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#partner, Partner

My partner-in-life, Betsy, went into the resort’s ultra-chic coffee bar for her Christmas morning fix. I ran in after hearing ringing laughter. Her ‘Christmas moose’ cover-up, was the hit with the two Christmas elves, also guests there. I’m thrilled that I had a real camera. My much more expensive smartphone washed out most of the resort photos. Lesson learned. If photos are important, bring a cheap camera. I forgot to get permission to publish the Elves’ names, so they remain anonymous, except in my fond memories. They were more fun around the pool. Those tales remain behind zipped lips.

No one screamed and ran out of the room!

In the @gullickwriter fiction workshop session at @WritersLeague #writingworkshop17 it was the turn for Matryoschka Daughters to be work shopped. Lots of hot tips on how to make it readable. Anticipate months of fun. And yes, an earlier version was so controversial that one workshopper claimed and boycotted the time it was up being work-shopped. No, I took nothing out. Just re-re-re-wrote it to avoid, hopefully, words that caused the outburst. enough about me :} @gullickwriter quotes: Both sides need an agenda. Should be in all dialog. Amp tension via haptic senses, short senses, find the one odd thing in the scene or person if you are stuck, stop, get out a clean sheet of paper and write 10 obstacles for your protag. Even silly ones work to unstick Find the emotion in every scene cheers!

about me

What would I do without a brag sheet, aka, About Me? I presumptuously write relationship novels and short stories that use Science Fiction tropes and memes, with a soupçon of literary fiction. I’ve had the good fortune to have had artists worldwide respond to the themes and characters of my excerpts. This one is from a Spanish Artist. I have had others from exotic locations such as Scotland, Anchorage, Brussels.

Finally, a model for my Sarah Beth

Hi! You have seen my custom artwork for Sarah (before she becomes Sarah-Alex in Novel 1), Alex, Antonia, Katie, and Alexi. A read of my newsletters disclosed that all of my artists are #trans. Don’t dig for #PC intent. It isn’t there. I’m too pragmatic to let #PC keep me from the best available. Now I have the start of a ‘look’ for Sarah Beth once she merged with Alex. This is the Sarah Beth Merk who spends ten years as a freelance sniper looking for those who killed Alex in Matryoschka Daughters (novel 2), and continues through the next two novels. Check out Elliott Sailors, model, @elliottsailors she’s tall enough, has the right look for bad-assed Sarah Beth Merk. When I get further along with my publishing, I’ll be looking for a digital artist to create, finally my Sarah Beth. (Don’t want to get afoul of Ms. Sailor’s image rights.) cheers!

#Matryoschka Girl in submittal

It occurred to me a little self-promotion wouldn’t be a bad thing. So all you #scifi #SFF #litagent here is the #query. ==== If they live separate lives, ALEX MONROE, 24, and SARAH MERK, 18, will die. To survive, they must live as one person — one body until they solve the mystery of who they really are. ALEX lives with his guilt of not being mature enough at five years old to save his great-grandmother when she was attacked.  Two years ago, he and his squad couldn’t rescue three children caught in the crossfire of an ambush in Tikrit, Iraq. He’s committing suicide tonight to ensure his inadequacies never cause another death. A shadowy agency kills SARAH on her first day as a freshman on campus. She refuses to remain dead,  regains control of her body and escapes capture. To survive, she needs a stranger’s LIVE BODY — Alex’s