Posts Tagged ‘Cara Michaels’

LGS on Break

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Dec 19 2011

Very sorry to do this, especially in light of a potential uptick in readership during this holiday season, but I’m afraid there will be no Lost Girls’ Society update today, or for the rest of this week. I’m far enough behind on enough things that I’m going to have to spend this week re-establishing a writing buffer for automated posting in order to maintain the quality you should expect from Lost Girls’ Society.

If you’re interested feel free to speculate via comments as to how Audrey, Horera and Nadine might spend a Christmas (or generic winter holiday, though Audrey at least is in fact Catholic). There will still be some sort of frontpage update on Wednesday and Friday (and obviously this one today) so I might delve a little into the holidays from character perspectives. We’ll see what my schedule allows.

If you’re looking for more reading though, feel free to pop over to some of the weekly Blog Challenges such as Cara Michael’s Menage Monday or Wakefield Mahon’s Motivation Monday (which I’m personally judging this week!).

Book Review: Gaea’s Chosen The Mayday Directive

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Nov 21 2011

The new Lost Girls’ Society page is up and accessible via the Pages navigation to the right or the main Lost Girls’ Society story page above or to the right. Anyone new to the site should probably start from the main story page for either Lost Girls’ Society or Niar Saga as they offer the best gateways into the fiction that is the heart of this site.

And now for something a little different, my first Book Review;

Last month I won a copy of Cara Michaels’ Ebook “Gaea’s Chosen: The Mayday Directive” and admit it’s taken me until now to read it. Of course, once I did sit down with it I read the whole thing in one sitting. “Gaea’s Chosen” represents a fanciful and well imagined science fiction adventure geared toward more mature readers. The Ebook is available for a modest $0.99 on Smashwords.com.

Cara’s own description of the work is; Gaea’s Chosen: Ten men and ten women traveling 20 light years across the galaxy to settle a new world. The chance of disaster far outweighs the chance of success…

Commander Gemma Bryant left Earth knowing full well the man chosen to be her mate couldn’t stand the sight of her, but she opted to make the best of a bad situation

Now Gemma is awakened from 19K years in stasis to find her mission gone horribly wrong. They’re off course, missing crew and supplies, and for the remaining Chosen, the world they’ve landed on is far from uninhabited. As if she doesn’t have enough to manage, someone new is unexpectedly claiming her attention.

I’m most familiar with Cara through her website, her flash fictions and Twitter, and know her best as the host of the Menage Monday blog challenge—a great exercise and community for writers. Given more words to play with for The Mayday Directive I feel we get to know Cara, her characters and her world even better.

One of the first things that stands out to me about “Gaea’s Chosen” is the significance of the linguistic ability of the main character, Gemma Bryant, which reminded me pleasantly of Samuel R. Delany’s “Babel-17”. In Gemma’s case her linguistic talents allow her to converse with computers and Artificial Intelligences in such a way that they open up to her and reveal their frailties and insecurities.

In fact one of the most entertaining and refreshing aspects of “Gaea’s Chosen” is the idiosyncratic computer system, Gaea. In spite of being a computer, Gaea is no perfectly logical nor really perfectly anything construct. Instead she actually displays less composure and less efficiency than the military trained human members of the crew.

All around the characterizations and interactions of those characters are highly compelling and definitely the best part of Cara’s story. The adventure tends to unfold in the most exciting and interesting way possible, and yet with in-setting explanations so plausible as to make the suspension of disbelief necessary for the story wholly comfortable even after you finish and step away from the book. My favorite example of this is the humans’ use of “arc blades”—because really, who doesn’t think futuristic swords are cool? The blades being elegantly explained within the story as humanity’s inability to give up on war even after guns were ‘legislated into extinction’.

Weighing in at 7 Chapters, “Gaea’s Chosen: The Mayday Directive” feels like it’s just the hook from the beginning of a full length novel, but at $0.99 I won’t have any qualms about buying the installments as they come out—though perhaps when the story is finished a full collection will be available for a single download.

I don’t want to spoil anything about this fascinating adventure, but I feel it is necessary to say that a lot of “Mayday Directive” seems to be set-up—as the full scope and circumstances of the tale only just seem to be starting to be revealed at the end of this installment. Also the adult content is mostly just discussed in this segment, whereas I imagine as the story continues we will be treated to more ‘on-screen’ mature play.

And that is my first book-review. Whether I did it right or not, what you should take away is that it is a good story and completely worth picking up if you have a dollar to spend on a quick and engaging read.

Blog Challenges

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Oct 24 2011

The new Lost Girls’ Society post, Nadine’s 7th page, is now up and accessible via the Pages navigation to the right or from the Lost Girls’ Society main story page above or to the right. If you’re new to the site I suggest starting from either Lost Girls’ Society or Niar Saga at the top or the right. The main story pages collect the entries in order and give you an introduction to the stories–as well as linking additional material like the Wednesday flash-fictions.

Looking ahead briefly I thought I’d give you an idea of a few special items coming to the site in the near future (no not the gallery update, that’s coming but it shouldn’t count as special no matter how late I am getting to it). I’m thinking of starting a Monday Miscellany feature on the site which will allow for the Monday home-page updates to at times break the typical mold of the site in small ways.

The first Monday Miscellany you can look forward to is a Kerri’s Creatures Comic on Halloween, October 31st. I had no idea Kerri would get her story developed the way this month has done for her, thanks to Lady Antimony‘s Ghouls Galore blog challenge and a special Extended Edition of Tuesday Tales. Then coming in November I intend to use Monday Miscellany to actually get some reader interaction with the worlds of Lost Girls’ Society–so get ready for it and tell your friends, going to want writers, readers and anyone with any interest in creativity. Until then please note the current poll, and the one that will follow it, in the sidebar will in fact impact the course of Lost Girls’ Society.

On the topic of blog challenges and creativity, I thought I should mention a few I’m part of that you really should check out if you want to flex your writing muscles, join amazing online communities of writers, or even just find a reliable source of good weekly reading.

There is of course Lady Antimony herself, the first blog challenger I became involved with. Every month since the first Seven Sins challenge with her she’s provided further opportunity for writers to come together and tackle common prompts. Ghouls Galore, the seed for Kerri’s Creatures, is the October challenge and worth hunting down the other entries.

Then on Mondays we have Cara Michaels‘ Menage Monday challenges–three part prompt and 200 words with again a great community of regulars that is still growing. Every Monday you can submit your brilliance to her site in the comments and be recognized by other authors, or just stop by and read some amazing flash fiction.

And on Tuesdays there’s The Glitterlady‘s now (or soon to be) legendary Tuesday Tales. Really amazing how rapidly that community has grown. You get 100 words, so it’s quick, but everyone makes their words count so I never envy the guest judges.

I know there’s more great blog challenges out there, in fact I think there’s a Week in Flash or something like that with challenges every day of the week, but these are all the more I can juggle on top of my other activities. Feel free to check them out or link to your favorite blog challenges in comments.