Living Write

A Wild New Adventure

Posted on

Shooting Stars Traveling Circus is my new YA (young adult) Sci-Fi Western adventure project.

When the government attempts to confiscate their horses, Annie and Cody Birchfield are forced to flee Earth for the untamed outer regions of the galaxy. To pay their way, and to keep one step ahead of the law, the young siblings use their natural talents of riding, roping, shooting, and singing to bring attention to the corruption that has all but destroyed Earth, and to prevent Authority’s iron fist from taking hold of the entire galaxy.

My characters, Annie  and Cody Birchfield, are inspired by the real historical figures Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody, stars of Cody’s Wild West Show. Many other characters have historical inspiration as well, and then there are a few unique little creations like Ingrid, who I hope you will love as I do.

So here is my proposition to you, as a reader. I have a general outline of my story – a loose guide for direction. I have several of the characters put together, and I have a few chapters written. What I want from you is feedback. Tell me what you like, and where you’d like the story to go. I’d love to see some of your artwork, hear some of your music, if you’re so inspired to share.** I plan to release one new chapter a month here on my website. (Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter, which will include a direct link to the chapter.) Once the book is finished, I will publish it, offering special shout-outs and freebies to anyone who contributes to the final product.

If you’d like to keep up with my Shooting Stars Traveling Circus inspiration board on Pinterest, click HERE.

Thanks in advance for your participation in this adventure. I ‘spect it’s gonna be fun!

Click HERE to read Episode 1: I’ll Fly Away.

**All contributors of fan art, fan music, quotes, etc. must confirm that their work is their original product, and must provide a release statement allowing it to be used in the final publication without expectation of monetary compensation. I will credit all contributors, and promote your music, artwork, etc. as your creation on my “THANK YOU” page.

Cinema Toast

This World is Not Enough

Posted on

What are your favorite kinds of stories? Do you enjoy science fiction, adventure, mystery and suspense, drama, westerns, romantic comedies, or history/ documentaries? While my moods may swing from one genre to another, one thing is constant. I like tales which take me out of my everyday life and thrust me into a new and exciting world.

Whether I’m reading a story about a feisty Texas lawyer dealing with a haunted house in the Caribbean, such as the Katie and Annalise series by Pamela Fagan Hutchins;

Click to see and purchase!Click to see and purchase!Click to see and purchase!

watching Alias, which carries me to every corner of the globe;Click to see and purchase!

or blasting through Star Wars for the hundredth time, I want a story to take me somewhere new. I want to go someplace beyond my little plot in the country.

Click to see and purchase!I want to sail through space, drift on a sparkling blue sea, or jet from one clandestine meeting to another. Don’t get me wrong, I love my little piece of Texas. I love baking bread and taking care of my sweet family. I love singing at church and working on my projects. But sometimes I need a bit more adventure in my life. The safe kind—the type you find in books and film.

I don’t really want to come face-to-face with a ghost in my living room. I don’t want to be chased down dark alleys in Bangladesh by men with machine guns, and I certainly don’t want to be frozen in carbonite or chained to a Hutt. I prefer that my real-life adventures stay more on the level of a summer mission trip and planning a family reunion. I like daily adventures like painting my nails blue.

2014-02-03 12.34.08
My exciting blue nails.

Why do I yearn for more than that? Because my imagination is bigger than the limits of my daily routine. Because right and wrong lives in every realm, and good must conquer evil no matter where corruption resides. Because this world in which I live is not big and bright enough to hold all the hope I have for the future. Maybe it sounds a bit grandiose, but it’s true.

Storybooks, novels, movies and television series give us all the opportunity to stretch our imaginations. They give us windows to peek into the world of what-if. And by providing these glimpses – by allowing me to stretch my wings as well as my views – these stories help me to appreciate the world I have. They remind me that what I have is more than enough.

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema. Thanks for reading.