Welcome back fellow speculative fiction fans.

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day holiday.

I really hope you enjoyed the guest posts by Grammarly’s Nikolas Baron, award-winning author Bobby Nash and the interview two weeks ago with the award-winning author Genese Davis.

Starting next week, I am switching things up a bit.

I am working on a story which I plan to publish as an eBook next year. I had intended to post the story in scenes here so all of the readers and visitors could have first crack at it–sort of an opportunity for each of you to be the Beta Readers. However, there has been a change in the plan. The story decided that it had a completely different path than I had intended for it.

For one, it decided it didn’t want to be a short story. Then, the characters got in on the rebellion, deciding that they were going to be different than the dream upon which this story is based. After that, the star systems got jealous and started fighting about which one would be prominent. Everything snowballed from there.

That said, I will be continuing to work on the story and allow it to develop as it chooses. In the meantime, I will post plot and character synopsis, flash fiction generated from the backstory, and research information that I find fascinating. Sort of a behind-the-scenes-making-of series of posts.

There’s also a bonus. Fellow writer and friend, John Holleman, has graciously agreed to come up with a flash fiction piece based on characters and backstory. He will eventually post the story on his awesome website Exactly 1000 Words. This website is  a collaborative project to collect stories only 1000 words long which are inspired by, or pertaining to an original photo. If you’re interested in more information about the project, or joining in on the fun, click here for more information.

Sound like fun? I hope so.

Here is the potential blurb for the back cover of the story.

For 250 years, Mankind has spread  throughout the neighboring star systems. A scientific outpost in the system of Epsilon Eridani B has yielded an unusual find which could benefit all of humanity.

Dr. Melody Grayson, a biogenetics specialist, warned her superiors about the inhumanity of the experiments. Dr. Johann Schaak, having a desperate need for the aliens’ healing properties, refused to listen.

The aliens just want to be left in peace. With only Dr. Grayson as their champion against the experimentation, her words go unheeded.

Humanity is about to find out just how big a mistake they have made.

Join me next week as I share with you the bio on Dr. Johann Schaak. I’m hoping he’ll be the bad guy people will love to hate.

In the meantime, feel free to check out my other stories if you haven’t yet. They are:

Until then,

The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers. — Joan Didion

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