I am Octo-Kraken, Hear me… wait, what sound do Octopuses make? #Tattoo #MentalHealth

When people talk about their spirit animals, they usually discuss mammals, and often time predators.  We associate ourselves with the animal characteristics we want to see in our best self.  We want to be the strong proud bear, we want to be the cunning sleek leopard, we want to be the wise ruthless owl.  Sometimes, people find out they’re a chipmunk or a dolphin or something else relatable and positive.  Rarely do you hear about someone being a skunk or a slug. So imagine my surprise when I discovered my spirit animal is an octopus. The octopus is non-mammalian, non-cuddley, and non-relatable. But strangely, that’s the point. A few years ago I read an article about Octopuses (Octopi?).  The article stated that the only reason they weren’t the dominant species on Earth was because they are not pack animals.  That the drive to come together into packs or tribes is what led to the development on language, culture, government and society.  Remove that need and you have a creature that never evolved to the same degree.  However, the innate intelligence, curiosity, and creativity of the Octopus actually outpaces that of our ancient ancestors. (I’m not a scientist and I’m paraphrasing so obviously I can’t support any of this.) Another article I wrote talked about how when/if we do find life on other planets, it’s statistically more likely that that life will be similar to a cephalopod that a primate. And another discovered that the suckers on tentacles are made out of ocular cells.  OCULAR CELLS. You see, there’s this reality of how the octopus experiences the world that is simply ALIEN.... read more

Chronicles Kindle Fire Giveaway!

The Future Chronicles are taking over the world!  And I’m psyched to be involved in a number of anthologies.  Check out the amazing books listed below and enter the giveaway to win a 6″ Kindle Paperwhite** with an entire set of seven Future Chronicles in ebook or equivalent in Gift Cards! a Rafflecopter giveaway Gotta read ’em all!   The Future Chronicles fresh voices and award-winning authors original speculative fiction short stories #1 anthology on Amazon with every release Like the storied SF collections of the past, The Future Chronicles brings you themed anthologies on the topics you love: Robots, Telepaths, Aliens, Artificial Intelligence, Dragons, Zombies… and more on the way. Each collection combines fresh new voices in spec fic with established, best-selling authors. Award-winning curator Samuel Peralta’s vision has created a series like no other. Scroll down to see all the Chronicles available including Future Chronicles Special Edition (only 99cents on pre-order!) and ENTER TO WIN   6″ Kindle Paperwhite** with an entire set of seven Future Chronicles in ebook **or equivalent in Gift Cards (International Winners get Gift Cards) If you’re looking for your daily dose of Pav, check out Alt.History 101 or The A.I. Chronicles and watch for The Cyborg Chronicles coming this fall! FUTURE CHRONICLES Special Edition A compendium of select previously published Chronicles titles as well as 5 new stories to whet your appetite. Foreward Hugh Howey New Stories From Susan Kaye Quinn, Moira Katson, Sam Best, and more PRE-ORDER NOW for 99cents releases 9.18 (will eventually be permafree) Authors Samuel Peralta Will Swardstrom Thomas Robins and more What if you could live forever? Even now, scientific advances have brought humans to the brink of solving life’s final conundrum. Twelve authors imagine... read more

Building a World 101 #TheseBrokenWorlds #MondayBlogs #NewRelease

Their home world is gone, their planet cut from existence. They traveled eons searching for a new home. But their new home, Earth, was already taken. From quiet stories of longing and love to tales of tragic nuclear war and brutal inter-species conflict, these narratives portray sometimes startling snapshots of a new universe with the intensity and delicacy that only flash fiction can convey. Each author’s unique stories enrich the shared, singular vision of a science fiction saga that is just beginning. Sign-up to get your copy free: kosapress.com/Pav World Building is always my favorite part of coming up with a new idea.  Books are full of new worlds and new adventures.  The structure of that world is always where I start.  Sometimes, there are surprises along the way as you write that cause you to change or rethink some of the rules you’ve set up for that world, but every new world requires rules.  This is one of the things that’s so exciting with science fiction and fantasy.  We don’t have to be constrained to the rules of the world we know and can come up with new systems, new sciences, new cultures and even new biologies.  These rules are never random.  In order to be effective the rules must contribute to the story, have reasons for existing.  If your alien has purple spots, why?  What evolutionary process required that these spots come into being?  Why purple? All these questions and more have to be asked for every single part of the world you build. For These Broken Worlds, the world building was different.  Usually, I research and make... read more

