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Brand New Again

I'm finally getting to updating the paperbacks with the Amaranthe rebranding (albeit slowly, because Continuum). I was working on Transcendence today, and since there were a few minor interior updates, I was flipping through the PDF proof to make sure everything looked good.

I accidentally started reading at the point where Matei Uttara attacks Caleb. Two hours later I'm still reading, utterly transfixed. And I might have teared up twice.

I know every "thing" that happens in this book like the back of my hand, but 4.5 years later, the words are brand new all over again.🥰

Oh, how I adore these guys.

Oh, how I adore these guys.

Originally posted on Facebook.

Oops?

The Beresheet lunar lander scattered tardigrades all over the moon when it crashed: https://www.wired.com/story/a-crashed-israeli-lunar-lander-spilled-tardigrades-on-the-moon/

As Shannon Stirone said on Twitter, "And thus began the story of how the tardigrades took over the moon."

If you don't know about the incredible creatures that are tardigrades, you can start your rabbit hole adventure here: https://www.americanscientist.org/article/tardigrades

#wewerehereatthebeginning

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Originally posted on Facebook.

Sideways Audiobook Update

Email I received from Pyper Down today.😎 I'm sharing it here for 2 reasons:

(1) ⭐️Audiobook listeners⭐️: this means she only has 7 more chapters to record. ALMOST DONE! [UPDATE: 2 more chapters to go ;).]

(2) If you've read TSLG, you may instinctively know to what chapter she's referring. I'll just say that it's from "Nika's" POV and takes place on a certain space platform.

I'm not trying to humble-brag (though I probably am anyway, aren't I?), but I'm more proud of this chapter than I am of just about anything I've written - and it makes me giddy with happiness whenever anyone suggests that pride might be well placed.☺️

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Originally posted on Facebook.

Fun With Acronyms

One of the fun(?) aspects of spinning up a new series is giving new names to things. I have found myself in need of an acronym this morning. Without disclosing the purpose of the entity behind the acronym, so far I have such candidates as:

- HUG
- HARD
- CHUMP
- MUSE (I actually like this one 😉)
- CHUG
- LEAP
- LAME
- HUMID
- HALP

...I'm not sure I remember how to do this right.🤔

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Originally posted on Facebook.

Website Redesign FTW

The website got a minor (visual) and fairly major (structural) redesign this week. If poking around webpages, menus and links is your idea of fun - or if you just want to check it out 😁 - feel free to look around and let me know if anything is broken or wonky: https://www.gsjennsen.com.

Visually, the redesign is not as dramatic as the one I did 2 years ago. But it should be (a) easier to navigate, with clear pointers to important information, (b) less overwhelming for newcomers, and (c) perhaps most importantly, look great on mobile devices. Hopefully, all those things are true. 😋

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Originally posted on Facebook.

Heaven Is A Place On Earth

…and it’s called the Tattered Cover Bookstore

By sheer coincidence, Patricia Briggs was giving a talk and reading while we were there. About 60 people were crammed into the lower-level meeting space. #MrJennsen whispered sweet nothings in my ear about how that would be me at the podium one day 😉; I pshaw'ed him, went upstairs and bought some sci-fi books with beautiful covers.⠀

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Originally posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Avengers: Endgame (No Spoilers)

4.5 of 5 Glorious Stars 🌟

The half-star deduction is entirely on the first 1.5 hours, which honestly could have been cut to an hour without losing anything. The second 1.5 hours, though? OMG. 😲 Damn near perfection.

If you are remotely, even casually, invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, see this movie. 🤗

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Originally posted on Facebook.

A Geek's Guide to THE STARS LIKE GODS

I give you: A Geek's Guide To THE STARS LIKE GODS.🤓

The usual caveats: scenes are not necessarily chapters, the order may (but probably won't) change before release, etc.

For those of you who like to print these out, I’m providing a non-toner-depleting black and white version below as well.

Cover reveal and release date announcement coming next week!🤗

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Originally posted on Facebook and Instagram.

A Birthday Present

On my Birthday, I’m giving all of you a present: a fun little excerpt from THE STARS LIKE GODS, the upcoming conclusion to the Asterion Noir trilogy.

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The suite two-thirds of the way up Namino Tower couldn’t fairly be categorized as isolated or neglected, which were the first two words Cameron had used to describe her destination. The lights were bright and the view out the window in the lobby pleasant.

The furniture did have the veneer of mass production, as though it had been plucked from beneath a store sign reading, ‘Buy Office Furniture Here.’ Silence hovered in the air amid a hint of staleness; it marked a stark departure from the constant bustling activity and noise of the Pavilion, and she wondered when voices had last animated the lobby.

A dyne stood behind the counter, its frame locked so rigidly she assumed it was shut down. But as she approached, it lifted its head with a squeaky flexing of its joints. “How can I help you?”

“Nika Kirumase. I’m here to see Lance Palmer.”

“He is expecting you. You may enter.”

A door across the way opened, and after taking a last dubious glance around the lobby, she walked through it.

A man lounged behind a desk. Despite the presence of at least a dozen panes arrayed above the desk, he’d kicked back his chair, wound his hands behind his head and crossed his ankles atop the desk. Tawny hair fell neatly across his forehead above sage eyes. Rolled-up sleeves exposed tanned, muscular arms. Tactical pants led to scuffed and faded combat boots, which looked rather out of place atop the office desk.

One corner of his mouth twitched into an almost-smirk. “Nika Kirumase. I figured you’d come calling eventually. Frankly, I thought it would be more sooner and not so much later.”

She arched an eyebrow. “Well, I was a little busy being psyche-wiped, leading a rebellion, fleeing from government-funded assassins and exposing a Guide-led conspiracy to conceal the existence of a deadly alien species taking over the galaxy. You know, the usual.”

 
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Originally posted on Facebook and Instagram.

Mountain Drives & Plotting

Two 3.5 hour drives in two days when you're the passenger is a *great* opportunity for some heavy-duty story planning....😈⁣
#whatcomesnext #amplotting

For those keeping track, yes, this is the same notebook that was featured in the blog post, "Cross-country Journeys, Chicken Scratch & Bossy Characters." It seemed appropriate. 😁⁣

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Originally posted on Instagram and Facebook.

The Wonders of Modern Science

And then science goes and invents the one thing that you never foresaw. It's not the slightly off takes on supraluminal space travel or the funny terms for the brain-computer interface that will render my books "quaint" and "dated" in fifty years - it's stuff like this: https://futurism.com/synthetic-alcohol-buzzed-never-drunk/

*shakes head* 
*makes a note to keep tabs on the progress of Alcarelle*

 
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Originally posted on Facebook.