I am a part of a project with 124 other authors called Writers on the Moon. Early 2023 we will be launching a digital data card in a lunar time capsule to the Moon. There will be stories on it, art, and so much more.
This lunar time capsule project is organized by Susan Kaye Quinn, Speculative Fiction Author.
Writers on the Moon Website: https://www.writersonthemoon.com/
Writers on the Moon Blog: https://www.writersonthemoon.com/blog
Manifest of Authors Participating: https://www.writersonthemoon.com/our-team
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/401157097809015
From the Official Website (written by Susan Kaye Quinn):
THE IDEA: Writers on the Moon is a lunar time capsule project. We’ll send a rag-tag fleet of stories to the Moon aboard a digital data card. We hope this snapshot of indie fiction from around the world in 2021 will reveal the humanity of today to the readers of tomorrow.
For more info, check out the official README file for the project written by Susan Kaye Quinn.
HOW WE’LL GET THERE: Astrobotic and DHL have partnered to deliver “MoonBoxes” aboard Astrobotic’s lunar landers. Our payload will ride on the first Astrobotic lander to reach the Moon, the Peregrine Lander. It will remain there, at the Oceanus Procellarum near the Gruithuisen Domes, permanently–a time capsule for the future.
The complete Writers on the Moon payload (including all stowaways) will have TWO separate launches into space and will land on the moon and be archived in TWO different locations.
Samuel Peralta, a WOTM participant and the creator of Lunar Codex, received permission from Susan Kaye Quinn (the creator of WOTM) to archive the entire WOTM payload on the Polaris time capsule. “Polaris is a multilayer memory card & nickel nanofiche time capsule with shielding,” which will further help to protect and extend the WOTM archive life.
1. The official Writers on the Moon launch will be this year (2021) in December. The exact date isn’t known yet. United Launch Alliance will send up a Vulcan rocket from Cape Canaveral, FL with Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander onboard. Peregrine will land on the moon, with the WOTM payload, at Oceanus Procellarum near the Gruithuisen Domes where it’ll stay.
2. In 2023, Space X will carry Astrobotic’s Griffin lander and NASA’s Viper Rover to the Lunar South Pole at the Nobile Cater on the moon. The Griffin lander will have the Polaris time capsule on it that contains a backup of the Lunar Codex time capsule (for the 2022 IM-1 mission) AND the entire Writers on the Moon payload, including all official and unofficial stowaways.
Also, Writers on the Moon will be memorialized in a THIRD location on the moon.
In 2023, Space X will be launching Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C Lunar Lander to the moon at the Lunar South Pole. Although the WOTM payload will not be on this lander, there will be an etching of the “International Library on the Moon” with a list of all the author participants, their manifest number, and the WOTM website URL. This info will be etched on “indestructible nickel foil (nanofiche).”
FAQ (Answered by Chrys Fey):
1. What about radiation? Won’t radiation damage the disk?
We will be using TWO SanDisk’s Extreme microSD cards (one is a backup). Along with them, there will be a paper mini-book that explains what Writers on the Moon is to any being who may discover it and includes the website’s URL, as well as a thin piece of sheet metal (aka MoonChip) with the website’s URL. The website is our backup on Earth containing information about every participant’s payload and the stories behind the stories.
There will also be the complete copy of the WOTM payload on Lunar Codex’s Polaris time capsule that’ll be on a multilayer memory card with shielding to extend the archive life, as well as the nickel nanofiche pieces described above with the website’s URL and coordinates for the payload at Lacus Mortis.
Susan Kaye Quinn also notes “our payload will be buried inside a lander with other payloads. Lunar radiation is not so severe that it can penetrate more than a few thin metallic sheets, and we’ll have a lot of armor all around us. That’s the thing most likely to protect our stories.”
For more info, check out THIS blog post.
2. Why are payloads being sent to the Moon?
The Astrobotics and Intuitive Machines missions are the first cargo deliveries being sent to the Moon, consisting of science and technology experiments.
The Astrobotics Peregrine lander, that will be bringing up our Writers on the Moon payload, “will carry instruments to study several aspects of the moon’s environment. The different instruments will study the chemistry of materials in the lunar regolith, which future astronauts could harness and use; the radiation environment, which is perhaps the biggest obstacle to human survival and well-being on the moon; and the chemistry of the moon’s thin atmosphere, or exosphere. ” 
For more info on the Astrobotics payload, check out their manifest HERE.
