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Welcome to my home on the plus! If you don't want to wade through my longer profile, here's the speed read edition:

* author of 5 SF&F novels
* poet
* potter
* international spy

My novels are available in eBook and print editions in all the usual and some of the unusual places:

Barnes & Noble *iTunes*
Google Play
*Directly from me through my website*
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This is an absolutely wonderful article from the NYT about porcelain potter Edmond de Waal and his process. I love what he had to say about the importance of touch in our lives.
The sculptor and writer wants us to rediscover our sense of touch by working with our hands.
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Weird thought today: What if the virus was given to him via the Yakuza? Or perhaps Kaiko's mother was it's mastermind. It would 'fit' the way we're having them morph into genetic engineering and trans-humanistic implants, etc.

And, given what you've told me about honor, etc, in the culture, it might be something that fits with her ambition and twisted sensibilities.

Anyway, something to mull over. I'm not even sure it would be something that made it into this book anyway. 
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+Rick Wayne or they were planning on testing it, but didn't want to risk one of their own. Then they had planned to send kaiko to eliminate their test subject because she has the memory chip. 
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Dev woke, her body stiff and cold. Without her micro or any external cues, she had no idea how long she'd slept. Before exhaustion had taken control, she had organized her inventory: her cube, the mostly useless hinge, wire, three empty water bulbs and a wrapper.

They were all tucked around her and the nest she'd made of the jump snug.

She swore as she stretched. The bruises from being trapped on the chair clamps during the jump were even more painful this - she would call it - morning. Her hair was a matted mess that she ignored. A cleansing kit would have been nice, but she didn't think Maldonado was in the business of being nice. At least she had food and water.

Okay, Dev, wash, eat, drink, plan.

There was enough water to spare some for washing. Anything that made her feel more like herself was a win and whatever Maldonado's game was, Dev needed to be at her sharpest to play it. She considered her shirt for sacrificial towel material, but she was barely warm enough as it was. The outer layer of the jump snug would work just as well and didn't interfere with the functional inner weave. It might also be useful for wrapping tool handles.

Hacking at the fabric with the sharpest bit of her hinge, Dev got it to start to split. After that, it tore easily into strips. At least now when she used her makeshift head, she could clean herself up. She emptied her waste bucket in the galley's sink. There was a good chance that since the water wasn't flowing, the reclamation circuits weren't working either, but that would be Maldonado's problem, not hers.

Breakfast time. Dev chewed and swallowed a meal bar, washing it down with plenty of water. They had the requisite amount of nutrients and calories to keep a body functioning, but also the texture and likely the taste of pressed insulation foam. Unpleasant, but working hungry was never a good idea.

She gathered up her materials. If she'd had access to a heat source and a makeshift forge, she might have been able to make the hinge into a proper blade, but still, the hours she'd spent yesterday weren't all wasted. Between the metal edge and the counter material, Dev had what she needed to shape the polymer water bulbs into things she could use.

The only way she had to mark time besides the fatigue in her body, was hunger and thirst. After what was probably three or four hours of work, Dev had several decent screwdrivers and an awl. She shook out her hands, frowning at the incipient blisters. It had been a long time since she'd been in the field. Not that this was anything like any of her dig sites.

Dev arched her back. It felt as if her spine were one big solid block of ache. She crouched to give her leg muscles a rest, then sat for a while, rolling her new tools around in her palm. Now what?

There was no way to know when Maldonado would check on her again. He'd given her what looked like more than a week's worth of supplies. Maybe they were going to be here for a while. She rested her head on her knees. How many classes had she missed? Would they think she'd dropped out like her brother? Just another settlement-rat washing out of every opportunity handed to her. Shit. Had Micah even reported her missing? His story and Maldonado's actions made her think it was unlikely. Micah seemed to have as much mistrust of the Commonwealth as most of the settlement folks.

If he had said something, then maybe her scholarship would still be there. Which also meant the school would have notified her brothers and they would be frantic. If her grandmother had still been alive, Dev wouldn't have liked Maldonado's chances to get out of this unscathed, but it was just the four of them left. Their parents had split for the colonies not long after Dev was born, when it was clear they couldn't support the family on the jobs available for them on Earth. Her grandparents had raised them, but both of them had died when Dev was young. Her brothers were her entire family, now.

