All posts by Steve

A coauthor of the Liaden Universe.

More from the archives

We continue to go through the Lee & Miller archives and as time permits will be adding old stories and splinters as we get to them. Here’s one that hasn’t been seen for awhile.

Running The Race was written by Steve and published in Dream Again: A Journal of Spirituality and Madness, back in 1995, as a follow-on for a workshop he did for his then job as Citizen Access Specialist for the Citizen Access Network . That basically meant he was  Sysop and Chief Trainer for the Maine Meeting Place BBS in its role as an attempted community center for people who, by the of their personal situation and issues, were living in isolation.  Some were physically disabled, some had mental health issues, and all needed a way to communicate.

Many of the participants in the workshop, which took place off-season at a well-known Maine winter resort, wrote or tried to write about their difficulties. Poetry, fiction, screeds, agendas, books — all were in evidence at the workshop. There were lots of plans, lots of big ideas, lots of goals … and eventually two or three actual publications. Steve was invited to contribute on the first issue’s theme, which was isolation.

 

 

 

 

 

…..Running the Race …..

Current events via Splinter Universe, including Lee & Miller news

Splinter Universe is gaining a new set of splinters, these from the early days of Liaden myth-building, a period when were learning — rather quickly — that our initial idea of having 3 books, or even 7 books — might not be adequate.

So, there’s Shan and Priscilla Ride Again….

As mentioned elsewhere, here, for the next few weeks — aka through August 3, with one week off (the week of June 8) because, Book Tour, we will be posting a chapter from Shan and Priscilla Ride Again.  The reason it’s 16 weeks for 15 chapters is because there is a prologue.

Shan and Priscilla Ride Again is a Liaden novel which was never finished, though it was written out to 15 chapters (about 22,000 words).

The latest installment of Shan and Priscilla Ride Again is up now! Remember to check for new installments regularly!

Over the last few years we’ve heard from many of our fans that they want to acknowledge their appreciation of our work in ways that go beyond buying the latest book. We must admit that a freelance lifestyle gets iffy sometimes — and we’ve even asked for extra support  on several occasions — to get to conventions, to help us with medical issues, to support the retrieval of abandoned books from a warehouse, to help with vet costs for our cats. And we’ve found support coming our way, for a long time. You, our readers have reached out numerous times.

Some have done this by taking us to lunch or dinner at conventions, others by sending cards, gift cards, tea sets, weather vanes(!), or even stuffed toys for the cats — all of which, while fun, and greatly appreciated, are sometimes hit and miss.  We do try to share what’s happening, and you’ve shared as well.

Of course Splinter Universe is another way we share, and another way we see your support — there’s a donate button, after all, at the bottom of almost every Splinter Universe feature.

Still, some folks let us know that rather than supporting individual splinters or buying cat meds or trying to find a way to take us to lunch or dinner at a convention — they’d rather be able to give us regular, extra support.

We’ve been holding off on doing this, but recently there’ve been a spate of new crowdfunding opportunities and arrangements, services and platforms. And, there’ve been more calls for us to offer ways for our readers to help.

After considerable discussion at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory and a study of what was what, we’ve elected to try one of those support platforms. It is called Patreon, and it permits support levels for $1 and up. Our section of Patreon is now live. If you’d like you can visit Lee and Miller at Patreon now.

Also, we’re doing a book tour soon, and we’ve got a new book coming and .. here’s a link to more of the latest Lee and Miller news: Liaden Universe Infodump — #108

And in other news

While Steve’s been bogged down in house-hunting, med changes, and a couple sides of medical stuff — as well as pitching in with the recently turned in draft of The Dragon in Exile — Sharon’s been cleaning out backfiles and has come up with a couple you may not have seen.

Most recently, there’s this discussion and outtake from Carousel Tides, which she felt ought to see the light of day.

Before that, also found in files, was this piece, a much older outtake: Strings, Strands, and Vines In Motion, which is after all a part of Cantra’s original story which morphed into the version we later settled on.

Do keep watching — the last of the scheduled follow-up med visits are coming right up and we’ve cleared some space to work in. Aside from the upcoming Principal Speaker gig at PhilCon  in a couple weeks we’re both going to be focusing on the words pretty hard between now and Boskone (in February).

 

A splinter from the past. and movement toward the furure

All things are never equal.

In this case, my plans for a rapid turnaround of the next chapter of Quicksliver fell victim to the fact that we’ve put our house on the market and needed to do some hasty decluttering — and then my plans were not equal to the task of doing the  decluttering at the same time I was doing some disaster-recovery as my main working computer bit the dust.

Now that the back-up computer has been crowned king and the laptop named viceroy we’ll be getting back in gear — and we’re continuing with the process of shifting our base of operations, as well.  What that means is that files, both paper and computer, that have long been unused, are being weeded, and in some cases rediscovered.

Sharon, for example, found an out-take from the Crystal Soldier/Crystal Dragon duology — and found it so readable that she had to share. You can see it as “Strings, strands, and vines in motion” … and if you like, you can support the story. Also there’s an author’s intro for those who need to know more.

Meanwhile, work on Quicksliver is going forward, and my loyal readers have already moved us nearly one hundred dollars toward the goal of chapter seven. Thanks for all the support and the trust — forward motion is returning!