Exciting news! The print edition of Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel is available for pre-order from Amazon. It releases on December 4, 2013. It’s also up on Goodreads, where you can add it to your to-read list.
Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he’s a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego . . . and Alana can’t keep her eyes off her. But there’s little time for romance: Nova’s in danger and someone will do anything-even destroying planets-to get their hands on her.
I am thrilled to announce that thanks to my fabulous agent, my book, SURGERY IN THE SKY (to be retitled), has sold to the Masque imprint of Prime Books! This does my heart good on multiple levels—it makes me so happy to know that a story featuring a queer woman of color and a polyamorous romance can find a home.
We are going to be marketing this book as both science fiction and science fiction romance, so stay tuned for more information.
When I’m writing, the world stills and nothing exists but the manuscript, the worldbuilding, the characters. Sustenance feels unnecessary, unless we’re talking about coffee. Coming up for air at all can be jarring. Such is being a hyperfocused Aspie who loves what she does.
It’s great to be so focused when it’s on one’s work, but it’s gotten me into trouble. I’ve forgotten to eat, among other executive-functiony things. I live so thoroughly in the moment that I don’t realize the sun has set and I had all these other plans for the day, which somehow fell by the wayside in favor of decadent, flavorful words. Sadly, words alone can’t sustain a life, though I know a fair number of writers and readers who might argue to the contrary.
I’ve learned to set alarms for mealtime and other responsibilities when I can feel myself slipping into the Aspie-focus-trance. One such alarm just went off to remind me that I should get some laundry done and eat a late breakfast before a friend comes over to visit later in the day.
If you struggle to stay focused, what helps you ignore distractions? Or if you’re like me and get lost in your work, what helps you remember that the rest of the world still exists?