Facebook Archaeology Groups

For archaeology groups on Facebook I suggest the two I admin…

Archaeology and Ancient Wonders – No Pseudoscience Allowed
And we do mean NO pseudo … plus civil behavior

Fraudulent Archaeology Wall of Shame
This group was started by Dr. Andy White, anthropology professor out of University of South Carolina. This group tackles pseudo-archaeology

Or these pages I manage … on the pages I add whenever so it is sporadic

Art and Artifacts: Destroyed, Stolen, Repatriation, and Ownership

Archaeology, Anthropology, Paleontology, even Mythology

For the Love of Egyptology



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The Star Wars Concept Trailer

The one thing about writing or stories is how they can change and will change from initial conceptual idea to finished product. Is this something you should fear? No not really, instead you should embrace the changes as long as they do not change the main purpose of the story that you are seeking.

Here is a good example. Star Wars and the conceptual artwork of Ralph McQuarrie. As you can see there were other variations of the favorite characters or even background minions that could had changed the face of the movie. Would it in the end change the concept of what Star Wars was about, no not really. But these paintings and drawings do show how idea progress.

So enjoy these different viewpoints and think how could the story be affect or if it was at all affected….

Links to sources

Ralph McQuarrie

Ralph Mcquarrie’s Most Memorable Masterpieces

An Annotated Guide To The Star Wars Portfolio By Ralph Mcquarrie

The Star Wars Concept Trailer Resurrects Ralph Mcquarrie’s Early Designs

Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Wars concept art comes to life in this delightful short film

Concept trailer for The Star Wars movie that could have been is glorious

Ever wondered what 1975’s The Star Wars would have looked like?

Was Star Wars’ New Ball Droid Once The Design Of R2-D2?

Ralph Mcquarrie’s Chewbacca Got Busted For A Comic-Con Exclusive

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

Star Wars Concept Art: 140 paintings by Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie – scene and painting comparisons

Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Concept Artist Series Inside Look

The Star Wars Concept Art of Ralph McQuarrie

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Updates on blogs and such

updated my No it is Not… blog with indexes

also updated the main blog Creations by JA Sterling 

book blog…. Scroll of the Ancients: The Quest For Light Series   

and the world-building blog Fictional Anthropology: A Guide to World Building

Now to update my pinterest …  https://www.pinterest.com/jajsterling/



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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

So what is better than dinos and cowboys… why aliens and cowboys of course

The IMB site has some great stills of the dino being manipulated for the film.


Ray Harryhausen’s Hand-drawn to scale concept


The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

The Valley of Gwangi

The Valley of Gwangi

The Valley of Gwangi

The Valley of Gwangi

The Valley of Gwangi

Trailer from The Valley of Gwangi

Musical Score from The Valley of Gwangi

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Updated Indexes

updated the following links with posts that were not previously indexed  …

Poetry Links



Story Creation

Science Space/Future



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More Character Ideas

In reference to: Personality awareness: The key skill to dealing with high-conflict people

The article is about five types of high-conflict person (HCP). These five types are narcissist, borderline, sociopath, histrionic and paranoiac. Interesting article and book, not sure on all the data in regards to scientific methods etc., but for creating a character it is a great source. So take the links and video in the vein of needing to flesh out a fictional character and these are insights. For anything medical always consult a professional in the field.

The 5 types as dictionary/wiki defines them:

Narcissists: is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissism)
Psychoanalysis. a person who suffers from narcissism, deriving erotic gratification from admiration of his or her own physical or mental attributes. (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/narcissist)

Borderline: is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder)

Sociopath: a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sociopath?s=t)

Histrionic: deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/histrionic?s=t)
Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval (

Paranoiac: a person suffering from paranoia (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/paranoiac?s=t)
Paranoia is an instinct or thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of delusion and irrationality (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia)

Now in looking up these five types I saw a few interesting facts that I want to list

Histrionics: I see this word used often in some form. Usually when someone raises their voice in objection to another’s opinion, the “victim” will immediately deflect by called out the pother person as being hysterical, using histrionics, etc. In actually this apparently only affects 2–3% of the general population. (DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and while 2/3 are women, there is grounds to debate if women are being overly associated or misdiagnosed with this condition. (https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/74cc/0e0c7579a914c66173bc9e5f05fefc3c09e4.pdf)
So that is interesting in itself when using the word to describe someone, are they actually or is it just over dramatizing the person by using that word.

Sociopath is another word I see way too often, especially lately. Everyone it seems is a sociopath. Apparently real doctors do not use that word. Instead they say antisocial personality disorder. But for writing one can be more lax. So when you character calls another a sociopath, just what does she/he mean? A sociopath has a weak conscience, knows it is wrong, may feel guilt, but hey that is life. I think most of the time people are referring to a selfish act, which could be part of the sociopath trademark or just selfish. So is your character really a sociopath, and if so what makes them that way? Fun things to think when we use words in a story, are they correct or how to make them fit the pattern.

Just for fun adding in psychopath. What is this: a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc. (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/psychopath) This is another word we see used often. But are they all those serial cold blooded killers we see portrayed on one televised criminal fictional show after another. Not really, these guys know who to work the system. They know how to show empathy, how to lie to their advantage, they research about their prey and use that research. They can be charming, delightful to be around… however they are facades of their true selves. So when building your character look at a few ideas and go away from the traditional stereotyped out serial maniacal killer, while they are scary what is scarier the one you trusted.

Here are a couple previous posts I have done on similar ideas

Dark Triad

Psychopath: Research Links

Understanding Anger


More links: as I stated before for medical real life consult a professional expertise rather than the internet



10 reasons it’s difficult to spot narcissists and psychopaths — and how they use these to hide in plain sight

9 Clues That You May Be Dealing With a Psychopath

Life as a Nonviolent Psychopath

Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

Sociopath vs. Psychopath: What’s the Difference?

Into the Mind of a Psychopath

How to Spot a Sociopath in 3 Steps

10 Signs You Might Be Dating A Sociopath

The Sociopath Next Door

9 Ways to Spot a Sociopath

Dealing With Defensiveness in High Conflict People

Are You a Target of Blame for a Borderline Personality?

Lines from the Border

High Conflict Personality

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Earth-Like Planets

Here are some links about the planets discover around Kepler 90 .. in fact a whole solar system of planets. Surely the home world of my book series must be in there….


Kepler-90 System Planet Sizes

Kepler 90

Kepler-90 System Compared to Our Solar System (Artist’s Concept)

Astronomy Picture of the Day:Kepler 90

NASA Finds Entire Solar System Filled With Planets Like Our Own

Eight Exoplanets Orbit Sun-Like Star Kepler-90

Planet Kepler-90 i


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