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Good day all and welcome back. Are you out of breath with July? In some ways, I am but they are mostly good. In particular, in spite of July being one of my big quarterly project months (which burns down about 3 days of the week) work was- well, work and yet, I still had a great month of writing.
I produced and published: 3 stand alone stories,
5 coffee shares (if you include this one) had the first of those new stories examined by Marsha’s Story chat (a what a hoot that was).
I also made some great progress on my newest and longest new novelette length story.
I was hoping to introduce it today, but my main character, a clever material engineer from a young space station out in the asteroid belt from 2 maybe 3 decades in the future who is stuck in a wheel chair, had other ideas.
She managed to land the job of defending the whole space station from an aggressive nation back on Earth who are interested only in taking over the station for themselves.
So, it’s her and her pilot, Ray, against the nation of China. They’re bringing a brand new warship, their first. She has a mining ore transport because that’s what the station has to work with. She also has mastered both several areas of material science and is a grand master in the world of chess. She’s not interested in taking any prisoners, so I’ve decided not to provoke an argument with her and tell some of this story her way.
Mei-Jhen Wu is my protagonist and she really wants us to know more about her enemy than I planned, and frankly it took much longer than I expected to understand how she was going to take down a real warship with only an ore transport and some clever use of materials found floating around the asteroid belt.
I now know how she plans on winning. She’s keenly aware that while she knows the game of chess much better than her opponent; they have the only queen on the board, So, sometime in August it will be “Game On” and I hope you’ll spend about an hour with me, Mei-Jhen and “Defending Canopy Station”.
If we were sitting down to coffee, I would invite you to check out my newest barely-historical fiction based on two encounters I had growing up. I was going to offer a teaser line of introduction, but that would risk giving away the best part of a hard situation I put my characters into.
It was a run-away success in the Facebook group where I share some of my stories and I think you might like it too. It’s an odd mix of dramatic and playful and, well, give it 5 minutes and let me know what you think. You’ll find it here: A Distant Memory Recalled.
Okay, It’s getting late here and I need to pay some attention to my customers. Thanks for stopping by.