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About AngelinaJWindsor

Angelina J. Windsor, Sugar & Spice and Everything…Naughty, hails from Canada. Married to the love of her life, she has combined her love of all kinds of romance including new adult contemporary, the paranormal, and science fiction with her interest in exploring highly charged erotica in her line of books. A love of reading and writing sent her on her life’s quest to connect with others over the written word, “for having our voices heard is akin to sharing our souls”. She hopes her characters will touch your heart and help you escape the bonds of this Earth as she surrounds you with an otherworldly experience where werewolves and goddesses roam freely. She loves to be approached about the journey of writing and can be reached at angelina.j.windsor@gmail.com

Are There Any Original Writing Ideas Left?

That is the question that has been plaguing me for some time now. I’ve been of a mind that one needs to have an original idea to be really noticed in the publishing world which causes me to rack my brain constantly for new ideas, but in reality it has all been said and done before according to the slew of blogs written by published authors I have been perusing this past year. What is up for grabs is having an original take or building on what has come before. Some blog entries even go so far as to suggest actually using a bestselling book’s plot as the basis for your book, just change the setting and characters around.

But what has affected me the most is how often I am well into a book-in-progress and discover how similar it is to another one. I seem to have a knack for getting ahold of a book to read and having the dismal effect of discovering they got the idea to market first! But according to many others this is not such a bad thing which gives me hope because many say you will write it different with a different voice that any other author just as each snowflake is unique, so will your work be unique. This is important to me, because too often I have pushed aside an idea at the ten or twenty or even thirty thousand word count mark when I discover something similar is already on the market, and with the hordes of writers out there and growing exponentially every day, the changes of it being a different book entirely from anyone else’s is just about near impossible.

Are you plagued by such things too? I would love to hear your take on this.
Thanks,
January Bain

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Magic Powers part two

I have an active interest in world building like most writers do and thought compiling a list of possible superpowers that an author might tap into might be a useful enterprise. Please feel free to peruse and incorporate which ever superpower interests you. Right now, in my newest work in progress, Time Without End, I am utilizing the power called: Biokinesis: This is power to heal or perform other biological manipulation, like save a life.
*And without further ado here is the list:
Aerokinesis: The ability to mentally control wind and air flow.
Animation: The ability to bring inanimate objects to life.
Astral Projection
: The ability to separate and control one’s astral body outside of the physical body. The out-of-body experience where one can travel outside of their body.
Atmokinesis: The ability to control or manipulate the weather, like creating rain, tornadoes, fog…etc.
Aura Perception: An aura is the spiritual energy field that people and objects give off. Usually, auras convey the feelings or emotions someone gives off in a range of colors. Someone with aura perception can see these colors in someone’s aura.
Biokinesis: The power to heal or perform other biological manipulation.
Chlorokinesis: The power to control or manipulate plants.
Chronokinesis: The power to control time, and even travel through time.
Clairaudience: The ability to hear sounds coming from the spiritual plane.
Clairvoyance: The power to visually perceive events that are taking place elsewhere or sense places that are not in view.
Cryokinesis: The ability to control the element of ice, or cold in general.
Divination: The ability to predict the future.
Electrokinesis: The ability to manipulate electricity and electric fields.
Ferrokinesis: The ability to mentally manipulate metal.
Geokinesis: The power to control the element earth.
Gravitakinesis: The ability to manipulate gravity.
Hydrokinesis: The elemental ability to manipulate water.
Magnetokinesis: The ability to mentally manipulate the magnetic field.
Mediumship/Necromancy: The ability to see and communicate with the dead.
Mesmer: Similar to glamor, a vampire ability to make humans do what you what them to when you want them to.
Omnilingual: Having the ability to speak, or to understand, all languages.
Omnipotence: This one pretty much means unlimited power. Usually only deities have this.
Omniscience: Another power that only deities tend to have, it’s the is the capacity to know everything infinitely.
Photokinesis: The ability to mentally manipulate light.
Power Absorption: The ability to absorb another person’s powers, leaving the person powerless.
Power Bestowal : The ability to bestow powers upon another person or wake up the latent powers of others.
Power Mimicry: Similar to power absorption, except mimicry is the ability to absorb another’s powers while leaving the other person’s powers intact.
Power Negation: The ability to cancel out or diminish the powers of others.
Power Sensing: The ability to sense the powers of another person.
Precognition: The ability to see events before they happen.
Presentience: A form of precognition where one senses events before they happen instead of “seeing” them.
Psychokinetic: The ability to mentally move objects.
Psychometric: The power to read the history of an object by touching it.
Pyrokinesis: The elemental power to manipulate fire, or heat.
Remote Viewing: The ability to mentally view a distant unseen target.
Shape shifting: This is an obvious one; it’s the power to transform your body into another form, like an animal.
Sonokinesis: The ability to mentally manipulate sound waves.
Spiritual Possession: The ability to take complete and total control of another person’s body.
Tactile Telekinesis: The ability to manipulate objects by touching them.
Technopathy: The ability to manipulate electronics.
Telekinesis: Telekinesis is the ability to manipulate and control objects with the mind.
Telepathy: The ability to read the thoughts of others.
Teleportation: The ability to disappear from one place and reappear in another.

