16. Cimmerian Light

July 31st, 2016 § Comments Off on 16. Cimmerian Light § permalink

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


Carlos sat in a meditative state, feeling light. Henry and Sophie lay on yoga mats near him, napping. Howard fidgeted across from him, unable to get comfortable. He found that one too many hotdogs had taken their toll and his legs were unable to cross, but he wanted to try out this whole calming thing before he headed to Carlos’s house for a couple of days with his son.

“Do you need a chair?” Carlos finally whispered, grinning. “Just go and get one.” » Read the rest of this entry «

15. The Lights Below

July 24th, 2016 § Comments Off on 15. The Lights Below § permalink

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


There she was, zipping down a state route on the back of Mouse’s hog, without a helmet, her thick black hair pulled out behind her on curtains of wind. It felt good to ride without a helmet, just like Mouse had said it would. Really good. But it was ultimately Nate’s fault, she considered with a private grin—he’s the one who’d taught her that a life without risk wasn’t worth living at all. Then the grin faded as she understood the real kernel of her concern: she had never in her life driven to a “lover’s lane” with anyone, and yet here she was, on the back of Mouse’s motorcycle again, heading to an overlook above Bransen Labs.

Mouse hadn’t called it that, of course—he hadn’t used the words “lover’s lane” and he never insinuated anything beyond an innocent ride to see the lights—but Luci knew better. Actually, Luci began to realize that the ulterior motive may be hers. Luci didn’t know better… she wondered if she hoped better. » Read the rest of this entry «