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Catch up with Starship Gypsies…

What with all the other stuff I’ve been busy with recently, (like getting my very first published stories released in paperback) I have been lamentably lax in writing another episode in the adventures of the IGV Alice Marie and her ragtag crew of Starship Gypsies (which, if you’ve missed it so far, you can start reading HERE)

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So here, without further ado (or any more blatant plugging of my two debut published stories, which are also available for Kindle) is the latest chapter in the continuing sci-fi epic that Jerry and I have created.

Ladies and gentlemen…

Episode 12: Judgement Call.

 

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New Starship Gypsies post – 10. Hidden agendas.

The adventure continues on our sci-fi collaboration project…

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As the IGV Alice Marie blasted her way across the vast interstellar void toward Earth, Carli and Diaz continued to quietly discuss the hatch failure that had so nearly caused a fatal incident on the trip out to NASA 6.

“If that pin had sheared off whilst still in orbit, there’s no telling what kind of damage the ship could have incurred,” said Carli as she sipped a coffee in Diaz’s cabin, “we were lucky you discovered it when you did. If you’re right that it wasn’t an accident, then there’s every chance that whoever tampered with the hatch may have other plans to cripple the ship, or worse.”

Diaz considered this, grateful that her friend hadn’t rejected her suspicions out of hand and yet cautious of how to proceed, knowing that making unfounded accusations about sabotage could alienate her from the crew and very well result in her becoming…

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Starship Gypsies continues…

Here is Jerry’s latest installment from our joint project, Starship Gypsies…

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 He scrolled through his reader, looking at his blog and scanning the ‘net. Captain Toes was bored. There was a meeting in a few moments to discuss his choice of destination, Frystur, a fairly large ice planet with few Stakes of Claim for Resources. His Interstellar Planet and Heavenly Bodies Guide listed it as having methane, chlorine, and oxygen ice fields. There are also minerals and ores that have value on the Intergalactic Metals and Chemicals Exchange, so he was really excited to arrive there.

After a meeting with his bridge crew and having set the ship on auto pilot they went to hyper. He walked through the ship and stopped at the mess hall. Then he went his room, and now it was simply travel time

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He entered the bridge when the proximity alarm sounded in his room. The bridge was buzzing and he could see a…

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Making more space…

I’ve spent the morning tinkering with the design of the new Starship Gypsies site.
I have now made it easier to navigate from the front page to both the beginning of the story and to the latest installment.

I’ve also (with the help of WordPress and their lovely support team, the “Happiness Engineers”) discovered how to embed clickable images.

So, because I like showing off when I’ve learnt something new, (yes alright, I expect you all knew how to do this ages ago) here are those very links.
If you’ve only just discovered our little space opera and want to get in on the ground floor, so to speak, this first link is for you.

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But if you’ve been following the adventures of Captain Toes and his crew since the beginning, here is where the tale continues.

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Thanks for coming aboard.

Watch this space(ship)

 

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The continuing saga of the IGV Alice Marie: 4. NASA 6…

Another day, another chapter in the life of the Starship Gypsies…

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Lazzaro left the med bay, stopping at a com panel on his way out.

“Bridge; Lazzaro, what the hell was that noise?”

“Not sure sir, we’re showing a hull breech in the cargo hold, but that can’t be right, the olefin team are down there monitoring the methane transfer.”

“I’ll head down that way and take a look,” said Lazzaro, “and see if you can raise ZT, he’s probably puffing on one of those bloody Jamaican Gold things of his, try somewhere in the garden. Lazzaro out.”

Eric Lazzaro was one of the few people who got to call the captain by his given name – the hated “Zachary” – but only when nobody else was listening. Although Toes had relented slightly when Lazzaro shortened it to ZT, (“Zee-tee”) he thought it sounded more military, Eric suspected, like the old soldiers in the captain’s vintage movies who used to call…

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Starship Gypsies: 3. Carli…

Here is a link to the latest installment of Starship Gypsies, “Carli”, and remember you can go to the widget menu to start at the very beginning…

https://starshipgypsies.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/3-carli/

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It was dark, but not the kind of darkness that you got because the lights were off, more the kind that came from wearing a blindfold or having your eyes screwed tight shut.

This must be one of those waking dreams, thought Carli, because I feel awake.
So, if I just open my eyes…

Ah.
Ok, that didn’t seem to work, let’s try…

“Aha, the Cyclops lady is awake at last.”
The voice, somewhere very close by, made her jump

“Who’s there, where am I, what the hell is going on?”

“Well, to answer your questions in order; Eric, the med bay and ocular clone surgery.”

“Eric..?” The name was familiar, but to start with she couldn’t work out why, then it suddenly dawned on her, “Lazzaro, Eric Lazzaro? First Officer Lazzaro?”

“Correct on all three counts,” he said, the smile audible in his voice, “but you can call me…

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Starship Gypsies is go…

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Before you start, no, that shouldn’t be “Starship Gypsies are go”, because Starship Gypsies is the name of the new blog from Jerry at Jdawgswords and myself, a completely new collaborative adventure in multi-contributor, multi-media fiction writing.

We have only been “live” for less than twenty four hours and have already been approached by a blogger who’s eager to participate in our experiment, so who knows where it might lead.

Jerry and I have so far written an episode each, of a tale that was originally his idea (although he hadn’t even considered collaborating on it, that was just an off the cuff suggestion from me that, like so many of these things, took on a life of its own and gathered momentum rather quickly) and that’s as far as we’ve got.

For now, I’ve crafted a rather lovely new WordPress site, (even though I do say so myself, which I do) with links and widgets and dropdown menu thingies, all glorious gloriously enhanced by some beautiful photos which (for now, at least) I’ve pinched from NASA.

The concept, if nothing else, is simple.
We extend an open invitation to all and sundry; anyone willing to contribute writing, illustrations, video, music, graphics, animation, anything at all that will add to the overall look, feel and content of “the project” will be welcome aboard.
The idea is to have a continuously evolving storyline that could go absolutely anywhere, in any number of formats.
And, as an added incentive to those of you out there who have always wanted to have a go at writing a blog, but haven’t been quite sure where to start, (exactly like me, three years ago in fact) well, we’ve already done all the hard work of setting up the site and getting the story off the ground, why not jump on our merry bandwagon and hit the ground running (excuse the mixed metaphor) by joining us on the IGV Alice Marie as we boldly go where no blogger has gone before.

Without a map.

So here it is, I hope you enjoy our new crowd-blogging collective as much as I’m looking forward to being involved in it.
Browse the new site using the widget menu on the About page, which you can find at the link below.

See you there…

STARSHIP GYPSIES: THE VOYAGES OF THE IGV ALICE MARIE.

 

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