Monument. #amwriting #flashfiction


Monument.  (c) Pamela Schloesser Canepa, 2018

“And here, ladies and gents, is a monument to bygone transportation and musical devices.  It is simply called, ‘Round.’

Little Tommy gazed in awe, imagining a time when humans did not know how to use air currents to get them moving.  When the tour guide’s head was turned, he spun one of the wheels.  Sure enough, it moved around.  He blew on it to make it continue.

“Wrong,”  Grandpa whispered loudly.  “There were pedals on each side you’d move with your legs.  So you’d get exercise.  No atrophy problem.”

What’s that?  Tommy wondered, pushing the button on his hover-cart.

~99 words~

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Why You Should Read “Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes,” besides the .99 Special….

    1.  Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes, the sci-fi novella, is just .99 in Kindle e-book until 9/30, and it is also still in Kindle Unlimited.  You can get it here for .99 or get it through Kindle Unlimited:

2.  This was my second novella, a tale of what Abrielle and Norrie, characters from my first published novella, decide to do to find what remains of their beloved Sampson.  It is, in that sense, a heartfelt novel.  Abrielle was the main character in my first novella, but Norrie, who grew up in that story, grew stronger and wanted to take over.

3.  Norrie, a twenty year old young woman, is along with her mom for the ride, but at some point, she veers off on her own.  There are many things she wants to learn, and there is a seriously empty spot in her life.  So, she does venture off on her own.  Norrie is fearless, independent, and very forward-thinking.  I had a heck of a lot of fun writing this character as a budding young woman who won’t take less than she deserves and even breaks a few rules that she feels are worth breaking.  All of this led to a more suspenseful story in this novella.

4.  Read the most recent review, a 5 star rating:

This reader actually read the articles I cited at the end!

“On a lighter note, I like the little snippets of the future world –where weddings are an ‘awe’ thing, pennies don’t exist, hover cars do, and, wait for it, cats are now extinct. ‘Curiosity killed the squirrel.’ Nice article in the end from macroevolution in which a cat gave birth to a squirrel. Fascinating!
This was an interesting/ intriguing read and I look forward to the next book in the series.”

5.  There are more fun things (that is, suspenseful situations) coming for Norrie in the future.  Read about her; I think you’ll love her!  She’s everything I wish I was at that age….

Download this 24 pg., sci-fi short story, free! #scifi

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Follow this link to download my futuristic, sci-fi short story, Salamanca, Gutter Angel for free.

Salamanca is an eighteen-year-old who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in 2047. What sorts of trouble are impulsive kids getting into in the year 2047? Read to find out.  Is there any hope for the youth of tomorrow?

If you’ve read my most recent novel, Detours in Time, you may recognize Salamanca as the sassy-mouthed girl with interesting body modification that our characters run into on their jaunt to the future.  This short story gives a little more of her background and just what turned this defensive, sassy girl into who she is.


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In the Deep, #writephoto


“This sure is some prime real estate, Jack,” Erin whispered.  There was an eerie, yet reverent awe to her voice.

“We’re as far away from the front lines as we could be.  It’s safe here.” Jack hoped this was true.  The fighting had gotten dangerously close to their home, and he didn’t want the boys to live that way.

“How long?”  Erin asked.

Jack noticed a note of worry in her voice.  “I’m sorry, Erin.”

“No, don’t be, Jack.  This place is beautiful.  It is full of imagination.  It’s just, the lack of sunlight is going to get to me in a little while, maybe a few weeks.  On the plus side, it is cool down here.  Much better than it was up top.  I just don’t know how long I can stand it.  I’ll start getting weird dreams, and after a while, I won’t be able to sleep.”

“How do you know, Erin?”

“Before the fighting started, my dad was Air Force, stationed in Alaska.  We lived there with him.  You know, they have those months with no sunlight.  It got me, bad.   Then, when I was fifteen, he went to serve in the war.  So Mom and I came back here.  He never came home.”

Jack sat down and laid out their provisions, which included a soft cushion for each of them to sleep on.  Of course, they wouldn’t be staying here forever.  Erin sat beside him.