In the Shadow of the Greats

At the beginning of 2015, Imade it my goal for the year tosubmit to anthologies, cross promote, and generally spread the Pav love around a little more. I could have never imagined howwell this could have turned out. This month alone I have three project launching, all with groups I’m super excited to be involved with. I’ve learned a lot about my writing, my ongoing goals, and myself through this, but the biggest thing I’ve learned is that being an author is really freaking cool. How cool? you ask. Oh really freaking cool. You know why? Because every time I look at the roster of authors listed alongside my name, I’m amazed. I never imagined I would be lucky enough to have my name next to these men and women. I take pride in my work, I love to write and I believe, down to my unmanicured toes, that I have stories to tell that have the ability to change the world. I believe this. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to get through each day in this industry. It’s hard, it’s full of rejection. I couldn’t do it without at least a little arrogance on my side. But I also know I’m still learning, I’m still growing, and the authors I look up to teach me new things every time I sit down to read. And now, my name is listed next to theirs. It’s humbling, and intimidating. These are the people I look up to. The people I go to for advice and encouragement. These are the blogs I read. As much arrogance as I hold... read more

A Month of Tiny Living #TinyHouse #CityLiving

About a month ago, I posted about moving our family of four into a small space in Baltimore.  It’s taken some time to adjust, but mostly the hardest part has been forcing ourselves to finally be organized and make smarter decisions about what we really need.  More time, less stuff.  It’s been a blessing really and I’m finding myself taking to it easily, but there are things that are difficult.  Things like not having the upgrades our culture has come to consider a minimum standard of living (granite, stainless steal, hardwood floors) and accepting that privacy is a new concept for families and that maybe sharing a room isn’t the worst thing for kids to suffer. But we’re making it work and what we’ve started to find is worth so much more than the things that are hard.  We finally have the ability to put some money in savings.  We are getting out more, participating in our city and using the public spaces that create the sense of community so many of us feel we’re lacking. To make the transition, we’ve had to accept a few new facts of life: A room can be so much more than one thing: This is my office, reading area, study, hangout. This is one corner of a room that is our dining room, living room, piano and music practice area.  Just putting things away means we can use a small space for more than one purpose. Things don’t matter Moving to a small space meant getting rid of our Queen Size bed with a headboard and foot board and putting our antique dark wood... read more

The real horror of Black Widow #MommyWidow

If I hear another person use the term Mommy Widow to discuss Natasha Rominov I’m going to scream. Here’s the skinny kids. To be a woman is to be what you want. Wanna be a mom, awesome. Don’t? I totally support that. Wanna go to the moon? Stay at home with your babies? Get a PhD? Whatever you want, you have the right to go for it without someone telling you you can’t because of your genitalia. This is the crux of the feminist movement, that we, as a gender, should have the right to CHOOSE for ourselves the life we want to lead and how we want to do it. Society at large has denied women those choices for centuries – millenia even. The horror of Black Window’s story isn’t that she wants to have kids and can’t. It’s not that she falls in love or that she has sex and uses her sexuality as a tool. (and remember all the avengers have love stories Iron Man/Pepper Potts, Thor/Natalie Portman, Captain American/Agent Carter) The real horror is that her CHOICE was taken away from her. A crime was committed against not just her as a person by against women on the whole because of the societal and institutional assumption that her body is something to be owned and dictated. It’s a crime of forced sterilization, which is no better than the crime of rape, clitorectomies or forced marriages. But as with all the other horrors she endures and dolls out as a spy, Natasha is more than what has been done to her, she makes the choice to... read more

“Religion In Fantasy Fiction & The Clockmaker God” Guest Post from Jeremy Rodden #MondayBlogs

As a student of religion (BA in Religion, 2003), I often look for the religious elements in anything I read. Even though I graduated from a Catholic university (La Salle in Philadelphia), I was fortunate that my collegiate education in religion exposed me to courses in a wide array of beliefs, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and even Native American mythology. I wrote my senior thesis on the effect of Quaker beliefs on our criminal justice system. My personal exploration of religion carried me into realms of neo-paganism, Wicca, and other Eastern philosophies.   All of this religious study has exposed me to a diverse selection of religions. Yet, when people ask me what religion I am, I generally answer none of the aforementioned practices. I tell people that I am a deist. More on this later.   I love the use of religion in fantasy stories, and that is probably why those are my favorite genres. Sometimes, the allusions to an author’s religious beliefs are very overt. Most readers who have enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis understand the series to be a Christian allegory. Even if one only read the most popular of the seven books, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, it is not hard to see the parallels between Aslan and Jesus.   A little more subtly, the atheist author Philip Pullman slips his beliefs into His Dark Materials trilogy. Unlike Lewis’s very in-your-face allusions, Pullman slowly leads a reader into the death of God storyline throughout the series. The backlash from Christian organizations towards The Golden Compass‘s film adaptation is understandable for those who have read... read more

