This time I’ve got artwork for you…

B is for Betula.


The Betula is a starship from my work-in-progress science fiction novel, The Excalibur Mission.  The ship’s name is from the Latin word for the birch tree, and an indirect reference to a few lines from the poem “Birches” by Robert Frost:


As for why someone would give a starship a name like that… Well, it’s a message of sorts, to one character in the novel from the person who had the Betula built in the first place:  Come back, start over…



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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13 Responses to B

  1. lindacovella says:

    So cool you have a picture of your starship! 🙂


  2. Visiting you on the 2nd day of the #atozchallenge. Happy to find another writer. Have time or interest in gardening? My theme this year. Come visit if you can. I have an adult grandson who I will tell about your posts. It’s his kind of thing. Hope you make a lot of new blogging friends this month.


  3. Drew Llew says:

    I love the starship name. The Robert Frost reference is perfect for a space wanderer. Thanks for popping over and following my blog earlier. Hope you like my B and beyond.

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  4. SirZac says:

    That picture is stellar. Interesting concept in naming it too.


  5. halleygentil says:

    Fascinating! What a richness you bring to your work! I hope that one day, when people are studying and analyzing your book in school (or for fun) that they will make these connections!


  6. cjswriting says:

    Nice artwork! Hope you are enjoying your A to Z challenge as much as I am. 🙂


  7. Excellent incorporation of the Frost poem! His words breathe new life when presented in the context that you have. This is an interesting blog, I will be sure to check back again as the month progresses!


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