Author interview – Dick Pyle, truffle entrepreneur

For this post, I’m delighted to chat with Dick Pyle about truffles. Yes, you heard that right. Truffles. And I do mean the distinctive culinary fungus that people either love or hate... or maybe can't make up their minds about. Dick has previously worked in a variety of fields (no pun intended), including as a … Continue reading Author interview – Dick Pyle, truffle entrepreneur

Glowing things

In my A Quiet Rebellion books (not yet published, but I'm inching towards it), a recurring element is animals' eyes glowing in the dark. This isn't anything terribly mysterious: it's just observations characters make about the tapetum (an anatomical structure at the back of the eye), from the perspective of a society that views all … Continue reading Glowing things

Author interview: Hanna on hot air balloons

For this post, I'm delighted to feature an interview with Hanna Day, who has been of immense help with blimp-related information. Hanna is a social media consultant for non-profits and small businesses. We met on Scriphophile, which is a workshopping site for writers. Hanna is working on an epic fantasy trilogy, the first novel of … Continue reading Author interview: Hanna on hot air balloons

Interview: Don Day Jr on Hot Air Balloons

For all you steampunk and aeronautics fans, fellow Scribber Hanna Day has a fascinating post about hot air balloons. I’ll soon be posting an interview with Hanna about her own experiences with one. Meantime, enjoy Hanna’s article!

Hanna Day

donDayOffice Meteorologist Don Day Jr (right) with the Red Bull Stratos Mission Control team during the 2012 project.

Hot Air Ballooning in Fiction!

Many writers of speculative fiction, while exploring their fantastical and scientific worlds, like to utilize different modes of transportation in their work. Yet even with magical worlds a few hard facts can bring the reader out of the story.

Meteorologist and hot air balloon pilot Don Day is here to talk about weather balloons, space jumps and hot air ballooning in fiction. Specifically, what writers, both realistic fiction and speculative, need to know.

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