Future cargo deliveries will be for further discovery and data gathering purposes.
2. Isn’t this like putting manmade trash on the Moon?
The Peregrine Lander is 1.9 meters X 2.5 meters, not much taller than an average person. 
According to NASA, “[their science and technology] payloads are each about the size of a shoebox.”  And our Writers on the Moon contribution is 0.75″ X 0.125″.
Astrobotics accepted other capsules (DHL MoonBoxes) like ours as “small personal mementos for inclusion on its first mission to the Moon.”  How many, I can’t say, but the capsule sizes were 0.5 Inch, 0.75 Inch, and 1 Inch, all very small.  The purchase of a MoonBox supports lunar exploration, opening “the Moon to scientists, explorers, and other pioneers who will expand human activity in space.” 
Also, the MoonBoxes will be inside a single pod attached to the lander, where they will stay until its discovery by future Moon archeologist, meaning this will NOT create space debris. 
Not only are the payloads small, but there’s a purpose for them. With our payload, we are essentially building the first library on the moon and bringing glimpses from the past in the form of art to future generations. I don’t believe science, technology, education, books, and art could ever (and should never) be considered trash.
4. How did Susan Kaye Quinn come up with Writers on the Moon and sending a digital data disk to the Moon?
Read about it in her own words HERE.
Elaine Kaye’s OFFICIAL PAYLOAD:
- A Gregory Green Green Adventure Series File (containing: 5 eBooks: Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, Halloween Ride, The Missing Alphabet, and Sleigh Ride, The Story of Sammy (essay), and Sammy the Teddy Bear Photo Album)
- A Bad Fairy Adventure Series File (containing: Bad Fairy eBook, Bad Fairy Strikes Again eBook, and 8 illustrations of Thistle, Dusty, Lacey, Moss, Lilly, Weedy, Rose, Clover by Daniel Aires)
- Joe and Chip in Quarantine by Toi Thomas
- Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China by Sherry Ellis
- Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker
- Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzie
- Fay Williams and the Zombie Frogs by Chrys Fey
- Eye Drawing by Carmello W. (image)
- Mello (Iron Man) and Carmello (Spiderman) Halloween (image)
- Troy the Dog Photo – Mello W.
- Slow Poke File (containing: Slow Poke eBook and a picture of Elaine Kaye and her grandsons)
- Three Children’s Stories PDF (containing: Puddle Duck, Squeaky: A Call for Help, and Arty)
- Stranger from the Woods (eBook)
- Flash Fiction and Short Story Collection
- Poetry Collection
- The Great Kitty Rescue by Chrys Fey + Cat Memorials (Lucky, Angel, Rosie, Bapbe, Tomas)
THE STORIES BEHIND ELAINE KAYE’S PAYLOAD:
A Gregory Green Adventure Series – When I wrote the first story in the A Gregory Green Adventure Series (Pea Soup Disaster) in the 1990s about a little boy who turns green from eating too much pea soup, I had no idea that this story would end up on the moon and be read by “little green men.” What a book club!
The stories included in this file are: Pea Soup Disaster, Doctor Mom, Halloween Ride, The Missing Alphabet, and Sleigh Ride.
Also included is The Story of Sammy, which chronicles how I created Sammy the Teddy Bear, inspired by my son’s Cabbage Patch Doll also named Sammy.
You can even see a picture of Sammy the Teddy Bear and Sammy the Cabbage Patch Doll together in the photo album for Sammy that I added. Sammy the Teddy Bear loves to take over my Instagram account and is always posting pictures of himself and the many adventures he gets into, so he wanted to show you all the fun he has.
Oh, and Sammy is so excited to go to the Moon!
A Gregory Green Adventure Series: https://elainekaye.com/a-gregory-green-adventure-series/
A Bad Fairy Adventure Series – A Bad Fairy Adventure Series is a series of middle grade chapter books for children ages 8-12 that follows Thistle, a fairy with the reputation of being a Bad Fairy. Book One is called Bad Fairy, and Book Two is Bad Fairy Strikes Again. Thistle and her Flutter Club friends get into a lot of mischief, solve mysteries, and help out their fairy community. Thistle and the Flutters are excited about creating a fairy grove on the Moon and solving intergalactic mysteries.
