What a Writer Wants and About a Starry Night


Read about what a writer wants at Ellie Garratt’s today where I talk about the strange gifts writers appreciate.

So, this is my last post for 2012. It was a pretty good year for my pursuits in authordom.

I began the Backworlds series with The Backworlds in May.

Followed by Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge in July.

The Hetty Locklear series began this November with The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear.


And the anthology, Wandering Weeds: Tales of Rabid Vegetation came out this December with my novelette, The Tumbas, in it.

My plans for 2013: Boomtown Craze [the Backworlds #3] in late February/ early March, The Augmentation of Hetty Locklear [Hetty Locklear #2], Earth Hereafter [a series of novellas telling the story of the Foreworlds]. If I can swing it, Backworlds #4, which I have the idea for, but no title.

And I’m really, really, really looking forward to this in 2013:

I was able to go star gazing last week. Since we wear winter gear in the summer, the observatory in December is far from balmy. When the wind kicked up and went to brutally bitter, I called it a night. Used low gear for the first time ever. That 500 feet of snow at the top had my knuckles white. Yeah, I’ll not be going back up there until spring.


But it was worth it. The sky was just stunning, jaw-dropping stunning. Clear with no moon. The star light was bright enough to see by though. And it was the night of the Geminids meteor shower. I saw several accenting an already gorgeous sky, making it like a dream. I’m glad I got to see that. We looked at asteroid Toutatis, Jupiter, and, my personal favorite, the Orion Nebula. It was as fantastic of a view as I remembered. I froze my toes just about off, but I dreamed of stars all night.


The one benefit to winter astronomizing is I was home by the time we’re normally just setting up in the summer.


SONY DSCEnlarge this photo to see the meteor and more of the stars. The meteor is bottom center. The brightest dot in the photo is Jupiter.

SONY DSCOrion and the winter sky. Enlarge to see all the purty stars.

The 2013 Renaissance and Fantasy Faire will be the week of November 11th. Want to be a hosting blog and help plan the mega event? Sign up HERE and we’ll get brainstorming after the holidays.

What are you looking forward to? See you at Ellie’s!

Happy Holidays everybody!




  1. December 19, 2012    

    Glad you got a good night of viewing. My wife is an astronomer on the JWST project.
    The Backworlds is a fun series. Keep it going!

  2. December 19, 2012    

    Wow, you’ve had a great year, all the best for 2013!! Popping over to Ellie’s blog now. Merry Christmas :-)

  3. December 19, 2012    

    Already visited Ellie’s site!
    I bet it was freezing. But when it’s that cold, the sky is so clear.
    You had a great year! Hope 2013 is even better.
    Have a wonderful Christmas, Mary.

  4. December 19, 2012    

    I never thought about doing a year-end post. You’ve had quite a year!

    Yes, the new Star Trek movie! I must re-watch the first one before that.

    Linky’s giving me problems this morning but I want to sign up for the faire. :)

  5. December 19, 2012    

    Congratulations on your writerly accomplishments this year! I hope next year is just as good.

  6. December 19, 2012    

    Congratulations on putting out such wonderful books this year, Mary. You’ve totally rocked!!!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! :)

  7. December 19, 2012    

    Congratulations on all the business you’ve accomplished on the writing frontier, Mary. In addition, do you think that the villain played by Benjamin in the new Star Trek sequel is Khan? I was kind of wondering if he was. It kind of looks like there’s a scene where Spock and Kirk are separated by glass that reminds me of the Wrath of Khan scene where Spock saves the Enterprise.

  8. December 19, 2012    

    Your wife has a really cool job, Sean. Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying the Backworlds.

    Merry Christmas, Annalisa!

    I hope it is, too, Alex. Have a wonderful holiday.

    I can’t wait for the new Star Trek, Laura. I’ve got your name. No worries.

    Thank you, Tonja. I hope so, too.

    Thanks Julie! I’m looking forward to your book coming out in 2013. Have a great holiday!

    I wasn’t sure who the villain was, Michael, but Kahn would make a lot of sense. Guess we’ll find out soon.

  9. December 19, 2012    

    Two book releases in one year is astounding MPax. Congratulations. The photos are humbling. Especially to know I’m looking at a planet far away. I could never get used to that. Have a great year!

  10. December 19, 2012    

    You certainly got a lot done this year. How do you do it?!

    So glad the weather was clear enough to star gaze, Mary! I just signed up for the next renaissance faire.

    On my way to Ellie’s now.

  11. December 19, 2012    

    I always LOVE hearing about your stargazing adventures. That goes double for the spectacular photos!

