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Changes, Nothing But Changes

Seven months ago I came to the realization that if I didn’t make massive changes to my life, my family and I were going to end up in deep trouble.

Aging parents thousands of miles away … a housing market that never truly recovered from the 2008 housing crash … an anemic employment market … a school system starting to unravel … etc etc etc.

So when it became clear back in March 2016 that the housing market in my neighborhood finally had a pulse, I knew we had to sell ASAP and move closer to parents while the chance to seize this opportunity existed.

Better to to take action before a crisis hit.

So I just spent six months doing a 2,000-mile relocation of our family on short notice. For most of that time I worked non-stop from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week.

The writing (obviously) slowed down to a trickle. It’s my only regret in doing this relocation so fast. But it was worth the price, because the worst of the move is over.

Now I’m rolling up my sleeves and tackling the writing side of things. So after months of quiet from me, things are about to get noisy.

A Few Pictures of Cats in Israel

I saw a lot of cats while traveling through Israel . I thought this week I’d share a few of the pictures I took. (There were very few dogs I met or could take pictures of. Sorry dog lovers.)

Enjoy! Lynn

Photo 1: Cat at the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, near the Sea of Galilee.

Cat photo near Church of Primacy of St. Peter by Lynn Kilmore

Photo 2: Cat in the Golan Heights.

Cat photo in Golan Heights by Lynn Kilmore

Photo 3: Kitten in the courtyard outside the Church of St. Anne, Jerusalem.

Kitten photo at Church of St. Anne by Lynn Kilmore

Photo 4 (my favorite): Cat hanging out in the plaza next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. As far as this cat is concerned, the Western Wall belongs to cats.

Cat photo at Western Wall by Lynn Kilmore

Photo 5: Cat walking along the paths on top of the Damascus Gate, Jerusalem. From the ramparts of this gate the Old City looked so peaceful … but on the ground there was so much heartbreak for everyone who lives there. (Heard earlier today about the deaths at this gate :() … It’s tricky to see the cat in this photo due to its fur blending in with the stones so well.

Cat photo at Damascus Gate by Lynn Kilmore

 

A Few Pictures from Israel and Palestine

I spent about half of November 2015 traveling through Israel and Palestine, and I thought I’d take a moment this week to share a few of the many photos I took.

Picture of Roman ruins at Beit She'an The first photo was taken at Beit She’an in Israel. This is a terrific site to visit in order to find Roman ruins in good shape (especially the Roman baths).

 

 

Photo of Jericho

The second photo is near the archaeological dig in Jericho.

View of Dome of the Rock from the Mount of Olives

The third photo was taken from the top of the Mount of Olives, gazing across to the Old City of Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock and the walls of the Old City can be seen.

And lastly, in the fourth photo can be seen the Western Wall in Jerusalem. If you look closely, you can see the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock peeking over the Wall.View of the Western Wall Jerusalem

As for why I went–despite the cost, the significant time investment, and the travel alerts for Americans in Israel & Palestine–one of the main reasons I went anyway was because I had research that I needed to do for future stories.

I’m happy to report that I got the life experiences I needed to be able to write those stories (imagine me with a huge grin and eagerly rubbing my hands together as I say this)….

The Passage into Autumn

Autumn has finally returned here in the Southwest, and we can feel the passing of summer into winter. The harvest and roasting of green chile is almost over, and the leaves have begun to brown along their edges on the trees.

If all goes well, there will be one more burst of blooms from the trimmed rose bBook cover Cubicles, Blood, and Magic by Lynn Kilmoreushes, and then they’ll go to sleep for the winter.

Some of you already know that the print edition of Cubicles, Blood, and Magic is a finalist in Science Fiction & Fantasy for the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. (The lists are a great way to find authors and publishers located in the Southwest to take a closer look at.)

I’ve been offline almost completely these past two months as I wrestle with the last 1/3 of the sequel novel to Cubicles, Blood, and Magic. What makes it so awkward is that I feel as if I’m collaborating with an earlier version of myself. The novel was started and the first draft finished back in 2013, then got derailed in the editing process due to severe illness and other difficulties.

Health-wise I am finally whole again. So things should get moving rather quickly as autumn passes into winter. I’m excited by what is to come.

I am not the same writer I was back in 2013. I’ve changed. A lot. So most of the sequel got rewritten this year from the ground up … but stays true enough to the 2013 version to not be a complete break from the past.

Book three in the Dorelai Chronicles will be where I can start with a clean slate from the first page.

So now, as the seasons pass from one extreme to another, is a good moment to pause, look around, and enjoy the change in the flowers, grass, and trees. Some parts of the world are waking up, and some are going to sleep. Whichever way it is, may it be wondrous to watch.

Pleasant days, Lynn

P.S. The short story in the Dorelai Chronicles universe,  A Maze of Cubicles, is still available to download for free from various e-bookstores. You can click here to find a partial list of stores. (Please note you may have to notify the Amazon store that it needs to be set back to free. It tends to randomly go off of free.)

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