Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb

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Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb

by Alexandra Tims

an illustrated long poem

third in the Meniscus Series

science fiction – romance – adventure

 

Meniscus Winter by the Water-climb

Follow the adventures of Odymn and the Slain!

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Winter on the planet Meniscus is brutal — the plenty of other seasons gives way to scarcity and desperation. Unprepared for the months ahead, Odymn and the Slain find shelter with the generous Argenops, furry, friendly creatures. When Odymn has to survive without the help of the Slain, she must depend on her own wits and her skill at parkour to survive the alien landscape of the Themble. But she is not prepared for new arrivals in the Themble Wood, a group of survivors, freed from slavery when their transport crashes in the Darn’el Desert. On a planet where Human relationships are not allowed, ten people and an alien child take the first steps toward building a community.

In the third book first of the Meniscus series, Winter by the Water-climb follows Odymn and the Slain as they try to survive a winter apart from one another’s help and protection.

Even in the dead of winter, you can build another home.

Available on Amazon

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Excerpt

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Beneath the two-bite moon

Odymn returns to Garth.

Kotildi’s ears alert

at a sound,

filling the Themble.

 

A quivering, a tremor,

a rising and falling hum.

 

In the village street

eight Argenops in a circle.

Harmonic purr.

 

Madoline in the Common,

on the kitchen roof,

stirring her kettle.

 

Don’est at the roof edge

on her belly, watching,

hands under her chin.

 

“What are they doing?”

says Odymn.

Tries not to look

at the kotildi stew.

 

Is’marn sath.

They are preparing

for the hunt,”

says Don’est.

 

Purring ceases.

Tails rattle.

Feet stomp.

 

“Furry and timid” now

“clawed and cranky.”

 

Argenops

not at the bottom

of the food chain

after all.

 

Don’est explains.

Sath ma’far’natha Amblyn.

A hunt to honour Amblyn,

god of fire, who takes

the bites of the moon.”

 

“Besides,” says Madoline,

“We are running out of meat.”

 

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About the Author

Alexandra Tims is a botanist, writer and artist living in rural New Brunswick, Canada. Her first four books in the Meniscus series, Meniscus: Crossing The Churn, Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days, Meniscus: South from Sintha and Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb, were published with CreateSpace in 2017 and 2018. She has also published two books of poetry, within easy reach (2106) and in the shelter of the covered bridge (2017), under the name Jane Spavold Tims (both with Chapel Street Editions, Woodstock). In 2016 she won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize in the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Writing Competition for her manuscript of poems about bird calls. She is a fan of science fiction – books, television and film, including Star Trek, Stargate and Firefly. Her websites feature her drawings, paintings and poetry.

www.offplanet.blog

www.janetims.com

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Other books in the Meniscus Series

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Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days

Meniscus: South from Sintha

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Meniscus story Line

Copyright Alexandra Jane Tims 2018

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Meniscus: South from Sintha

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Meniscus: South from Sintha

by Alexandra Tims

an illustrated long poem

second in the Meniscus Series

science fiction – romance – adventure

 

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Follow the adventures of Odymn and the Slain!

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On a planet where Humans are slaves, Odymn is free. Her companion, the Slain, was once a trader in sentient beings. Now, for love of Odymn, he has agreed to change his ways and to return his former captives to their homes. Together, he and Odymn travel the urban alleyways and wilderness woodlands of the Southern District of Prell-nan, risking everything. They must battle wild life, outsmart power-hungry Dock-winders and dodge the grasp of ruthless Gel-heads. But in spite of good intentions, will the Slain be able to right the wrongs of the past? Or will the consequences of his actions outweigh the good he and Odymn want to do?

In the second of the Meniscus series, South from Sintha tells the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain. Odymn loves her silent companion, but trying to help his former captives may be a challenge she did not anticipate.

You can try to mend the broken, to right the wrongs of the past, but sometimes you can`t go back.

Available on Amazon

 

Excerpt

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In the En’ast Wood,

two sun-reels from Prell,

Odymn runs.

 

Calculated vaults

and precision jumps

over roots of banyan.

Rolls under fallen grammid.

