Dear Reader,

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In work.   I currently have in work a science fiction short story to re-submit, an episodic science fiction series, and a few concepts I’m assessing for development in both science fiction and mainstream genres.  On the back burner I have a mainstream novel of tragedy and family and the start of a children’s picture book series.  My main focus right now is to improve the emotion beats in my stories.

Background.  In my former career I worked on software for over a million personal computers, for three multi-million-dollar NASA spacecraft, and for helping pilots navigate.   Read more about my background here.

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Cindy Rae Johnson

On Good Authors

A few older and newer authors whose writing I enjoy:

  • Louis L’Amour and Craig Johnson for westerns
  • Thomas Davis Bunn for adventure and historical fiction with a Christian tone
  • Steven Gould for science fiction adventure without spaceships and lasers
  • Dominic Green for science fiction laughs — the books may be aimed for younger readers, but I find them funny in a dry sort of way
  • Lois McMaster Bujold — character-driven, space adventure at its finest, with a solid foundation of morality and honor

What’s in My Notes on Writing?

I keep a separate Word file that I reference often when I write, especially when revising.  It contains a rather eclectic mix: scene checklists, story structure advice, lists of conjunctions, and much more that I would like to remember.  I do add endnotes for the sources of most of the information.

Here’s the current Table of Contents:

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On Good Books: Leaving Blythe River

Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde also proved to be a surprisingly good read.  Although a coming-of-age story, the novel doesn’t read like a young adult book.

I had the pleasure to live in Colorado for several years, and I still miss the wilderness.  The novel seems to accurately portray the realities of a similar wilderness — both the beautiful and the harsh.  The characters were also realistic and engaging, from the protagonist to the motley team helping him to his father.


Latest Book that Captivated?

What is the latest book I’ve read that was sheer enjoyment?

After a long drought filled with disappointing books from Hoopla, Overdrive, Amazon Prime loans, and even my local library, I checked out from my local library the following:

  • The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

    The first book in a new fantasy series was a surprisingly good read.  Surprising in that I’ve avoided his other works due to strong dislike of the supernatural mash and scent of the occult.  This new world has no faeries, no zombies, no incubi, and — even better — has elements of steampunk in it.  The print version was available at my local library.

The arguments people in Christian circles propose for not pledging allegiance to our flag and our country are specious.

Some talk of divided loyalties – how pledging allegiance to the flag and country has us impossibly serving two masters.

Others talk about allegiance being contrary to our faith in Christ, defining it as acting out one’s duties to his lord, as loyalty and faithfulness, as constant commitment to further its object’s good name and cause.

Still others object as meaningless the phrase “Under God” or pledging to an inanimate object (the flag).

All three arguments are all somewhat plausible – but wrong.