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This summer has been one of the most stressful in a while. With my mom’s spinal issues and one of the biggest projects of my IT career winding down, I’m finally coming up for air. In a week, I am finally taking some vacation (my last one was in Feb/early March – the writing workshop). My hands are still all kinds of messed up. This is the first day I’ve been back at the keyboard in about a month. Okay, looking at my last post, six weeks ago. I see a hand surgeon in a week or so. Still wearing braces on both hands. Still have pain in both and both my middle fingers have “trigger finger”. So adhesions on both tendon sheaths on my middle fingers as well as my thumbs. I dread seeing about this because they’re probably going to stick needles into my palms and shoot them with cortisone. Don’t want!!! Guess I’ve been flipping the bird too much. 🙂

So, needless to say, there has been no writing for quite a while. But yesterday and today, I’ve started working on my SF trilogy, getting book one ready for a copyedit. Have to add a few things into book one so book two’s revision will work. Need the story arc of two other characters completed (they run alongside the other main characters). I’m three chapters in and God, it feels good to be into my fiction again. I’ve been so depressed all summer, feeling like an ex-writer. I can’t wait to retire and write full time. It’s the only thing keeping me going right now.

Typing is still tough and really hurts, but fuck it. If I can’t write, I don’t want be a part of this world. Now, that I’ve survived this huge work project, I want to get back to living/writing.

My favorite quote is from Ray Bradbury: “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” This is my mantra. Because reality is a bitch and I admit, I’m a pretty fragile writer. It’s something that I struggle with daily. I never feel good enough, smart enough, etc., etc. I always feel like the imposter with that horrible voice in my ear telling me how bad I suck at writing. Being drunk on writing for me means getting lost in the worlds, the characters, so deep that voice is drowned out by the wonder. So, trying to get my writer’s buzz back on, write through the pain, and just get back to it. If I didn’t have to work full time, I’d be so in the zone and writing my ass off on the books I want to write instead of trickling words onto the page a couple of hours a night, forced to stop because of work the next morning. God, will that time ever come?

 

Setbacks

Saw my doctor this week. Was diagnosed with de Quervain’s. A fancy word for bi-lateral thumb/wrist pain. Inflammation in the sheath that houses the thumb tendons and lets them move freely. Causing pain and numbness…me and millions of other people who use a computer all the time…blah, blah, blah pain when I type/can’t grip door handles—wear braces on both hands 24/7—rest—ice—NSAIDs…you know the drill. We ALL know the drill. So, kids—take care of your hands. I took the week off from writing, letting my hands rest.

Thanks to everyone who picked up the Moonscapes bundle! Ablegamers is a great charity! I’m so happy I got to help raise money for them. I’m so glad that such a group exists and I appreciate their efforts to help people with disabilities reconnect to gaming.

Today I’m at the computer, intending to work on book 2 (Enigma) of my True Purple series (my first series :>). Need to work through Dr. Kingston’s story arc and layer it against Peter’s and Diana’s POVs. As soon as I complete this arc, I can add the final hooks into book one (called Recombinant) and send it off to my favorite copyeditor. Then start working on book three (Cipher).

In other news, I’m putting the final edits to bed for my short story, A Pearl into Darkness, for the upcoming crime anthology, Justice (Fiction River – early 2018). This is an important story to me. A hard one to tell, but one I couldn’t turn away from.

My SF novel, Rediscovery is in its final prep stages and will be appearing at the end of July from Elusive Blue Fiction. I have a handful of standalone novels that Elusive Blue Fiction will be publishing alongside my True Purple series (military SF with romantic elements) over the next few years. Also, I am working on another series (urban fantasy) set in the world of my Speechless in Seattle short story. And some other series I am considering. So many projects. Wish I could quit my day job and write full-time. Someday, I hope. For now, will just keep on keeping on…some writing time is better than no writing time. I was hoping to do a novel dare this month, but I’ll have to shift it to August to let my hands heal a bit.

Back to work!

Less than 6 hours left!

If you’d like to check out my new novel, Rediscovery, there isn’t much time before the Moonscapes bundle disappears. And my short story, Moonfall.

Here’s a brief blurb about Rediscovery, a romantic space opera:

In all the fueling stations in all the galaxies, his ex-girlfriend had to be the only medtech available for a deep space mission—to search for his missing wife. But someone doesn’t want her found. Or his team to leave this unexplored world alive.

Hurry! Only a few hours left!

Two days left!

If you’re interested in the first look at my new novel, Rediscovery, pick up the Storybundle Moonscapes. My romantic space opera is only available here. And not only do you get more stories from some amazingly talented writers, but you help out AbleGamers charity, a group that provides assistive technologies to allow people with disabilities to game. How cool is that?

One more look at those covers:

 

 

Moonscapes StoryBundle

I was super excited when Dean Wesley Smith bought my SF short story, Moonfall for Fiction River: Moonscapes. Moonfall had been a story in my head for a long time (and a few false starts on paper). It’s my tribute to those intrepid little rovers on Mars, still carrying on a vision that began on July 20, 1969 with the Apollo 11 crew’s first steps on the moon. Moonfall reunites two scientists (and former lovers) that develop and launch DOV, an artificially intelligent rover on a one-way mission to the moon, Io to gather data. But the little rover affects its creators in unexpected ways as it unlocks Io’s secrets. 

And I was even more excited when Dean invited me to contribute an SF novel to a new bundle he is curating called Moonscapes. The bundle features work from several writers that contributed stories to the Fiction River anthology (Annie Reed, Maggie Jaimeson, and Matt Buchmann) and some other writers you might recognize: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Ron Collins, Blaze Ward, and Dean Wesley Smith.

 

My first SF novel, Rediscovery, is a romantic space opera. This is my second novel and it is only available through StoryBundle. It will launch in electronic and print versions from Elusive Blue Fiction in July. But if you’d like to read it early, it’s available for a short time through StoryBundle.

Here’s a short summary:

When his wife’s first contact mission falls apart in the Rim, Captain Quinn Sayre prepares to embark on a search and rescue mission to find his missing wife. Until the search and rescue mission turns into a grim recovery mission. Determined to bring her body home at all cost, Sayre must sign a third medtech to his crew or abort his mission to the uncharted world. And the only medtech up for reassignment in the whole damned quadrant is space shy ex-girlfriend Tarateal Roberts who hated him more than space travel. She’d rather shove him out an airlock than give him medical attention, but this deep space mission is her last chance to save her failing career. And get back home—to Earth.

And on top of all these awesome SF stories, a portion of the proceeds from this bundle goes to an awesome charity: AbleGamers. AbleGamers is an amazing charity that provides customized and assistive technologies to people with disabilities, allowing them to join their friends and family in playing video games. Bringing people together with technology and gaming. I have been a lifelong video game player since the days of arcade games and Pong. From Sierra Games and Infocom. Wing Commander to Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Wolfenstein and Doom to Bioshock and Mass Effect. And several MMOs. So I just LOVE that this bundle is supporting this charity and helping people with disabilities experience the joy of gaming that I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy my whole life.

But if you’d like to read some wonderful SF stories by some very talented writers and help out your fellow gamers, check out this bundle! But hurry! The clock’s ticking on this collection.