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Magic Powers

When I discovered our theme for the month on Worlds of the Imaginations was magic powers I just had to get onboard. 

I began writing because I desperately craved having a magic power. And that theme has come out time and again in my novels. It’s allowed me to build worlds in ways that have satisfied my need to feel this power albeit through my characters.

What is this power you ask? The power I most want is the power to heal another person. Not cutting into them like a surgeon or the dispensing of drugs, but laying on of hands to send the “powers of light” coursing into them and have them heal from the inside out. As if the condition had never existed in the first place.

The first time I used this power of healing was in the novel, Forever Man, when my heroine healed her man to save the day. The second was in Blood Moon Justice where the heroine’s powers had been expanded to include not only healing, but telepathy and telekinesis. That gal was so good she worked in a bar and could stop a drink from hitting the floor and saving the cleanup! I so enjoy strong heroines. They need kick-ass attitude and have abilities I don’t have to make the journey with them satisfying for me. And in my imagination, that’s just so easy and so much fun to do.

I look forward, with pleasure, to reading about other author’s super power choices.
Best,
January Bain

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The Freedom of a Pen Name and other Musings

According to Wikipedia, “a pen name, nom de plume, or literary double, is a pseudonym adopted by an author”. I decided a few months back to embrace the concept never guessing what a journey of words would follow my entry into this world. I came to the decision because as a teacher, even writing a simple sweet love scene, I felt the hard breath of critics standing behind my shoulder. It was such a fine line between acceptable and not acceptable it was stifling. Hence the pen name. But a curious thing happened after I introduced my new ego onto the internet, she began to collect more friends than me! And it was without a personal photograph because I can’t show “me” or I lose the anonymity. That I found strange. Here I am as my first self, January Bain, with smiling photo and “she” gets more friends and hits. I think I’m jealous!

I have been driven for some time now by my characters and my books. A day without some time spent writing feels wasteful and I have fully embraced my need to tell stories. I keep thinking I won’t have enough time to get it all down. (Possibly because I lost two precious brothers so young.) Time spent doing other things feels like just time getting ready to go back to my writing fresh again and sometimes it’s just annoying that other things need to be done. I’m going to assume this is normal for writers because a lot of us are an obsessive Type “A” personalities. I’ve blogged about balance in life before and how hard it is to achieve. I’m still working on it. It’s helped that my wonderful husband is aware of my obsession and encourages me to keep control of it. With just a few words he can remind me that having a life is also valuable and will only help my writing.

Which gets me to my main point to muse about today. I’ve heard it said it’s the third point in a letter or discussion that is the one a person is really trying to get around to. I have been blogging about my writing journey for a few years now and just recently began to wonder if I had anything fresh or new to say. I find it easy to write about the journey of writing, especially in a new genre. When I began my first science fiction book I think I wrote as much about the journey of writing it as words in the book! But this time round I’m writing in a new genre that January Bain cannot blog much about as she is a teacher, if you know what I mean, so that’s out for fodder for blogs. So now I turn to my fellow artists and will read even more of what they are blogging about and hope for inspiration to hit in those wealthy veins. So I’m thanking all the writers, entertainers, actors and comedians out there well ahead of time for being my possible new muse. Thanks a heap!