    Congrats on such a creatively productive year, Mary! You’ve worked hard, held fast to your dreams, and you deserve it. I’m so happy for you. :-)

  12. December 19, 2012    

    I’m happy with what I published this year, Maurice. The best part is, I feel I keep getting better. Jupiter is a stunning sight by eye or telescope.

    I work close to 7 days a week, Gwen. I’m glad I was able to get some stargazing in, too. Yay on the faire!

    I enjoy the adventures, Loretta. I was missing it, so it was nice to get out before all the snow started. It’s pretty much snowed every day since. I hope to grow what I started.

  13. December 19, 2012    

    Fun post at Ellie’s!
    I loved looking at the stars here.
    Merry Christmas!

  14. December 19, 2012    

    I think you had an outstanding year as an author. So many projects out there. Well done.

    And I can’t wait for that Star Trek movie either!!! Benedict Cumberbatch is going to make a great villain.

  15. December 19, 2012    

    Sounds like you’ve had a productive year!

    Love the pictures you posted.

    I’m really looking forward to the next Star Trek movie, too.

  16. December 19, 2012    

    Congratulations on your fantastic year! I love your pictures. Amazing. I can’t wait for the new Star Trek film either. Yippee! Happy holidays. :)

  17. December 19, 2012    

    Wow!!! Wow and Congratulations on your amazing writing!!!
    And Wow on your star gazing night. Beautiful pics! Thank you for sharing.
    Merry Christmas (a little early)!

  18. December 19, 2012    

    I bet it’s warmer where you are, Carol.

    Thanks, LG. I think Benedict will be fantastic. I can’t wait!

    I about froze my fingers off taking those, Eagle.

    Have a wonderful holiday, Christine.

    Thanks, Tyrean. You’re amazing yourself. :)

  19. December 20, 2012    

    You’ve had an amazing year filled with awesome books! I know Backworlds and Hetty are fantastic! And wow. Those pix are gorgeous. I love the one of the road. And you can really see the streamers on those meteorites! Too cool.

    Have a wonderful holiday, my friend~ :o) <3

  20. December 20, 2012    

    Beautiful pictures! Congrats for all you accomplished this year and best wishes for next year’s goals! Happy Holidays!

  21. December 20, 2012    

    yay for some awesome star gazing!!

    Popping on over to Ellie’s

  22. Miranda Hardy Miranda Hardy
    December 20, 2012    

    Great shots! I always look forward to your star gazing stories.

    So happy you accomplished so much this year and I know next year will be great, too.

    Happy Holidays!

  23. December 20, 2012    

    Merry Christmas, Leigh! It’s been snowing ever since I went up there.

    Thanks, Cherie! Best on yours, too. You’ve had just as amazing of a year.

    It was awesome, Lynda. Have a great holiday!

    I hope it will be, Miranda. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

  24. December 21, 2012    

    Orion is one of my favorite constellations.

    Have a wonderful Christmas. See you in 2013. :-)

  25. December 21, 2012    

    Wow! You have had a wonderful year. Hope 2013 is even more super. I have a copy of your back, I am eager to read it.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance.

  26. Nas Nas
    December 22, 2012    

    You’ve had a wonderful year, Mary! I’m so excited for you.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


  27. December 22, 2012    

    Congratulations on all your releases!
    The stars look lovely. There’s an observatory outside the city here that I’ve always wanted to visit.

  28. December 22, 2012    

    I’ve been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  29. Old Kitty Old Kitty
    December 23, 2012    

    Amazingly named M Pax!!! Love love love your star gazing pics!! WOW!! WOW!! and WOW again!!!

    Have a great Christmas and fab New Year! Take care

  30. December 24, 2012    

    A great year – and some wonderful pictures there. I hope you have an equally fabulous 2013!

  31. December 24, 2012    

    I’m sure your 2013 is going to be fabulous! Also, I saw the new Star Trek 10 minute trailer in Imax 3d, AMAZING.

  32. December 27, 2012    

    Happy Holidays to you, Mary.

  33. December 27, 2012    

    Happy holidays- hope you’ve been having a great time. I’ve never been stargazing, but I can imagine the dreams it must give you! Congrats on a very busy year, and I look forward to keeping up with you better in 2013.
    Laura x

  34. December 31, 2012    

    Oh Mary, the pictures are stunning! I think you need to get bitten by the cold just to remind you that you’re not standing in Heaven. *sigh* At least you were nice & warm while you were dreaming of the stars, right?

  35. December 31, 2012    

    Busy lady! Congrats to your success and I hope you had a lovely holiday season!

  36. December 31, 2012    

    Great stargazing pics and I can’t wait till star trek either!!!
    And may 2013 be as grand a year as 2012!!! Cheers!