A newly promoted woman who works for a nebulous, powerful intergalactic organization is sent on her first assignment to assess the operations of a formerly illegal mining operation but finds the organization’s military protector has been sent to “protect” her.

I was raised in the PiMSR system, so you could say PiMSR was the only mother or father I knew, though after all this time, it still felt like I barely knew them at all. The PiMSR system was a nebulous, somewhat inconspicuously powerful organization that provided Political, Military and Scientific Research services to private organizations, governments and entire planets.

But we did so much more.

As I was about to learn.

I had just arrived at Talon Way Station after 8.25 hours in a cramped shuttle, stuck between a man who drooled in his sleep and a woman who…


I wish my father hadn’t given up so easily.

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My father died a few years ago. He wasn’t the best father in the world — I barely even knew him, and the little I did know about him came from my mother, who turned out to be a fairly unreliable source.

I wonder if Father’s Day ever bothered him. If someone had asked him, I’m sure he would have said yes but only to save face. The truth is, I don’t think it bothered him at all, at least not after the first few years of being daughterless. …


In this short story, Rowen tries to convince Ilona to ally with his brother Arthur, a Commander who defeated the Carians at Isloch and has occupied this northern territory for nearly 20 years.

The End of Roca, canva

Prologue

In the Rocarian Year 4391, a few months after Rowen’s failed attempt to recover Scalia from the Carians, 30-year-old Rowen is still recovering from horrific injuries he received during the Scalian naval battle. He is coming to terms with the deaths of thousands of men under his command and the Council’s decision to remove him from command of what’s left of the Rocan Navy.

In this short story from The End of Roca, Rowen tries to convince 18-year old Ilona to ally with his brother Arthur, a Commander who defeated the Carians at Isloch and has occupied this northern territory…


To Sum Up…

In the Rocarian Year 4391, a few months after Rowen’s failed attempt to recover Scalia from the Carians, 30-year-old Rowen is still recovering from horrific injuries he received during the Scalian naval battle. He is coming to terms with the deaths of thousands of men under his command and the Council’s decision to remove him from command of what’s left of the Rocan Navy.

In this short story, Rowen tries to convince 18-year old Ilona to ally with his brother Arthur, a Commander who defeated the Carians at Isloch and has occupied this northern territory for nearly 20 years. …


A Reflection on Office Etiquette, women and men


For pedestrians, it’s a real game of Frogger out there.

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A little more than a year ago, right before Covid-19 blasted into New York and lock down began, I had temporarily moved back to upstate/western New York and got stuck here. I previously quit my long-term, fulltime job in a bid to make independent consulting work. I thought upstate New York would be a good place to hide out and work remotely during quarantine, ‘cuz it’s remote. I’d been working remotely for years and thought I would be continue to do so, but, as happened to so many of us, jobs became harder and harder to come by.

So with…


It takes as long as it takes.

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Hans and Salvador stood at the end of the dying king’s bed. It was a very large bed in a very large room with very high ceilings, so high it was as if there were no ceiling at all, just great dark, empty, endless space. Salvador stood with his head back, squinting up into the blackness.

“He was a great, big man,” Hans said softly.

“He’s not dead yet,” Salvador whispered back.

“No, I mean he’s fat. Obese.”

“Well that’s rude.”

“I’m rude? There’s a famine going on out there and they’re going to use his death to minimize the…


Toughen up, buttercup. It’s not.

I know every author likes to think the novel they’ve just written is the most amazing thing anyone has ever written and there is nothing else that anyone else has to — or should — do than read their amazing, life-changing piece of work.

It’s not true. On all counts. I know my novel is not the most amazing thing anyone has ever written, and I don’t want anyone to suffer through reading it. Unless they want to. It’s a conceit for anyone to think their piece of work is life-changing. And that no one else has anything better to do than read it. By tomorrow.

People have a lot of things to do — reading a novel doesn’t even crack my top 10 anymore. Not since I was a kid. I used to love nonfiction but now…


They waited for the inevitable visitations, the vengeful apparitions, the poltergeists that were violent memories settling in.

We had been at sea for three days. As Roca came into view and grew larger and more distinct the men on deck fell quiet. We were under sail now gliding, the sea taking us in, a mother to her children. Below deck even the rowers were silent; what they couldn’t see they felt. Philip and Ciaran rested on the gangway and Edward manned the pilot’s chair. …


the night we left Scalia, when I first met Castor and Pollux, our ship was attacked.

The night we left Scalia, when I first met Castor and Pollux, our ship (Rowen’s ship), was attacked.

“Down!” he screamed, “everyone down!”

Castor, Pollux and I huddled down as the ship veered. Lighted missiles flew over our heads like fireballs hurled from the cosmos. The missiles dropped over us; their heat seared our skin as they angled past the deck and were extinguished by the sea. The entire deck vibrated and even after Rowen had outrun them the echoes of the Carians still chased us and their missiles haunted the sky.

I hardly slept the first few weeks after…

nancy

Short stories. Scifi. Experimenting with worldbuilding.

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