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Best,
January Bain
The Forever Series
Champagne Books

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The Luxury of Vampire Time

I have always wanted to do things once without anyone knowing I have practiced, and then do them again—perfectly. And I now know why. There is much dignity in the rhythm of knowing how to do things well. And much comfort. And maybe, just maybe, a little ease for the fragile ego. Because I have always felt eyes upon me—judging eyes that catch every misstep.

Perhaps this is another reason for my love of all things vampire, if I have any need of another. They have this time, this wonderful, incredible spans of endless time to really do things well. To have the luxury of doing everything perfectly, at least with all the time in the world to practice, seems to this mortal a very big deal indeed.

And what would I spend these endless millennia of time on? Well, that’s a no-brainer! More storytelling, of course. Time to become a great storyteller sounds like paradise to me. What draws you to the paranormal storyline?

January Bain
STORYTELLER
Forever Man
Forever Woman
Forever Clan
Forever Angel

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Sci-fi inventions for the year 2723 for PLANET

My inventions: 2723 A.D. for the novel PLANET by January Bain

I thought someone out there in virtual land might enjoy reading about the things I needed to invent for a sci-fi book I wrote a while ago. It was a very interesting process for this writer and one I hope to repeat as often as necessary, doctor’s orders.

(1) Rejuvenation Institute for DNA stem cell therapy serum injections that “sets” the body back 50 years to enable a type of immortality.

(2) 100 Earth Zones under one United World Government.

(3) Automatic robot that cleans the apartment: Turbo-Robot (my personal favorite)

(4) Titan: More than twenty-three hundred kilometers across, the massive rock and ice structure was bigger than the total square kilometer size of Area Two. The largest of the one hundred Zones that gridded the planet, it stretched its tentacles from the Mississippi River system through the Great Plains to foot of the Rocky Mountains, from the former Canadian/US border to the state of Texas.

(5) New Earth

(6) An army of unleashed von Neumann probes, those self-replicating robots that are “seeding” the galaxy with terraform. (I didn’t invent this as it has already been mentioned for by scientists.)

(7) Previous Disasters: tainted through the centuries by numerous plagues of man-made viruses, nuclear explosions, naturally occurring volcanic eruptions of scalding lava that had burst inopportunely through the crust on occasion, the near collapse of the ecosystem that planted the idea for their current United World Government and one biotech disaster that decimated the entire population of Zones Ten through Twenty.

(8) Gabaray (space incinerator) turns space junk to dust.

(9) Implanted miniature chip that allows instant access to a device that acts similar to a twenty-first century cell phone. Also, it has reduced crime to virtually nonexistent due to its tracking nature.

(10) Flash-8, their very own personal flying conveyance that holds one to three people depending on style: ex. Rover (two people) or Viewer (one person) or Sedan (three people) Mind-controlled crafts.

(11) Nearly invisible headsets that allow you to mentally key in your thoughts to be later downloaded and stored in the library memory hard-drive for future generations.

(12) Movie screens inside your head or that can also be projected to a 3-D hologram for everyone to enjoy.

(13) Library of Data.

(14) Space Arks for the Exodus.

(15) Runatrons as slip-on, one-size-fits-all magnetic shoes that you ride just above the ground sort of like the old fashioned Segway people mover.

(16) Communiviewer: internal viewer much like a cell phone.

(17) Cyber-replicates to use for mundane and dangerous jobs.

(18) Hand-held FTL88 processor for recording information: lightweight, sturdy and see-through.

(19) Child-find trackers.

And so the list will grow. Hope you found it fun to peruse. Wishing you a great day!
Best, January Bain
The Forever Series

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The multiverse for world-building, thanks to Brian Greene!

“You know what blows me away about our known universe. It’s how it’s so ideally suited for life as we know it. For example, if the protons in an atom were just 0.2 more massive than they actually are, they would be unstable and decay into smaller particles. Atoms would not exist and neither would we! If gravity were just slightly more powerful, the consequences would be nearly as grave. It would cause stars to run through their fuel at a fraction of the time and sputter out before life as we know it had a chance to evolve. In other words, the universe is life-friendly. Too many coincidences to be mere accidents according to many scientists.”