It was a good thing Maldonado didn't expect any of them to ransom her back. Of the four of them, Dev and Giles were the only ones to make it to Uni. Giles had managed to blow his own scholarship after just two years. Her brothers were scattered around different areas of the Midlant settlement, scraping together enough credits to live, but not much better than that.

Dev was supposed to have been the one to change everything.

She slammed her fist into the floor beside her. A hollow clang reverberated through the galley. Dev drew her breath in, sharply and ignored the throbbing in her hand. Snatching up one of her newly made crude tools, she tapped it against the flooring, listening intently. The sound was different for about a third of a square meter around her.

An access hatch. Of course. There had to be service tunnels for water and power all through the ship. Now all she had to do was get it open. Ignoring the grime on the floor, Dev crawled around examining the metallic tiles. They looked solid, each piece abutting the next with the thinnest of seams. The metal was treated with the same almost holographic patterning as the ceiling, giving it a three dimensional effect and making it hard to study closely. She closed her eyes and ran her hands over them instead. What her eyes had missed, her fingers found - small plugs set into the corners of the tile. When she looked at them, she couldn't see them at all.

Letting her hands be her guide, she slipped the tip of her thinnest screwdriver along the edge of the seam and slowly pushed on its makeshift material-wrapped handle. The polymer tool bent in a shallow arc as she pressed down. "Don't break, please don't break," she whispered. The bulb's material was strong and resilient by design, but if the plug covers were rusted in place it wasn't going to stand up to whatever alloy they'd made the floor out of.

She released the pressure on the tool and pulled it free. Her forehead beaded sweat. Her hands were trembling. Taking a deep breath, she moved to the opposite corner and tried again. Again, the screwdriver started to warp before there was any sense of movement from the plug. With deliberate care, Dev set it down and wiped her hands on the bottom of her shirt. Then she picked up the tool and went to the third corner.

In her mind, she was uncovering a precious relic, and this was a dig site, not a makeshift prison. Slowly, carefully, she could loosen the plugs. She had to.

It was just going to take time. Dev had plenty of that.
She lost track of how long she circled the small area of floor, applying minute amounts of pressure to each of the four plugs in turn, when one shifted. At first Dev thought she'd cracked the screwdriver, but when she looked down, the pattern of the flooring had been disrupted and the tiny disk was now ever so slightly raised up above the level of the tile.

"Fuck, yeah," she whispered, before attacking the remaining three with a new energy.

Welcome to another week of #SaturdayScenes where writers across GooglePlus share snippets of work in progress.

This is another first draft segment from #DreadnoughtAndShuttle , book 3 in the world of Halcyone Space. Dev is a new character to the series, and rapidly becoming one of my favorites to inhabit. She is resilient and resourceful, not to mention a window into the history of Earth pre and post diaspora. When she refers to dig sites, she is talking about pre-sea rise cities and towns that were ultimately abandoned and now are slowly disintegrating. Some are still prone to flooding during high tide storms. Her grandparents were forcibly resettled by the Commonwealth guard into one of many 'temporary' settlements inland of the rising waters.

Book 1 (DERELICT) and Book 2 (ITHAKA RISING) are available in ebook and trade paperback formats. In addition, DERELICT is available in audio via Audible/Amazon/itunes. ITHAKA RISING will be available in audio shortly.

Book 3 will be out summer of 2016.

You can follow my work either in my 'LJ's Saturday Scenes' Collection, ( or via the hashtags: #LJSatScenes

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This is pretty wild and pretty amazing. An article in the NYT about a radical secular experiment in democracy in Northern Syria.

