Time Travel

Visiting another time, meeting Di Vinci, Mark Twain, or Archimedes sounds fun, on paper.   Yet, I’m not sure I would be so happy doing so in real life, especially those pops to the past – flush toilets, Starbucks, blow-dryers and antibiotics would be hard to give up.  But I enjoy the idea in fiction.

AWrinkleinTime[1]I started out time traveling young, about nine, by reading Madeleine L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME. I loved that book and probably read it five or six times in a row.  I was so taken with Meg, a GIRL, who was good at math, so good that she could help other children with their math homework. The time traveling part was just a side benefit.

Soon after I read PORTRAIT OF JENNIE by Robert Nathan, a haunting very short novel about an artist and a little girl who aged oddly.  THE TIME MACHINE by HG Wells followed and gave me nightmares for a week –Morlocks! My reading lists were rounded out by PEBBLE IN THE SKY and END OF ETERNITY both by Isaac Asimov.

But my very favorite time travel novel is THE MIRROR byMirror_[1] Marlys Millhiser. This novel is the story of Brandy and Shay –grandmother and granddaughter, who both look into an antique mirror on the eve of their weddings and switch places.  I’ve never read any of Marlys Millhisner’s other novels, but they look interesting.

Time Travel has been a fun plot device in lots of TV shows I’ve enjoyed over the years, from Sam and Darrin traveling to Salem in BEWITCHED, to the many episodes of STAR TREK, DR. WHO and of course QUANTUM LEAP.

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Movies are included in my time traveling adventures.  I love BACK TO THE FUTURE.  I’m laughing just typing the title for BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.  A writing bubby and I dragged a gaggle of our kids and several of their friends to see this movie.  We sat several rows behind the kids laughing our heads off, while the kids, ranging in age of seven to thirteen, sat there looking blankly from the screen to their clearly nutty mothers.  I also enjoyed THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT.   The time travel movie I’ve enjoyed the most is the made for TV movie, THE GIRL, THE GOLD WATCH & EVERYTHING –which probably dates me more than BEWITCHED.

 

In searching for an image for THE GIRL, THE GOLD WATCH & EVERYTHING, I found out the

TheGirl[1]movie was first a novel by John D. MacDonald.  The same John D. MacDonald who wrote the Travis McGee hard boiled private detective novels.  I was stunned, and now I really want a copy of the novel to read.

I found other gems while looking on the Internet for time traveling tidbits.  Andy’s Anachronisms  is a website completely devoted to time travel in popular media.  I also found Time Travel Institute a website that discusses possible theories behind time travel.

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I saved the best gem for last, a fellow OCC/RWA member, Susan Squires, who is an excellent writer and really nice person, has a series of time travel novels involving a time machine built by Da Vinci.  I hadn’t realized Susan was writing time travel because I’ve moved across the country and rarely attend meetings. But I know now and Susan’s books are on my To-Be- Read pile.  I can hardly wait to start them.

Do you have a favorite time travel novel, short story, TV show or movie?

Would you like to travel in time?  Where would you go?

Imaginary Erdős Number – Numberphile

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Let It Snow

This winter I’ve been co-editing a short story anthology for Bethlehem Writers Group. The result: Let It Snow: The Best of Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, Winter 2015 Collection.

Diane Sismour, Bernadette De Courcey and I selected sixteen short stories from The Bethlehem Writers Roundtable to make up this short story collection.  We had fun rereading stories, working with the authors, and designinng the cover. Work to be sure, but enjoyable none the less.

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Discover tales, all as different as snowflakes, in Let it Snow: The Best of Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Winter 2015 Collection. The multiple award winning Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC brings you stories in a range of genres selected from their bi-monthly Writers Roundtable Journal. So, while the weather outside is frightful, curl up by the fire, read, and Let It Snow.

Let it Snow is available Amazon and ready for preorder, the price is 99 cents. Publication date is Feb 24, 2015.

Here’s a list of the authors and links to their websites or other social media sites:

Gloria Alden, Paula Galil Benson, Marianne H. Donley,Courtney L. Duncan, Shannon Gueresso, Headley Hauser, Ralph HiebKB Inglee, Teresa Leigh Judd, Joyce Lekas, Jerome W. McFadden, Suzanne Purvis, Diane Sismour, Carol L. Wright, and Will Wright.

 

Once Around the Sun

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Once Around the Sun is a finalist in the Indie Book Awards, Anthology category.
Here’s the announcement of our category. The finalists are listed alphabetically by book title.

ANTHOLOGY

WINNER: Chiral Mad 2, by Jack Ketchum, David Morrell, John Skipp, Thomas F. Monteleone, Gary A. Braunbeck, et al. (Written Backwards) (ISBN 978-1494239978)

FINALISTS:

EDGE Volume 7, by Multiple Authors (Self-Published) (ISBN 978-0980202755)
 Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community, by Jo Pitkin (SUNY Press) (ISBN 978-1438449982)

New Worlds: Girls Write Now 2013 Anthology, by Girls Write Now Mentors and Mentees; forward written by Adele Griffin; contributions by Alice Walker, Jennifer Westfeldt, Gloria Jacobs, Hannah Tinti, and Zetta Elliott (Publishing made possible by Amazon.com, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs) (ISBN 978-0615818276)

Once Around the Sun: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Seasons, by Bethlehem Writers Group (Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC) (ISBN 978-0989265003)

The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, Edited by Ron Riekki (Wayne State University Press) (ISBN 978-0814338650)

For a list of all the winners:
http://indiebookawards.com/2014_winners_and_finalists.php

Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar) – Numberphile

This Numberphile video is well worth your time. Wouldn’t Tony DeRose make a great guest speaker in a math class?

How do 3D animated characters look so smooth? Pixar researcher Tony DeRose explains – with mathematics.
http://graphics.pixar.com/research/
Tony DeRose papers: http://bit.ly/DeRosePapers
Ed Catmull’s paper: http://bit.ly/1stJNht

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