Status Report

Last week I had a vacation (and I didn’t blog, oh the guilt!), but after approximately 3.5 days of slughood, coping beans became available for creative pursuits.

I have almost all of the major points of “Talyn Unique” plotted. Opening line, “Have you figured out yet why it was such a bad idea to try to kill your sister again?” Guess who asks it (snicker).

I like this working title, but it’s intimately tied to the world-building so it probably won’t make it through the submission process. Evil twin Talyn ends up in a society of clones, where naturally created people are called “uniques” and considered a lower class.

She finds herself a fish very far out of water–she’s both a clone and a unique, she has no status in a place where status is everything, and her archaic skills are suddenly in demand because the sudden fad for all things antique throughout the Dozen Worlds (because of a certain political marriage she prefers not to think about? Maybe).

I know she was an evil person in Blade’s Edge, but she gets better. Really, she does.

And then I got to thinking about the Samhain call for submissions for the cyberpunk anthology. I can’t write steampunk (too many years of trying to accurately recreate historical stuff, I think–I twitch when I even contemplate tweaking it), but I can write cyberpunk. Oh, yes indeedy, I can do that.

“Open Mike at the Bebop” is a romance about a jazz singer/songwriter who is tone-deaf outside the net and a crypotologist who is dyslexic outside the net. They’re perfect for each other, and it’s going to take both of them to face down the Blue Dragon Tong and keep the Bebop from being torn down for yet another crooked zero-g casino.

That’s me, always with the technology and sex. It’s a personal issue.

I also had my breast cancer 6 month follow up appointment. I’m no officially fine. Geez, I could have phoned that one in.

More later….

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