Quick Tour of Published Works

The Future of Engineering – an anthology
This anthology of short science fiction stories is ideal for college students or those who are curious about it. The author originally wrote these while living as a foreign exchange graduate student in London, England. While, definitely science fiction shorts, the ambiance of international academia and college students shines as the background setting.

Jimmy Bodeilo Travels Through Time
This is a single short science fiction story starring Jimmy Bodeilo who is about 11 years old. He appears in more than one story by the same author. To keep it simple “If it is a Jimmy Bodeilo story, then you know it is for kids.”

The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead  This is an urban crime novel.  You can also check out a page at the blog, and read a chapter for free.

The Children of Loki at Jet.com Using mercenaries in corporate conflict and cross-cultural relationships are the central themes of The Children of Loki. A middle-aged mulatto man from planet Earth discovers his military muse when he comes across one of Emperor Rejkyavik’s organic sentient warriors in The Rim.

Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them In stark contrast to the other works, this is a practical philosophy mini-book.  Is there a God?  What is knowledge? Is morality absolute or relative?  These answers and more are addressed in this short and handy publication.

Just click on the link to purchase any of these.  They are all available at multiple locations.  The books can be ordered at any book store.  The short stories are available to Kindle readers.

Quick Tour of Published Works

The Future of Engineering – an anthology
This anthology of short science fiction stories is ideal for college students or those who are curious about it. The author originally wrote these while living as a foreign exchange graduate student in London, England. While, definitely science fiction shorts, the ambiance of international academia and college students shines as the background setting.

Jimmy Bodeilo Travels Through Time
This is a single short science fiction story starring Jimmy Bodeilo who is about 11 years old. He appears in more than one story by the same author. To keep it simple “If it is a Jimmy Bodeilo story, then you know it is for kids.”

The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead  This is an urban crime novel.  You can also check out a page at the blog, and read a chapter for free.

The Children of Loki at Jet.com Using mercenaries in corporate conflict and cross-cultural relationships are the central themes of The Children of Loki. A middle-aged mulatto man from planet Earth discovers his military muse when he comes across one of Emperor Rejkyavik’s organic sentient warriors in The Rim.

Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them In stark contrast to the other works, this is a practical philosophy mini-book.  Is there a God?  What is knowledge? Is morality absolute or relative?  These answers and more are addressed in this short and handy publication.

Just click on the link to purchase any of these.  They are all available at multiple locations.  The books can be ordered at any book store.  The short stories are available to Kindle readers.

Gezka FaucMerz and Kiel Bronson – fictional characters 2014

Gezka FaucMerz, still living as a Captain in the Rejkyavikian Naav thousands of years in our future, or maybe just in alternate universe or both…Icelandic victories against their own corrupt bankers notwithstanding….has finally made it into her life ….being a fiction character nothing happened until the next story that includes her began to take shape.

Despite a variety of difficulties, she is able to reunite in her professional and personal relationship with Kiel Bronson. Kiel does not like what she has dragged him into, but is grateful for the help getting him out of a lengthy punishment explained in their first novel.

Location is everything some say: Gezka’s home base is right around 32Light Years from our Sun, whereas Kiel’s original home is here on planet Earth in the very solar system readers will recognize as where they woke up to find themselves again today – unless they are up in the space station.

The story is set, so far, in the exciting but dirty work of the rough draft of the next novel, in more than one location but mainly from 28 to 31 Light Years from planet Earth’s Sun. Kiel went so far out even Hippies heads are spinning, “laugh out loud”.

Off Hours Blogging

January 2014 is coming to an end.  The 18 year old has finished his semester of school.  Due to having changed nations at the time of starting high school, but not due to any personal failings, he is in 11th rather than 12th grade.  He has the day off from school today.

One of the home computers has connectivity issues and another one has other technical problems that I really don’t understand.  Due to things like that and not forcing my son of his machine so that I can use it at certain times, last night’s blog did not make it out at the same time.

Something has really changed.  It is neither all bad nor all good, I suppose.  My blogging has suffered an irregularity but I have done even more editing of an sf novel, begun querying properly to respected lit agents and publishers.  I have also started writing the sequel and am now contending with what really happened.

In the science fiction series starring interstellar mercenaries from very different ideologies and locations – the man who works as the Second in Command – gets to name their organization and dubs them The Children of Loki – which is the name of the novel.

