Category Archives: Mars

The Music of Mars-Gretchen’s Personal Journey

In The Music of Mars, Gretchen journeys to Mars to decipher strange symbols in a remote cave. I’ve written a lot about this outer journey, but her internal journey is just as fascinating. She begins the story disagreeing with her … Continue reading

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The Music of Mars-The Antagonists

Part of the fun in writing is the opportunity to create characters to interfere with the needs and desires of the main characters. The trick is to give the antagonists an excellent reason to oppose the main characters. In The Music … Continue reading

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Mars InSight Lander Launch

On May 5, 2018, the Mars InSight mission is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. This launch will be NASA’s first from the West Coast. The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport is … Continue reading

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The Music of Mars and Quotations

When I wrote The Music of Mars, I looked to America’s colonial times for inspiration. I wanted to tell a story where Mars’s culture was starting to deviate from Earth’s, allowing for plenty of tension. While I allow for instantaneous … Continue reading

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The Music of Mars-Chuck Has a Spy Problem

Chuck’s concerned about Konklin’s spies within MarsVantage… I have no proof. Either my board members disbelieve or don’t care, but I know Peter Konklin has spies in my company, MarsVantage. For over a decade, Konklin and his company have been … Continue reading

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The Music of Mars-Frank and the Knowledge Keepers

Franks talks about the Knowledge Keepers… Just after my engagement to Lori, she inducted me as an initiate in the Knowledge Keeper Order. She taught me the ins and outs until she died in the Airlock Accident. When the public … Continue reading

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The Music of Mars-Behind the Story

In The Music of Mars, I wanted to explore practical aspects of having a colony on Mars, which means dealing with planetary separation, and how various elements of such a distance affected character motivation and actions. Today, it takes around … Continue reading

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The Music of Mars-Why Gretchen Went to Mars

Gretchen shares her reasons for going to Mars… After my husband non-renewed our marriage contract, I completed the residence change application. The Housing Ministry assigned me housing to match my single status. In other words, it was small. Don’t get … Continue reading

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The Music of Mars-The Caretaker’s Perspective

The Caretaker, the lone Bvindu on Mars, shares his thoughts on current events… For over 100,000 orbits, I safeguarded the knowledge and treasures of my people, the Bvindu, on this dead planet, fourth from the star. I eagerly await the … Continue reading

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TMOM-Erin’s Perspective

Erin, MarsVantage’s top pilot, shares her thoughts on current events… If events would’ve happened a few months earlier, I would’ve known everything. But after I turned down Frank’s marriage proposal, he made himself scarce. Actually, he’s been avoiding me. I … Continue reading

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