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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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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Rumi Quotes in “The Biodome Chronicles”

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Musings, Rumi Quotes in The Biodome Chronicles, The Biodome Chronicles | 0 comments

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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Help! Will write for music…

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Book News, Reader Fun, The Biodome Chronicles | 0 comments

Help! Will write for music…

I LOVE to listen to music while writing. It’s a huge part of my process in crafting a story and characters. Here is my current PLAYLIST for ELEMENTS, book two in “The Biodome Chronicles”. These songs continually feed my imagination and emotively flesh out the characters’ journey in my mind. But I need more music! *raises hands in air like a mad scientist* So I come to you to keep the inspiration burning brightly:1) What songs would you add to this list that make you think of Fillion, Leaf, Willow, Coal, and/or Lynden? 2) What songs speak to YOU? Comment below (with links if possible) and I’ll add a Reader Selection page in my “end of the book features” with full credit! 😀  (Be sure to leave the name tag in the comments that you want me to publish in the book, even if it is “anonymous”) Thank you, Moss. Truth....

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$15 Amazon Gift Certificate? Yes, please!

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in LEGACY, The Biodome Chronicles | 0 comments

$15 Amazon Gift Certificate? Yes, please!

Have you read LEGACY? Great! You have a chance to win one of four $15 Amazon gift certificates. Here’s how: 1. Leave an honest review on Amazon by March 31st (earns one entry into the drawing). http://amzn.to/1jZyH1T 2. Leave an honest review on Goodreads by March 31st (earns another entry into the drawing). http://bit.ly/1hUc26O 3. Private Message me on Facebook or email  me if you have a user name that doesn’t include your first/last name. Readers who have already left a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads are automatically entered. Winners will be randomly drawn on April 1st and announced on Facebook. Thank you SO...

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Inspiration from a Reader

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Book Review, LEGACY, The Biodome Chronicles | 0 comments

Inspiration from a Reader

Lately, most moments in my life allocated toward writing are spent in utter frustration, staring at a blank screen. It is such a depressing state for a writer. My mind is saturated with plans and plot lines for ELEMENTS, book two in “The Biodome Chronicles”, but my fingers have declared a typing stand-still. I sip my coffee, release a heavy sigh, and wonder when I will begin to continue the story. And then this review came in and suddenly my fingers want to type and my mind wishes to break the damn holding back my ideas.   Thank you, Lucinda, for loving my story and inspiring this author to write another book for readers like you.    “This dazzling debut is simply sensational and utterly breathtaking! Highly original and exquisitely multi-layered are just two elements of this scintillating story that makes it stand out from anything else I have read of YA/ Fantasy genre. I was literally blown-away by the breathtaking scope of the extraordinary world building; its epic vastness and rich detail & background info. The Biodome Chronicles is a remarkable, creative imaginative masterwork containing such inspired ideas and singularity, as to raise the bar high for Science Fiction and fantasy literature. Elaborate experimentation combined with new theories and out-of-this-world realities merge together to form the backbone of an impressive sci-fi fest! Book 1: follows Leaf and his sister Willow on their journey of self-discovery and the search for freedom in a constricted existence. Their tale is about pushing the boundaries of expectations and limitations, while also exploring human nature and the desire for independent will. They dwell within an experimental Biodome – a sustainable community cut-off from the outside world. Youth culture and high technology collide within a majestic backdrop of the Middle Ages in this story of betrayal, mystery and love. Incredibly powerful, provocative prose cannot help but touch you inwardly as Leaf & Willow’s hardships and struggles highlight the inhumane acts of ‘The Code’. At times the shocking events that unfolded and unraveled the dark truth, I found really affecting and also reminiscent of ”The Hunger Games” in this way. I am really excited about this *new* series and I cannot wait for book 2 to be released! LEGACY exceeded and surpassed all expectations by how different it is and by the author’s vast imaginative vision…that’s entirely believable and convincing. Character-driven and wonderfully detailed, the sublime narrative is not only gripping but the fluidity of prose is beautiful. Highly recommended to a wide-readership who enjoy fresh sci-fi/ fantasy and enchanting young adult romance. 5 STARS!!! …How can you not love that gorgeous cover?!”   Lucinda is an avid reader of epic/high fantasy, young adult and historical fiction. Be sure to click on her name to follow her reviews on...

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