Being a creative person I have come up with a short fiction story to describe my best guess as to how the deity Loki became the parent.  Unlike a lot of more natural childbirth, he unfortunately did not have a wondrous nor even bad sexual liason to become the parent.  It was more like what happened to the god Zeus and the goddess Athena – who sprang forth from his mind after a headache,…but for some reason I think that the mercenary order was conceived while the deity Loki was coping with a rather severe hang over, or else while recovering from a bout of influenza.  I realize that I could be sorely mistaken and that it might be unfair to have saddled him with this type of thing or to claim that they are not the result of Loki having a happy or good experience.  I might be wrong, but maybe I’m not.

 

A Good Day – for a writer

The stereotype of writers being antisocial is often patently false although there are some who are true introverts.  As for myself, the first time I wrote a novel I was not even alone in the room I wrote it in and I was glad that I was not.  I like people and ever since becoming a mother 18 years ago now, have tended to be more extroverted.  In truth, my true nature is right in the middle – so I’m retiring and shy for an extroverted and a people and party loving person compared to most introverts. 

The past two days have been better, in terms of writing, than many I have had for a while.  The good news is that I have both edited and written.  the dark side, so to speak, is that my head is a bit in a la la land.  I have given the main characters hard lives, frankly and so my relatively boring and tame real life is something of a relief by comparison.  Even so, I love the characters and the story is a bit surprising. 

I have been working with cross cultural interstellar mercenaries from radically different ideologies.  I created, devised or discovered them many years before I knew that I would have to reformulate the beginning of their story while living in a foreign country many years later…Sometimes my real life has also been surprising. 

Did you get the link?! 2014

Hello today dear readers,

Earlier today when I checked over the blog posts it looked like maybe the system removed some of the links that I had included in the recent posts.  There was a link yesterday – did it show up as it was supposed to?  Here it is again if this is one of those situations where I have to do it again for it to work.  http://sbpra.com/MiriamPia/  

If so, apologies to any of you who find this repetitious. 

At this time, there has been some progress on another novel, the one starring Naav Captain Gezka FaucMerz and Earthling Sergeant, Kiel Bronson.  There is a lot of editing and submissions to publishers and literary agents between now and when the reading public gets to buy this one. 

Personally, I read a lot of science fiction mercenary novels.  I read them when I was too young for it to be healthy.  I got hold of them through my older brother without adult interference. Despite that, I survived, but it means that before I wrote the first rough draft of this I had already read Hammer’s Slammers by David Drake let alone elven swordsman. It was not good that I was too young for it, but it is good that I read in the genre.

This novel is not for kids!  If it were a movie it would be rated R. I am not promoting the idea nor the practice of kids reading age inappropriate material.   

Much like Quentin Tarantino, most of the story inspiration was from reading fiction novels in the same genre and watching science fiction movies.  What I mean by that is that Quent watched other gangster films but was not out there attacking people like a psychopath.  I practice nonviolence and if anything am more like a Hippie Chick than an interstellar mercenary woman or man in real life but I have read enough of the stuff to have the right kind of knowledge to write about it.

Most of those who will be most interested are grown men, many of whom have served in real military forces of planet Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Not everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak, is interstellar mercenaries and I know that.  It is for the some who will love it!  Hopefully it will be released by 2015 but I can’t guarantee that.

Gezka and Kiel & Whoa is me?

Some of you are aware that lately I have been editing a science fiction novel.  There has been some drama about that during the past two weeks and also some progress.

The drama is not nearly as drastic – thank God/ess, as the action along the plot line of the novel itself. 

At the moment, the interstellar mercenary order has switched back from being called the Black Hawks to what I called them 20 years ago now: the Children of Loki.  They are nothing like the mythological children of that Norse rascal-god Loki we have seen in the recent Thor movies, but, while I don’t like evil, I am impressed by a great mage and given the reality of my culture, I like that he used cleverness to solve problems when straight forward methods might not work.  I like what Loki was like before he ‘went bad’ and still wonder whether the painful truth is that he went that evil or whether it was like when we see whoever is the American President done up as a demon or as Hitler which I have seen on Facebook about both George Bush Jr. and President Obama, so being Democrat or Republican doesn’t prevent the propagandization of criticism of the President.  Obviously the Thor movies do follow the line that the myths presented that Loki went pretty much nuts and evil.  While he does make a good movie villain, it’s too bad. 

The Children of Loki mercenary order is not an agent of evil, but it is a rough and dirty type of situation where good manages to triumph over evil but how so, gets nastier than most civilized people would prefer.