A lull, but exciting adventures coming up!

The post-wedding recovery has begun, and I’ve been taking it slow, playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Pokemon Go, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. Taking walks with my mom in the Woodland Park Zoo, reading, and zoning out. I started to write a bit again, and now I have climactic conflict scenes to do. While I’d love to finish by the end of August, I don’t know how feasible that is, so I’ll shoot for the autumnal equinox. I can’t do NaNo this year, as I’ll be traveling through Asia.

I love having my mom around, even if I get grief about being a bad housewife (housecleaning and keeping the plants watered are not my forte). I guess this is why I have a day job? Even if I went part-time I wouldn’t be good at doing housework. Mom thinks I’m getting the better end of the bargain here…

At work I started a new project that involves streamlining a hiring process. It’s all done by paper and random emails now, and I’m going to put it into a database so things can easily be viewed side-by-side and HR doesn’t have to organize everything by hand.

In a month is the honeymoon, which is a vacation in New Mexico, Land of Enchantment! I found myself fascinated by Albuquerque and Santa Fe last time we went. This time, John and I are going to the opera. We also anticipate seeing a really large Moon, desert air, and afternoon thunderstorms!

Giveaway winners and wedding reading

The winners of my blog hop prizes are Jo Jones and Kathleen M. Thank you to everybody who participated! I’ll be doing more giveaways in the months to come, celebrating reading and my wedding.

There’s almost no prep to do for my wedding in four days, but I do intend to distract myself with reading (maybe some writing or reviewing, but I won’t count on it). I just finished up two books yesterday, but that “unread” list of books on my ereader is still more than 110.

I tend to cry at weddings. Family and community events make me all schmoopy. Right now I’m trying to think of my favorite fictional wedding scene in a book. I read a lot of romance, so you’d think this may be easy, but it’s all a blur. How about you? What are your favorite wedding scenes in books?

Other worlds blog hop

Other Worlds Blog Hop

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My work-in-progress takes place in what is currently Portland, Maine, several hundred years from now. When the United States fragmented, the Portland area, most of modern-day Maine, and parts of Vermont and New Hampshire consolidated into a city-state of the same name. Jet fuel is scarce, so most valuable trade is done via ships, and Portland’s primary industry is shipbuilding. Three mega-corporations (Corps) control Portland along with the municipal government: Harbor Securities, Michaud Dynamics, and Fairchild.

Picture of Portland's Old Port area
The Old Port in the modern era

Portland, Maine was named after the English Isle of Portland by English settlers. Before that, the Algonquian people who lived there called the peninsula Machigonne. Portland, Oregon was named for Portland, Maine when pioneer Francis Pettygrove won the right to name the town he and Asa Lovejoy founded on the Columbia River when he won a coin toss.

Why set a cyberpunk novel there? One of my assumptions when considering a future was that several large nations would fragment because governing that many people is very difficult to do with any nominally democratic process. I’ve been to Portland a handful of times and developed affection for the city: it was enough unlike Boston (where I lived in and around for almost ten years) that I thought it deserved its own place in my fictional future. A city, but not the Big City.

To celebrate summer and the blog hop, I’m giving away some SFR books:

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And don’t forget the Grand Prize on the blog hop if you haven’t entered already!
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