Moves learned along urban ways

transposed to treescape.

 

She runs, a Gel-head at her heels.

Gelatinous flesh quivers

as he savours the chase.

Fingers vibrate at the thought

of Human skin,

handfuls of breast,

tangles of red hair.

 

Ahead, she jumps and vaults

and tumbles, scratched and pummeled

by her rate of passage.

 

Fifty metres behind,

the Gel-head flows

through forest.

Scrapes on his surfaces

open and seal,

heal as he passes.

 

She scans the way before her,

trunks and branches,

paths and hollows

where she has run before.

Tries to think of a way

to slow or trap or maim.

 

Considers the En’ast Water-climb.

Once outsmarted the Gel-heads there.

She and the Slain.

 

Even as she runs she thinks of him.

Narrow upper lip.

Amethyst eyes.

Kind hands.

 

The water-climb metres ahead.

And where the woods break,

a flat plateau.

 

Not a wisp of vegetation.

Not a handhold or platform.

No way can she match

the speed of the Gel-head.

 

She launches to open space

and runs for her life.

 

On her ankle, feels the ooze

of the Gel-head’s hand.

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About the Author

Alexandra Tims is a botanist, writer and artist living in rural New Brunswick, Canada. Her first four books in the Meniscus series, Meniscus: Crossing The Churn, Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days, Meniscus: South from Sintha and Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb, were published with CreateSpace in 2017 and 2018. She has also published two books of poetry, within easy reach (2106) and in the shelter of the covered bridge (2017), under the name Jane Spavold Tims (both with Chapel Street Editions, Woodstock). In 2016 she won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize in the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Writing Competition for her manuscript of poems about bird calls. She is a fan of science fiction – books, television and film, including Star Trek, Stargate and Firefly. Her websites feature her drawings, paintings and poetry.

www.offplanet.blog

www.janetims.com

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Other books in the Meniscus Series

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Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days

Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb

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Meniscus story Line

Copyright Alexandra Jane Tims 2018

Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days

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Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days

by Alexandra Tims

an illustrated long poem

a Meniscus Series add-on

science fiction – romance – adventure

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Follow the adventures of Odymn and the Slain!

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When the Slain bails on his contract to sell Odymn to the Dock-winders, he is shot trying to escape. Odymn, who loves the Slain, cannot abandon him and recruits Wen-le-gone, an Argenop elder and healer, to help her nurse the Slain back to good health. As they make their way toward the relative safety of the Themble, the trio must forage for food, save Odymn when she encounters a poisonous foe, and get to know and trust one-another. When Wen-le-gone leaves for his home, Odymn decides to stay with the Slain. As they continue on their journey, they work together to survive the dangers of the Themble Wood but in the end, memories of the past may be their biggest obstacle to building a life together.

Meniscus: One Point Five takes place near the end of the first book in the Meniscus Series, and tells the story of the forty missing days after the shooting of the Slain. Helping the Slain heal from his wounds and protecting him from the dangers of Meniscus may be the least of Odymn’s problems.

Know first, then judge … understanding one another may be the most dangerous part of any shared journey …

Available on Amazon

also available FREE on WattPad

 

Excerpt

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Odymn does not pause

to register

the whiteness of teeth,

the length of drool,

the rising of neck-hair,

or the angle of ears

with respect to head.

 

She turns.

Clears a fallen tree

behind her.

Hears a forepaw

hit the dry duff

of the forest floor.

 

Two steps

and a vault.

Reckless in the placement

of hand and fingers.

Feet already reaching

for the next parnel of earth.

 

Odymn’s mind

gallops ahead

to find any barrier,

any cubbyhole.

 

Her memory catches

on the web,

the dangle trap,

glittering in moonlight.

The razor edge

of spiral barbs,

dripping poison.

 

As Odymn runs

she takes her bearings.

Angle of shadow,

height of suns

in the mid-day sky.

Strength of The Churn wind,

fluttering of leaves.

 

The kotildi snaps at the tie-ends

of her running shoes,

one claw on the curve of her calf.

Snort of breath,

dripping nostrils.

 

She leaps for a low-lying branch

and swings to gain ground.

