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.



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.



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.


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



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.



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


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.



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

my new book!

My new book Meniscus: Crossing the Churn is now available on Amazon! Look for it under my first name – Alexandra Tims .

Meniscus: Crossing The Churn is a science-fiction romance, written as a long poem. It includes my pencil drawings of the adventures of the characters.

This is the first in the Meniscus series of books. The next in the series, Meniscus: South from Sintha, will be available in early May.

Crossing The Churn tells the story about a young woman, Odymn, who longs to escape from a life of servitude on the planet Meniscus. When a genetically-enhanced human rescues her from an encounter with the brutal Gel-heads, Odymn thinks she may have found freedom. But the kindness of the Slain may not be consistent with his intent.

Join Odymn and the Slain as they run from dangerous aliens and battle vicious slear-snakes. Since water flows up rather than down on this planet, just crossing the landscape is a challenge.


Copyright Jane Tims 2017





public readings of ‘within easy reach’



As part of my celebrating of fall and apple picking, I will be giving four public readings of my book over the next couple of weeks. Since my book ‘within easy reach’ is about eating local foods, my readings will focus on my memories of the apple harvest and trips to local orchards.

The readings are:

Oct. 15, 2016 (Saturday) Sussex Regional Library 2:00 PM (also reading will be Beth Powning, Gerard Collins and Janie Simpson)
Oct. 16, 2016 (Sunday) Odd Sundays at Corked, Fredericton 2:00 PM (also reading will be Harris Sullivan and participants in the Open Mike Session)
Oct. 22, 2016 (Saturday) Rusagonis Women’s Institute 2:00 PM (their theme this year is Pulse Foods, so I will be including a poem about sprouts!)
Oct. 26, 2016 (Wednesday evening) Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Nasonworth 7:00 PM (this is the first event in a series called Authors Coffee Hour)
Copyright Jane Tims 2016

my books

Meniscus: Crossing The Churn – a long poem and drawings by Alexandra Tims. Amazon. 2017

a long poem about the adventures of Odymn and the Slain in the Prell-nan District of the planet Meniscus – first in the Series!

within easy reach  poems and drawings by Jane Spavold Tims. Chapel Street Editions:Woodstock. 2016

poems and drawings about harvesting local foods, especially wild edible plants

available from

within easy reach Jane Spavold Tims cover


butter and eggs – a chapbook featuring poems and stories by six members of Fictional Friends, a Fredericton-based writing group. 2015

stories and poems about rural life

available from the authors



within easy reach – a chance to win a painting

Earlier this month I held a draw to win the cover art for my book within easy reach. The painting draw was held on June 9, 2016 at my book launch at Westminster Books in Fredericton. The winner of the painting was Carol Steel, a fellow blogger


This is to remind you that I am holding a draw to win another painting — ‘berries and brambles’ (18”x 14”, acrylic, gallery edges, unframed). Anyone who has purchased my book from me or my publisher, Chapel Street Editions, has already been entered in the draw. This includes the blog comment folk who entered the earlier draw.


berries and brambles~

There is still time to enter to win the painting! Just purchase my book within easy reach between now and June 30, 2016 from me or my publisher!


The draw will be held in mid-July at my book signing and workshop at the 8th Annual Free School at Falls Brook Center in New Brunswick.


Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Update: my poetry book ‘within easy reach’

The date for the release of my poetry book ‘within easy reach’ is very soon! The book includes my poems and drawings about edible wild plants and other local foods. It will be available through my publisher Chapel Street Editions and through Amazon.  Soon I’ll be posting details of how and where to order the book and information on where I will be reading during the next weeks.


During the first month of ‘within easy reach’ book sales, I will be offering you an opportunity to win the painting on the front cover of the book. The painting, called ‘brambles’, measures 10″ by 10″. It is done in acrylics and has gallery edges.


I will post the details about how to get a chance to win the painting within the next few days.


'brambles' Jane Tims

February 29, 2016 ‘brambles’ Jane Tims


I hope you will love my book, as much as I loved creating the poems and drawings!


Copyright 2016 Jane Tims