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Despair is that moment when you’re done writing your book…

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Despair is that moment when you’re done writing your book…

Despair is that moment when you’re done writing your book… Well, sort of. Maybe. OK. Yeah, it’s pretty bittersweet. While sprinting toward the finish, all I felt was, “I want to be done with this already!” It was agony. How much longer must I spend with you imaginary people who have taken over my life? When will this book ever finish…?! Then it happened. Click. Save.  *backs away slowly from the computer*  I felt excitement. Shock. Pride. Fear. And finally: confusion. Nooooooooo! I’m not ready to separate from you dear characters!  (Note: many writers are this brand of crazy. Apparently I’m one of them.) For over a year, my daily life has usually involved writing and self-editing ELEMENTS. But as of midnight, March 12, 2015, the final draft manuscript for book two in The Biodome Chronicles was officially placed ino the hands of the most wonderful editor in all the world. Seriously. She’s pretty awesome. I know she’ll take good care of my ream of words. Still… What am I suppose to do with myself now? I know, I know…I could start book three. And I will eventually. But, I’m in a fog. A wonderland. What was up is now down and what is down feels sideways. My mind will sort itself out, though. It feels a bit like end-of-book-series mourning. You know what I mean? That heaviness one carries after finishing a book that swept them away and they were not ready for the ride to be over? Except, I’ve been intimately immersed in these character’s lives for over a year — three and a half years if you count book one. So what is an author to do? Um, not very exciting.  Wear shoes again? Oh, I guess I’ll leave my coffin, er, office and brave the world once more, feel sunshine on my face, go through coffee detox. Wait. No. A girl still has her standards. Coffee intake at such high levels is a matter of pride as well as a necessity. So, what is an author to do? READ! Watch TV. Catch up on all the latest flicks on Netflix. Hang out with friends. Drink more coffee. Sounds good, right? I think I shall. Yes. Maybe despair was too strong of a word. I guess I just needed to process. Thanks for listening!   What book, show, or movie do you recommend? Comment below and let me know!  BTW, you can connect with me on GOODREADS so we can socialize and stuff. You know, if that’s cool with you and all. I do like to fangirl over books *grins*  ...

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I won a Cygnus Award! Squee…!

Posted by on 6:46 pm in Book News, Book Review, LEGACY, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I won a Cygnus Award! Squee…!

Well, technically I didn’t win. My book, Legacy (The Biodome Chronicles #1), is the 2014 Cygnus Award First in Category winner for Young Adult Soft Science Fiction through Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media. *squeals* I’m soooooo excited 😀     Congratulations to all! Such an impressive list. I’m honored and humbled to be named among such talent. My thanks to Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media. I am proud to be part of the Chanticleer family! You can visit the official post here. OK. Excuse me while I *happy dance*...

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You gifted me socks?…Really? -_-

Posted by on 10:46 am in Musings, Reader Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

You gifted me socks?…Really?  -_-

I tore off the paper, sharing a giggle with my sister, who furiously ripped through bright and festive wrapping paper next to me. I opened the box as a squeal, just dying to be released, waited in my throat for the signal. And opening boxes from Santa was no small feat.  I had to battle through unreasonable layers of tape. It was a war worth fighting, though. I would catch my sister’s eye, we’d grin, then dive into our boxes. Socks and underwear. Yep. Nothing brings Christmas cheer to the small heart of a child quite like socks and underwear. I’d rather have a piece of coal. I mean, come on. It’s carbonized plant matter. If I couldn’t have Hans Solo frozen in carbonite, the least Santa could do is give me carbonized something. Coal seemed like a pretty good option. I didn’t care if it branded me as naughty. I was a weird kid like that. I even told Santa once, at the mall, that I wanted coal and he looked to an elf for an appropriate response. Rocks and fossils were the best gifts ever. Socks and underwear? Not so much. Never wishing to appear ungrateful, I swallowed back my disappointment, offered a brave smile and said, “Thank you, Santa.” Year after year after year after year. As I grew older, “Thank you, Santa” turned to “Laaaaaame”, then to, “That bastard!” to eventually, “Dirty old man.” That’s when my parents FINALLY got the hint. Maybe gifting socks and underwear from Santa wasn’t the best idea.  Santa was more clever and creative after that. But, by that time, I had grown up. And frankly, getting socks and underwear was kinda cool. Then, I got it. I felt like I had a “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” moment and uttered a dramatic, “Whoa…” as my brain contorted with the epiphany. Adults like to get socks and underwear. I like to get socks and underwear. Why isn’t anyone buying me socks anymore? I didn’t mean it! Truly! I take it all back. Pleeeaaassseee….! Still waiting for that lump of coal, too… 😉   What was the ONE boring gift you got over the Holidays as a child that you appreciate now as an adult? Slippers? Robes? Pajamas? Clothes? Comment below!   Banner picture: “Christmas gifts / Новогодние подарки” by ahenobarbus,...

