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 «