Short story “By The Numbers” is out at Crossed Genres Magazine

Welcome to July 2015! I hope it’s going well for everyone.

I loved reading (and rereading) science fiction stories by Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke as a kid, and wanted to someday write a science fiction story that would express my admiration for their stories.

So I wrote a longish science fiction story (the length is actually referred to as a “novelette”) called “By The Numbers.”

I’m too close to my own work, so I can’t say if I succeeded in showing my admiration for Clarke and Asimov. I hope so.

The story is out this month, and available to read in full online for free, in the July 2015 issue of Crossed Genres Magazine. I hope you will click on over and read about Dr. Melaine Sharps at New Mexico Tech and a rather unusual alien species.

Dr. Sharps (the main character) just happens to have autism, and I am extremely grateful to all the people on the spectrum I’ve known over the past ten years who helped me do a realistic story about how it feels to be autistic.

While you’re over at Crossed Genres, check out the other July stories too.

Til next time, Lynn

Print Editions in June and New Stories on the Way

Pictures of print editionsHello! I hope you all are having a terrific June.

I’m happy to announce that print editions of Tales from the Threshold and Cubicles, Blood, and Magic are being released this month. I got two of the first print copies, and they look great.

These print editions are important for another reason–they had to be done before new novels of mine could be published.  From now on, my new releases will be in both e-book and print formats.

The sequel to Cubicles is up next in the pipeline … as well as a surprise.

Oh, and I’ve sold a science fiction short story to a respected market, and it is scheduled to be published this year. More on that once it gets closer to being available.

Also, a short story in the Dorelai Chronicles universe,  A Maze of Cubicles, is  available to download for free from various e-bookstores. You can click here to find a partial list of stores.

Cheers, Lynn

Spring Came Early This Year

Spring came early to the Southwest this year, and I’m taking a quick break from writing to share it with you.


The lilac bush is on the verge of bursting forth with blossoms. It smells wonderful when you stand underneath it.

Third picture of cherry tree branches by Lynn Kilmore

 

 

The cherry trees are in full bloom. They’re beautiful.

Another picture of cherry trees by Lynn Kilmore

 

 

 

Here’s two pictures of what you would see if you stood under the cherry trees and looked up through the branches.Picture of cherry tree by Lynn Kilmore

Spring has returned, and I am glad to see it.

Cheers, Lynn

P.S. My activity on blogging and social media has gone down to almost nothing because I am hard at work on finishing the edits to the sequel to Cubicles, Blood, and Magic. The finish line is in sight, though it’s beginning to look like the novel will still come in at 1/3 longer than the first book.

Dreaming in February of Spring

There’s still quite a few weeks to go until spring arrives, but today I decided to share some photos from last spring to get one in the mood for its arrival.

Picture of spring flowers

Picture of spring daisies Each year we get a lot of daisies in the back yard, which survive the entire summer despite the dry heat.

third picture of spring flowers
Spring will be here soon. Until then, keeping dreaming of it.
Cheers, Lynn

Happy New Year, and a Frank Speech by me

First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. May 2015 be a joyful and peaceful year for you.

My New Year’s resolution–with regards to myself–is utter frankness, both in my personal life, and in my writing life. And so I am going to be frank with you. I’ve kept quiet about some things that happened to me in 2014, but I’ve decided it’s best I start being upfront about them because of the impact they’ve had on my writing commitments.

First off, back in August 2014, as I was working on the revisions to the second half of Lies, Magic, and Nightmares, I was in an incident with a person who was suicidal. The safety of a child was at stake, and there were several times in the confrontation with the suicidal person when it turned into a physical fight.

However, I am very fortunate. I’d been through training with a good sensei in Aikido twenty years ago, and I also had gone through the Citizen’s Police Academy taught by good officers of the Los Alamos Police Department. That background helped me when I found myself a first responder to a situation I never dreamed I’d ever find myself in.

And I hope I never again find myself in such a situation. I am glad to say that both suicidal person and child survived with no injuries, and I got off with minor bruising and a mild injury to a thumb joint. I can thank the Aikido training for how minor my injuries were, for I instinctively kept my muscles relaxed.

I did develop post-traumic stress disorder (PTSD), though, and it wrecked havoc with being able to write fiction for months. Good counseling and support has made the PTSD subside, but the writing deadlines got dropped.

I put on a brave face to show to the world, but in private I found myself asking during these last few months, “Is fiction writing still worth doing? Is writing about imaginary people meaningful?”

I can highly recommend Stephen King’s novel Bag of Bones if you want to know what it feels like to be a writer who comes to question the value of fiction writing.

I discovered that the only reasons I want to start writing again are that 1) the imaginary people I write about seem real to me on certain days, and I want to find out what happens to them. (Hmm, that looks rather crazy when I type it out, but it’s the truth.); and 2) I’ve found I gain insights into human nature that make me a little wiser and kinder.

Both of these reasons have given me the push to get started again, despite the significant cost in time and energy.

So I fired up the computer; reread the first part of Lies, Magic, and Nightmares; and have gone back to work on finishing the second half of the rewrite. So it will be done. It will be late … but it will be finished.

The print versions of Cubicles, Blood, and Magic and Tales from the Threshold are also on their way now that I can mentally focus.

Another thing I’ve decided is that if I have nothing meaningful to say, I’d rather say nothing at all. The world is flooded with enough filler as it is. I will post on occasion about new stories that are being published, or special sales where you can save money on my stories, but I will keep them to a minimum because I hate spam and I want to make sure I don’t cross the line into being a spammer.

Best Wishes for a Good 2015 for all of you, Lynn

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