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Rumi Quotes — Sorrow and Joy

Posted by on 9:05 am in Musings, Rumi Quotes in The Biodome Chronicles, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rumi Quotes — Sorrow and Joy

I’ve been pondering lately the polarity of sorrow and joy.  These emotions are essential ingredients that flavor life with bitter and sweet. I am no stranger to life’s seasonings or the cycle of grief. It is through loss and pain that I have come to a deeper understanding of myself and the world around me. The journey through sorrow allowed me to cross the boundary line of what I think to establishing what I know. For instance, I now realize that happiness is a state of appreciation. Joy is the product of what I value be it life, people, nature, family, friends, or my job…or all of the above and then some! Grief forced me to look at what I have and evaluate who I am, changing my value system. Each time I faced sorrow,  I received a choice. When I chose the path of betterment over bitterness, I created an opportunity to encounter new joy.  And, I have found, the more I choose betterment, the length of sorrow’s journey shortens as well as leaves fewer scars in the process. Rumi captures this idea beautifully… “Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”   “The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.”   “I saw Sorrow holding a cup of pain. I said, hey sorrow, sorry to see you this way. What’s troubling you? What’s with the cup? Sorrow said, what else can I do? All this Joy that you have brought to the world has killed my business completely.”   The Biodome Chronicles explores this polarity through the metaphoric theme of life cycles.  Rumi shared, “Inside of us, there’s a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water” (posted in my previous Rumi Blog).  I love this imagery of death/sorrow (autumn) and life/joy (water).  Each of the characters — main and secondary — journey through sorrow, working through a grief that holds their life captive. For some it is the loss of someone they love, for another the loss of innocence, vision, or life as they knew it, and another, the loss of self. As they evaluate what they have and who they are, their value system changes as they choose between the path of betterment or bitterness.  Needless to say, it has been a rather cathartic experience for me as the author, and I hope it is for readers, too.   Have you journeyed through sorrow and encountered new joy?  Which quote was your favorite? #1, #2, or...

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What the heck is the genre of LEGACY…?

Posted by on 1:43 pm in Book News, Book Review, Future Meets the Past, LEGACY, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 4 comments

What the heck is the genre of LEGACY…?

