Water faeries visited my yard and left magic…

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Musings | 0 comments

Water faeries visited my yard and left magic…

Yesterday morning, I awoke to a glistening garden. I could not help but capture the water fearie wishes carefully planted throughout my yard.   A falling wish made from an Autumn Joy sedum.   Raindrop kisses on strawberry leaves.   Droplet crystals on spun webbed ivy.   Raindrop garlands on blades of grass.   Captured wishes in an Autumn Joy sedum.   A spider guards his funneled home. He is as beautiful as he is terrifying!   Sparkling water orbs dance on strawberry leaves.   Tiny water drop stars twinkling on spider silk.   Which one was your favorite? Comment...

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Here’s a bite of my dessert. Can I try yours?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Musings | 3 comments

Here’s a bite of my dessert. Can I try yours?

One of the things I love most about the Holidays is recipes. Yep. I’m a recipe collector. I even love reading cook books. So, I thought, why not do a fun blog-recipe-exchange? I’ll share three of my favorite recipes and, if so inclined, comment below with the link or instructions to one of your favorite Holiday desserts. Fun, right?   MOLASSES SPICE COOKIES ¾ cup butter softened 1 cup of sugar 1 egg ¼ cup of molasses (I use blackstrap) –mix ingredients together 2 cups flour 2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon ½ teaspoon of clove ½ teaspoon of ginger ½ teaspoon of nutmeg ¼ teaspoon of cardamom –mix dry ingredients together –add to wet ingredients until thoroughly blended — form into 1-2” balls, depending on desired cookie size –roll in sugar and cinnamon (1 tablespoon of cinnamon per ¼ cup of sugar) –flatten with bottom of glass cup –cook at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Leave on pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.   SNICKERDOODLES 1 cup butter softened 1 ½  cups of sugar –cream together butter and sugar 2 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla –add to creamed butter and sugar, mix well 2 ¾ cups flour 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt –mix dry ingredients together –add to wet ingredients until thoroughly blended — form into 1-2” balls, depending on desired cookie size –roll in sugar and cinnamon (1 tablespoon of cinnamon per ¼ cup of sugar) –flatten with bottom of glass cup –cook at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Leave on pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.   ALMOND CRANBERRY COFFEE CAKE 1 cup butter softened 1 cup of sugar –cream together butter and sugar 2 egg 1 teaspoon almond extract –add to creamed butter and sugar, mix well 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt –mix dry ingredients together –add to wet ingredients until thoroughly blended 1 cup (8 oz) of sour cream –add to dough and mix well 1 can jellied cranberry sauce — mix it up so it is spreadable. It should look like lumpy jam. –grease a 9×9 inch square baking pan –spoon half of the dough into pan and spread (Note: It is sticky. Sometimes I use my fingers to stretch it to each corner.) –spoon half of the cranberry sauce onto dough and spread until entire surface is covered –repeat process: add remaining dough and spread to each corner, then add the rest of the cranberry sauce and spread until the top is covered. –bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes GLAZE 1/3 cup of powdered sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract 5 teaspoons of warm water –mix together, set aside while cake is in the oven –spoon over cake straight from the oven so...

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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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An Oasis in the Wasteland

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Book News, Book Review, Guest Posts, Musings, Reader Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

An Oasis in the Wasteland

I am honored to have my first guest post by the brilliant and amazing Selah J. Tay-Song. Like most Northwest days in October, it rained. October 2013, when I met Selah, was no different. We both were at a brewery where she was selling books — outside no less — and I was sipping beer. I picked up her novel, read the back synopsis and just knew I had happened upon a beautiful connection. And, I was right! There are so many reasons I adore Selah. She really has the best laugh, a rather witty sense of humor, she is a kind and attentive listener, and she is an incredibly talented epic fantasy writer. I could gush about Selah all day. Instead, I’ll share pictures from the 2014 Chanticleer Author’s Conference back in September. Yeah, we’re nerds. Adorable ones, though, right? *grins comically*  Today, I celebrate Selah’s achievement: the publication of her second novel in the award winning Dreams of QaiMaj series. SO EXCITED!!!  Without further ado, I give you Selah J. Tay-Song. And…ahem…just for the record, Selah, I found your wasteland riveting. Love. Your. World.  *** One of my favorite things about Jesikah Sundin’s LEGACY is the lushness of her settings. When you look at the front page of this site, with the falling leaves and the beckoning forest lane, it’s a place you want to be swept away to. Who wouldn’t want to spend hours exploring the many regions of the Biodomes? The settings in my Dreams of QaiMaj series are quite the opposite. In a land still recovering from a three-thousand year old apocalyptic event, the settings are stark, sparse, barren. The caves of Sholaen are teeming with life, but scarcity is a large theme underground. Khell is an arctic wasteland, but it is a paradise compared to the deadland that is most of QaiMaj, or the sprawling ruins of SoJing. So why would a reader want to spend hours in these harsh settings? And why am I, as a writer, drawn to them? When I was conceiving the idea for this series, I was also rereading The Secret Garden. Rereading it as an adult, I was struck by the symbolism of the secret garden as an oasis for the children in the stark moors of England, and a refuge from the tragedy that marred the main character’s childhood. I knew that I wanted to incorporate this idea of an oasis of life and a refuge from tragedy into Dreams of QaiMaj. But first I had to imagine the tragic wasteland surrounding the oasis. It was from that imagining that the settings for the series germinated. Even though they aren’t exactly a place you’d want to vacation, the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Qaimaj reflect the modern societal wasteland, where people are looking for an oasis of meaning and a refuge from the tragedy surrounding us. Like a lot of people...

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

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Book News, Musings, The Biodome Chronicles, Uncategorized | 2 comments

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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