5 Facebook Tips for Authors (and others)

Recently, we brushed up on blogging by reading The Golden Rules of Blogging and, as a result, cleaned up this blog’s look. You may have also noticed that we’ve been playing around on social media lately. We’ve both been on Facebook a long time, and we added a page there for Generation Space. We’ll continue to share on our personal pages, of course. And followers there can see “public” posts … Continue reading 5 Facebook Tips for Authors (and others)

5 Things We Did at a Writing Residency

We’re back at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony this month. Read some other posts about Writing Retreats HERE and HERE. We began the residency by going through the copyedited manuscript of Generation Space: A Love Story. That sounds rather tedious, but we found it exciting. Not only did we get caught up as writing nerds in the minutia of comparing Chicago and NASA style, but we felt motivated, knowing … Continue reading 5 Things We Did at a Writing Residency

5 Tips from The Golden Rules of Blogging

When we started this blog six years ago, our golden rules were to work together as true collaborators, to write well, and to post at least once a week. We wanted to share information and experience about aviation and spaceflight, science of the 20th century and beyond, and writing as a couple, but we also wanted to use this blog to cultivate our writing lives … Continue reading 5 Tips from The Golden Rules of Blogging

5 Tips from A Writer’s Time

It’s August and we’re back at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, which has us thinking about what we can accomplish as writers this month and this year, if we use our time well. Here are five snippets from A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity. Quick aside: In just the sort of serendipity the Lofty duo likes, Atchity is the president of Atchity Entertainment International, whose clients include Australian millionaire-turned … Continue reading 5 Tips from A Writer’s Time

5 Ways to Follow Generation Space

Generation Space: A Love Story is in production and will be out from Stillhouse Press in February 2017. We’re excited! 5 ways to follow the book and the two of us: Twitter @GenerationSpace @GenerationSpaceToo Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GenerationSpaceToo Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Anna-Leahy/e/B001JP2FR6 http://www.amazon.com/Douglas-R.-Dechow/e/B00UO6JY2A Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/15274667.Anna_Leahy http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/14254395.Douglas_R_Dechow Our Websites (the book website is coming soon!) http://amleahy.com http://douglasdechow.com BONUS: The Blog (right here!) https://loftyambitions.wordpress.com Continue reading 5 Ways to Follow Generation Space

First Moon Landing Anniversary

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon. Six hours later, on July 21, they stepped out onto the lunar surface, the first humans to do such a thing. Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut who circled the Moon alone while Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the lunar surface: Far from feeling lonely or abandoned, I feel very … Continue reading First Moon Landing Anniversary

Happy Birthday, Patrick Stewart

    1) Actor Patrick Stewart was born on July 13, 1940. 2) He played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation, which ran from 1987 to 1994, and in subsequent films. 3) Picard catch-phrases:  Make it so. Engage. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. 4) Picard words of wisdom: It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Patrick Stewart

End of Shuttle: 5 Photos for 5th Anniversary

Five years ago today, on July 8, 2011, the space shuttle Atlantis launched to space from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. No shuttle has launched since, and Atlantis and the other orbiters are now artifacts in museums telling the story of where we’ve been and who we are. Here, in another of our “5 Things” posts, we share five photos from that last-ever shuttle launch five years ago. For … Continue reading End of Shuttle: 5 Photos for 5th Anniversary

OTD: 5 Tidbits for July 6-ish

  July 6, 1933: Comisky Park in Chicago hosted first Major League Baseball All Star Game as part of the World’s Fair. The next All Star Game is next Tuesday in San Diego. July 6, 1944: In 1942, Jackie Robinson was drafted into the Army. Two years later on this date, he refused to move to the back of the desegregated bus. Less than three years after … Continue reading OTD: 5 Tidbits for July 6-ish

Remembering Mir

On June 29, 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis first docked with the Soviet-then-Russian space station Mir. Though this was the third Shuttle-Mir mission, it was the first docking. Hoot Gibson served as commander, with four crew who flew up and back with him. In addition, two cosmonauts took the trip up, and three other spacefarers returned to Earth to end their longer-term stay aboard Mir. That exchange marked … Continue reading Remembering Mir