<![CDATA[maifield - Blog1]]>Mon, 15 Feb 2021 00:37:07 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Learning through story]]>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 04:00:08 GMThttp://maifield.net/blog1/learning-through-storyI am a great believer in the use of story to assist learning, and this, I believe, is a feature of my books. The content on this website and the linked resources are intended to be an extension of this.
With this in mind, the topics raised in Aureley are explored in more depth on this site through the characters from the stories in Mai’s world:

Coding – Tom Bean
Athletics - Lucy Lombards
Chess - Anitha
Endangered species – Beth Vandenberg
Evolutionary biology – Bridget Scott-Thompson
Gold and gold chemistry – Joe Black
Honey and antibiotics – Meredith Smith
Honey types and production – Waldern Moore
Hiking – Liz Lombard
White water rafting and kayaking - Beth Vandenberg
Climbing and mountaineering – Peter Vandenberg
Insecticides – The Man

<![CDATA[Why a Blog?]]>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMThttp://maifield.net/blog1/why-a-blogI am often asked to classify my writing as fictionnon-fictionfantasy ect. I find this difficult because although there are fantasy elements in my stories; I base most of what I write on real science. In Aureley, for example, I write about a world where dragons are small creatures with some similarities to bees. They may not exist, but the circumstances by which they could have evolved is plausible and based on real science. I have placed these creatures in the real world and imagined what havoc they might create.

​Therefore, I think my stories fall between the lines and are best described as mostly non-fiction
‘Wait!’ I hear you say, surely that is just science fiction?’

Here I beg to differ. Perhaps the best-known author of science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke, defined science ficti
on as:

“Science fiction is something that could happen—but you usually wouldn’t want it to. Fantasy is something that couldn’t happen—though you often only wish that it could.”

I believe my stories consider scenarios where something happens that hasn’t, but you really wish it had.

Okay, I may be splitting hairs. However, I believe there is an unfortunate consequence of my writing being classified as either fiction, science fiction or fantasy, and that is that it is in danger of not being considered as ‘educational’. 

​I am concerned by this as my reason for writing is to inform and entertain.

For example, my first book ‘Aureley’, gently introduces the following concepts: 
  • Scientific method: observation; record keeping; experimental design; scientific fraud…
  • Biology: Taxonomy; bees (social insects, colony structure, caste, nest structure, pheromones, hive design); evolution; habitats; remnant habitats; pollination, fertilisation…
  • Chemistryhoney (composition; source); pheromones (purpose, composition); catalysis; organic chemistry; analytical chemistry; fertilisers, precious metals; acids...
  • Mathematics: chance; uncertainty… 
  • Geology: mineralogy; plate tectonics, soil science…
  • Astrophysics: asteroids; meteorites; satellites, craters…
  • Environmental science: extinction; threatened species... 
  • Architecture: hive design… 
  • ComputingCoding (C-code); networks; hacking; sensors; computer games; white noise; the internet; fire walls; image processing …
  • Farming: bee keeping; fertilization; aquaculture...
  • Cooking: food preservation; types of food...

Through this blog and Mai's  World, I will provide more detail on these topics and links to authoritative sources.