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Here’s the photo prompt for Friday Fictioneers courtesy of Madison Woods. Thanks Madison, for starting and continuing this wonderful writing prompt. Please visit her site and check out all the other Friday Fictioneers. Here’s my 100 word take on the photo:

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The scent of Big Macs and fries drew them, although only he was sentient. The years of training at the monastery having paid off, so to speak.

A moth, really? He flapped his brown wings, and guessed it could be worse. He could have come back as a germ or an amoeba. At least he’d been prepared. She however, not so much. Did she see this as heaven or hell? Or was she just a moth, drawn to the light of the window, totally unaware of having been more?

He remembered the suicide vest, trigger in her hand. Speaking about her god before sending them both into the great beyond.

Suddenly a bird swooped in, grabbing her in its beak before flying off.

Karma’s a bitch.

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When it rains it pours, in a good way. I’ve received a second award, the Versatile Blogger, kindly bestowed on my by Jeff Whelan. Go check out his site.

This is a pass it on type of award, so the five blogs I’m awarding are in no particular order:

  1. M. Pax 
  2. Marie Harte
  3. Karen Duvall
  4. Madison Woods
  5. Paty Jager

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Who doesn’t like to get an award? Especially one with easy requirements like this…

Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.

  1. Thank you, jmmcdowell!

Tell the world 7 things about yourself that you have not shared, yet.

  1. I’m a dyslexic writer. Is it a p? A q? Who the hell knows?
  2. If given the choice of taking a half hour flight or a three-hour drive, I’d choose the drive. No, I’m not afraid of flying, just enjoy driving. It’s all about the journey after all.
  3. As a child I owned a pet rat.
  4. I’ve taken wilderness survival classes. Bugs and bark? They’re not just for dinner.
  5. I have a deathly fear of heights…
  6. …but I”m also a roller coaster junkie. Go figure.
  7. I keep my nails painted not because it’s fashionable, but because otherwise I’d have no nails. I’m a thinking chewer, polish does not taste good.

3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers and let them know.

  1. Brainsnorts inc ><
  2. miracahills
  3. Ironwoodwind
  4. Michaelsfishbowl
  5. Garybaileywriting
  6. thebradeleychronicles
  7. notforallmarkes

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Here’s the photo prompt for #Friday Fictioneers courtesy of Madison Woods. Thanks Madison, for starting and continuing this wonderful writing prompt. Please visit her site and check out all the other Friday Fictioneers. Here’s my 100 word take on the photo:

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Unsuspecting.

An innocuous word, many more suitable ones existed, but none as succinct.

He gazed at the once innocent beauty of the rainbow. Bile rose in his throat.  Of all the things to use as a dimensional portal, why that?

Unsuspecting.

He kicked a dirt clod. Damn sneaky aliens, time someone turned the tables.

The rainbow flashed out of existence, signaling the arrival of  more little green men. Leprechauns, legend spawning from truth, yeah right.

He slung his AK47 over his shoulder motioning for his team to follow. “Let’s go get us a pot of gold.”

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Here’s the photo prompt for #Friday Fictioneers courtesy of Madison Woods. Thanks Madison, for starting and continuing this wonderful writing prompt. Please visit her site and check out all the other Friday Fictioneers. Here’s my 100 word take on the photo:

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“Set up the satellite…” Jim turned in a circle while looking up at the moon. It made her dizzy just watching. “…here.”

Char unpacked the tech, glad to finally have a site. Jim, a brilliant scientist, was just a touch scatterbrained, a fact allowing Char’s subtle sabotage to go unnoticed. Pinging the Chinese moon base? Yeah, not going to happen.

Jim fiddled with the controls, adjusting.

“Here let me.” Char reached down, setting the dial to her preset coördinates.

“Hey! What do you…?” The com squawked with clicks and clacks, her native tongue unrecognizable to humans.

Char gazed up, her ship’s outline visible in the moon’s corona. She pulled out the bag of candy pieces, thankful she hadn’t had to resort to making her finger glow. Phone home, yeah right.

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So much great information. I love this blog, check it out!

San Diego Professional Writer's Group

Each time you have the same character show up in the main plot, add another detail. Nothing is worse than rehashing the same description over and over. You don’t have to have your character change outfits. It’s not a fashion show. Your goal is to deepen the knowledge and mystery about that characters.

Not all layers are superficial. Your character will already be defined in the reader’s mind by the actions he took in previous scenes. Honor that, but also surprise us. Have him take a different tact. Novels are not sitcoms or comic books. We like characters that evolve and change. Even the secondary characters. This is how you create a journey for your character. One where he’s not the same at the other end.

A fellow writer (I’m looking at you Lee Polevoi) slipped me this gem the other day. I plucked it. Try it out for yourself…

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The Backworlds is here!

The first story in the Backworlds series by M. Pax. A vision of how humanity might colonize the galaxy some day in the distant future.

The Backworlds

After the war with Earth, bioengineered humans scatter across the Backworlds. Competition is fierce and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to hoard his fortune by destroying his son. Cut off from family and friends, with little money, and even less knowledge of the worlds beyond his own, Craze heads into an uncertain future. Boarding the transport to Elstwhere, he vows to make his father regret this day.

Available from: Amazon / AmazonUK / Smashwords / Feedbooks

Other links to more outlets can be found at either Wistful Nebulae or MPax

The Backworlds is an ebook and a free read. All formats can be found at Smashwords and Feedbooks.

It’ll take a few weeks to work its way down to free on Amazon Kindle. It will also be available on B&N and iTunes. Sign up for M. Pax’s mailing list to be notified the day it does go free on Amazon, and when the book becomes available at other outlets. You’ll also receive coupons for discounts on future publications. NEWSLETTER

M. Pax’s inspiration comes from the wilds of Oregon, especially the high desert where she shares her home with two cats and a husband unit. Creative sparks also come from Pine Mountain Observatory where she spend her summers working as a star guide. She writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but confesses to an obsession with Jane Austen. She blogs at her website, www.mpaxauthor.com and at Wistful Nebuae. You’ll find links there to connect on Twitter, Goodread, FB and other sites.

The sequel, Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge, will be released in July 2012. It will be available in all ebook formats and paperback.

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