John Muir, Father of Steampunk?

This week (April 21st) marks the 176th anniversary of John Muir’s birth. I’m reposting this in his honor.

It’s 1 a.m. and John is awake. He knows what will happen but has no desire to stop it.

The tick tick tick of the clockwork device sounds like hail upon the windowpane. Any second it will go off.

Bam! The device kicks a stone attached to the leg of his bed. The bed crashes down and throws John to the floor.

He leaps up, rushes to the freezing cellar where his clockwork desk opens a book and rotates it to him.

An hour later, the book closes and the next one rotates into focus. Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, Shakespeare, and ah! Emerson.

“I gained five hours, almost half a day!” he wrote. “’Five hours to myself!’…I can hardly think of any other event in my life, any discovery I ever made that gave birth to joy so transportingly glorious as the possession of these five frosty hours.”

Is this the opening of my new Steampunk novel? {Read on…}

Steve's Quest: An animated musical from Chris Edgar

I have a confession.

A few weekends ago, while running updates on the blog, I clandestinely watched an episode of the Green Lantern animated series that was mesmerizing my husband. (Yes, baby, I’m admitting it in public.)

Green Lantern—Hal Jordan, Sinestro, that oath: “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight…”

All I could think was, “How the heck did they tell a perfect story with beginning, middle, end, and sympathetic characters in 22 minutes?” Not to mention the eye-catching animation.

I last experienced comics, before I met my husband, on the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Sunday pages circa 1972. {Read on…}

A Midweek Motivational: Inspiring Hope One Story at a Time

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Hope is the thing with feathers / that perches in the soul / and sings the tune without the words / and never stops at all.
~Emily Dickinson

Three Ageless Athletes and A Confession

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“I could have gone faster but I didn’t want to. I’m not playing at being a champion.” A 100-year-old cyclist and two nonagenarian yoginis define what really matters.

A Dozen Late-Blooming Athletes To Get You Going

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A dozen people who found their inner athlete after age 50!

The Love Song Of Charles Robert Darwin, Pt. 1

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Let me introduce you to Charles Robert “Bobby” Darwin — trust fund slacker, medical school dropout, and late-blooming author of an idea that rocked the world.

The Thrilling Art of Arthur J. Penn

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Sardinia is an island of stunning beauty with a deep, enigmatic past. Late-blooming novelist Arthur J. Penn taps into its splendor and mystery for his first book, Nada, a political thriller.

Introducing The 2014 Later Bloomer PDF Calendar

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I’m shamelessly using my kitty to peddle a new mailing list incentive — the 2014 Later Bloomer Calendar, a book of days celebrating creatives who started after age 36 (sometimes well after).

Why I Write Science Fiction by Lindsay Edmunds

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Author Lindsay Edmunds stopped reading fantasy and science fiction her twenties, when she became a “responsible adult.” So why does she write it now, decades later?

Gifts of Creativity from Late-Blooming Writers

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What do Miguel de Cervantes, Bram Stoker, Lee Child, Claire Cook, and a lot of my friends have in common? They’re all scriveners who published their first book past their fifth decade!