Why I’m Self Publishing

Why I’m Self Publishing

by I’ve been a writer for almost as long as I can remember.  When I was in the early years of grade school, I’d use my classmates as characters in science fiction and fantasy epic adventure stories.  By my freshman year of high school, I’d graduated to short novel-length, highly derivative works in the same …

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She Comes to Me At Night: A Poem

She Comes to Me At Night: A Poem

by In honour of national poetry day in the UK: She comes to me at night With darkness all around. Some half-remembered fright, Or half-imagined sound Has pushed her from her bed. I comfort quiet cries, And gently rub her head To close her tired eyes. The fear and tears now gone But dreams are …

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Turn the World Around, Part 24

Turn the World Around, Part 24

by Chapter 20 Video cameras.  Microphones.  Flashes. Safe behind one way glass and hopefully protected from any eavesdropping devices, I looked out over an ocean of reporters, questions to come from all over the world.  Anyone who could afford, or almost afford, to send a representative had someone there, and usually more than one.  If …

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Turn the World Around, Part 23

Turn the World Around, Part 23

by Chapter 19 (conclusion) Brief glimpses at Talya and Manuel showed the same confusion that probably decorated my face.  Manuel’s eyebrows dropped into a deep frown and that worried me a little.  He’d shown nothing but patience in the months we’d been talking.  I chalked it up to the stress of the moment. Snap, snarl, …

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Turn the World Around, Part 22

Turn the World Around, Part 22

by Chapter 19 (cont) The Hoon and Asoolianne ambassadors stood waiting, maybe even holding their breaths.  I turned to greet the swish of glittering fabric as Ambassador Mahyul stepped through the door.  From the corner of my eye, the Asoolianne representative hopped to stand beside Talya.  The Hoon, still in my view as I pressed …

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Turn the World Around, Part 21

Turn the World Around, Part 21

by Chapter 19 Money—and probably far more of it than I heard about from any of the ambassadors or government officials I met over the course of eight months—greased the wheels of construction.  I should have had more faith in my own species, at least in our capability to respond under pressure.  Given the ultimatum …

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Turn the World Around, Part 20

Turn the World Around, Part 20

by Chapter 18 (conclusion) I set the second disk down and slid it across the table.  No one jumped to grab it this time, but St. Hivon, computer already open, popped the drive open to be ready to swap disks.  “Not as comprehensive as they’ll need to be, but the Shalash, Asoolianne, and Hoon are …

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Turn the World Around, Part 19

Turn the World Around, Part 19

by Chapter 18 (cont) I took another deep breath and tried not to bit my lip.  “I’ve actually had three meetings with Ambassador Mahyul regarding the list.  Recognizing my inexperience in the field of interspecies negotiations, she takes great pains to explain the Shalash point of view behind everything.”  I shook my head at Cunningham’s …

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Turn the World Around, Part 18

Turn the World Around, Part 18

by Chapter 18 Materializing on the jetty for my next government meeting, that uncomfortable feeling settled in for what looked to be a nice, long visit.  Far too many suits waited under the shelter. “Mr. Cotta.” St. Hivon stood and stepped out from behind the table to shake my hand.  “I have some introductions to …

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Turn the World Around, Part 17

Turn the World Around, Part 17

by Chapter 17 Manuel, as the only Intermediary with security experience, gained over thirty years of military service, took the lead and agreed to be the primary interface with the government of Guinea, the centre of our triangle, in that regard should we someday be able to get into contact with them.  “Looking at each …

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