With so many families suddenly homeschooling, I made three free astronomy mini-lessons. They’re for kids 8-12, & they explore the number of stars in the sky and the vastness of the universe. If you live in the city & your kids can barely see the Milky Way at night, these lessons are for you.
Each lesson has a short reading and a STEAM activity. Total time about 30-60 mins per lesson, depending on the kid.
Please share, remix, reuse & enjoy. (CC-BY-4.0)
Stars, Skyglow, and You
This image of the Milky Way is by Bruno Gilli/ESO, http://www.eso.org/public/images/milkyway/
I’m thrilled, and stunned, to have been awarded an Ontario Arts Council grant for Literary Creation Projects in support of my middle-grade novel-in-progress, SON OF SUPERTHIEF. Huge thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support.
In the GOOD NEWS DEPT: I’m grateful and honored to have received recommender grants from @ONArtsCouncil to support my in-progress MG fantasy novel, SON OF SUPERTHIEF. Thank you to the OAC, and to the recommenders who gave my project their vote of confidence.
The end of the year is a time to look back, to reflect on the new stories I’ve had published this year… and to note which of them are eligible for genre awards, in case anyone’s tempted to nominate one.
Here’s my list of award-eligible fiction for 2019. I note also that it’s my second year of eligibility for the Astounding award.
|SFF Short Stories
||🚀 “The Zest for Life,” – published in Future Science Fiction Digest, Issue 2, March 2019.
The plastic-pollution problem is solved by our appetites.
||Kori and Nori Go Out For T. A. C. O.s – published in Young Explorers’ Adventure Guide Volume 6, December 2019.
Two adventurous child-droids go on a mission. Outrageous puns, post-apocalyptic adventure, and maybe even a TACO at the end.
||🚀 “The Auditor and the Exorcist” – published in Working Futures, October 2019.
A story about the future of work in a near-future world with AI-mediated social credit.
|Literary Flash Fiction
||🚀 Salt, Spices, Fat, Honey – published in Flash Fiction Online, January 2019.
A brief meditation on hunger, need, and co-dependency.
I have a story in the Young Explorers’ Adventure Guide, Volume 6, which is now available on Amazon. YEAG is a fantastic anthology series packed with fun SF for middle-grade explorers of the universe. Plus, I’m sharing a TOC with Nancy Kress! Woot!
My story, “Kori and Nori Go Out For T. A. C. O.s”, features two adventurous child-droids on a mission. I promise outrageous puns, post-apocalyptic adventure, and maybe even a TACO at the end.
If you have any elementary-aged science-fiction readers in your life, the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is stuffed with new worlds and new adventures written for kids. Or, as the Kickstarter put it, “24 more amazing science fiction stories for girls, boys and robots of all ages.”