a slow, agonizing death?

With crows stalking her…

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Useful Writing Tools

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. You’ve probably heard the terms planner, plotter, and panster. Some writers must have a detailed outline before writing the first word of a novel. Others write by the seat of their pants and let the story (or characters) determine what happens.

I’m somewhere between. When I begin a novel, I have a general idea of where I want it to go. I name my characters, know the inciting event that propels the lead character into action, and how I want the book to end.

Pansting has its problems. Among them are under-developed characters and flat settings (white room syndrome). Believe me, I’ve struggled with both.

To remedy the problem, I searched for various character sketches and settings tools. Some were too sketchy (pun intended), others too detailed. After being ready to give up, what did I do? Made my own. I took ideas…

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ANNOUNCING — Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

Teagan's Books

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 

The April Journey is finally here!

DoW 4 Wagon Wheel promoPromotional Image by Teagan

Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

I never intended to do much writing when I decided to convert this epic novel into an Amazon serial of monthly novelettes.  It was already plenty long.  However, this Journey gave me the chance to tell part of the backstory of two characters — Boabhan and Hallgeir.  To do so, I added an entire chapter, titled “Dig.”  There was already one segment told from Boabhan’s point of view.  

The Boabhan character also designed the wagons in which the Deae Matres travel, hence the wagon wheel in my image.  I suppose it would be fair to say that this novelette features her. 

Journey 4 is notably longer than 1, 2, 3, or 5 (coming in May).  However, it is still novelette-length.

As most of you know, I call the…

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A to Z Challenge, K


Kali is one of my favorite ‘K‘ words. This poor ole girl is slowing down like me. Arthritis makes her a bit of a ‘Hop-a-long Cassidy’. That’s only when she walks or trots. When she gets happy she can gallop like the wind. She barely touches the ground. I wish I could jog like my daughter because I think Kali would love that so much. I hope the wind dies soon so we can get outside for real walks again.

Knitting, loom or needle is another favorite. Here are a couple of Works In Progress. A pair of charity socks, a charity hat, and a charity toy.

Keto is a new word for me but I am trying to learn how to make it work for me especially with my Intermittent Fasting. Knowledge is power and I am knuckling down to growing healthier. The key seems to…

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#BookReviewTuesday for Tallis Steelyard. A Fear of Heights… @JimWebster6

Tallis Steelyard. A Fear of Heights Kindle Edition

In this novel, recounted by Tallis Steelyard in his own inimitable manner, we discover what happens when the hierarchy plots to take control of the Shrine to Aea in her Aspect as the Personification of Tempered Enthusiasm. Will the incumbent be exiled to a minor fane in the far north? Will Tallis end up having to do a proper job? Does ordination and elevation beckon for Maljie? This story includes the Idiosyncratic Diaconate, night soil carts, Partannese bandit chieftains, a stylite, a large dog and some over-spiced food. On top of this, we have not one but two Autocephalous Patriarchs and a theologically sanctioned beggar.

Our Review

This delightful story from Jim Webster about Tallis Steelyard’s latest escapade turned out to be an unusual diversion from his usual adventures.

I have always thought Tallis an honourable man, carefully evading, or managing to negate, any of the devious plans he comes across. So, I was most surprised to learn of this subterfuge involving Maljie.

Although she has long been my favourite of all Tallis’s friends, Maljie is proving to be a bad influence, but despite my better judgement, I am rather impressed by the speed Tallis manages to keep up with her!

I always fancied a trip in a hot air balloon, so I willingly climbed on board to share what turned out to be a thrilling journey with Tallis and Maljie.

A Fear of Heights is a refreshingly different and exciting story, one I am sure I will be reading again!