What genre of science fiction do you write? Yeah, I get that a lot. Funny. When I began writing The Biodome Chronicles a few years ago, I never thought about how I would eventually have to label and categorize my genre. To me, I was writing science fiction, like somehow that explained it all. Oh, how innocent I was back in those days! As a reader, you may have a similar question: “What the heck is the genre of this book….?”  (which is probably why you are reading this blog, right?) You are not alone, Dear Reader. Reviews from others confirm your question.   “I’m not quite sure how to categorize this book — it’s not really fantasy nor is it really dystopia, but I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who likes wordier prose and fantasy-like settings, or anything cyberpunk. “   “Jesikah Sundin is pioneering a whole new genre: near-future medieval fantasy with a cyberpunk twist.”   “I would describe the book as a kind of cyberpunk meets medieval re-constructionist society. Two things you would never have thought to combine! It has a utopia/dystopia juxtaposition that you just have to experience for yourself.”   Right before I published LEGACY (The Biodome Chronicles #1), my naïve, debut author mind was opened to a whole new genre of science fiction. Ecopunk Fiction. Yep. And it’s what it sounds like – a blend of ecological concepts and cyberpunk. I had no idea I was writing to a new and upcoming trend, and the…ahem…organic discovery was thrilling. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. “Ecopunk is a mix between sustainable concepts and sci-fi, with a focus on green urban, rural, outback, wilderness, and scrapyard living. While most sci-fi is about interstellar travel and the relationship between man and machine, Ecopunk is about healthy community surface life and the relationship between nature and machine. Ecopunk takes place in the same post-industrial dystopian future scenario as the Cyberpunk genre, but is an exploration of the lesser seen and more environmentally dependent and concerned side of it.” — frankichiro, “Ecopunk Fiction”, listopia Savvy? This new sub-genre is gaining recognition in science fiction labels/categories, along with Nanopunk and Biopunk Fiction.  And, like most “punk” SciFi, it’s dystopian. In LEGACY, Ecopunk fiction is fully exemplified in New Eden Township, the prototype Mars biodome city. The community is able to enjoy a green, wilderness-like, natural life due to biomimicry, nanotechnology, and the latest in space engineering. To fully contrast the idea of technology vs back-to-nature, I chose for the residents of New Eden Township to romance the notion of “going back to our roots” as a community and “living like the ancients” by embracing a medieval agrarian lifestyle. Whereas the rest of the world is entrenched in cyber-cultures and high tech lifestyles. The result is Ecopunk fiction with a medieval twist. Guess what?  LEGACY is currently featured as book #4 in the Ecopunk Fiction list on listopia.  Squeeeeee…..! Do check out the list and find other Ecopunk Fiction reads to enjoy. I’m a fan of “The Windup Girl” which is currently rated as #1 on this list. Have you read any books on this list yet? If so, which Ecopunk Fiction read do you recommend?   Banner picture: “The Eden Project Cornwall 049” by...

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Author meet Reader and Reader meet Author

Posted by on 11:02 am in Book News, Musings, Reader Fun, Uncategorized | 8 comments

Author meet Reader and Reader meet Author

Authors, I am pleased to introduce you to these excellent Readers. And Readers, it is an honor to present these fine Authors to you. Now, check the comments section. Shake hands. *smiles* *wipes away happy tears*   THE RULES 1. Authors: – post in the comments a short and sweet synopsis of your book (like 300 words or less). Please make summaries visible with “quotes” or by italicizing (use HTML). Don’t forget to add your book title and name! – a link to your website – one main link to where your book can be purchased online (please, just pick one). Shorten the link to a bitly if you don’t plan to use HTML shortcuts. I will post my book in the comments as an example. * NOTE: No erotica or sexually explicit content, please. I am a young adult writer and have a wide age range of visitors to my site. I will not approve your comment if you do so. Thank you!   2. Readers: – All right, so maybe that would be asking too much 😉 But, definitely check out the books below. After all, making new book friends is what this is all about. – Feel free to comment and share – And, of course: HAPPY READING!  ...

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Rumi Quotes in “The Biodome Chronicles”

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Rumi Quotes in “The Biodome Chronicles”

Jalaluddin “Rumi”– Medieval Persian Poet, Theologian, and Philosopher — is a HUGE influence in the themes and ideas presented in The Biodome Chronicles series. I love his poetic expressions of love and life experiences with nature as his backdrop and go-to metaphor. And he has a fondness for trees and leaves! *le sigh* In this new blog series, I’ll share, a couple times a month, some of my favorite Rumi Quotes, especially those featured as epigraphs in LEGACY and the upcoming book in The Biodome Chronicles trilogy, ELEMENTS. Without further adieu:   “Inside of us, there’s a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water.”   “When you plant a tree every leaf that grows will tell you, what you sow will bear fruit. So if you have any sense, my friend don’t plant anything but love, you show your worth by what you seek.”   Which one of these quotes spoke to you the most? Comment below and let me know. I’d love to hear from...

