Desperately seeking for Time

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It’s a common thing to hear this from non-writers: “I would write a book, but I simply have no time to write.” Usually they also give you “the look” as in “you have too much free time for yourself. Jobless? No family? No kids?”

This is where you have to be honest with yourself. A day has 24 hours. We have enough time in our lives to do whatever we like to do with it. If we choose NOT to write, we have to acknowledge that it is a choice we have made, and time has little to do with it.

Are we after so much money that we have to slave extra jobs to support it? People are quite content (and *truly* happy) earning far less than what we believe is the threshold to happiness.

Have you chosen to take on extra volunteer jobs, or to take a job that is far from home? Yes, it’s great to feel productive and it’s great to have numerous hobbies, but again, we have that 24 hours allotted time with each day and if we feel the urge to write it needs to have a slot in there. We may choose to do other things instead, then those other items will have priority, but time is not an issue.

Many famous writers had full time jobs, had families and parents to care for. They sat down, looked at their schedule for the week, and set aside time for their writing. It was important to them – to ease their urge.

In airplanes they say to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others, right? Your own mental state needs care just as much as other things do. If you become overly stressed and worn down, you can’t help others properly. Every hour you spend is less effective. To be fully helpful to others, you must meet your own needs, too. Also as a writer.

So sit down and go through your schedule. Look at all the things you’ve chosen to do. Fit in an hour for writing. And then DO it. Put up a “do not disturb” sign. This is your time. The more you make this an important part of your normal schedule, the more others will respect your efforts, support you, and your dreams will become a reality.


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Massimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
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“Fiat Lux” – The Discovery of Cosmic Background Radiation

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In 1965 Arno A. Penzias and Robert W. Wilson of Bell Laboratories worked at a new horn antenna designed for detecting low levels of microwave radiation. They had a problem, they found a low microwave background “noise”, nothing different from the electrical noise which produce “snow” on your television screen. They tried all they could  to eliminate it, they pointed the antenna to different points to see whether there was a directional dependency, then to different areas of the sky to check whether the “noise” came from up there, and got the same kind of noise, frustrating in the highly sensitive antenna they were testing and inventing. What a bummer.

Being persuaded that the noise was in their instrument, they took other, more sophisticated steps to eliminate the problem, such as cooling their detector to extremely low temperatures. The noise was still there, like a stubborn pest.

They found no explanations for the origin of the noise, in the end they  concluded that it was indeed coming from space, but there was a problem: it was the same from all directions. They had found a distribution of microwave radiation which matched a blackbody curve for a radiator at about 2.7 Kelvins.

After all their efforts to eliminate the “noise”, they found that a group at Princeton had predicted with their studies the existence of a residual microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang. Scientists were planning to conceive an experiment to try to detect the “noise”.

It is so that Penzias and Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1978 for the discovery of their “noise”.

This uniform  radiation in the microwave region is observed in all directions in the sky. It shows the wavelength dependence of a “blackbody” radiator at about 3 Kelvins temperature. Scientists considered it to be the remnant of the radiation emitted at the time the expanding universe became transparent at about 3000 K temperature: the “Fiat Lux” moment.

The recent experimental discovery of the 3K microwave background radiation is crucial to the calculation of the standard “Big Bang” model of cosmology, and provides an estimates of relative populations of particles and photons. The most precise measurement of the temperature is 2.725 +/- 0.002 Kelvin.

Previous experiments had shown some anisotropy (non uniformity and directional dependency) of the background radiation due to the motion of the solar system, but data show also fluctuations. These fluctuations are necessary in Big Bang cosmology to give enough non-uniformity for galaxies to form. In contrast, the apparent uniformity of the  radiation was at the basis for the “galaxy formation problem” after the Big Bang cosmology. In a sense, if everything is uniform, how comes the soup coalesced?

