Exciting changes will be coming to Pine Mountain Observatory! Scott Fisher recently joined the faculty at University of Oregon as an astronomy lecturer and outreach coordinator. Outreach includes Pine Mountain Observatory.
I met him for the first time last week at our annual winter PMO astronomers gathering. He used to work at Gemini in Hilo, Hawaii, and has done many other fascinating scientific things. Best of all, he’s passionate about seeing PMO thrive again and in the science community.
I ate dinner with him, a dude who used to work on the Chandra telescope project, a former aeronautics engineer, and a bunch of folks as enthusiastic as I am [some more] about astronomy. I have to say, in that crowd, my IQ is the lowest in the room, at least as far as physics and hard science go.
Anyway, changes are afoot for my favorite place on Earth. PMO will begin doing some serious research again and adding to the endeavors of astronomy worldwide. They’ll be adding more robotic telescopes like this one:
PMO, students, and enthused amateurs will help the big telescopes [ala Gemini and Keck] monitor the skies and find exciting events happening in the universe.
For someone like me, that’s pretty damn exciting. I was also recognized for my six years of service to the observatory. Wow, six. Who’d have thunk?
Reborn by Cherie Reich
To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.
On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.
Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.
Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.
Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.
Reborn, book one of The Fate Challenges, by Cherie Reich will be released on May 23, 2014. For more information about Cherie Reich and her work, please visit her website or blog. The cover art is created by Laura Sava. To add on Goodreads, click here. If you’d like to be notified when Reborn releases, please sign up for her newsletter here.
Here’s an excerpt from the prologue of Reborn:
He couldn’t forget the council’s words or how they’d cursed his fifth Phoenix Prophetess. But visions of the Kingdom of Amora in flames flashed through his mind. He could taste the ashes, like burnt charcoal, and hear her people’s screams. The prophecy of the kingdom’s destruction leaked sour bile into his mouth. The other gods, including Kisa, the Queen of the Gods, might be willing to turn their backs on their loyal people for Fate, but he wasn’t.
There was also this infant in front of him. She reminded him of his daughter. His mortal family resided in the Underworld, but he couldn’t let this child.
“I have to save her.”
“Think of the consequences, my son.”
He had. They both knew the gods would find a way to curse him and this innocent child, but the price was worth saving the kingdom.
Ignoring his mother’s shrieks, Apenth leaned over the lifeless baby again. His lips pressed against her ashen forehead, so cold to the touch. Postera clawed at his arms, but he shoved away her hands. Nothing would stop him from completing Amora’s prophecy, protecting the city named after his love.
“You are mine, little one.” His hand pressed over her heart. Electric heat flowed from his glowing fingertips. They tingled, nearly burning his flesh, but his hand remained steady. Luminosity brightened around the child and him, further blocking out Postera’s pleas. The room filled with the blinding white light.
“Live.” He commanded, pleaded.
“No!” Postera screamed as the child’s life-thread ripped from his mother’s hand and joined the pulsing jewel on her belt. The piece sizzled, reattaching to the gemstone, and transformed to blood red.
The light imploded into the child. Her flesh glowed for a moment before the room’s shadows returned. A tiny strawberry-colored birthmark in the shape of a phoenix blossomed upon the flesh over her heart. The baby’s lungs filled with air, and a cry broke from her lips.
The Phoenix Prophetess was reborn.
Jan. 22nd Edition
Here’s some hard market data on what has worked for indie authors: The Self-Publishing Survey Results – It’s a Brave New World. I highly recommend all authors check it out. Bet you find something useful in there.
If you’re in the US and paid someone more than $600 in services [editors, cover artists, etc…] in 2013, you have to file a 1099 Misc. for them. So my editor informed me earlier this month and needed it by the end of this month. Of course, the IRS sent me the wrong form. :-O Fortunately, there’s this online service for filing 1099s https://www.track1099.com/
Working on the revision for Worlds on Edge. So far, not bad. Yet I must get chapter 11 and the last two to unsuck before turning it into my editor. :-O
Researching and writing a short story for an anthology Untethered Realms is putting together.
Researching new approach to The Rifters, which I’ll get cranking on soon.