Guest Post+Giveaway: It Came From the Science Lab!!! by T. Melissa Madian

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It Came From the Science Lab!!!


A juvenile sci-fi by T. Melissa Madian
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book cover of It Came From the Science Lab by T. Melissa Madian

It was business as usual at the Acme Science Lab, until one day a massive explosion sent the scientists fleeing for safety.

But out of the smoke and chemicals emerged an amazing new creature... Bartholomew Blob!

With the lab destroyed, Bartholomew leaves the comforts of the only home he has ever known in search of new friends and a place to live.

As he travels through golden fields his body changes color with every emotion he feels.

Life can be lonely for a blob, but Bartholomew discovers there's kindness and love to be found in every adventure.

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Excerpt

Smoke and chemicals mixed, and strange sounds came from the now empty lab. Sounds like… gurgling and burping? The door of the lab smashed open and out came…

… a small, roundish shape! It was midnight black and had the size and form of an upside-down cereal bowl. It slithered instead of rolled. It looked like melted dark chocolate but had a perfume like smell.

Suddenly, two roundish holes opened and turned pale blue. It had eyes! It could see! What in the world could this creature be?

Why… it’s Bartholomew Blob!


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Guest Post


Q:

Where did you get the inspiration for Bartholomew Blob's character? Why a blob, as it were?


A:

One of the things I am quite passionate about is storytelling. When the pandemic hit, I took the opportunity to step back from my “day job” of consulting and focus my energy on something I love – writing.

As a Mechanical Engineer, I love science; and I am always bummed out when I see media implying that failed science experiments could result in the creation of a terrible monster. Think Frankenstein or The Blob. Although I do love the horror genre, scientific curiosity should be celebrated and explored, not condemned as a dangerous endeavor.

I wanted to create a story of adventure and imagination, using my love of science to invent a character that was just a little bit odd but whose heart was in the right place. To show that a “science experiment gone wrong” could actually result in something wonderous. After all, an experiment gone wrong is how champagne was invented, and I LOVE champagne!

Bartholomew Blob turns the concept of a “monster” on its head – here is a character born of a scientific mistake who is curious, innocent, and thoughtful. A character who is interested in learning and exploring, not destroying. He changes color when he feels or touches things, which motivates him to investigate using his senses. He has no gender or specifically human features, which makes him different from those around him. As humans, our instinct might be to fear or to ostracize Bartholomew; but this book shows that with a bit of compassion and interest, anyone can make friends.

My hope is that the tale of this cute little blob will inspire children to get excited about STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) as a place to explore their creativity. And to appreciate that even if someone is odd or weird, that they have a place in this world.

About T. Melissa Madian

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T. Melissa Madian is the Chief Fabulous Officer at TMM Enablement Services Inc. As a mechanical engineer, she loves taking the science of what is possible and imagining stories around the impossible. She is a storyteller, mom to a precocious cat, and auntie to her human nephew. She hopes that this book serves as a reminder to people – adults and children – that even the weirdest and most unusual creature just wants and deserves to be loved.


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  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keeping up the good work.

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  2. Thank you for inviting me to guest post on your blog - it was fun!

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    1. You're very welcome! I enjoyed the post--cool stuff.

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  3. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing it and good luck with the tour!

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  4. Totally Adore this cover! It's also great to get kids interested in science from an early age.

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  5. What inspired you to get involved with science?? (trying to get little ones interested!)

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    1. Thank you for asking! My parents bought me a microscope and a chemistry set as a gift when I was quite young. I melted a lot of things, and they got tired of giving me pieces of their hair to look at, so they bought me a Meccano set and I was hooked! :)

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    2. That's amazing! Happy it worked out for you. Now I'll have to invest in something like a microscope or such... :)

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  6. "It was business as usual at the Acme Science Lab, until one day a massive explosion sent the scientists fleeing for safety."

    Yikes, sounds scary. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. "But out of the smoke and chemicals emerged an amazing new creature... Bartholomew Blob!"

    Welcome, Bartholomew Bob!

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  8. "With the lab destroyed, Bartholomew leaves the comforts of the only home he has ever known in search of new friends and a place to live."

    The plot thickens!

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  9. "As he travels through golden fields his body changes color with every emotion he feels."

    I had a mood ring back in the 70's that did the same thing, lol.

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  10. I like the beautiful artwork on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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