Category: Out of Time

What Do We Really Know After All?

What Do We Really Know After All?

Charley has just begun to plot her next adventure, a journey forward from Leonardo’s time to a period where the world was unevenly wakening to what it means to be fully alive, fully human. In the early to mid-1700s, most of humanity (at least in the Western world) was still firmly in the grips of … Continued

Out of Time to be showcased on TV talk show "Think About It"

Out of Time to be showcased on TV talk show "Think About It"

Had a blast doing a half-hour interview with Sylvia Henderson, host of “Talk About It’, a biweekly community affairs program on MMCTV, here in Montgomery County, Maryland. We talked about the STEM to STEAM to MASTERY link that is becoming fundamental to student learning in K-12 education. MASTERY, here, includes learning across multiple disciplines, but … Continued

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

Is Reading the Goal, or a Means to an End?

As the creator of Out of Time, I work across media. My novel is in its second draft now, drawn from the original screenplay. I started tweeting the story–line-by-line as is the most conventional practice in #TwitterFiction–until our heroine, Charley, took over the narrative. Her solution to tweet storytelling was to ask questions of the … Continued

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Finding cliche and going beyond, or The Art of Writing for Tweens

Excited that my intrepid new story editor Mari Lou is an expert on Middle Grades (MG) fiction. That, for the uninitiated (and me, among them!) is how publishers categorize novels geared towards 8-12 year olds, in particular. Notable classics in this genre: A Wrinkle in Time, Matilda, and The Giver, which was recently released as … Continued

Leo

Leo

In the time travel adventure story Out of Time, our heroine Charley plays violin–taught and encouraged by her professional violinist mom, Gwen. Charley and Gwen even compose what Charley calls a “sound poem” together–the song “Out of Time” that ends up connecting mother and daughter across centuries.  Practicing the violin is not Charley’s favorite thing … Continued

Out of Time Honored for Pitch Week Participation

Out of Time Honored for Pitch Week Participation

Out of Time was awarded a Congressional certificate of recognition this week as a finalist in When Words Count Retreat’s second Pitch Week competition. Surprised and honored to have received this honor from Congressman John Delaney of Maryland. Getting this baby framed!

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

Pitch Week Coda: Finding Inspiration for Rebirth

I am in rustic Rochester, Vermont, a contestant in Pitch Week II. I am deep in the throes of this midsummer nights competition–in the running for the publishing trifecta of a book deal, agent and publicist. As part of the contest, I am presenting my vision for a rebirth of learning based on the resonance … Continued

Out of Time Competes for Publishing Trifecta

Out of Time Competes for Publishing Trifecta

When Words Count Retreat Pitch Week II Competition, June 16-21 Robin Stevens Payes, author and creator of transmedia time travel storytelling novel, Out of Time, is among six finalists competing in the coming Pitch Week competition sponsored by When Words Count Retreat, June 16-21. Out of Time tells the story of Charley, a thirteen-year-old science … Continued

Off to the Past

Off to the Past

For those of you who have been brave enough to watch videos Out of Time, thank you. I realize it’s been some time since we first chatted about this young adult time travel adventure, and perhaps you have been wondering what Charley and her friends have been doing since that autumn introduction. Or maybe not. But … Continued

#TwitterFiction 2014: the Festival

#TwitterFiction 2014: the Festival

The Twitter Fiction Festival has begun. Charley is tweeting daily, although not with much enthusiasm for the form. I am following the hashtag #TwitterFiction on TweetDeck, but honestly, for all its vaunted potential, I find the content disappointing. Although Twitter, Andrew Fitzgerald (@MagicAndrew) and other organizers have held out for pushing the envelope on its … Continued