Forward roll and a hand spring.

The kotildi confused

but determined.

 

Odymn glimpses

a gleam between two grammid,

the dangle web slung low.

Scant centimetres between

dangle strands and ground.

 

Odymn judges the clearance,

the depth of her hips,

her skill at limbo.

 

Those glistening barbs

in the lower web

are going to sting.

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About the Author

Alexandra Tims is a botanist, writer and artist living in rural New Brunswick, Canada. Her first four books in the Meniscus series, Meniscus: Crossing The Churn, Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days, Meniscus: South from Sintha and Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb, were published with CreateSpace in 2017 and 2018. She has also published two books of poetry, within easy reach (2106) and in the shelter of the covered bridge (2017), under the name Jane Spavold Tims (both with Chapel Street Editions, Woodstock). In 2016 she won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize in the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Writing Competition for her manuscript of poems about bird calls. She is a fan of science fiction – books, television and film, including Star Trek, Stargate and Firefly. Her websites feature her drawings, paintings and poetry.

www.offplanet.blog

www.janetims.com

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Other books in the Meniscus Series

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Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

Meniscus: South from Sintha

Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb

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Meniscus story Line

Copyright Alexandra Jane Tims 2018

Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

Welcome to planet Meniscus.jpg

Meniscus: Crossing The Churn

by Alexandra Tims

an illustrated long poem

first in the Meniscus Series

science fiction – romance – adventure

 

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Follow the adventures of Odymn and the Slain!

Odymn and the Slain together_Ink_LI (2017_01_01 20_03_57 UTC)

On the alien planet Meniscus, Humans are slaves. Every twilight, Odymn runs through the forests of Meniscus, practicing the art of parkour. Her runs give her strength, flexibility and endurance, and a way to survive a life of servitude under the oppressive Dock-winders. When the silent Slain rescues her from a brutal encounter with a gang of Gel-heads, Odymn believes she has reached the end of her search for freedom. In their travels through the Prell-nan District of Meniscus, she and the Slain encounter dangerous woodlands, dramatic water-climbs and an impassable water churn. Odymn and the Slain work together to evade the Gel-heads and overcome the dangers of the landscape. But is Odymn really free or is she caught in a cycle of trying to escape the inevitable?

In the first of the Meniscus series, Crossing the Churn tells the story of the meeting of a young woman and a genetically-engineered Slain whose kindness may not be consistent with his purpose.

Try …. fail … repeat … sometimes no matter how hard you run, the past grabs at your heels …

Available on Amazon

 

Excerpt

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The sky congeals,

coughs up churning darkness,

and the air moves.

 

Reminder of home, on Earth.

The creaking weathervane

above the hay barn door.

 

The wind tosses sparse droplets.

Plucks handfuls of dust.

Pebbles like sleet.

 

The broken hills kilometres away.

Obscured by a looming sandstorm.

 

The Slain walks faster.

Distance widens between them.

She stumbles, falls to her knees.

 

“Why should I follow?” she whispers.

 

His hand grips her arm, drags her to standing.

Forward in uneven strides.

Leaning into wind.

'sandstorm in The Darn-el'

 

About the Author

Alexandra Tims is a botanist, writer and artist living in rural New Brunswick, Canada. Her first four books in the Meniscus series, Meniscus: Crossing The Churn, Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days, Meniscus: South from Sintha and Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb, were published with CreateSpace in 2017 and 2018. She has also published two books of poetry, within easy reach (2106) and in the shelter of the covered bridge (2017), under the name Jane Spavold Tims (both with Chapel Street Editions, Woodstock). In 2016 she won the Alfred G. Bailey Prize in the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Writing Competition for her manuscript of poems about bird calls. She is a fan of science fiction – books, television and film, including Star Trek, Stargate and Firefly. Her websites feature her drawings, paintings and poetry.

www.offplanet.blog

www.janetims.com

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Other books in the Meniscus Series

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Meniscus: One Point Five – Forty Missing Days

Meniscus: South from Sintha

Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb

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Meniscus story Line

Copyright Alexandra Jane Tims 2018

Free eBook! Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb

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Here in New Brunswick we are enjoying a gentle fall – nice days and cool temperatures. but the howling winds and bone-chill will soon begin.