Heaven’s Vault Releases 4/28 – #Mythology #Fantasy #CHBB

HOT NEW RELEASE  Maia watched for more than a millennia, waiting for a second chance at life on Earth. A hot, unforgiving desert greets her upon arrival, but her surroundings aren’t her only problem. In human form, fleeting memories of a past life haunt her. Will she be whole when she rediscovers who she is, or will the reality of her existence require she make yet another sacrifice? This short story by Pavarti K Tyler is a literary twist on a classic Greek Myth. Get Your Copy Now – FREE on Kindle Unlimited http://smarturl.it/HeavensVault Join the celebration on Facebook on 4/28 from 6-9 to win ebooks from other fabulous YA authors and other fun surprises! About the Author Award-winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is usually found with Doc Martens strapped on over fishnets, and a girlish giggle as easy and likely as a throaty guffaw. She is an artist, wife, mother, and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director, and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry at several international law firms. She now lives with her husband, two daughters, and two terribly behaved dogs. She keeps busy working with fabulous authors as the Director of Marketing at Novel Publicity, and penning her next genre-bending novel. The best way to stay up to date with Pavarti is to join her mailing list. If you do, she’ll even send you a free short... read more

Anthology Opportunity for Authors – UnCommon Bodies – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 9/15!

I’m excited to announce a new New Anthology I’m coordinating! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 9/15! **UnCommon Bodies** To sum up: I am seeking stories and art about people with UnCommon Bodies.  Sideshow freaks, mutant growths, amputations, genetic engineering, futanari, anything you can think of.  Stories need not be based in reality, fantasy and magical realism elements are welcome. The collection will be rated 18+ although your story does not need to be.   Just know it may be included next to something that is. Stories displaying haterd toward those with UnCommon Bodies will not be accepted. Submission Details: Submissions must be in English and be written to the highest quality you are capable.  Passive voice is discouraged. Maximum Word Count is 10,000 however I’m not going to turn away something awesome that’s a little over. This is an unpaid anthology. Proceeds will be funneled into an aggressive marketing campaign to maximize the benefit for all involved. The author retains all rights to their story. All submissions will be edited and sent to the author for final approval before publication. Submission period runs from May 1st until August 15th. Open internationally, but submission must be in American English. There is no fee to submit. Please, no reprints or simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions accepted. Limit of two submissions per person. Any genre is fine, however we are not looking for nonfiction at this time. Adult language and sexual situations are acceptable, this collection will be rated 18+. Submissions must be sent in WORD doc or docx, 12pt Times New Roman with 1.5 line spacing, full justified with 0.3″ indents on the first line of each new paragraph (Do NOT use... read more

Tiny Living – Pav Style #TinyHouse #CityLiving

Two years ago, my family of four moved from a 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, cape cod house with a finished basement and a 1/3 of an acre yard next to a nature preserve to an apartment.  There were a lot of reasons we did this.  Money was definitely one, but mostly it was quality of life. What?  Isn’t all that house better than an apartment? Nope, not for us.  Living in that house meant private school for 2 kids and a husband who commuted 2-3 hours a day.  Oh and a mortgage we couldn’t really afford. Plus, I’m not exactly housewife material and keeping up with so much house was really stressful for me. So we moved to an apartment which had 3 bedrooms and a den, 3 baths and a crazy amount of space.  It was less money but not by a huge amount.  The lifestyle payoff was huge though. The kids went to public school and could ride the bus and my husband was home earlier and much much less of an ass (sorry love, but you were an ass!). Now just two years later, we’re doing it again, but this time the change is more radical.  We’re not just moving house, we’re making a major lifestyle change and trying to bring how we live more in line with how we think.  This month, we’ve moved from an 1800 square feet 4br 3bath apartment into a >1000 square foot 2br apartment.  And most people think we’re crazy. But we’re really not.  Or maybe we are but it’s our kind of crazy.  Having less space means we’re... read more

