14. Normal Lives

June 26th, 2016 § Comments Off on 14. Normal Lives § permalink

Chapter fourteen of Unknown North, a novel that will be published chapter-by-chapter until it’s done. All chapters so far: Unknown North.


Carlos Resua was a people watcher, a habit that had got him accused of making people uncomfortable more than once. It might be closer to the truth to say that Carlos was a people studier—he didn’t just casually observe those around him, he watched them intently, taking in every nuance of motion and expression and dialog. People said he could read minds, but Carlos always countered that you didn’t need to read minds when everything we felt and meant came through in body language. » Read the rest of this entry «

13. Deep-Space Ops

June 19th, 2016 § Comments Off on 13. Deep-Space Ops § permalink

Chapter thirteen of Unknown North, a novel that will be published chapter-by-chapter until it’s done. All chapters so far: Unknown North.


Despite outward appearances, General Rauchbach was quite disturbed by Dr. Fobell’s resignation. Not because he worried the government would be outed—the nice thing about the “crackpot” projects Dr. Fobell had worked on was that no one who blabbed ever fared well under public scrutiny—but because he realized that Howard Fobell had no intention of going to the media with what he knew. Instead, the scientist who believed in intelligent light had gone to the competition, and in this case, that was even worse than going to another country’s government.

Fobell had entered the private sector and was continuing his studies unabated. » Read the rest of this entry «

12. Faith and Consequences

June 12th, 2016 § Comments Off on 12. Faith and Consequences § permalink

Chapter twelve of Unknown North, a novel that will be published chapter-by-chapter until it’s done. All chapters so far: Unknown North.


“Thanks again for watching Sophie last night,” Luci said appreciatively. “I know it’s not your job.”

Lorna smiled across the lab at her, through the matrix of tubes and machines that made up their workspace. Lorna Jacobs had been compiling Luci’s notes and ghostwriting her papers for a decade, the job having saved her from an unrewarding career as an editorial assistant at the local rag.

“I don’t mind, you know that,” Lorna replied. “Henry loves her company. Besides, if the namesake of Bransen Labs calls you for dinner, you go.” » Read the rest of this entry «

11. Caduceus and Fear

June 6th, 2016 § Comments Off on 11. Caduceus and Fear § permalink

Chapter eleven of Unknown North, a novel that will be published chapter-by-chapter until it’s done. All chapters so far: Unknown North.


“Tell me about these dreams,” Luci whispered, pushing her daughter’s hair back over her ear.

Luci was perched on the edge of Sophie’s bed, a night light the only illumination in the room. Beyond their apartment, the city was always active, but here it was quiet and dark. Sometimes it seemed almost too quiet. Sometimes Luci could hear Sophie breathing in the next room or—as in the case at hand—whimpering quietly.

“They aren’t scary,” Sophie replied dreamily. Her eyelids blinked heavily; she wasn’t sure why her mother had woken her up. » Read the rest of this entry «