Status Update: Winter 2018

So, obviously some time has passed since the Fall Update back in October.  Let me catch you up a bit on my life, and where WelcometoSanKeros and this website stand as we look ahead into the vista of the forthcoming year.

I had some standard health check-ups this fall that raised some cause for alarm, and I’ve spent the last 4 months or so dealing with insurance companies, specialists, tests, and the like.  It’s nothing life threatening at the moment.  My sleep apnea had gotten severe, I had put on a lot of weight, and I’d gotten diagnoses with Type 2 Diabetes.  There were other health issues too, and every new diagnosis seemed to compound, conflate, or complicate every other issue.  In truth, I’m still working all of this out.  Medication is my friend, as is my new cpap machine.  The verdict is out whether I’ll be more Darth Vader or Bane while I sleep.  I’ll leave that to Andy and the cats to judge.

This whole scenario has really forced me to look at just how much I love food (Hint: It’s a lot), and how much that love affair was–if I’m being ruthlessly honest–killing me.  So no more pop or fruit juice, pasta and rice is pretty much a thing of the past, and I’ve been trying to find a way to move forward eating less, and in new ways.  Less red meat and seafood, more lean proteins. Less cheese (because cholesterol is also an issue, and the universe has decided it utterly despises me).  The cheese thing is proving tricky, as is the fact I have a terrible reaction to the most common forms of sugar substitutes.  Also, apparently me not eating fish (it’s a religious thing, as well as a taste aversion) has become kind of a big deal–every diabetic cookbook I encounter is honestly 1/3rd fish based.  It’s difficult, and working retail with its odd schedule shifts doesn’t make it any easier.  Honestly, it kind of sucks.

I DO love a challenge, though, and finding new ways to eat old foods I loved (replace the rice in Syrian stuffed cabbage with riced cauliflower? DELICIOUS!) makes me feel pretty damned mighty.  Soups have become a crucial component of my new diet, as have salads.  Checking the carb content of EVERYTHING has made me aware of just how toxic so much of Western food is, and avoiding problematic foods is easier emotionally than I thought.  I’m taking some classes soon to help me fill some of the voids this new diet creates.  I’ve lost 30 pounds already just by sort of feeling my way through the dark.

Oh, hey, also?  Can’t wait to actually feel RESTED after sleeping for a change thanks to the cpap.  Here’s hoping, anyhow.  Restful sleep will lead to more dreams, and dreams are where San Keros–and many of the other stories I’ve written–often find their nativity.  That well never runs dry, but the last few months it’s been a fairly shallow pool.  Its scary going to sleep wondering if that’s the night you’ll forget to breathe for good.  It sucked I had to wait until today to get some sort of medical help with that.  But now I do, and that should relieve some nightly anxiety (which also kept me up some nights, too).

You probably don’t care about any of this, though.  You want to know where the stories are, what the hell happened to Hrothgar and Beth, and Mason and Evan and Seth, and Colin and Kevin…

Good news on that front.  I have a few small stories, some of which I’ll launch around Valentine’s Day, that I mentioned in the Fall Update, but then I’ll be working hard on the next major San Keros cycle of tales.  Who do you want to see again the most? I’d love to hear from you!  Write me at: scott.havens@welcometosankeros.com.

I plan on waking this site up a bit as well, after last year’s redesign.  So expect more slice-of-life info here, as well as non-San Keros fiction, music, book, and film recommendations.  I want to get to know you, and I want you to get to know me.  We’re on this adventure together, after all.

 

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Lemons (Tales from the Miracle Season 1.5) is now available!

It’s finally here!  Thank you so much for being so patient.  These last two Upshots have taken forever to come out, and I don’t have a convention as an excuse for this last one.  The truth is there were some story elements that needed some pretty serious alteration so that the next sequence will make sense, and it took longer than I thought.

