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News. Previews. Reviews


This week, there were some really weird things that went on. Did you see any meteors? I read an article last year (helping with my precious redhead’s science presentation) about solar flares and how this year’s activity is supposed to be strongest in the last 150 years. Some scientists suggest that strong flares could destroy satellites, even melt away communication towers and electricity wires.

Yikes, really?

It all sounded like something from a movie to me until Wednesday night. I was calmly revising my story while the house was quiet and suddenly heard a loud boom. Not like a gunshot type of boom, which would jar the tar out of me in my quiet neighborhood, but the same kind of boom I heard as a child when a rail car exploded several miles away. This boom even shook the walls a little.

But I forgot about it until I checked the weather later that evening. The sound was a sonic boom emitted from a passing meteor. Wow. And I really bought that story until a Facebook buddy from another part of the country reported seeing one the next night. Two nights in a row? Huge streaks across the sky? I guess it could be, but the sonic boom part really bugs me. I don’t remember ever HEARING a falling star!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue.

In this weekender’s article find:

  • A review of blogs from Faith-Driven Fiction last week
  • A great pick of articles from around the blogosphere
  • Plans for next week
  • My ROW80 update – such as it is …


  • On Monday, I’ll be highlighting the latest winner from Clash of the Titles. I’m a new member of their blog alliance. Yea!
  • Tuesday, I’ll make another A2Z blog hop post. This letter is E and my precious redhead has been coaxing me to highlight endurance. Just not sure I can do that.
  • Come Wednesday, I’ll have another ROW80 post and hope to share that I’ve made some great strides in my new novel.
  • Thursday will be another Writer’s Tip. I’ll be talking about Drafting.
  • Friday, I’ll be chatting with a friend I’ve made through one of my crit groups. She’s amazingly talented and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her books in print!


Last week, I highlighted several new books, some from brand new authors, that I’m looking forward to reading on Monday. On Tuesday, I introduced you to my doggies with my D entry for the A2Z blog meme sponsored by Patty Wysong. Wednesday’s post challenged my consistency with another ROW80 update. I investigated continuity in my Writer’s Tip on Thursday. Friday, I interviewed Lillian Duncan, author of Deception.

Okay, I totally rocked my writing goals this week. I finished off my first revisions of my suspense novel, Cat’s Eyes. Going through it made me cry three times and not because of all of the errors! LOL! Since I cry at a well-place McDonald’s commercial, that’s probably not saying much, but even knowing the story so well, it touches me.

So I checked the first rev off of my list and am embarking on a second rev where I’ll examine the story from the ending to the beginning – tedious, but it will keep me from getting sucked into it while I’m trying to flush out excessive words and poor word choices.

In addition, I’m laying out my next novel. I was inspired when I was followed away from a gas station. It was probably nothing, but I couldn’t help but notice the big white truck that pulled up behind me as I finished up and pulled out. It pulled out right after, not stopping for gas. Curiouser and curiouser. Then it followed me onto the tollway and when I gunned it, so did it. Okay, that’s not so curious for a tollway. But with my writer’s imagination and heading to an area of town that I didn’t know very well, I decided not to take any chances. I whipped across a lane and took an exit. I had no problem with no cars around me, but the truck was boxed in and couldn’t follow. Assuming that was the purpose. But it got me thinking about this great chase scene. And that led into an inciting incident that gives me chill bumps. So cool. The plot and character arcs are starting to take shape. I’ll keep you updated. Would love to start writing this by Valentine’s Day and have it done by the end of this ROW, but that might be pushing it. Still …

Your Turn: So what are your thoughts on the solar flares and meteors? And what are your plans this week?


Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

7 thoughts on “News. Previews. Reviews

  1. Growing up in the DFW metroplex, I don't remember EVER hearing a sonic boom, though I did see the shuttle once – a night landing. It left the coolest bright trail across the sky! But I'm not used to my walls shaking!


  2. So sorry I deleted your comment, Jenny! My Precious Redhead distracted me as I was replying to THANK YOU for your encouragement! Just clicked the wrong button!Thanks for the encouragement! I'm excited about getting through the rewrite and looking forward to polishing up a little on some sentence structure. All in all, I'm really pumped about it!


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  4. Wow, what a week! It's astonishing to think how solar flares and meteors affect our day-to-day lives… especially since it's so rare to interact (see, or hear) them. I live pretty close to military bases in Southern California, so I grew up with sonic booms. Once or twice it's been because of a landing shuttle craft. Those leave pretty jet-trails in the sky (hey, any clouds are pretty here on a hot, cloudless day).You're right–that car chase idea sounds fun. I was excited even by the non-chase version that you shared! Hope that you have a great & productive week!


  5. It's a rare honour to see one – most meteors are slowed to just a few hundred miles an hour by the atmosphere. But some aren't slowed so much. Every incident is unique; there are a huge number of variables – size, composition, and the speed relative to Earth when one hits us. They also tend to come in clusters – comets can break up, for instance, leaving trails of debris behind them and the Earth ploughs through them. The Leonids are probably one of the better known meteor swarms.The most spectacular 'meteor' I ever saw was actually a rocket stage, moving relatively slowly left-right across the southern horizon, breaking up. The angle and colour told me it wasn't extraterrestrial – it was even on the usual track satellites take over New Zealand.Solar activity is a worry. In 1859, there was a solar flare so huge it induced sparks along telegraph lines in the US. Could it happen again? Sure. Electronic stuff's more delicate now, and that's a bit of a concern.Thanks for your post!Matthew Wright


  6. Yes, I'm glad mine turned out to be nothing, too. The story is really starting to take shape and I'm finding connections to sub-plots that I didn't anticipate. Cool how that works!


  7. That's so exciting that you heard the meteor fall! I don't see why it couldn't be true. A meteor is just a large rock from outer space (not a star). If it has enough mass, and is falling fast enough, it definitely could break the sound barrier. I mean, that's what a whip does when it cracks, right? So, it isn't out of the realm of possibility. It's very exciting news that this will be a big year for activity. I love star gazing. :)Your new idea sounds really exciting! As a writer, my imagination runs away from me sometimes, too. It can be fun, or it can be a little scary (like your truck story). Either way, I'm glad it gave you something to write about. Some of the best stories come from real life incidents. (Although, I'm glad yours turned out to be nothing!)