Small Miracles

Yesterday I surmounted what has felt like a huge obstacle.  When I was a girl, I was often in the front – I needed eyeglasses to see and got easily distracted so I liked to sit up front because that made it easier to pay attention.  Much as I enjoyed being right a lot and the strokes from the teacher, what no one else may have known, is that I was always curious about what the other kids were doing.  Essentially I like people, even though I get along better with some than others – just like everyone else.  Well, now and then I see why I was interested in everyone else and not really only in the teacher.

During the past few years I’ve noticed that there’s a lot going on with people making and using websites and all kinds of stuff.  Well, you can check out but I’d also like to share another small feat:  I managed to make a little video.  Please check it out.

New Era?

This is early on in the 2nd year of living in Germany.  The real reason is so that my son – who has an American mother and a German father, can better learn to be a German having had 10 years of living in the USA during his childhood to make sure he knows how to be an American.  The Summer season is much cooler than everyplace else I have ever lived in my life.

The big excitement is having a writing contract that pays better while being a good project – its ghostwriting a novel for a client who at this time remains confidential.  Also doing a little writing for Hypergrid Business online newsletter.  The other big excitement is that for the first time, one of my novels is coming out through a traditional publisher based in India: Alethia Publishing.  With this publication they will have approximately 15 books in print, including fiction and nonfiction, readily available through Flipkart.

Guest Author: SF man Mike Williamson

Mike Williamson graciously answered a few questions to guest star here at the blog:

Mike, how did you first get published?

My first “published” works were letters to the editor, starting around age 16.  I managed around an 80% hit rate.
Currently, I think I have 10 novels out and two pending, with discussions on three others.  Deadlines can become a problem after a while, and anything with continuity requires attention to track.
Mike, tell us a little about Rogue, which is your latest SF novel in a series, coming out right now.
My new novel, “Rogue,” is in my existing Freehold universe, but I try to make everything stand alone for the reader’s benefit.  It shouldn’t be necessary to buy previous books to enjoy a story, though of course I don’t mind if people do.  The dirty summary is that it’s about two techno-ninjas stalking each other across the galaxy.  In more detail, it’s about the troubled former commander of a battle with an horrific body count (1/5 of Earth’s population), being asked to track down one of his former elite troops turned high-end assassin, specializing in very exotic, technological assassinations, and having to revisit his past in the process.  It was tough to write the technical parts–both of them have similar training and backgrounds, so can predict each others’ moves.  The emotional impact was tough, in a different way.  This is a man who’s psychologically damaged and not all there.

Mike, I heard a rumor you also write short stories.  Please explain.

I’ve got short stories in a number of anthologies, especially the Valdemar universe anthologies edited by Mercedes Lackey.  There’s also one up for free on Baen’s website,, called “The Brute Force Approach.”

I met Miriam at the Indianapolis area SF convention, and talked a bit about writing before helping her move to Germany.  I think she’s often a bit bewildered by some of the strange stuff I post online, but she goes at it gamely.

Thanks Mike.  Readers, hope you enjoyed it!

Writer Under the Weather

Today, the weather in Germany is cool, literally, again.  Somehow the German I spent over 9 years sharing a home with and had a baby with never mentioned to me that the weather is chronically cooler in Germany, at least in the Summer.  It feels like early Autumn today, just like it did back in June, July and August.  My father – who is still alive, bless his soul, would love it because he comes from Cali and his biggest complaint in life has been too much heat.  He met my mother in German lessons at Whittier College in the 1950s not aware of the fact that Germany had his favorite climate and was keeping the information “encrypted” in the very different German language.  Well, that’s a little strange truth, after all.

Today is a day where I have plenty of work to do but mainly wish to be lovingly comforted; plenty of cold medicine and back to bed, perhaps with a movie or a good book and that’s about all I’m up for.

Sharing info & the beauty of LinkedIn

Hello.  This blog post is occurring thanks to a post in a conversation at a LinkedIn writer’s group.  In reality, I belong to 10 or so groups.  They are full of amazing people.  Despite Buddhist teachings about how we are all one and “I”  = Lie, somehow, I personally believe that one of the best things about other people is that they actually are someone other than myself.  Yes, we are all connected but everyone gets tired of talking to themself sooner or later.  So, thank God you’re out there, and you’re real and you’re not all exactly like me.

Right now, I’m so small time, that all I can tell you is that Alethia Publishing is actually bringing out An Adventure in Indianapolis, this year, or in 2012 at the latest, and that Literary Lunes is bringing out an anthology presenting a juvenile short story called Jimmy Bodeilo Travels Through Time.  The first story is about how a government sanctioned small group helps the city cope with some smooth criminals.  They’re “just” drug dealers who really are doing it as much for money as “because they like to party”.  The second story is about how a kid is able to travel through time even though “he’s just a kid playing in his own bedroom closet”.