We have now a much higher resolution picture of the anisotropies in the cosmic background radiation. The data show a round figure of 109 photons per nuclear particle and this allows for the conditions of the “Fiat Lux” moment, when  galaxies and stars formed. The Universe had to cool down until its temperature dropped below 3000K.  Atoms  formed and removed the opacity of the expanding universe soup; light  got out and relieved the radiation pressure. Star and galaxy formation started when the gravitational attraction overcame the outward radiation pressure.

With atom formation and a transparent universe, the gravitational clumping began, and our Universe heard the words: “Fiat Lux”.


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Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
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Award Winner in Science Fiction – Readers’ Favorite 2014

Readers\' Favorite Book Contest Award WinnerReviewed by Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite

At first it seems that the world, Eridu (Earth, as it is known by the Moirai), is at peace, in Once Humans by Massimo Marino. But things are not exactly as they appear. Humans are undergoing a transformation into becoming greater beings (transgenic beings that were created by the Moirai, which took over the planet). They are closely watched by a group called the Selected. As long as they are supported by the alien Moirai, the communities of transgenic beings grow, thrive, and are secure. All this is suddenly threatened by saboteurs called Kritas who have been in conflict with the Moirai for millennia. These aliens hope to undermine the work that the Moirai have done and control the new human race themselves. Dan Amenta, a transgenic being, is the only hope for Eridu and the transgenic community. He must pursue the Kritas through the labyrinth of tunnels and prevent them from carrying out their destruction – but first he must successfully complete the maze of logic which exists in the minds of the aliens.

The suspenseful, thrilling plot of Massimo Marino’s work in Once Humans is very well designed and is presented in great detail. The development of the characters, their emotions, and the way they react to each other makes the story move in a way that appeals to all members of the human race. The reader will find that there are many questions to be answered and many possible answers presented in a very thought-provoking manner, making this novel one to challenge the mind and draw the reader to look deeper. The reader will often feel like they are functioning within Dan’s mind and seeing what he sees. This is an excellent sci-fi thriller which is not only well thought out and very imaginative, but thrilling and captivating as well.

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AuthorMMMassimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy.

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

 

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Reviewed by Christopher Dagg for Readers’ Favorite – 5 STARS

Daimones” by Massimo Marino is an apocalypse book with a difference. One night the world’s population quietly died, except for Dan, his wife Mary and their teenage daughter. The mass extinction was so quiet that it was only on the commute to work in Geneva that Dan noticed that something was amiss. Then with mounting alarm they discover that all the people around them are dead and that all the old certainties in life have vanished. Dan works quickly to protect his family’s short-term and medium-term safety and only then can he start to work out the means to test the premise that everybody else in the world is dead. Finally they get a response though it is a rambling paranoid message which trips Dan and his family into a paranoid survival mode almost sabotaging their first human contact. The new survivor joins the family and the group dynamics change. Dan continues to search for other survivors and makes a key discovery about the mystery of the extinction while searching for survivors with the facilities at CERN.

This is a good book. It is attractively written and the language flows well. “Daimones” explores some difficult themes. For instance, what would be your reaction when you find that more and more of the people and structures of your society are gone? At what point will you cross over from respecting the laws and customs of civilization to fending for yourself? The main character in the book had the space to develop as their roles changed in the new world. Yet the plot didn’t tire but shifted gear to an exciting finish. The evocation of the rich and expensive city of Geneva surrounded by commuter towns in France is especially well done. A great read; well done Massimo.

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AuthorMMMassimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.

Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy.

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

 

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FREE EBOOK! Silencing Joy by Amy Rachiele

I scream. I couldn’t help it. I jump up and whack my head on the bottom of a bleacher. My hand flies immediately to the lump forming. I start running while bent in half. I try to get out.
I don’t.

Suddenly, my hair is yanked back. I shriek as my hands automatically go to the back of my head. My heart races in terror. I bend backwards from the yank and then fall to my knees.
~Joy, Silencing Joy

Joy is the type of person that goes about her business, stays out of people’s way, and keeps to herself. Everything changes one night at a football game.
Have you ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Follow Joy as she discovers what wrong place and wrong time actually mean.

