Tiny Living – 6 Month Experiment Results #TinyLiving

  Tyler Family’s Tiny House In April, we moved from an 1800 sq foot + 4br 3 bath apartment to a small 1000 sq foot 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment in Downtown Baltimore.  This move made many a person raise their eyebrows, but there were a number of reasons to make the change. Money – we significantly changed our financial situation Living with Crazy – I have bad days and on those days, honestly, I need all the help I can get.  Sometimes that means having the kids walk the 1/2 block to the boutique grocery store. Older kids – We no longer needed to live inside the school boundaries for our kids’ school district, giving us the ability to look at a wider range of locations. A philosophy of simplicity – less clutter, less distraction, less chaos.  We made a lifestyle change in addition to a location change.  In our commitment to living more in the present and focusing on the value of our time, not just the lack of it, living smaller means living closer, living more aware, living with more conscious thought about every purchase, every piece of paper. Ecological Footprint – We don’t drive much anymore, we take public transportation.  Because we live downtown, we walk everywhere.  We are universally more active and engaged.  My husband walks to work and has been attending community meetings. Free time – without a large space to care for, maintain, or clean, we have more time for activities.  There’s been more hiking, more friends, more outings and more adventures, and more clubs in the last six months then in... read more

Why every parent should play MineCraft

My younger daughter, Bunny, has been home sick all week.  She has an ear infection that just won’t quit.  But she’s bored and tired and really really wants someone to play with. I get it, being sick sucks.  So I ask her, what do you want to play? I’ll give you 1 guess.  What does every ten year old with access to a computer or tablet or phone or anything else want to play?  That’s right – minecraft. So at first I just watched and she talked and I got a migraine.  Then she decided, maybe I should drive, that might help my head.  It did, and while the learning curve was steep for my poor brain, I eventually figured out how to keep from falling in holes. Then, she decided I should play on a different computer, logged in through her sister’s account, so we could play together.  And that’s where the fun started. We’ve spent the morning sitting on the couch digging for RedStone and building houses.  It’s ridiculous, an utterly ludicrous game, but man, does she love it.  She has been talking non-stop, laughing, explaining things to me and listening to my ideas.  In all honesty, it’s the most fun we’ve had together in a long time. Not because it’s MineCraft.  I could honestly care less about smelting iron or whether stairs or ladders are better for climbing.  But what we’re doing is working together.  She’s, for probably the first time in our relationship, the expert on something and she’s having to talk me through things without being bossy or mean.  And she is.  The importance... read more

Editors and Authors Working Together – Track Changes #amediting @PavartiKTyler & @Pikko Hash it Out

Editors and Authors Working Together by Pavarti K. Tyler and Crystal Watanabe Track Changes     Pavarti: Getting edits back is both the most exciting and most depressing point in the writing process for me. It’s the most exciting because things are moving forward, my work is closer to its awesome potential. The flip side is, of course, that now I have to face all the things that need to be fixed! At some point as I’m wading through the red littering my once pristine manuscript, I hit a wall of depression and wish someone could just deal with all of this for me. But that wish is short-lived, because as much as I love and trust my editors, this is my work. A good editor will work with the author to bring every paragraph, every sentence, even every word, to its best self. The relationship forged by working with someone on something as intimate as your art can be really intense and requires a level of trust deeper than just the casual working relationship. The groundwork of this is mutual respect. You must respect each other, but moreover, you must respect the work. My background is in theatre. My training, specifically, was in dramaturgy. I know this is a lesser known term, but dramaturgs are theorists, historians, and the literati of the theatre world. When a dramaturg works on a play with a director or playwright, their responsibility isn’t to either. It’s to the work. Perhaps because this was how I was trained from the beginning I find that while I have less ego about accepting criticism and... read more

Red Hot & Tied Down Cover Reveal – Includes Fyre Flame from The Sugar House Novellas!

WARNING: This is the wildest, naughtiest, hottest Red Hot Boxed Set of them all! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME! Over 1000 pages! 13 Books! Your spiciest fantasies in one great box set! Thirteen NYT, USA Today, and best-selling authors have banded together to bring you 13 hot-as-sin erotic romance books about the wildest, craziest, most passionate varieties of love. Preorder your copy NOW Amazon.com GoodReads.com *************************************************************************** This is the Hottest of the Red Hot Boxed Sets! Explore your wild side, your Dominant side, your submissive side, and your tied-up-and-teased side. Enjoy these tales about very particular kinds of nightclubs, ropes, handcuffs, and blindfolds that delve into your deepest, darkest desires! These thirteen men aren’t here to be your “book boyfriends.” Oh, no, when one of these men shoves you up against the wall with his hands all over you, he wants to have you, body and soul. He plays rough, and he wants you to submit to what he wants, what he needs, and he won’t stop until you’re moaning his name. It’s always safe and consensual, but it’s never vanilla. Click now to get this special box set of best-selling erotic romance books before it’s gone forever! INCLUDES Fyre Flame by Pavarti K. Tyler ~ Fyre takes every opportunity to feed her sexual needs, until she catches a neighbor watching her through the window of her apartment, and nothing can satisfy her until she finds out who he is and why he hides behind a pane of glass. Preorder your copy NOW Amazon.com GoodReads.com Want a Free Short Story? Thank you... read more

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
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