A Bad Fairy Adventure Series: https://elainekaye.com/bad-fairy/
Slow Poke – Slow Poke is a picture book I first wrote when my kids were little. I published it when my grandchildren were young. As a matter of fact, my two oldest grandsons (Mello and Carmello) are in the picture book illustrations with their turtles (Speedy and Patio).
Poetry Collection – I’ve written poetry for as long as I can remember, but haven’t done much with them, so I wanted to include my poetry collection for future poets and poetry lovers to enjoy. The first poem is called A Grain of Sand, which is perfect for this occasion.
A Grain of Sand
A grain of sand is washed away,
Waves rolling in and out in symmetric rhythm.
A mighty ocean deep blue, dark and wide;
covering the Earth, blending into the sky.
The sun sets as a new moon peeks through,
making black that sea of blue.
stars filling the heavens like fireflies,
some fall and disappear while others get bigger and brighter.
Planets trailing the powerful sun;
a dot in a galaxy of our own.
One galaxy, then another, maybe millions;
in a universe that is never-ending in our bright blue sky.
We see, as we raise our eyes, knowing but wondering-
Just what is out there?
Some things we cannot understand,
as we wiggle our toes,
catching a grain of sand.
Flash Fiction and Short Stories – I had a lot of fun writing these weird suspense stories, as well as simple and sweet romance stories. There’s a little something here for everyone, for a quick read on the space station or on a rocket.
Stranger from the Woods – This is a western romantic-suspense novel about a man and a woman who meet as strangers in the woods. They get caught in a blizzard together and fall in love (no longer strangers), but so much more happens. I wanted to include this story so if it doesn’t get published on Earth, it will at least be published on the Moon for future readers to enjoy.
Eye Drawing by Carmello – Carmello is one of my grandsons, and he is talented at drawing. He was eleven years old when he hand-drew this eye.
Photo Contributions from Mello – My oldest grandson wanted to contribute a couple of photos to my payload. In one, he and his brother are dressed up for Halloween. Mello (about five years old) is Iron Man, and Carmello is Spiderman (three years old). The other photo is of their dog Troy, a Boston Terrier.
The Great Kitty Rescue + Cat Memorials – Cats should be on the moon, I think. The Great Kitty Rescue is a true story by Chrys Fey about how she rescued four cats (Cole, Clover, Milo, and Otis). After the story, there’s tributes to cats that have blessed my life and the lives of my family members: Rosie, Lucky, Angel, Bapbe, and Tomas.
Joe and Chip in Quarantine by Toi Thomas – The Writers on the Moon project was created by Susan Kaye Quinn in response to the 2020 pandemic, when there was a need for positivity and hope and creativity. Joe and Chip in Quarantine is also about the 2020 pandemic. It’s a picture book written and illustrated by Toi Thomas that teaches kids in a gentle way about what was happening and why they had to wear masks, etc.
Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China by Sherry Ellis – Bubba and Squirt dig a hole that opens up a portal to China. When thinking about sending books to the Moon, I immediately thought of sending Bubba and Squirt on a new adventure to outer space, and it’s my belief that the portal in their backyard could probably get them to the Moon.
Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker – I love ballet, and Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker is a great story about a young ballerina named Lindsey, but…it takes a turn with wickedness and a mystery when students in her ballet class begin to disappear. I can’t help but wonder what ballet would look like on the moon and couldn’t resist sending up this fun story for future ballerinas to read and enjoy.
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzie – Going to the Moon sounds like magic, doesn’t it? In Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzie, her characters don’t go to the Moon. They go to 1173 England and have an adventure. Maybe next time they’ll go to 3020 and wind up on the Moon. Hey, anything is possible when you’re dealing with some very messy magic.
Fay Williams and the Zombie Frogs by Chrys Fey – Chrys Fey is my daughter and an author. Fay Williams and the Zombie Frogs is a (currently unpublished – 2021) paranormal mystery middle grade chapter book that follows twins Fay and Jay as they go to a new school. The twins are mixed race, Jay is wheelchair-bound, and Frances (their new friend) is from France, creating a diverse cast of friends for a Goosebumps-meets-Kim-Possible read. Oh, and there’s zombie frogs, too. Who wouldn’t want zombie frogs on the moon?