Kara shifted in her seat and her foot slipped. Something pulled on it.
A hand came around her mouth and she was falling. Kara found herself flat on the ground in the dirt and trash under the bleachers.
A cloth was slipped over her mouth and tied behind her head. Someone flipped her over like a hog, tying and dressing it for a roast over a spit. Kara’s hands were yanked and bound behind her back with thick rope.
~Kara, Silencing Joy

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Rachiele has a very personal and personable writing style. She tells a vividly raw and shockingly real story that you can’t help but get caught up in. This story is very emotionally charged. It’s cool & disturbing all at the same time. Her descriptions, as well as her storytelling, are understated yet won’t let you go. The story itself had me captivated. It’s vivid without being over the top.

Rachiele flips perspective between a variety of characters. With some you’re vey engaged and caught up in the tale. With others, it’s like you’re standing on the sidelines. This adds an extra layer of complexity to the tale. You get to know all of the characters in the story without leaving anyone in the dust. ~Jonel, Canada

Overall, this story was exhilarating, thought provoking, & thoroughly enjoyable. I didn’t ever want it to end.Silencing Joy ebook cover

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eBook Review: The Man by Abraham

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4/5 Star Review by Short Story Station (@ShortStoryStn)

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This 14-paged short story opened where the reader will instantly question the sanity of the main character. Doubts may be entertained whether The Man’s obsession to kill was rooted on facts or mere delusions.

Jerry Punchard’s life and ambition was shattered when he was accused of plagiarizing a term paper for his elective class, Modern Computing Theories under Dr. Carver.  The accusation caused his premature dismissal.  Years after, he found a way to drag himself out of this lifeless existence he is holed in. He is going to kill the one man who caused all these trouble for him. He already found Brad Stevens, and his death will be a sweet revenge as Jerry had planned.

Abraham Lopez wrote with arresting clarity and morally conflicting concept. On one hand, you’d wish that Jerry will succeed to complete his revenge, he more than deserve it. Besides, Brad is one hell of a good-for-nothing guy, who doesn’t give a hoot on anyone. On the other, conscience will dictate that Jerry must show compassion instead, and realize what more damage his current plans will do for his future. Aside from that, there is no proof that Jerry got all his information straight or if he is remembering it all correctly, because he had not been medicating for a long time. Jerry’s illness posed a big problem for the readers to recognize reality apart from his hallucinations.

The Man is a well-written short story, conventional, but poetic in the right places. This is a very angry crime story that I do wish to read in full length if ever there is a plan.

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Mobster’s Bones is Coming! Book 5 in the Mobster Series by Amy Rachiele

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Sink Your Teeth into Bite-Sized Horror Stories

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Bite-sized horror stories perfect for a quick weekend read!

 

Who says horror stories have to be long to be terrifying? In this collection of flash fiction stories, murder is done out of habit, impulsively, framed on someone else, and carefully planned and executed.

…Which type of murder story sends chills down your spine?

Book excerpt:

“This was Melony’s first night shift at the fast food brunch. Melony’s boss had made her clean the entire kitchen and it was her anger for him that helped her finish the job instead of collapsing on the floor. She couldn’t wait to finish as soon as possible so she could go back home.

She isn’t afraid of walking alone in the streets at 2 a.m. in the middle of winter. Everyone must have fallen asleep by now. Even psychos prefer their warm bed to a murder on a cold winter night.

But cold is making her fasten her pace. If she keeps it up, she will be home in 10 minutes and crawl into her warm bed. “You can do this, you can do this,” she keeps whispering to the little voice inside her head, whining that she can’t do it.

What is that noise behind her? Footsteps? No, it can’t be. She’s sure of that; however, she’s not turning back to check it out. She is fastening her pace even more.

But the noise behind her is not stopping…”

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