Writers ask one another: “How do you get motivated?”
I use music, a playlist for each novel. Songs facilitate imagery of certain scenes and they are put in a iTunes playlist called “One Song Loop”.
For Orcasekai I am listening to White Rabbit (I have modified the lyrics when I listen for inspiration: “One word makes a swimmer, and one word takes a walk, and the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything by talk. Go read fiction, be anything and all…and so on)
Also Brave by Sarah Bareilles. When Orcasekai is published (soon! soon!) I will put a YouTube playlist together like I did for The Vencello and Cetapiens.
Writers also ask: “Why am I doing this? There are so many other ____books out there…”
Well, there are billions of people, why do any one of us exist? Your book is YOUR book. It’s special and worthwhile for that reason alone. There are always other reasons WHY.
What about the bipolar writing experience “I’m either Christ or I’m S***T”, “If I don’t make a million dollars, it’s not worth it.”
See answer to “Why am I doing this?”
I will attest, the first time I held that beautiful paperback copy of “The Vencello” in my hands, It. Was. Every. BIT. Worth. It.
The 4 Lower Snake River Dams – slated for breach…in about 5 years. Unfortunately, the orcas that depend on salmon don’t have 5 years.
I’m going to Washington DC with friend Suzi Urell to demonstrate for the orcas, because they CAN’T do it themselves.
The recent death of ‘ Doublestuff ‘ J34 , has hit me particularly hard. That family is in dire straits.
“While an orca lives, the Earth shares its mighty sentience, acoustic brilliance, and increases in magnificence our collective soul.” – S. Amaranthine
Posting updates as they come in….
Orcasekai, the final book of the epic time travel trilogy, is well underway. Superpod 5 proved to be a source of motivation and inspiration as I immerse in cetacean centered universes upon returning home. Surrounded by San Juan Island home waters of the wild orca and so many kindred cetacean-loving spirits was perfection!
Even getting to SJI was pure pleasure. My fear of flying was once and for all quelled by two (not one, but TWO) luck-of-the-draw flights in a Dehavilland beaver. It’s a bucket list item for many and now I know why. I would fly in one of those ANY time!
No Technology Required (NTR) Cetacean friendly science fiction is right here! Cetapiens is now (ironically) available from four popular e-book vendors! What can be accomplished without technology? Entire universes for starters! Echo-location of whales, acoustic talents of Orcas, a bazillion planets and a splendor of galaxies, oh my! How can you tour the multiverse using nature’s abilities alone for the price of good sandwich? Imagination! A great guide book helps of course!
Book two of the Vencello series, Cetapiens, is now available from a variety of popular vendors in e-book format. Please select “Books & Reviews” from the menu to access purchase links. Professional editing was provided by Laura Geraci. Thank you so much Laura! Cover art was a joint effort by Muriel (photo), Bettina (human/orca icon) and Kirk (compilation of images). Please take a moment to read the Cetapiens Introduction page recently added to this website. The related concepts and playlist are ready for your enjoyment as well!
The Vencello is the first of a trilogy. It is a universe existing within multiple universes, a joining of species through music, interspecies dependence, and the amazing carbon 60 molecule, also known as buckminsterfullerene or buckyball.
Throughout the trilogy, Orcasekai narrates experiences with her space and time-traveling grandmother as she learns to navigate the multiverse. Their journey begins just before the emergence of an ancestral realm known to her kind as the Vencello. Its early history is relived from the point of view of the individuals from three species who merged to become the Vencello; human, orca and sperm whale.
Human. Delora, Alvar, Johnny and Liam are a family whose love transcends universes. Their journey to forgive each other and themselves is one of many challenging adventures.
Orca. Akenehi, the matriarch of her pod possesses a rare gift of musical and acoustic genius. This pure ability is the driver behind a new universe’s creation. Like her songs, her love for her family is wondrously efficacious.
Sperm whale. Brough and Param, Aware Masters of the Ocean, use their massive brains, deep diving ability, and fine perception of detail to solve the greatest puzzles of their planet. They are essential catalysts for many universes to be.
There are an untold number of ways a universe can come into being. Some begin with a bang, others with a perfect cetacean song. Some came about when an electron emerged from subspace. The Vencello’s carbon-60 based universe emerges to create a story for this age – and every other.