*Using the tenants from the above declaration made by one of my characters in a previous novel, I began to wonder how world building for a new multiverse might play out. (I’ve watched a lot of science shows hosted by the incomparable Brian Green and sat enthralled through them.) What could I add that would differ in a useful way for my storytelling from here on Earth? I decided on using a time travel scenario by creating a wormhole that could be used as a “bridge” to the past that would allow my characters to meet up at different times in history because that just sounds like so much fun to set up. And the ensuing chaos will help with the storytelling, eh.

Secondly, I imagined a looser kind of morality that would allow for a lot more fun. We can sometimes be such prudes here on Earth so a universe with more scope in that direction just might add a whole new slant to things. And it looks like some readers are looking for stories that cross many genres, at least according to some of the blogs I’ve been reading, so that just might be the needed impetuous, right?

Thirdly, a new universe would be a great place for all the supernaturals to hang out, which would explain their elusiveness here on Earth—think Big Foot. Gives them their own place where they can visit our planet when they chose which means we need portal(s) to that other world that I’m going to call Outrider due to their outlaw nature.

Fourthly, the new world creatures just accept reincarnation as a fact, like some believe in right here on Earth.

Fifthly, time travels much slower on this new world adding to the sense of it being a haven. You can visit this universe and get back to Earth before very much has changed. Rather a useful premise for storytelling.

Now, to find out more you will just have to read the series when it’s finished. First Book: Blood Moon Justice coming soon.

How does world building work for you? Do you fly by the seat of your pants as you go or do you plan everything ahead of time? I’d really like to know.

Best, January Bain
Storyteller
Forever Series
Champagne Books

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The Fox0 Immortality Gene

I’m always fascinated by where writers find their ideas. I was recently reading an article in a Science magazine when up popped a story that would look more at home in a science fiction journal than in a hard science tome. It was fascinating stuff. All about hydra, a genus of small, simple, fresh-water animals that possess radial symmetry. Hydra are predatory animals belonging to the phylum Cnidaria and the class Hydrozoa. They can be found in most unpolluted fresh-water ponds, lakes, and streams in the temperate and tropical regions and can be found by gently sweeping a collecting net through weedy areas. They are multicellular organisms which are usually a few millimeters long and are best studied with a microscope. Biologists are especially interested in Hydra due to their regenerative ability; and that they appear not to age or to die of old age.

Now that’s the part that fascinated me: appear not to age or die of old age. Is that amazing or what! And it does this feat by having a FoxO gene. We do have that in common with the hydra, but we got short-changed somewhere along the way. This all has to do with stem cells, so in the news of late, and us not having the good kind as we age. And so our bodies decline. Ugh.

But there is hope on the horizon. Research groups are hard at work on this and I wish them the very best!

So my feverish mind got busy. How to turn this into a devious plot! To heck with the vampires for a while, I’m going to use a hydra breakthrough as my plot device. And I’m thinking a book that dwells into all the ramifications of such an ability to exist on Earth, for humans to have immortality: over-population being the obvious. And what if the treatment is outrageously expensive? How will that effect humanity?

And so you have it, finding ideas in the most refreshing of places.

Happy writing, everyone. And the very best of the season to you, from all the way up here in central Canada. And loving it!

Best wishes,
January Bain
Storyteller/the Forever Series
Champagne Books

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The real science behind time travel for Science Fiction writers

A new door has opened on my writing journey with time travel being the glorious package revealed. It’s been like Christmas for a month around our house as I have spent every waking moment (and many sleeping judging by my dreams) unraveling this package layer-by-layer. I have had the luxury of contemplating such amazing ideas as the following plausible choices (just a few of them listed here) for building a “Time Machine”, according to some noted physicists and engineers that have spent time pursuing the possibilities:

(1) The most popular choice tends to be traversable wormhole like the one featured in the novel Contact by Carl Sagan. The hardest part—getting your hands on one! It would take a very advanced civilization to pull off the feat of selecting a wormhole out of the quantum foam and enlarging it to classical size. Then, it has to be stabilized with exotic (negative) energy against collapse by “threading” it with the equivalent of converting a planet the size of Jupiter into pure energy! (E=mcˆ2 to be specific.) Then, this is the most important part, if an advanced civilization had created it that civilization would have had to live before the time it was discovered to use in my story to allow backward (to the past) time travel.

