Monday Musings: New Fiction Coming, What Happened to the Weekend?, and the Great Outdoors (or at least, My Yard).

I’ve not been doing a very good job of getting the news out that I have new fiction coming out later this month (I hope!), but it is coming still. It’s a science fiction story, and could be called either a long short story or a short novelette, depending on where you draw your word count lines. Whichever way you go, it is a short, not novel length. It is called “Survival of the Fittest,” and it’s a bit dystopian, although it does have hope, since I am not the full-on gloom and doom type. Here’s the description:

A hundred years after Earth’s final environmental collapse, the human population is scattered, living in deep caves or underground to escape the heat and radiation that still ravage the planet. But some species adapted better to the changes. Sam, a genetically engineered lizard, is part of an ongoing program to discover what allowed his kind to evolve so quickly. Intelligent, able to communicate, and make decisions, is Sam a person or an experiment? When another survivor of the devastation threatens the promising food crops being developed, Sam may be given the chance to prove himself.

“Survival of the Fittest” is a short novelette, set in a future dystopian Earth, where humans have caused the destruction of much of the climate. It will be available from the finest e-book retailers soon.

Again, it should be available as an e-book toward the end of the month.

This past weekend was a good one, but I realized this morning it seemed to go by awfully fast. Not that this is surprising. Most weekends seem to fly by. Thing is, I’m not really sure what went on over those two days. Saturday was pretty much a lay-back and do nothing much day, and Sunday, we went on the pack walk with Lambeau, and the BaldMan mowed the lawn, but again, it was a quiet, slow sort of day. We did sit on the deck for a bit in the evening, having a snack and drinks, while we waited for the grill to get up to temperature. It’s nice to be able to do that again. At least until the mosquitoes show up.

We did not get out for a bike ride this weekend. Both of us were having some uncomfortableness, so we decided not to push it. I was kind of glad. I mean, I certainly could use the exercise, but this was just a weird sort of weekend and I had no enegy at all.

The garden is beginning to grow, finally. The pea vines are getting bigger every day, the beans are sprouting, and there are radish, lettuce, and greens shoots poking through. The tomato, pepper, and other seeds I started indoors are growing and waiting for their turn to be added to the garden proper. I planted flower seeds this year in the deck boxes and the front planter. They are growing, also. I transplanted the chives from the porch into one of the deck boxes. We have chives growing indoors, but I think the purple flowers of the chive plants are pretty, so I put them in the box to let them flower. The birds are at the feeders and the birdbath all the time. Glad to see both male and female oriole back this year. And the cardinal pair, also. I have also seen hummingbirds at the feeders occasionally, so they are back, also. We are getting red-winged blackbirds this year, as well. I also have the usual chickadees, blue jays, nuthatches, titmice, purple finches, and goldfinches, as well as sparrows and wrens. I like having the birds around. They add color and sound to the yard.

The pond is up and running now. I trimmed the dead stalks from the reeds, and they are greening up nicely. The Siberian iris at the edge of the pond are coming nicely, and, I think, will need splitting this year. I’ll just put in a few more bunches around the pond edge. I do like the color of those, and the yellow flag iris that are mixed in.

It’s really nice to see all the green and color out there now. After a long, tiring Winter, it is a welcome sight, at least to me!