Raising Media Savvy Girls #MondayBlogs

The other day, my children were watching one of the myriad of atrocious shows out there for kids.  I keep my eye on what they watch and always make sure to tell them if I think a show isn’t appropriate.  On the other hand I don’t ban shows because they will hear it at school and this way I can talk to them about it (except for SpongeBob, because it’s insipid). The other day, they were watching some show about a beauty contest and one of the boys said “When you pick the winner, give me the number of all the girls who didn’t make the cut. Cause that’s my game.” I made them turn off the television and talk to me.  They both thought I was nuts. But I asked “What kind of boy asks for the numbers of the girls who lost.  What is he really asking for?” The conversation we had was enlightening to me.  They really had no idea what might be wrong with what the boy had said.  “He wants the numbers of pretty girls.” was the best they could come up with. The idea that this boy was preying on girls who might be feeling vulnerable was so far out of their experience they took a while to understand what I meant. We talked through how the girls might be feeling just then.  What self confidence means and where it comes from and how some of those girls might mistakenly see that boy’s attention as proof that they had value even though they lost, placing importance on the affections of a boy over their own... read more

Rerelease of Two Moons of Sera plus Moon Dust is FREE! #SciFi #Fantasy #YoungAdult

Two Moons of Sera, the very first project I ever published, has been re-edited and republished by Evolved Publishing to amazing results. I was lucky enough to work with the most fabulous editor, Philip Lee, and I really couldn’t be more thrilled to share this new edition with you. To celebrate, I wrote a short prequel focusing on Nilafay, Sera’s mother.  And can you believe it?  Evolved agreed to set it FREE from March 23-25 so get it now: Science Fiction, Romantic Fantasy, Young Adult This Science Fiction & Fantasy story explores the clash of cultures, prejudice and war, and the promise of love and peace. In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother’s water-borne line, Serafay will have to face the very people responsible for her mother’s torture to discover who she really is. But is she the only one? smarturl.it/2MOS Short Story, FREE 3/23-3/25 Nilafay spends her time beneath the ocean’s surface either swimming in the depths or in the artificial atmosphere of the Domed City. Despite the rules of her amphibian race, she longs to explore the world above. On the day before her wedding to the Sualwet man of her dreams, Nilafay finally wanders too far and learns just what the others had been warning her about. smarturl.it/MoonDust     2MOS Trailer Praise The author has created a story series that is so much more than just what is contained in the narrative. Books should not only serve to enchant and excite, encouraging you to look forward to more installments with... read more

The A.I. Chronicles has LAUNCHED March 13th

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Even today, machines that mimic human thinking surround us. As the intellectual feats of computing machines grow more and more astounding, will there be a day when their apparent intelligence approaches, or even surpasses, that of human beings? And what if these machines then become conscious, self-aware? Get this latest title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies. Thirteen authors confront the question of the Singularity: at and beyond that point of time when A.I. becomes more than simply a human construct. From first awareness to omniscience, these original short stories explore that territory where human intelligence comes face-to-face with what is either its greatest hope, or its greatest threat. How can you join the party? Join us TODAY, March 13th, in celebrating the launch on Facebook from 5 to Midnight EST. https://www.facebook.com/events/1535855083368828/ Get your copy of The A.I. Chronicles here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TUIBHL4/ Enter the Giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway Want a Free Short Story? Thank you for your interest in my writing! Sign up and check your email for a special little something from me to you. ~Pavarti Sign up for my mailing list   Your information is... read more

Insane in the Membrane. 7 Tips on Staying Sane and Organized. #TheWriteLife #MondayBlogs

Managing the complete and utter insanity of the writer’s life is a skill in and of itself.  How do I keep straight the number of projects I have in editing, that I’m writing, in production, plus marketing my backlist.  Because it never stops, neither can we.  Kind of like the laundry, which I’m totally behind on. One of the things I liked the most about being an accountant was the sense of accomplishment that came with finishing something.  Column A = Column B and you’re done.  Print and move onto the next thing.  My life no longer works this way.  Nothing about it works that way actually.  Between kids, pets, home, writing, and marketing for myself and my clients, I’m always spinning in circles.  As soon as I finish, it’s time to start again. I keep myself organized in a few different ways: Dropbox: Dropbox is my greatest tool.  Everything I do backs up there.  This way, I never lose anything, I can share anything anywhere, and no matter where I am I can get to my files.  I keep my promo art, my covers, my writing, my to-do lists, everything there.  It’s important to have an organisational structure for your documents though or it’ll become a hot mess very fast.  I probably go a little overboard, because I have folders inside folders inside folders, BUT it means I rarely lose anything and I always know where to find what I need. If you don’t have Dropbox you can sign up here: https://db.tt/6xKJPIsv Using this link will get me more storage space so it’s kind of like an affiliate code,... read more