Elaine Kaye’s OFFICIAL Stowaway Manifest:
Toi Thomas – Joe and Chip in Quarantine
Sherry Ellis – Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China
Tonja Drecker – Music Boxes
C. Lee McKenzie – Some Very Messy Medieval Magic
Chrys Fey – Fay Williams and the Zombie Frogs
Gregory and Sammy (A Gregory Green Adventure series)
Mello W. (Grandson)
Carmello W. (Grandson)
Sammy the Teddy Bear
Thistle, Dusty, Lacey, Moss, Lilly, Weedy, Rose, Clover (A Bad Fairy Adventure series)
Daniel Aires (Illustrator)
The Wild Rose Press (Publisher)
Troy (Grandsons’ Dog)
MEET ELAINE KAYE’S STOWAWAYS:
JOE AND CHIP IN QUARANTINE
Joe and Chip in Quarantine: https://etoithomas.com/books-by-toi-thomas/childrens/
Daddy, what’s a quarantine?
Mommy, why can’t I play with my friends?
Life in the time of a quarantine can be hard and sometimes kids have trouble understanding what to do and why. That’s why I’ve written this book. I want to help kids and adults cope with the “new normal” that is a quarantine.
Meant for educational purposes, but still an enjoyable, light, and colorful read, Joe and Chip in Quarantine leaves you with an overall impression that this is what we have to do, for now, so let’s make the most of it.
This book contains a glossary. Double-tap bold-face words in the ebook to see the kid-friendly definitions as you read.
A self-proclaimed techie and foodie, Toi Thomas was born in Texas, U.S.A. but considers Virginia, U.S.A. to be home. She enjoys reading, cooking, painting, geek culture, collecting vinyl records and action figures, and spending time with her family. Currently working as a Behavioral Support Clinician, Toi and her husband, Eric, share their home with a tortoise named Betty and a Redbone Coonhound named Margie.
Toi writes clean, adult multi-genre fiction ranging from science fiction to romantic comedy (as Glorie Townson), nonfiction, as well as writes and illustrates children’s picture books. Toi Thomas is also the founder of Lit Carnivale and the creator of Carnie the Bookworm.
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Personal Message (Toi Thomas) –
I was elated when I learned I had a chance to stow away on a time capsule to the Moon. The lunar orb has always had a special place in my heart and I’m happy to share my stories with its possible future inhabitants, whether they be earthlings or other. Whether from the Earth or not, I believe all beings are connected and are more alike than they are different. In my story Joe and Chip In Quarantine, I help explain to young children the why and how of surviving an epidemic. Inspired by the pandemic of 2020, COVID-19, the book doesn’t get into specifics, making it an ideal lesson for any time in history. With this story, and my five other picture books, I was excited to help young readers, and even their families, delve into tough topics such as: changes, the circle of life, needs, wants, and diversity. It was an honor to dedicate this book to teachers around the world but at the end of the day, all my works are dedicated to my loving and supportive family: Dennis and Navonia Thomas, Eric and Tori Jones and the three Jones Kids, all my In-Laws in Lee County Virginia, and all my extended family in Texas including my grandmother Naomi Hatch. Most of all my work is dedicated to my husband, Eric Thomas, who’s stood by me from day one and who I thank God in Heaven for every day.
BUBBA AND SQUIRT’S BIG DIG TO CHINA
Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China: https://sherryellis.webs.com/books
You can’t dig a hole to China!
Squirt doesn’t believe Bubba can dig a hole to China. But when the hole swallows them, the kids find themselves in Xi’an, China, surrounded by Terracotta Warriors.
It gets worse when the ghost of the first emperor of China appears. He tells them they can’t go home until they find his missing pi. The kids don’t know where to begin until they meet a girl and her grandmother who promise to help find the pendant.
Soon they realize they are being followed. And they are no closer to finding the missing pi. Will Bubba and Squirt ever make it back home?
Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis has previously published Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure; Don’t Feed the Elephant; Ten Zany Birds; That Mama is a Grouch; and That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN. Ellis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her website at http://www.sherryellis.org
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Personal Message (Sherry Ellis) –
I loved writing, even at a young age. But I never thought I’d be an author. I wanted to be an astronaut. Even though I didn’t quite make it to the moon, I’m thrilled that my book did! I dedicate this to my own Bubba and Squirt who were the inspiration for my writing.
“I only desire your talent…”
Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay’s biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can’t believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right…
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.
After finishing her BA in International Studies at the University of Denver, Tonja Drecker spent many years in Europe devouring chocolate, cheese and wine while investigating the birth places of myths, legends and mysterious tales.
Currently she runs a small farm somewhere in the Ozarks and tries to keep up with her prize winning review blog, Bookworm for Kids.
Her debut novel MUSIC BOXES (Dancing Lemur Press, 2019) was named by BNKids Blog as one of the ‘5 New Middle Grade Summer Reads for Campfire Chills’.
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Personal Message (Tonja Drecker) –
“Then let us pause a spell to write
that future youth may know,
Those valiant men who strove with might
to lay the forest low.”
I learned about the existence of this poem, written by my great grandfather in 1956, on the same day Music Boxes joined the list of books going to the moon. He used this poem to lead into the non-fiction history of his town, and while Music Boxes is a modern fairy tale for children, his words fit to both. His poem could probably be used to introduce every work headed to the moon and speaks to readers today, those of the past, and those of the future.
I’m more than honored to have my debut novel included along with so many other talented artists of our time. But then, this isn’t an adventure, which any of us could have reached alone. I not only thank Chrys, Elaine and Susan for the opportunity but have so many in my private world including my parents, Ryan and Roberta, Sean, Joy, Meghan, Stu, Stephen, Tasha, Toni, Mike, Anna, Gabe, and those one the other side of our Earth…Gisela, Klaus, Andreas, Sigrid, Patricia, and Joerg. But most importantly, Dancing Lemur Press, Stefan, Daniel, Autumn, Jeanette, Brandon, Mick and Lea. There are many, many more, but it would take a book to list them all. If nothing else, future readers should know that nothing is accomplished alone…even a trip to the moon.
SOME VERY MESSY MEDIEVAL MAGIC
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic: https://www.cleemckenziebooks.com/middle-grade/
Pete’s stuck in medieval England!
Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.
There’s only one solution – fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.
But what if the page remains lost – will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again…
C. LEE MCKENZIE
I write contemporary/realistic novels that tackle today’s issues of young adult earthlings, but I sometimes write middle-grade fiction, and Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is one of those. It’s the third book in the series I’ve called The Adventures of Pete and Weasel. My middle-grade books are all about fantasy and the adventures I dreamed of when I was kid. I’m shifting gears this year and collaborating on a women’s fiction novel. I have no idea what will come next, just as I had no idea I’d be sending Pete and Weasel off to the moon in 2021!
My credits: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative, Sudden Secrets, Not Guilty, Alligators Overhead, The Great Time Lock Disaster, Some Very Messy Medieval Magic. Sign of the Green Dragon.
If you ever land on earth, please connect with me on my social media so we can talk about writing on an interplanetary scale.
Amazon Author Page: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile
Personal Message (C. Lee. McKenzie) –
I’m still awed by Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moon walk, so when I had the chance to stow away my favorite characters and rocket them into space, I had to say yes. If Pete lives up to his reputation, he’ll stir up some lunar trouble, but Weasel will be with him, and do what Weasel always does—save the day.
The alligators (essential to the plot) are already packed—they travel lightly—and because they’ve been on earth since the Cenozoic Era, they have a different perspective about time and space than the humans on this journey. They should fit in nicely because obviously they’re adaptable or they wouldn’t still be around. I’m so glad I didn’t include a Saber-toothed tiger in this story.
I dedicated Some Very Messy Medieval Magic to my husband, and so he’ll be taking this trip with my other boys. This is a perfect way to pay tribute to a special man in my life and to his memory.
Bon Voyage to everyone and greetings to future Moon Dwellers.
FAY WILLIAMS AND THE ZOMBIE FROGS
Chrys Fey is the award-winning author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance, crimes, and disasters. She also authored Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication. Catch the sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book! She runs the Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club on Goodreads.
Fey realized she wanted to write by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen.
Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes.
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