Really, not much. We hosted a partial family holiday dinner. Some of the out of town regulars couldn’t make it this year, so it was a smaller gathering than usual. Still a good one, with good people and good food.
I started planning the aquarium I am going to be setting up fairly soon. I used to have several tanks, but what with moving and life, the universe, and everything, I haven’t had any in a while. I have done the big tanks (90 and 55 gallon specifically, as well some smaller ones), and now, I am going in the opposite direction. I am going to do a 10-ish gallon planted tank downstairs and a smaller one up here in the office. I’ve been reading, researching, and such for a while now. We have also been checking out local fish stores to see what is out there these days. We have one more to visit tonight and then I will start gathering the stuff I need. Well, I did by some rock and driftwood last week. It will be fun little project!
I didn’t do much writing. It was more of a simmering things on the plot stove sort of December. I have planned my short term work and one longer term project, so it’s back to work now! I have my January calendar printed and ready to reference. I set up the basics of the revision project, and the workbook for the new story draft. I will fill in more details as things start to roll onward.
Next week, I will be doing my wrap up of what I read last year, reading goals for this year, and some metrics on what I read. Then, it’s back to reviewing my reading. It’s been an interesting start so far.
Back to writing!
Medusa “Deuce” Grainger is smart, confident, and as good a pilot as she is a poker player. A freelance shuttle jockey working for an independent terraforming company, she’s left her former life, and her father, behind. Mostly.
Now, her AI has downloaded another Personality off a wrecked ship, and he’s acting oddly ever since. Someone wants to sabotage her friend’s company out of business, evidence of tampering is being corrupted, and people have died. With an investigation looming that could shut down the company and cut off her main source of income, it’s up to Deuce to figure out what’s going on, and how all the pieces fit the puzzle. Along the way, she reconnects with an old friend and discovers someone is stalking her. Deuce will need to connect all the dots fast, because more lives are at stake than anyone suspects.
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After five years away, Kaili is coming home for the ceremony to install her sister as head of the family business. When an old rivalry threatens the family, Kaili and her partner need to use all their skills to save the sisters’ lives. Learn more here
A collection of six short fantasy stories set in varied worlds of magic and mayhem. Learn more here.
A short novelette set in a dystopian Earth after the final environmental collapse. Sam is a genetically engineered chameleon who may hold the key to mankind’s survival. Learn more here.
In a world reeling under the effects of severe climate change, food shortages are common, and arable farmland is scarce. Unscupulous distributors like Beni Oligowma take advantage of the shortages for their own gain. When a promising new technology for growing food even under the harsh conditions is unveiled, grocery store owner Frank is determined to see that everyone is able to benefit from the results, not just the Benis of the world.
Feed My People is a short story, set in a dystopian science fiction world, and is free. Learn more here
Demon hunters Johnny and Cerise travel to the small town of Carroll Fork where they find a demon-possessed thrift store, a sweet old lady who is more than she seems, and an army of underworld inhabitants. Can Johnny and his trusty yo-yo save the town from a devil of a problem?
Five and Daemon, the Yo-Yo Files #1, is a short novelette in an urban fantasy setting, with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here
Things have been quiet. No demonic possessions, no otherworldly intrusions, nothing. And then Lucifer shows up in Johnny’s living room, claiming that two archangels are missing, and something is definitely not right in the heavenly- and other- realms. Saying he has nothing to do with it- this time- he asks Johnny and Cerise to help him find out what’s happening, and who is behind the disappearances. While they are trying to do just that, Lucifer is devilnapped by a larger-than-life serpent. He manages to get a clue to Johnny before he disappears. Johnny and Cerise are left to puzzle out the disappearances and try to find the missing angels. Oh, and stop what could mean the ultimate destruction of pretty much everything.
Snake’s Alive, the Yo-Yo Files #2 is an urban fantasy novelette with elements of the supernatural and humor. Learn more here.