“How did it come to this?”  Erin asked.

Jack put his arm around her.  “I’m sorry, Erin.  We’ll get out of here as soon as we can.  Think of it as a camping adventure.  I know we should have evacuated when they first gave the warning.   Now our home is in the middle of a battlefield.  It’s like the Civil War or World War II out there.  I never thought we’d go back to such primitive ways.”

“At least I didn’t lose you to the war,” Erin said, as she took their youngest, Jeremiah, by the hand and changed his shirt.  He needed the longer sleeves.

“No, Erin, and you never will.  As long as you and the boys can remember what I taught you about survival, we’ll never have to be a part of their evil ways.”

Erin rested her head on his shoulder while Jeremiah ran to catch up with Stephen, who was exploring another tunnel.

“I’m glad we’re so much more civilized.  Even if it means living like this,”  Erin said.  She’d be okay, she decided right then and there.  This was a matter of survival.  Her fear was dissipating.  She’d rise to the occasion and hold it together for her family.  It would be alright.

~The End~

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I will feature as many entries as I can on the blog during the week, but given the volume of contributions we are getting every week, that will not be all of them! All posts will be included in a round up on Thursday 23rd March.

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A Date to Remember, Ch. 2. A Tale of Love in 2063. #amwriting #shortstories

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A Date to Remember, Ch. 1   Find the first installment, a Flash Fiction piece, here on my Niume profile. (If you haven’t discovered it yet on WordPress).

A Date to Remember, Ch. 2 © 2017.  By Pamela Schloesser Canepa. All rights reserved.

He’s going to love his Valentine’s gift, I thought, almost running back home under gray skies that could not cloud my mood. I had just been to see Roy, who was helping me with this effort.

Tom and I had discussed this, the possibility of a child. We saw Roy and Mavis with their child, Randy, who could not hear but communicated quite well with his hands at four. It was just a pity there was no official education for a child like him.  Since the “system” had decided not to fund or make available any health insurance for those who procreate without a permit, the government believed it could rightly do away with any such education. Those operating outside of the laws of society would do so without any help from society or the government.

Roy and Mavis were actually doing quite well. Mavis was researching and hoarding all the books and video uploads she could find to educate her child on her own. Health insurance? Roy was already a holistic healer (a profession that implied living on the fringes), and his self-studies made him an awfully good unofficial nurse/ sometimes doctor for children who were born to families on the fringes. His own child included. In fact, if I ever gave birth, he’d have to be the one to deliver it. Not to mention, no doctor would help me now…..

Read the rest here at Niume:  Source: A Date to Remember, Ch. 2. A Tale of Love in 2063.

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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:

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#RRBC #sci-fi #amwriting An Interview with My Main Character, Norrie

norrieNorrie is a main character in one of my sci-fi novellas.  We saw her grow up in Made for Me, a sci-fi romance, and now, she is a star of its sequel, the sci-fi coming of age novella, Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes.  Norrie is now twenty-two years old and is a Master’s student of Ethics in Robotics.


Interviewer:  Good morning, everyone!  We’re here in the home studio, and I am interviewing Nora Jensen.

Norrie: Norrie.  Call me Norrie.  Please. ( Forces a smile).

I (for interviewer): Oh, no problem, Norrie.  Welcome.  As I was saying, Norrie mysteriously teleported here from the future and is willing to sit and chat with us. Thanks so much for being here, Norrie.  Have some tea, and help yourself to some of those cookies on the platter.

Norrie: It’s my pleasure being here.  Yes, I’ll have some cookies!  (Smiles more genuinely this time).

I: So, I hear you are quite an activist for equal rights and ethics in technology.  Tell us, have you ever been arrested?

Norrie:  Not yet.  Well, I was thrown out of a national symposium.  That was an honor.  (Winks).

I: What do you feel most passionate about?

