Work in Progress – Aliens and Earth in Crisis

I’m about a quarter of the way through with the very rough draft of my next untitled novel. Titles are really hard and I’m hoping for some inspiration to strike somewhere in the writing process!

As in my other books there is an environmental theme. I’m very concerned about what humans are doing to our planet with pollution, nuclear radiation, fracking, and burning fossil fuels. There is a lot of evidence that what we do harms the planet and I believe that there is a limit to what the Earth can absorb of our throw-away culture. There are better, healthier alternatives to plastic waste, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and fossil fuels. Don’t even get me started on antibacterial soap! Antibiotics are turning up in mountain stream water! We just have to show a commitment on a personal level. What you do does matter. Corporations and governments won’t change of their own volition. They change in response to economic pressures – buying habits of consumers – and public pressure – how we vote. My way of showing my commitment is to include these issues in my books interwoven with stories of normal teens.

In THE FIELD the characters learn about and interact with The Universal Energy Field and the Collective Consciousness. This book will have aliens. Or star-beings, or extra-terrestrials – whatever you want to call them. If you think about the vastness of the Universe – billions of galaxies, billions of stars with billions of planets – I think it is naive, and really arrogant, as well,  to assume that we are the only form of intelligent life out there. Or that we are the most advanced form of life. These other life forms could be so advanced that they could already be here without our knowledge. At least the knowledge of the general population. There are certainly enough UFO sightings by credible sources such as airline pilots and military personnel to make one wonder about it.

A lot of books and movies about aliens have them attacking Earth. Then there are movies such as Interstellar, ET, Contact, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. What if that is the truth? What if star-beings don’t mean to harm us, but want to help us? Are we ready to accept their help?

Here are some sites with more information.

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute – SETI – Carl Sagan Center

Institute of Noetic Sciences – IONS Founded by Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell – Science and Consciousness

LitPick gives THE FIELD 4 Stars and calls it “electrifying”!!

The Field is an electrifying …[and] imaginative book full of action and mystery.  I liked that the author blended a believable story about a regular high school boy with just enough sci-fi to make it enjoyable.  … if you are a soccer fan who also likes a little bit of sci-fi, this book might be for you.” ~ LitPik reviewed by Jotaf aged 13

I love getting reviews from teen readers. Nice to know that he loved the book! Read the full review at LitPick.

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Knit One, Purl Two Sweaters

Here’s what my niece and nephew received from me for Christmas! I love making kids sweaters because they go so fast.

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Here’s almost-four-year-old Olivia’s sweater. And there are my feet in the picture!! :)

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Six year old Ben’s sweater is a little camo-looking.

Here’s the thing. My niece and nephew live in northern California…I’m just hoping that it gets cold enough for them to wear them. I know I’ve been to the park with them often enough wishing I had mittens. I hope they like them as much as I enjoyed making them! I even bought little labels that say “Hand Knit by Tracy Richardson”. Maybe they’ll save them for their own kids!! Just a thought.

Magic Happens Here!

Magic Happens Here!

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This is my craft room. I don’t get down here as often as I would like, but it is a very soul-filling space for me,

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Here are the work spaces. I LOVE the color I chose for the walls. My sewing machine is 16 years old. I bought it used for $1000, but it is amazing, Will sew through almost anything and has tons of decorative stitches (most of which I don’t use).

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Yarn in all colors left over from other projects. I use them when making applique.

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My husband’s grandfather’s desk that I refreshed and updated with Chalk paint.

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Design and pattern books and rick-rack.

Buttons

Old buttons that I buy in bulk at antique stores.

I need to get down here and do something creative!! I am always knitting something as I can carry that with me, but other projects require time and space. Maybe I’ll chalk paint another table?!? :)

Creative Minds are Rarely Tidy

 

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I love this saying I found at a local store. It validates for me what I’ve known for years. Creative people need fodder to feed their creativity and that often means a bit of organized chaos. I have always been a pile filer. I like to have everything I’m working on out in the open. I also love office supplies – pens, pencils, spiral note books, colorful folders – you get the idea. So I’ve tried to solve my chaos problem by putting my stuff into jars and baskets and stand-up file organizers.

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I love these sparkly spiral notebooks.

I’m also a huge note taker. I think it is a form of journaling, really. I make lists and jot down ideas and take copious notes at presentations. The act of writing helps me transfer and process information.

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More spiral notebooks! Obviously I am not afraid of color!!

I used to write on slips of paper or legal pads, but then I came up with the brilliant idea to use notebooks! I have different ones for my writing in progress and my job and personal life. I also like pens and pencils, pretty paper and colorful containers!

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vision board

More containers and my idea board. Lots of fuel for the imagination!!

Kentucky Book Fair – Love being with authors and readers!

 

 

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Saturday I was at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, KY! Met lots of new author friends and lots of readers! I even had some metaphysical conversations about the premise of The Field! 

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I shared my table with Megan Whitmer, author of BETWEEN and Julia Watts, author of HYPNOTIZING CHICKENS – that title got a lot of attention!

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Here are some great t-shirts I saw – gotta love authors and readers!!

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Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel. :)

Banned Books?! Open a book and Open your mind!

Lots of great books on this banned book list!

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