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What’s Going on With The Gemini Hustle?

Take Two So, in a somewhat backward, bet you didn’t see this coming, fashion, The Gemini Hustle has a second, much shorter, edition. Going for a fresh edit wasn’t an easy decision to make, but over the years since its original publication, and the writing, re-writing, and editing of The Libra Gambit, it became clear …

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Monthly Cuppa: Work, work, work—podcast?

This week I have some actual, time sensitive news, which is that I was a recent guest on the Alternate Futures podcast! I won’t lie, I was a bit terrified to actually talk  about life, writing Sci-Fi, processes, and the Great KDP Debacle of 2021, but Edwin is a wonderful host, and a genuine pleasure …

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Monthly Cuppa: Changing Gears

Welcome, all! As you may have noticed, I decided to make a change to the Friday blog posts, switching from the pressure-oriented, horrifyingly official Weekly Update to the much more accessible (and realistic) Monthly Cuppa. So, while I’ll still mention where and how progress is occurring in our creative pod, I will only be doing …

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Weekly Update: February 4, 2022

It’s Friday! And there’s a wee bit of ice outside, but nothing like last February (so far). During the week, in addition to “ice prepping” and “long distance offspring coaching,” and Kelley and I had another time-zone-crossing meet up and knocked out a chapter for Crew Who Came in From the Cold.  This went well, …

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Question of the Month: 1

Hello, and welcome to the first ever question of the month, wherein we draw a name from the “Private Facilitator” membership and, whoever is  drawn can ask a question of any character or author they choose. Both the questions and the answers will be posted both here and on our Buy Me a Coffee page.* …

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Weekly Update: January 28, 2022

We seem to have arrived at the last full week of January, which happened terribly fast, quite likely because I spent every spare moment (and a few not so spare) of this past week binge reading all of Anne Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy,  John Jackson Miller’s Star Trek: Picard prequel, Rogue Elements, and Emily St. John Mandel’s …

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Weekly Update: January 21, 2022

Getting the sad news out of the way first. The cat I mentioned last week did, indeed, decide she was done by this past Wednesday. She will be missed, from her calm acceptance of everything and everyone, to her mighty purr, to the way she made a tribble noise every time a person would pet …

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Weekly Update: January 14, 2022

Okay—this week is a little wonky. Like, I lost track of which days I was supposed to post which chapter of which book wonky. Mostly because since last Friday, I have flown to and from another state (in two days!), then come home to an aged and ill cat who we’re at the “coaxing to …

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Weekly Update: January 7, 2022 (New Year, New Website)

Happy Friday, y’all. So, the first week of the year flew past in a flurry of getting youngest student ready to return to college. I’ll be accompanying her, so the weekend is basically me, on planes. Crossing fingers weather and flights behave. While all that was happening, I pulled the lever on a small, yet …

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Casting a Novel: Zodiac’s Jessyn Breeshandra

A Naihad’s Work is Never Done The role of Jessyn Breeshandra in The Zodiac Files is arguably one of the more difficult to cast. As the half-breed daughter of a Human and As a Rasalkan empath, trained in the famed Naihad Academy, the character must embody grace, compassion, intelligence, and sensuality. Sworn to the service …

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