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Answer a question for your chance to win a FREE copy of LEGACY!

Posted by on 10:20 am in Book Giveaway, LEGACY, Reader Fun | 0 comments

Answer a question for your chance to win a FREE copy of LEGACY!

To celebrate September 28th, the day “The Biodome Chronicles” opens up in Legacy, I am giving away a FREE signed copy of the book (physical or eBook) to a random winner residing anywhere in the world! Simply answer this question in the comments below: Would you want to live in a biodome? Why or why not?Winners will be notified on October 3rd, the day LEGACY ends and ELEMENTS begins. And, if you already have a copy, join the conversation. You can never have too many copies, right? Or, I am happy to gift it to a friend/family of your choice.Ready. Set. GO!Follow additional comments and threads...

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Banned Books Week 2014. Which ones have you read?

Posted by on 11:03 am in Musings, Reader Fun | 2 comments

Banned Books Week 2014. Which ones have you read?

The history of challenged and banned books is long and rather amusing. Seriously. Check out this list of banned books from 1850-2002 that helped shape America. Crazy, right? The TOP TEN most challenged or banned books of 2013, according to the American Library Association, are as follows:   Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone Looking for Alaska, by John Green The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya Bone (series), by Jeff Smith   I have read #1 (whole series), #5 (whole series), #7 and #8. Which ones have you read? Please comment below...

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Quotes and Images of ELEMENTS

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Quotes and Images of ELEMENTS

I wanted to share some of my favorite Willow and Fillion quotes from ELEMENTS…and the images that have inspired scenes in the book. *bites fingernails*Enjoy!“This evening, the township would feast upon edibles from the Ceremonial Garden, a communion to amalgamate each life together, dead and living. Death was honored within the tightly knit community for each resident labored for the survival of all, ensuring the success of the project, and if actually on Mars, of life itself. Their souls were connected, each breathing in the same atmosphere, air created by the essence of their very existence. The breath of one became the breath of another; and when a newborn released its first cry or a resident exhaled the last of their air to the township, it altered the environment.” — Willow Oak Watson “Not knowing the time was driving him crazy. There were no clocks. Anywhere. He asked for the time twice today and everyone in hearing distance would immediately look around them, like they were scenting the air. And then suddenly, their eyes would fixate on some object and narrow in concentration. Fillion looked in the direction and saw nothing except shifting shadows, furniture, trees, whatever. Their face would relax and with confidence they would share the time. God, he thought he was crazy. At least he didn’t see imaginary time pieces.”— Fillion Nichols“The night breathed deeply, a restful sigh that flapped her cloak against her body and waved the hood across her face in gentle motions. Although the Celtic drum carried on the night wind from the feast, she fastened her eyes upon the earthen trail and listened to the trees whisper their lullaby to the sleeping forest. A tangible serenity infused each step and she smiled. Nighttime was beautiful, she concluded, and Oaklee felt a swelling appreciation for the solitary shelter it provided. Perhaps grief was not the only state that painted everything black. Perhaps peace did as well…Guilt still tinged every memory and tainted every happy moment, but this night she wished to live. She wished to push through the heartache that had stolen her life and, instead, desired closure and comfort.”— Willow Oak Watson“In long, quick strides and with his head down, he walked through The Orchard and entered the forest. Everything was drowned in darkness except for the orange glow of a cigarette, exactly how he liked it. His mom would say he was afflicted with nyctophilia. But it was a matter of the soul not the mind. The black air didn’t possess expectations nor did it judge those who walked in its presence. It absorbed everything and reflected nothing.”— Fillion...

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