Model Rocket Videos

June 12th, 2013

The following are the complete series of Monica’s model rocket videos, with the newest ones on the top.  Any new ones will be added onto this series.

Rocket Launches – September 1 & 2, 2012

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Video on Monica’s Novels on Amazon and Nook

April 20th, 2013

Introduction to “Time Hostages” and “Tales from a Two-Gendered Mind”

April 20th, 2013


Time Hostages Cover

Set in the beautiful red rock country of Sedona, Arizona, the science fiction novel Time Hostages adds mystery and murder to extraordinary scientific events. Caught in a time experiment gone wrong, the diverse collection of characters in this novel arrived from different periods in Arizona’s colorful history, all trying to survive and get back to their time. The cast of characters comes from ages that covers more than 600 years, from the late 21st Century to Anasazi natives who populated the area before Columbus discovered America.

Follow the characters as they try and survive in a time period that none have every seen. A silent film actress from 1920 falls in love with an Army Captain from 1872. A conquistador from 1632 operates video equipment. A mountain man from 1824 fights a prehistoric cave bear. All they want to do is to just go home.


Tales from a Cover

The book is a collection of fiction, science fiction, lesbian fiction, lesbian science fiction, transgender fiction and transgender science fiction short stories. They will make you laugh, cry, and become shocked with horror. Some may make you think, while others may make you angry. Who knows what twisted tales will ooze from a Two-Gendered Mind? You only have to read these stories to find out.

Introduction to “Blue and Gold” and “The Wayward Star”

April 20th, 2013


Blue and Gold Cover

Blue and Gold depicts a fictionalized version of actual events that happened to crew members of the USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657) from 1972 to 1976. The book pivots around the lives of several people and how being stationed on a Fleet Ballistic Missile submarine affects them and the women they love.

The book gives intimate details of events that happened at sea, on leave, on shore and what happens to the people they leave behind. Sex, anger, laughter, happiness, danger, fun and even love finds its way through the pages of Blue and Gold, told by a person who experienced them first hand. Other books talk about the strict military procedures and the equipment associated with being on submarines.

This book focuses more on the people. Things hardly every happen the way the Navy would like you to think they do. Life on a submarine is all about real life and not regulations. Inside are actual excerpts and articles from the Ship’s newspaper, copied word for word as they appeared, including all the typos and errors. The journal entries in the book are actual entries from the author’s journal, as they appeared. No grammatical corrections were made on these entries and articles. for paperback and Kindle:

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The Wayward Star Cover

Beauty and grace. Speed and agility. Style and strength. The little spacecraft known as the Wayward Star has it all, and much more. The novel, The Wayward Star, exemplifies the romance between human and machine, thriving in the age of space travel within our Solar System. Time cannot weaken this love and the Wayward Star has that kind of connection. She also becomes the right ship at the right time during pivotal points in human history.

Starting near the end of the twenty-first century, the book covers a fifty-year period and chronicles the journey of the small Wayward Star, along with the adventures of her various owners. Besides experiencing the lives of the different owners, the novel also follows Max Worthington, a man who owns a used Personal Interplanetary Transport (PIT) dealership on Mars and keeps getting the Wayward Star back for resale.

Experience an eruption of Olympus Mons, Mars’ largest volcano. Travel along with the Martian Bureau of Investigation as they chase the head of the biggest drug cartel on Mars. Discover an underground ocean on Ganymede and work at a hydrocarbon mining company on Titan. Know the exhilaration of a professional spacecraft racer as he dodges mountains on the Moon. Feel the vibrations of the ship, as pilots break the light barrier. All of this happens to you, as you ride in the beautiful and sleek Wayward Star. for paperback and Kindle:

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Introduction to “Valhalla” and “Straits of Hell”

April 19th, 2013



 A modern Virginia Class submarine, the USS Kansas (SSN 799), finds itself drawn into an oceanic wormhole and ends up in the ocean of another planet, named Valhalla by its natives. The wormholes have trapped ships, boats and airplanes over the years, including other submarines, occasionally with survivors. The crew of the Kansas quickly finds out that Valhalla is no heaven. They discover an oppressive society created by ancestors of Soviet sub sailors who arrived from Earth in 1962, right at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Follow the USS Kansas and its crew of 133 men and three women as they battle to prevent the Soviets from returning to Earth to cause unspeakable damage with their Valhalla technology. Fortunately, the crew of the Kansas is not alone; they have help from rebel natives and the Chinese.