(2) An intriguing choice I am also pursuing is Cosmic Strings. Discovered in 1991 by Gott, cosmic strings are thought to have been around since the Big Bang. They stretch the length of our universe and have a diameter millions of times smaller than that of the smallest atom. They too can warp space-time to the extent that closed timelike curves can be created. Perhaps a character can be accidently swept away by a cosmic string like an avalanche sweeps away a mountain climber? But not controllable enough for my story where I need my character to travel back to an exact place and time, a world-line to be specific.

(3) Rotating Cylinders (thanks to Frank Tippler) can create a time machine if we can construct a sufficiently large one that appears infinite at the center. (piece of cake, right!) However, keep in mind that you cannot travel further back than the creation date of the cylinder and it’s travel to the past I’m most interested in. (I want to have one of my characters “fix” their past. Sounds easy, right! Well, it’s not going to be easy to pull that out of my hat.)

(4) Rotating Black Holes or Kerr Holes has a ring singularity through it which a time traveler can theoretically pass to enter other universes and/or to time travel in ours. Means there are past or future versions of our universe. Now, those portals are the doors into time machines! Okay, there are lots of objections to this idea that a writer has to speak to in their work to show they understand the implications, but then, that is true of any time machine conjecture, this essential need for technical verisimilitude.

And, if that’s not enough, here are other issues one needs to delve into and confront in writing a novel that hopefully will stand up to the scrutiny of most intellectuals: paradoxes, world-time lines, slip-time, causality, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity as well as his Special Theory, split universes, time tracks, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Mechanics and the unknown granddaddy of them all, The Theory of Everything!

This has been but a tiny snapshot of the wonders of pursing the concept of time travel.
Thanks for travelling a small part of the way with me.

Have a great day and I hope to hear from you!

Best,
January Bain
Storyteller
Forever Series
Champagne Books

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A Balancing Act for Writers

Do you find it as tough as me to balance writing and marketing? I would imagine that most writers just want to write. It’s the stories I get to watch unfolding in my mind that brought me to writing, and it’s what keeps me here. I’ve told myself tall tales since I was a child to help put me to sleep at night. Though it’s not working quite the same anymore as it just makes me want to jump out of bed and continue writing! So I keep a notepad by my bed to jot ideas down in for the next day.

I’ve gone about my writing in different ways over the years. Tried first person past, third person in all the ways imaginable, and now I’ve created a story that’s first person present which is about as immediate as your writing can get. I’ve tried all kinds of loveable and less loveable characters, storylines and still I come back to the paranormal. It just speaks to me more intensely because I get have my kind of magic in the form of insta-love (how my husband and I got together, but that’s a whole other story!) and fantastical things happen, or at least that’s how it works for me. I would never presume for anyone else as we all experience things through the kaleidoscope that is our life: Past, present and future.

Marketing, while I work away at it in off-hours, is a little harder for me to find the enthusiasm for, unless it’s writing blogs which I do enjoy for the obvious reason: I get to write! The best thing I did for myself was hire an expert recommended by my esteemed publisher to set up my virtual blog tour for each book’s release. For a reasonable sum you get some great marketing done for you; reviews, interviews, and your blogs posted by knowledgeable promoters available to help writers.

I do admit to reading a fair lot on the subject of marketing and know where others think your time is best spent, according to polls and the like. This only seems reasonable to me as why spend time on things not proven to make a whit of difference to writers. Facebook comes highly recommended though Twitter a little less. A website is seen as crucial. Well, that’s become a whole lot easier these days and they’re free on weebly and other sites. And of course, choose your publisher well! J. Ellen Smith at Champagne Books and all her wonderful staff make the journey a whole lot easier, providing solid help to authors.

And so I’m come full circle. Knowing that I have to balance the two competing fields for my time and attention and knowing which one will win out most often. And that’s okay. Writing is what writers do!

Best,
January Bain
Storyteller
Forever Series

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