i blog. sort of.

i blog. sort of.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Seeds Project Interviews: cover sneak-peak

It's the Seeds Project Interviews cover sneak-peak!  I'm looking forward to releasing this book.  It's different, for one thing, and I like different.  It explores a life-long obsession of mine: the Yellowstone caldera.  And, now that 'Seeds' is almost done, it paves the way to book two in the series--a nitty-gritty story of love and survival starring MG2000e and Z0993e--protagonists you'll meet in Seeds and come to love in their sequel as MG and Z.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Snack

our Sunday snack

Cran-raisin pecan scones
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 large egg
2 cups flour
1/8 cup white sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
6 T cold butter
2/3 cup cran-raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans
turbinado cane sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a small bowl, whisk cream and egg together.  In a large bowl, whisk flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt together.  Cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
Stir in cran-raisins and chopped pecans until just combined.  With a fork, stir in cream-egg mixture.  (The dough will be crumbly.)  Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a 6 inch circle.  Cut into 6 wedges and transfer onto a parchment-lined baking dish.  Brush with heavy cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar, if preferred.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, rotate the baking dish, and bake for about 8 minutes more (until the top is golden brown).


Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Seeds Project Interviews: book blurb

By the year 2061 the imminent eruption of the Yellowstone caldera, war and world-wide resource failure had doomed most of Earth’s species to extinction—including our own.  Desperate to guarantee human survival, scientists selected three thousand ‘lucky winners’ to undergo suspended animation.  The winners, comprised of equal numbers of male and female Participants and code named Seeds, met within the premium facilities of Stanford Research where they were trained, prepped, and ultimately suspended.  Preserved in containers called ‘Pods,’ the Participants have since been placed in suitable locations to wait out Earth’s environmental collapse and renewal.

THE SEEDS PROJECT INTERVIEWS, drawn from those working every level of the Project from Participant selection to Pod placement, were conducted some fifteen years after the last suspension completed.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Seeds Project begins

Stories grow from everything.  Painted Boots grew from my grandmother's memories of growing up on a ranch in Wyoming.  Being grew from viewing Kermario--in a single, passing moment--from a car window late at night.  My third novel, The Seeds Project Interviews,  grew from my obsession with the Yellowstone caldera.

If you don't already know, the caldera is a super-volcano sitting beneath the better part of Yellowstone National Park.  It erupted some six hundred thousand years ago and it could blow again, any minute.  Though I didn't much agree with the caldera's portrayal in the movie 2012, I do agree that when the caldera goes, much of the human race is likely to go with it.  I don't think about the caldera going berserk all the time, but admittedly, I give way too much time to dwelling on the possibilities. 

So [to my family, anyway] it makes sense that I have given an entire book to exploring the idea of the caldera  and what science might do to try when it erupts.  Hence, The Seeds Project Interviews was born.

The book will be published the first week of March.  In the meantime, I'll be sharing lots of interesting tidbits about the book and about calderas (of which there are six super-versions, world-wide).  The cover reveal is coming soon, as is the jacket 'blurb'.

Stay tuned!