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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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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I won a Cygnus Award! Squee…!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 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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Rumi Quotes — Sorrow and Joy

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 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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