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The Straits of Hell is a sequel to Valhalla that takes place fifteen years in the future. Several Earth submarines go back to Valhalla and fight along side the Black Glove fleet for the safety and well-being of both Earth and Valhalla. Dr. Kurenof has advanced in technology and becomes a major threat to Earth’s future. Some of the main characters in the novel Valhalla return to fight and die for their planet. More of the wonderful and terrible features of the planet Valhalla come to light. The Straits of Hell brings the reader further along in the series and give them a hint of what will happen next.

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Welcome to the New and Revised Monica Blog

April 19th, 2013

Hello everyone. Welcome to Monica’s new and revised blog. The first change is the name. I changed it from “Trans Universe” to “Monica’s Universe.” This came about because of my need to “move on” from activism to just being me. I want to be the best me I can be. I also have Darlene in my life, which give me a real life. She is the best person to have ever entered my world. I love her dearly.

I’m going to make other changes here. I will talk about my books, my model rockets, my plastic models, my experiences with nature and the world and of course, my videos. I want to make it easier for people to see what I have been doing. YouTube is the only place where my videos are stored. Facebook is not satisfactory in presenting the things I do. I hope that I can concentrate everything in one place. This blog is just the beginning. Stay tuned and if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

11 – 11 – 11 – 11 – 11

November 8th, 2011

By Monica F. Helms

Every November 11th, the US celebrates Veterans Day, a day to honor all of those who served in our military, all of those who are currently serving and especially all of those who died serving our country. This is a special year for different reasons. For the first time in history, gay, lesbian and bisexual veterans and service members can celebrate Veterans Day openly because of the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Sadly, trans service members still cannot celebrate openly.

Another reason is the date, 11/11/11. Many people do not know the significance on why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11, or why Veterans Day parades start on the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of that day. It all came about ninety-three years ago in France.

On November 11, 1918, the armistice to end World War I went into affect, on the eleventh hour of that day. The 11th minute of the 11th hour was never officially recognized, but many Americans use that to extend the “eleventh” number pattern. On November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the day to commemorate Armistice Day.

On May 3, 1938, Congress declared Armistice Day a legal holiday for federal workers. On June 1, 1954, we changed the name to Veterans Day, after America had just finished WWII and the Korean War. They changed the name in order to commemorate all veterans who served this country in all wars. On June 28, 1968, Veterans Day was made a floating holiday to give federal workers a three-day weekend, but that didn’t last long. Because the day was considered one of historical and patriotic significance, on September 20, 1975, the holiday was put back on November 11 of each year.

This year, not only will Veterans Day officially start on the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, but this will be the first time ever it will also be on the eleventh year. There are no American survivors of WWI to witness this special day. The last American WWI veteran was Frank Buckles, who died February 27, 2011. On 11/11/11 at 11:11, he will be one of those we will remember and honor. Thank you for your service, Frank.

Thank you for the service of all of those who have worn the uniform of our nation. Amongst them are my grandfather, all of my uncles and one of my aunts. My father served in three wars and in three branches of the military. I served eight years in the Navy, my brother retired after 20 years in the Army and his son is currently in the Air Force. I want to especially thank my oldest son, who did fours years in the Marines and two tours in Iraq. Veterans Day means a lot to our family.

Keep the ROTC off of YOUR Campus!

March 12th, 2011

This video is in response to President Obama’s request that university campuses open their doors to the ROTC and military recruiters. Just because DADT has been repealed, LGB people still can’t serve openly and they will not get all of the benefits afforded to straight military people. On top of that, the military will still discriminate against allowing trans people to serve openly. The ROTC should remain off of campuses.

Georgia’s LGBT Letter to State Rep. Bobby Franklin

March 12th, 2011

Rep Bobby Franklin, from Marietta, GA, stated that LGBT people are the same as drug dealers. The LGBT community of Georgia attempted to speak with him at the Georgia State Capital building, but he didn’t come out to see us. We delivered the letter to his office instead. This video shows that process, including a reading of the content of the letter. Also, Rep Franklin has introduced a bill that says that any woman who has a miscarriage has to be investigated on the reason why.

NASA Images – “Chamber of Horror”

February 13th, 2011

By Monica F. Helms

This was a fun video to make for a favorite piece of music. There are over 500 NASA images gone into making this and hours of editing. The music is “Chamber of Horror” by Rick Wakeman.