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February Newsletter: Storytelling and worldbuilding

So there I was, leaned back in my IKEA poäng, road noises and children’s laughter streaming through the little window in my attic study. I gesturing at the phone clipped to its wobbly stand, trying to ignore my own image … Continue reading

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Well, Boom

Energy curdled back into mass as the ship translated out of light speed. After a pause for the crew to get used to experiencing time again, the ship’s instruments extended. From the crew’s perspective, they’d finished an extensive survey of … Continue reading

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January Newsletter

Well, it’s halfway through February when I’m writing this. At least it’s not next week, right? The problem is that the biggest thing that happened to me in January isn’t my story. I can’t tell it, but it wouldn’t be … Continue reading

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30y+

This Thirty Years Plus story is inspired by Joanne Rixon’s op-ed in the Tacoma News Tribune. I encourage you to write your own. 2050 The year is 2050 and a storm washes Sloveykov Square. Rain curtains hide buildings of concrete, … Continue reading

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The Event Horizon

The crowd didn’t seem to be violent, at least. They weren’t holding up signs or chanting slogans. They didn’t even seem to be talking much with each other. They just ambled sedately around one of Bruce’s stores, heads bent towards … Continue reading

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Clean Evil

…or “Ghost Decon”… The heads of the press swung to follow him as Rutger walked through the door. Cameras like glaring eyes and microphones like accusing fingers. Rutger could feel the hatred. Three deaths and more than a billion dollars, … Continue reading

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The Centuries Unlimited Epsilon is done!

The Centuries Unlimited More thoroughly combed version (epsilon draft) finished at 87,000 words (down from 92K!). Begun (revising) at 8:56am on Monday, November 30th 2020 in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy. First line: “The utility fog hung thick over Black … Continue reading

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December newsletter: the Pit and the Telescope

A couple nights ago, Pavlina came out of the shower with an idea about ideas. She had been having shower thoughts as one does, when she remembered something she regretted saying. Or maybe it was a fight she’d had with … Continue reading

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Interchange cover reveal

Guess what I found today “A year ago, Anne Houlihan uncovered a wormhole to Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien biomes. Now, she and Daisuke are going back to investigate “The Howling Mountain,” the possible location of a wormhole … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse

“Come in,” I said. “Thank you for coming.” And because I’d been in Bulgaria for a long time, “sit down.” Predictably for early summer in Sofia, the day had begun with clear skies and fluffy white clouds, then opened up … Continue reading

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