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So, how do the folks on other planets prepare for winter? Find out – the third book in the Meniscus science-fiction series – Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb – follows the characters as they get ready for the chilly season.

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To help you get ready for a winter on planet Meniscus, I am running a free book promotion with Amazon Kindle. Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb will be free in Kindle edition from October 22 to October 25, 2017.

To order, just click here.

Although this is a series, Book Three can be read stand-alone. I hope you will enjoy the read!!!!

Want to know more about the book? See the synopsis below!

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Winter on the planet Meniscus is brutal — the plenty of other seasons gives way to scarcity and desperation. Unprepared for the months ahead, Odymn and the Slain find shelter with the generous Argenops, furry, friendly creatures. When Odymn has to survive without the help of the Slain, she must depend on her own wits and her skill at parkour to survive the alien landscape of the Themble. But she is not prepared for new arrivals in the Themble Wood, a group of survivors, freed from slavery when their transport crashes in the Darn’el Desert. On a planet where Human relationships are not allowed, ten people and an alien child take the first steps toward building a community.

 

In the third book first of the Meniscus series, Winter by the Water-climb follows Odymn and the Slain as they try to survive a winter apart from one another’s help and protection.

 

Even in the dead of winter, you can build another home.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

 

New Book … Winter by the Water-climb

It’s the dead of winter. It’s bitterly cold and food is scarce. Just surviving until next morning is all you can think about. But no matter. There are just the two of you.

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Then your boyfriend declares he is going on his version of ‘walkabout’ for three months. And seven strangers, survivors of a spaceship crash, land on your doorstep. The trials of winter just went critical.

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Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb, the third book of the Meniscus Series, follows the continuing story of Odymn and the silent Slain. If you enjoyed Crossing The Churn (the story of the meeting of Odymn and the Slain) and South from Sintha (the story of the Slain’s attempt at redemption), you will love the third story. There are lots of new characters and Odymn’s parkour and foraging skills are put to the test. The book includes new drawings, a map, a glossary, a list of characters and a guide to Gel-speak.

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Meniscus: Winter by the Water-climb is now available in paperback and ebook at Amazon.com.  A quick read, written as a narrative poem. The paperback is $11.99 (US) here and the Kindle version is $4.96 here .

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An except from the story:

Odymn measures the gap.

Not far.

Perhaps two metres.

Just beyond her comfort zone.

 

Odymn considers

surface of the stack.

Icy, slippery.

Bubbles ooze across rock.

 

The En’ast wood,

a hundred metres below.

Odymn tosses a chunk of stone.

It lands,

skids to a stop.

 

Rubs her hands on the dusty rocks.

Needs dry fingers to cling to edge

if her feet keep going.

 

Crouches. Arms behind her.

Launches and leans.

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I hope you will take a leap with Odymn and explore the strange world of Meniscus.

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Copyright Jane (a.k.a. Alexandra) Tims  2017

New book!

My new book in the Meniscus series … Meniscus: South from Sintha … is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats! The book follows the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain as they head out on a new adventure and build their relationship with one-another. To purchase the book click here for the paperback and here for the Kindle edition.

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On a planet where Humans are slaves, Odymn is free. Her companion, the Slain, was once a trader in sentient beings. Now, for love of Odymn, he has agreed to change his ways and to return his former captives to their homes. Together, he and Odymn travel the urban alleyways and wilderness woodlands of the Southern District of Prell-nan, risking everything. They must battle wild life, outsmart power-hungry Dock-winders and dodge the grasp of ruthless Gel-heads. But in spite of good intentions, will the Slain be able to right the wrongs of the past? Or will the consequences of his actions outweigh the good he and Odymn want to do?

 

In the second of the Meniscus series, South from Sintha tells the continuing story of Odymn and the Slain. Odymn loves her silent companion, but trying to help his former captives may be a challenge she did not anticipate.

 

You can try to mend the broken, to right the wrongs of the past, but sometimes you can`t go back.

I hope you enjoy this new book!

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Copyright Jane (a.k.a. Alexandra) Tims