“Lemons” is probably my favorite Upshot to date for a number of reasons.  Every single character in the story is new!to!you!, and you’ll be seeing all of them again very soon in the next two sequences!  It also lets you explore the Scarlet Letter, aka the Best Little Urban Fantasy Gastropub That Could.  The story is a bit shorter than most of the other Upshots, but it packs a surprising punch in the long term.  I guess you’ll have to trust me on that.

This is the last Upshot of this cycle.  A gentle reminder to you, dear readers, that all of these Upshots are presented in no particular order (with the exception of Coach/Coach Redux, which obviously happens simultaneously).  These shortest of short stories are just quick blinks into the present, past, and future of the Tales from the Miracle Season.  I’ll be doing weekly site updates over the next few weeks–WelcometoSanKeros.com needs a bit of an overhaul.  My next long-form Tale will be available the end of June, and I’ll post more about that soon.

For now, click on the image below, sit back, and enjoy.  I’m curious what you think of Howie and Gedrik.  Drop me a line here, on Goodreads, or anywhere (my social media links are on the site here).  There’s nothing I love more than talking to my readers.

The Miracle Season Will Return…June 2017

Tessellations (Tales from the Miracle Season 1.4) is now available!

          So, I’ve been a bit of a bad author of late.  The boyfriend and I were off to C2E2, and the time it took to prep and decompress from that trip has delayed the very last of this first series of Upshots.  Also included in that delay, apparently, was the announcement here at LateNightStirFry that Tessellations (Tales from the Miracle Season 1.4) went online at WelcometoSanKeros.com two whole weeks ago! Holy Cow! See what I mean? Bad author, no biscuit.

          Several folks have asked what the throughput is for these Upshots.  The short answer is that there isn’t any.  They aren’t designed to be connected.  These shortest of short stories are just snapshots into the lives of people we’ve seen before, or meeting for the first time, that are affected by the ripples cast out by the events in Nabiscoding in the summer of 1991 (which you can read ALL about in Open Your Eyes.)  All I can say is that all of this will be more fully explored as this project continues.

The last Upshot of this cycle is called “Lemons”, and it brings the world of San Keros into proper sequence with the larger story that will unfold this summer.  That title should go up by midweek, and it’s my hope we’ll launch the summer project the first week of June.

The City of Dreams has opened its doors…now what’s left is up to you.

Open Your Eyes: A Tale from the Miracle Season

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I’m proud to announce that my first web-based large scale fiction project has gone live! WelcomeToSanKeros.com is the online hub for Tales from the Miracle Season, an interlocking web of short stories, ficlets, novellas, and more.  The first story, Open Your Eyes, is a serial that will be updated weekly alongside biographical and geographical entries of the city of San Keros and its environs.  As you read, the city will open up before you, the website a living document that expands and fills in gaps between tales.  Open Your Eyes will be a story of 12 parts, with the next story in the cycle announced and commencing upon its completion.  I hope you’ll give this story a chance.  It’s my most personal story to date, and it sets the stage for everything that will follow.

You’ll continue to find all other written work–past and future–not affiliated with Tales from the Miracle Season here at latenightstirfry.com . The Season of the Story is now.

 

Welcome to San Keros–now open for business!

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Welcome to San Keros–A City of Magic Opens its Doors Summer 2016

At last, its time to pull back the curtain on Secret Project 1 (SP1, for those of you who still follow the site).  Welcome to San Keros is now open for business!  This is the web portal for a shared world of web fiction, novels, and short stories that I’ve been slowly building over the last 10 or so years.  A blend of neomythic fiction, urban fantasy, and horror, this shared universe can only be found at WelcometoSanKeros.com.    Right now, the site is merely an introduction to the world of San Keros, but the fictive works themselves will begin later this summer.  Meanwhile, I’ll be posting small excerpts, tidbits, and introducing you to some of the city’s most colorful characters.

Also by late summer, latenightstirfry will once again become the spot to read all of my non-San Keros related fiction.  This site will also turn into an author’s blog, keeping everyone apprised of what I’m working on and what will be released next.  I hope you’ll follow along.

So go visit San Keros.  I promise–it will not be what you think.

It will be more.