And another link that talks about this:
At a college in Kurdish Syria, Rojava tries to train its future leaders.
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It worked!! I've been avoiding glazing this pitcher for fear it would get ruined. I'm really happy with it. 
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Tonight's dinner - NOT turkey. ;)
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Signal boost! Sale on curiosity quills books!
Still a day or so left in the sale. +Curiosity Quills Press is offering free or 99 cents on tons of great books (and mine, too). 
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This is a very good book (can't speak to the others) and I encourage people to buy it!
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Getting ready to head out to Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, MA for an afternoon reading/signing with a group of New England Broad Universe broads. :)

Looking forward to it.
This Thanksgiving and holiday season, give a gift to your literary community in Worcester and New England by shopping at local businesses on Saturday, November 28 Small Business Saturday. ABSW is going an extra step and featuring the New England chapter of Broad Universe, an organization dedicated to celebrating women s contributions to speculative literature, in a collection of readings, signings, and more. Shoppers can not only find unique gif...
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LOVE this. Just love it.
Obviously the Existential Parking Lot. 
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One last plea/push until midnight Pacific time TONIGHT (11/27)

In honor of 'black Friday' my fae changeling novel THE BETWEEN is free on Amazon^ until midnight Pacific time TONIGHT (11/27).

If you have an Amazon account, I would very much appreciate it if would you consider downloading the book while it's free. Even if you don't want to read it, Amazon ranks books depending on downloads, and it will help the viability of all my novels, which increases the likelihood of my work being found.

THE BETWEEN: High school senior, Lydia Hawthorne, is less than grateful when Oberon has her snatched from the mortal world and she finds out she's actually Fae. And not just any Fae, but a trueborn with enough inherent magic to tip the balance between Oberon and Titania's warring Bright and Shadow courts.

But that's their game and she doesn't want to play by their rules. Together with Clive Barrow, a Bright Court Fae with embarrassing family ties to the mortal world, Lydia fights to regain her old life, fueling her magic with the very human power of love and loss, challenging the essential nature of Faerie itself.


I can promise you, no love triangles or sparkly anythings, and despite Oberon's and Titania's beliefs to the contrary, this is no 'chosen one' narrative. If you like Lydia's story, you can continue with the sequel TIME AND TITHE. However, both books function as stand-alone, complete stories.

This novel is appropriate for young adult and adult readers.

I would appreciate it if you would share this to your circles/followers/friends/enemies/frenemies/etc.
^if epub is your format of choice, let me know and I will send you the appropriate version.
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  • Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Physical Therapy, 1984 - 1986
  • University of Rochester
    1980 - 1984
  • Hicksville High School
  • Hicksville Jr. High School
  • Burns Avenue Elementary School
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LJCohen, Lisa Janice Cohen
Poet, Novelist, potter, Doctor Who fan, denizen of Night Vale
Who I really am is just plain stubborn mixed with a crazy sense of optimism, and tempered by a dash of cynicism.

I write novels as LJ Cohen across the YA, fantasy, and speculative fiction genres.

My published novels are available in all the usual venues:

Halcyone Space
DERELICT (book 1)

Changeling's Choice
THE BETWEEN (book 1)
TIME AND TITHE  (book 2)


PEN-ULTIMATE: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, LJ Cohen & Talib Hussain, eds, is available in print and eBook editions (proceeds donated to the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund)

My short story, "I was a Teenage Alien" is in Theme-Thology: Invasion, published by HDWPBooks.

My short story, "The Forgetting" is in Theme-Thology: Day I Died, published by HDWPBooks.

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Member of SFWA (The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and Broad Universe

You can read samples of my novels (some in progress, some published) on Wattpad.

I've also been known to make pottery and give it away. :)

FYI: I have political biases. I am concerned with social justice, gender issues, and feminism. I will talk about this side by side with writing craft, pottery, and cute animal pictures.

P.S. Sadly, I know that the individuals this relates to are not the people reading this, so consider this my public venting. Most of the folks I have met on G+ have been interesting and wonderful; people I now count as my friends.  However,  I have increasingly been the recipient of private messages and emails from men, often not native English speakers, but not exclusively so,  wanting to 'get to know me better'. These "hey baby" messages are from people who have never interacted with me, aren't in my circles, and have no connection with me or my interests. This is the internet version of the street cat-call and is at best, irritating, at worse, harassment. So I will not answer chat requests from anyone I do not recognize from my circles or from prior interactions on G+ posts.

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Slept in a yurt on the Kyrgyz jaloo.
eBook formatting & conversion, wheel throwing & hand building ceramics, listening
    Writer, present
  • Private Practice
    Physical Therapist, 1996 - 2009
  • Spaulding/MGH
    Physical Therapist, 1989 - 1998
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