Write what scares you – #SciFi #SciFiSaturday

You’ve probably heard it said before: Write What Scares You. But as much as I love Science Fiction and talk about it, I never really considered writing it.   Even Two Moons of Sera didn’t feel scary at the time.  I wrote it intending it to be a fantasy story.  It ended up more science fiction with fantasy elements thrown in.  It really falls somewhere in between the two genres.  And while I’m now thrilled to call it scifi, it wasn’t my intention. What is it that makes writing scifi scary for me? It’s the pressure!  I’m really judgmental about my scifi, and not overly forgiving.  I read a lot of it and have pretty distinct tastes.  Can I live up to my own standards? So as I’ve been undertaking this, I’ve really had to face a lot of my personal fears about being “good enough.”  About my own preconceived notions of what it means to be a writer.  Taking on the genre which I’m the most serious about has forced me to really think about what I love about it and why. I love the depth of science fiction, the ability to create worlds and meanings that mirror our own through allegory and the fantastic.  But it’s all grounded in the possible, forcing the reader to consider those lessons, sometimes subconsciously, a little more seriously. I love the rejuvenation of our species possible through  concepts like First Contact and space exploration.  To imagine us free of the past problems we’ve stewed in for so long is freeing. I love the ingenuity of scifi writers.  The technology imagined is based... read more

Back to Basics. #SciFi and revisiting my roots. #2MOS

The past few weeks I’ve been working on re-editing Two Moons of Sera to publish, writing Moon Dust, and polishing up The Syntax of Consciousness for the AI Chronicles Anthology Series. In other words, I’ve been spending a whole lot of time working on Sci-Fi projects. The past year has been dedicated to The Sugar House Novellas, almost to the exclusion of everything else, and silly me, I’d forgotten just how much I love writing Sci-Fi. Oh Science Fiction. Where the rivers run yellow and the skies are purple! Oh Science Fiction. Where technology can do anything you can imagine, or not exist at all. Oh Science Fiction. Where the suns shine bright and the stars are within reach. I’ve so delighted in revisiting the world I created in 2MOS.  And while writing the companion story Moon Dust, I was able to dig deeper into the biological peculiarities of the Sualwet species.  In 2MOS I only scratched the surface as it applied to Sera, the half Sualwet hybrid, but in Moon Dust, the story focused completely on Nilafey.  She is 100% water-dwelling Sualwet. Detailing life in an amphibian society presents some very particular challenges.  When are they underwater, why would they come above to the surface, what are the rules of their society? I particularly had fun discussing some of the cultural prejudices that would occur in an amphibian culture, such as the markings of those considered part of the lower classes.  In Moon Dust, the housefille servant can be identified by the fact that she wears skirts.  A clothing item which would make it impossible to swim limits her mobility... read more

New Release, Free Ebook, and Exclusive Erotica #MondayBlogs

It’s the end of an era.  The Sugar House Novellas are finally complete.  All three books are now out and available at all book retailers. But that’s not the end of the story.  The Sugar House Omnibus edition has finally been released in ebook and paperback and includes all three novellas as well as an exclusive short story. If you haven’t jumped in yet, now’s the time. Sugar & Salt is FREE After over a decade working in the sex industry, Janice Cane retains no illusions about the nature of relationships. Speed-dating becomes her addiction, a place to find a man for the night when she needs a quick fix, and her last hope that true love may still be waiting around the next corner. So what’s coming next? The Sugar & Salt Audio Book is in production and will be available soon on Audible.com! And then there’s the big news.  Evolved Publishing has asked me to write three more Sugar House Novellas. I’ve already started working on the first on, tentatively titled Yearning to Yeild. Here’s a niblet, just for you: He squeezed her thigh, his fingers digging into her flesh. They drove in silence the rest of the way to his apartment, his hand drifting up her thigh until his pinkie slipped under the hem of her dress. “Open your knees.” She takes a shaky breath and obeys. As she submits to his will,, she feels the weight that holds her down lift. When his finger brushes the edge of her underwear her whimpers. “Yes?” he doesn’t look at her. “Yes.” His fingers work their way under... read more
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