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11-25-2004, 12:21 PM
Hi writers,

I'm compiling a non-fiction book on the Pleistocene discoveries out here at Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet, California.
I posted the particulars on the newbie site under "Spankin New." That's where you'll find the priority stuff. I'm hoping I'll find some geologists or paleontologists somewhere in this group since that will add to my support staff. I'm amateur status in vertebrate paleontology (20 years), and Dinosauria was my main interest. But ice age mammals are just as important and fascinating.
Experience: Let's see, twenty short stories in sci-fi (Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone, Space and time etc.), 300 newspaper articles and profiles (served as content editor for such), two horror radio scripts, and two non-fiction books, all of this about fifteen years ago. So I'm back at it since I can devote full time to this project. I'm going through all the common frustrations, doubts and blocks that every writer faces. I'm hoping to find some moral support and encouragement from this group. From what I see, I wonder why it took me sooooooo....long to find this website. The groups I currently belong to seem stale, inactive or superfluous in many ways. I also hope I can contribute to some of the fledglings who need some insider advice on how to write and publish magazine fiction in horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Though I'm also a fiction writer it's strange that it was non-fiction books that sold so fast and paid my bills.
Glad to be here!...................Chris aka Triceratops.

12-03-2004, 01:24 AM
Welcome aboard Chris... I am biotales... Have you contacted any state universities...are you living close to any Native American Reservations... some of there historians might also be of some help...

12-03-2004, 08:01 AM
Hi Biotales,

Thanks for the comment. I've been studying the University of California Berkley site, learning as much as I can about ice-age mammals, geology, zoology and extinction.
I also belong to the main Dinosaur sites, but that doesn't help much because my subject involves saber-toothed cats, mastodons, mammoths, dire wolves, giant sloths and such.
As a matter of fact, I live smack dab on top of current Indian reservations that have casinos, and I'm in an area where there is hundreds of paleo Indian sites that date back over 9,000 years. But that is a different subject more concerned with archeology. The discipline I must learn is paleontology which is the study of dinosaurs and ancient mammals.
I wish the best to you also and I'm certainly glad to belong to such an active and informative group as this.


12-03-2004, 08:31 AM
I am well aware of where you live.. I lived in San Diego for some years... I mentioned the Indians because of their Historian maybe able to shed some light within Native history.. Have you tried the Russian and or the UK sites they would be very helpful to you... especially the Russian University on the Mammoths. Have you contacted the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. They will have info on links that you could go to for your research...

12-03-2004, 10:00 AM
Thanks Bio.

I do remember the Russian site come to think of it. Something about the Siberian mammoths. It was very helpful.
Excellent suggestion about the Smithsonian--Doh! I did forget about that one. Been hangin' out with the Rancho La Brea information, the George Page museum stuff.
My first chapter is going to deal with Hemet, Diamond Valley Lake, and the inland empire as a whole. I'm going to try and explain why this area was so traffic heavy with ice age creatures over 11,000 years ago. La Brea animals were,
for the most part, entrapped in the tar bogs, hence the heavy concentration. But this area was apparently a home to thousand of herds involving different species who free-roamed.
Thanks again,


12-03-2004, 08:37 PM
another suggestion here... Check with the weather station there... they would have links to the weather patterns in that area... also the history projections that the University would be linked to also... Also check with Palomar on the star patterns 11,000 years ago.. they have done that with Eygpt.. so I know they can do it for that area also...
good Luck.. If I think of anything else in that area... I will let you know..
Oh, go to Scripps oceanography... and get the history of the shore line.. plus the animals that would have lived in the waters at that time...
Scripps would also have the water patterns for the inland areas...
Hope this helps..