S is for San Junipero. #AtoZChallenge


Imagine yourself in a beautiful vacation beach town.  Photo taken in 2015.

I love to watch speculative and sci-fi fiction, things which also start with “S” and are quite fitting for this post.  San Junipero was an episode of Black Mirror, a show that covers possibilities in technology in the near future and is usually very dark and sardonic.  This particular episode covered what may transpire in a person’s end of life, and it had me crying at the end.  At the start of the episode, I didn’t even see what it had to do with modern or future technology.  The characters were at a vacation town in the 1980s, after all.  Boy, there was much more beneath the surface.

This episode reminded me of a senior woman from my church that I visit occasionally.  She is in assisted living.  Sometimes her mind doesn’t seem like it is in the present.  But I can say, she is well taken care of where she is, and always seems to find a smile at some point.  If I see her and her mind is in the past, there is always the possibility she is simply reliving a happier time.  How exactly that ties in with the episode I won’t explain in detail, but these visits also make me think a lot about the phases of one’s life.  After all, everything has a beginning and an end.  The end can be quick or can take a while.  Most important is the quality of life and having your mind in a grateful mindset.  I am in awe of her ability to conjure a smile even when she seems tired.

San Junipero is about two friends seeking happiness.  I should not spoil it for you, but yes, it made me bawl and it gave me happy goose bumps.

Which brings me to this quote of a song that borrows from a Bible passage:

“To everything there is a season,…

and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

What does the Bible have to do with speculative fiction?  I like to ponder things that some consider impossible, for example, the resurrection.  I believe there are so many possibilities of what the afterlife may be like; I also believe time is fluid.  I tend to stay very busy, but if it was time to rest, I hope I’d simply enjoy the passing hours the best I could.  I also hope,  when my body is no longer capable of keeping up, that my mind will delight me or at least take me to interesting places.

**The AtoZ Challenge theme for my blog is “Who I am.” Yes, it’s wide open.  In April, I will blog from A to Z to include little tidbits about me, poems I’ll share, and stories. Each day I will write something based on the next letter in the alphabet.  It’s been fun so far, yet it has really given me a chance to pause for reflection as well.

Want to know more about the A-Z blog challenge?  Visit http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

Treat yourself! #free #scifi #ebook Today only! 12/22

Made for Me, Book 1, sci-fi romance

Described by one reviewer as “Delicious brain candy,” this futuristic sci-fi novella is free on Amazon Kindle today only, 12/22.  Download your free copy and get to know these characters and their unique romance.   Enjoy free, and please leave a review! Universal link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01DZ5230G

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The Awkward First Date, and My First Published e-book, Free on 9/02!


The awkward first date, a tale as old as time itself (well, probably).  What does this have to do with my first published e-book being free today (9/02)?  Well, writing takes me down the paths of memory and imagination.  My worst was at age 19, with a blind date, a guy who knew my best friend’s boyfriend.  Well, he was from somewhere in the Northeast, and the first thing I noticed was that every few words he spoke were “F… that,”  “that f…ing” etc, etc, etc.  I don’t recall much else of what he said.  We got in his car to meet my friends at a movie.  Get- to- know- you time, right?  Beer cans on the floor, one not even empty; he picked it up to drink from it, as he accelerated up to 90 in just a minute or two on a one-lane, 45 mile-per- hour road.  You see, his hobby was racing cars.  I made comments about the beer and his speeding in a passive aggressive manner, my M.O. at age 19.  Soon, flashing lights followed us, and he was stopped.  Honestly, none of this tale is embellished.

Just how much will you forgive on an awkward first date?  I wasn’t forgiving the beer or the endangerment of my life, for sure.  I felt grateful the cops took him away, and was glad that my friends drove up just beforehand.  And that’s what this has to do with my first published novella, Made for Me, a story that begins with a futuristic awkward first date and describes a technologically changing world and a dating world of old and new traditions.  Whatever could be wrong with a man of the future?  Well, here’s a hint, he doesn’t get taken away by the cops on the first date, a date that, decidedly, was our last.  Here’s another:  he seems like the perfect man, save for one hefty secret, one my main character, Abrielle, can’t even tell her mom.

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“Made for Me,” scifi romance

So, I certainly had some fuel for fodder as I dreamed up the tale of Made for Me.  Abrielle and Sampson have some unique challenges, as online dating evolves, improves, or glitches in the future.  You can download Made for Me on Amazon Kindle for free on 9/02 only!  It starts at midnight Pacific time, so, roughly, 2.5 hours from the time of this post.  Get it at   http://amzn.to/1sgxtJt  Reviews are greatly appreciated!

To quote one five-star review:  “The futuristic aspects of the book make it a fun read while the emotions in the book grab you.”  Won’t you give this book, touted by one reader as “Delicious brain candy,” a spin around the block?  Just don’t speed….


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