Alien In Africa

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There’s a big storm brewing here. I find it a bit hard to focus on what I’m doing when there’s a gale force wind blowing, and some fairly large twigs and branches zooming around, so I’m off to a very late and shaky start today. I’ll be concentrating on African Me from next week until it’s published, and then on to book two in the Shadow People series. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to getting my paintings finished for the new covers of all my scribbles too. A friend asked me the other day if it wouldn’t be wiser of me to stick to one genre, and wasn’t it confusing to write stories that are pretty much polar opposites. I’m not sure about the wisdom of this, but I don’t find it confusing. I find it easy to slip into book worlds, whether I’m writing or reading.

I do hope I don’t confuse my blogging friends though, with my trips into Africa on one day, and then heading off into alien worlds the next. It all makes sense to me, although I have been told that I can be somewhat odd, so I might be wrong. I really don’t find the idea of beings inhabiting other worlds in any way weird. In fact I think that saying that we are the only life forms in the universe is illogical. I spotted an item on the news the other day that NASA have found two more planets circling Kepler-62. They’re only slightly larger than Earth, both in the habitable “goldilocks” zone. Models suggest that they are both water worlds too. It doesn’t make sense to me that planets with warm temperate climates and covered with water won’t have life.

I don’t see why all other life would have to be bacterial either. The universe is most probably teeming with all sorts of critters way more advanced than we are. Although that would probably not be too difficult. Watching the news, I often wonder where all the hatred and awful acts will take us. At this rate we will be our own undoing, and not have to worry about being invaded by aliens. I’m still pretty sure that if aliens ever do pop on over, it won’t be to say Hi. They would probably be wanting the real estate, or maybe stopping over for provisions, and who knows what could be on an alien menu? Either way, I hope that when they do we’ll have worked our way up to where we can honestly call ourselves civilised, and to where we’re working together for the betterment and safety of all. If such a weird and wonderful event were really to take place right now I don’t think we’d stand a chance, because we’re too busy hurting each other to stand together against a global threat. I really hope we start to learn soon.

Till next time friends. xxx

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6 thoughts on “Alien In Africa

    jana sebastian (@janasebastianx) said:
    April 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    yes the human race is more divided than ever, Believers vs Pagans, one colour vs other colour, the west against the east, government vs people, neighbour vs neighbour, a house divided against itself cannot stand, not for much longer..

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Jana – Very true words. It seems to be heading to some point of critical mass now. Hopefully it’s not too late to learn to disagree with each other without the violence.

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    karledrichards said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Jo -Jumping from one genre to another is just like moving from novel to short story to poetry. I think you are showing both intelligence and an unwillingness to let your work define you. Others usually go the other way. If they have success with a genre, they stay with it. Let’s say I wrote a mystery. It’s easy to be comfortable there and become known as a mystery writer. So then, the genre defines me. You are more a Renaissance writer. Your name will define the work. It is admiral to me that you keep your creative integrity.

    To Jana – I am curious as to your wording of believers versus pagans. There are many religions and philosophies in this world. Which do you place in each grouping?

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      April 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Hello Karle!! I love being called a Renaissance writer! I like your explanation of moving from a short story to a novel too. I never thought of it that way before, but they really are very different animals. Thank you for helping me even further get my genre hopping straight in my head. Lovely to see you here too. :)xxx

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    karledrichards said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Little to do with anything –

    Jo – Then let me spew more nonsense! Your descriptive mastery shines at times when you may not realize it. Since the first time I saw you in another site, you have done a superb job of depicting the force and impact of your regional storms. Why not embrace that? Have you written anything yet in which such savage natural attacks are featured in your plot? It is something I may try from my own adventures here in hurricane alley. Please consider it. I think it’s a winner for you.

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    jorobinson176 responded:
    April 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thank you Karle!! I don’t think I’d survive a pucker hurricane though. I’m a craven coward these days after a cyclone or two. 😀 Maybe I describe them well because they scare the daylights out of me. You’re a hero in my opinion, waiting for those hurricanes so many times a year. I think that you should absolutely write a hurricane story!! It will be a most cool addition to your book. Come to think of it – a world destroying storm would make for a really good plot. Hmmm!! Maybe I will too. 🙂 xxx

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