Research, Facts, and Space Goats…OH MY!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Future Meets the Past, Reader Fun, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Research, Facts, and Space Goats…OH MY!

Reality based science fiction is a stormy sea of facts and information channeled out into story form for the reader to navigate via smoother waters. I’m always researching and studying and contemplating and researching. Let’s see …*looks at browser history*… here is a sampling of a few things I’ve looked up in the past two weeks: * Can cob be reconstituted and reused? * What is the best kind of goat for milking? For isolated systems? Basically, what’s the best breed of space goat? * When will vaccines become DNA based rather than one-size fits all? What prototype equipment is being tested? * NASA’s Mars missions planned for the 2030’s. * When will the first holographic TV’s be rolled out for consumer purchases? * What is the LARPing term for when your mundane life becomes part of your character and your character becomes part of your mundane life? * How much sense of self did the volunteers lose while role playing in the Stanford Prison Experiment?   SPAAAAAAAACE GOATS….!!! Admit it. A goat in a spacesuit would be awesome! And yes, there are memes for that, too. But I digress…   As I plot out TRANSITIONS  (a novella collection featuring point-of-view stories from Ember, Leaf, Mack, Fillion, and Lynden) and draft GAMEMASTER (the final book in the series), what I really want to research is this: * What do YOU want to know/see in The Biodome Chronicles? * What are YOUR New Eden Township and/or Seattle 2054 world building questions? * If I were to add a sixth novella in TRANSITIONS, would you want a point-of-view story from Skylar or Rain?   Comment and I’ll do my best to wrap in your question/idea into my story. Seriously. I thrive on these kind of challenges. Either way, I’ll mention you in the bonus material at the end of the book! Wooohooo! If you don’t have a question, then comment via my social media post with a picture of a goat. Especially space goats. But all goats are welcome. Oh somebody please post a picture of an adorable baby goat! And…ahem…keep it clean folks. I’ll delete your comment if it’s not family friendly.   All right. I’m on standby so ask...

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The Journey of 209,818 Words

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Book Release, Future Meets the Past, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles | 4 comments

The Journey of 209,818 Words

There are so many things I could write to celebrate this day. Theme. Character development. My experience as an indie author in the digital age. But, only one subject holds my interest: My husband, Myles. The journey of 209,818 words, also known as ELEMENTS, is a reality because of this man. My husband is not a romantic sort. Not in the traditional sense. His romantic gestures are honor and respect, far more swoon worthy gifts to me than flowers or material objects or chocolates. Which are great to receive, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve never needed those things to feel loved or romanced. Although, a girl can live on chocolate. (Myles if you’re reading this, *wink, wink*.) Instead, he shows me that I matter. That what burns inside of me–my passions, my dreams–is not only important, but should be empowered and embraced. That, my friends, is my definition of romance–to love another so completely it truly completes them. When I left a career in September 2012, I began applying at the University of Washington with hopes to finish my Bachelors of Science degree. The issue that blocked me in 2012 was, alas, the same issue I had at age twenty: money. Yeah. Paying for college is the equivalent of paying rent! Back when we were younger, it was more important for my husband to finish school as he was apprenticed and it was required to reach journeyman status. So, I gladly received my Associates Degree and worked odd-end administrative jobs, instead. Flash forward to present day. With university out of the question, I floundered for what to do. Again. It seemed like most people by my age knew what they wanted to be when they grew up and were already living that life. Me? My life has been one long series of hardships, from a life threatening illness that consumed much of my childhood to caring for my grandmother through part of my twenties after my mother passed away while also caring for my two sons, both of which have congenital heart defects and sensory processing disorder. Most of my life has been in the company of doctors, nurses, specialists, physical therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and…you name it. I’m eternally grateful for each one of them, too! But, I had to grow up real fast. Life was about survival, sustaining one moment to move forward to the next. And the next. And the one after that. But, October 2012, all that changed. My husband decided it was time I focused on me. To become what I always wanted to be. To no longer make the dreams and businesses of others a success, but to put all that energy into making me a success. Even to go back to school if I wanted. We’ll find a way, he’d say. Why? Because I matter. That what burns inside of me–my passions, my dreams–is important. And what did I want to be when I grow up? A writer. I had planned to...

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What the heck is Ecopunk Fiction?

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Book News, Book Review, Future Meets the Past, LEGACY, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

What the heck is Ecopunk Fiction?

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. ...

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What the heck is the genre of LEGACY…?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 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. ...

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The Future Meets the Past

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Future Meets the Past, The Biodome Chronicles | 2 comments

The Future Meets the Past

My love of old world meets new world mash-up began with Princess Leia in Ewok Village on the planet of Endor. I was captivated by her quasi-medieval look while traversing the suspension bridges that spanned through an ancient forest, connecting each roughly hewn treehouse. After all, this was Star Wars, a sleek futuristic space saga featuring cyborgs, spaceships, and singing aliens in hole-in-the-wall bars. I was very young when I first encountered the Star Wars films and their impact on my imagination is immeasurable. And then I stumbled across Firefly and Serenity. *le sigh* Although there are no ancient forests, treehouses or princesses who rescue intergalactic bad boys frozen in carbonite, there was an old-fashioned quality to the Joss Whedon space opera that I fell in love with. The characters spoke like cowboys and swore in Chinese! It is rather endearing to witness a grown man swear by his pretty floral bonnet that he’ll end you and actually be wearing one as he utters such an epic oath. Captain Mal’s famous line, “I aim to misbehave,” sealed the deal for me and I became hooked. Only Nathan Fillion could pull that one off with perfect, rustic space-cowboy finesse. It was no surprise to me when I began sketching out plans for “The Biodome Chronicles” that I would fabricate a story where the future meets the past. I am drawn to such tales, so naturally the storyline also inspires my own writing. I could not resist the idea of a near-future high technology culture interacting with a medieval agrarian society firmly rooted in natural living. Such literary contrasts always conjure questions for my mind to explore: Would I rather be part of the future or the past? Or both? And why? What are your thoughts? Comment and let me know. My curiosity sits in eager anticipation of your reply!   Photo attribution: “Princess Leia 10” by Nightwing1975 on...

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