Norrie:  I believe man has to be responsible to his creations.  If you create something to be just like you, then you should not treat it like dirt on your shoe.  Similar to the cruelty against animals clause.  They are another living thing and deserve the good treatment you’d want for yourself if they were the ones holding the leash. Some would argue a creation of man is his to do with as he pleases. Well, not when you are using living DNA.

I:  As far as activism, what do you think of the Women’s March on Washington coming up in January?  Are you familiar with this?

Norrie:  Oh yes.  If I could stick around, I’d be there.  There are so many ways that humans try to oppress each other, and the oppression of any woman for any reason is totally unconscionable.  I do think the new president should be shown that. There is power in numbers, and we have to stick together. But my time here in 2016 is limited, so I will have to be there in spirit.  Things are much better for women in 2054, well, unless you’be been branded as lesser.  There’s always a battle, I suppose.  I’m trying to fight against that.
I: So, are you interested in politics?

Norrie: Not really. I think politicians are all greedy.

I:  Are there any other current world affairs that still are an issue in 2054?

Norrie:   Oh, yes.  Take global warming, for instance.  We humans have done that to ourselves, and yet, many of mankind will refuse it exists in order to keep the oil business going.  Oil has gotten much more scarce in my time, by the way.  So the oil conglomerates charge a horrendous amount for those that are proud enough to pay it and own that status symbol:  a car.  It’s really unnecessary where I’m from.  I am part of a task force through the university that is trying to make the powers that be accountable.  It pains me though, because I can see where this is leading.  It is sure to lead to more wars.  We will be our own downfall.  (Shakes her head).

I: On a lighter note, this question was sent in by a potential reader:  Do you have a love interest?

Norrie:  Wow, that was quite a switch.  Okay.  It’s like this. I love with all my heart: my family, my friends, my work.  I’ve been through a few breakups, and my mother is sometimes concerned about that.  I’ve gone through a few boyfriends lately.  But  I won’t compromise my principles for another pretty face.  Yes, I do have a current love interest, but I am not committing to anything except spending some of my time with him.  And I will drop a guy in a heartbeat if he tries to make me go against my principles.

I:  Tell me about your family.  You have said that they influenced you in many ways.

Norrie:  My parents were happily married.  They were a wonderful example.  Well, you know, they were my adoptive parents.  But they were the ones who parented me and have influenced who I am today.  They have made me the confident, warm-hearted person I am today.  I have met my biological father.  I’ll tell you more about that some other time.

I: What about your bio mother?

Norrie:  No idea.  Not currently.  That may be a future chapter in my life.  Although, I seem to have a lot to keep me busy right now, but I won’t rule it out.  Either way, it won’t change my respect and love for my mother, Abrielle Jensen.

I:  What’s keeping you busy in your life right now?

Norrie:  I am fighting against the latest technological nightmare of mankind which involves their goals to leave something of us behind that is immortal.  So, in other words, we might find a way to always maintain our dominion over the earth, and I totally disagree with it.  I’m sorry,  that’s all I can say about it right now.  I am part of a research group and activist’s group to try and stop it, and I may have to go into hiding.  So, yeah, that’s where I am right now.  (Smiles warmly, almost ironically).

I: Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes is a sci-fi, coming of age novella.  Why is it not a romance?  And what do you learn in this story?

Norrie:  There are some hints of romance, but it certainly does not follow a romance formula.  Romance for me is, hit or miss.  I am just learning what or who is right for me.  I suppose that takes several years?  If I am with a nice guy but it doesn’t work out, it’s because it wasn’t meant to.  But in this story,  I learn many things about myself, my boundaries, my family and heritage, and what I truly believe.

I:  Who is Sampson?

Norrie:  Sampson was, is, my father.  My adoptive father, and the only real father I knew.  He taught me that love sees no distinctions in class or status, among many other things.

I:  Well, Norrie, you do sound like you have an incredibly busy, fulfilling life!  Thanks so much for taking time out from your schedule to transport yourself here and answer my questions.

Readers, I do hope you will read more about Norrie, her mother, and Sampson’s legacy in Seeing Through Sampson’s Eyes!  You can download it here for Kindle or Kindle Unlimited:


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