Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: Fave Non-Major Character Episodes

As soon as you’ve finished reading this week’s post, toddle off to your search engine of choice, and run a simple three keyword search: “Spock Kirk McCoy.” Once you’ve done your search, head of to the images section of your results. A scan of images quickly reveals that an incredible amount of the images have roughly the same positioning: Kirk at the image’s center, Spock … Continue reading Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: Fave Non-Major Character Episodes

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Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: 5 Fave Monsters

We’re continuing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek all month at Lofty Ambitions. In response to last week’s post of 5 fave episodes, it came through loud-and-clear on social media that a number of folks disagreed with Doug’s list—which is absolutely fine. We weren’t arguing that these were the best Star Trek episodes, simply that they were Doug’s childhood favorites. There are many … Continue reading Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: 5 Fave Monsters

Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: 5 Faves

This week the Lofty Duo is celebrating, acknowledging, reveling in the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. What’s now referred to by those in the know as TOS, The Original Series, premiered on American television sets on September 8, 1966. It had  already run in Canada, having premiered there on September 6th. A quick search of the online catalog for the Leatherby Libraries, where Doug works, reveals … Continue reading Star Trek’s Golden Anniversary: 5 Faves

5 Back-to-School Space Apps, Lessons, etc.

Space Math @NASA An amazing resource for K-12 teachers, NASA has developed all sorts of math problems based on space exploration and ready for implementation in classrooms. Whether you’re looking for a specific topic, like Mars, or a bunch of exercises for 5th-graders, you’ll find it here. Of course, math isn’t the only subject for NASA’s educational materials, so you can search by topic (climate … Continue reading 5 Back-to-School Space Apps, Lessons, etc.

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