Author: Jamie McFarlane

Uncommon Bravery – Chapter 6

Chapter 05 Below, you’ll find Chapter Six of the Uncommon Bravery short story. If you’re interested in reading the chapters as they’re released, please subscribe to my newsletter. Chapter 6 – Chip off the Old Block Clara held tight to the sides of the console as a stiff gust of westerly wind buffeted the overseer. She knew the direction of the wind was as good an indication of the coming storm as any forecast. After the gust abated, she wiped the grime and sweat from her forehead that had been accumulating throughout the long day. Between the unusually warm fall weather...

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How I choose which story comes next

How I choose my next project I’ve been talking about how I choose my next project with a lot of different folks. Most recently, I was chatting w/ Roger H. in my Advanced Reader Team about On a Pale Ship. As of right now, what I don’t know is how well this story is going to resonate with readers. And, as it turns out, I don’t find that the least bit upsetting. The story is good, I’m comfortable with that. The fact is, it has a little hair on it, and I knew that going in. The first 10...

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Uncommon Bravery – Chapter 5

Chapter 04 Below, you’ll find Chapter Five of the Uncommon Bravery short story. If you’re interested in reading the chapters as they’re released, please subscribe to my newsletter. Chapter 06 Chapter 5 – First Contact “Hey, Tinker, you want some noodles? I’m getting hungry,” Knight called from the couch he’d occupied for the better part of the morning, watching as the Third Ranger Battalion dug in. They were fortifying a position his old commander would have referred to as ‘danger close.’ The armaments they were setting up could easily reach the Burrow if aimed properly. Perhaps even more disturbing than...

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Uncommon Bravery – Chapter 4

Chapter 03 Below, you’ll find Chapter Four of the Uncommon Bravery short story. If you’re interested in reading the chapters as they’re released, please subscribed to my newsletter. Chapter 05 Chapter 4 – Casualties of War Clara stood in the back of her pickup and watched as T-Rex, the largest excavator within five hundred kilometers rumbled out of the lot and turned east on Highway-32. Weighing in at 240 metric tons, it was a true throwback, technologically, relying on metal tracks instead of the anti-grav components common in smaller machines. Capable of moving twenty cubic meters in a single bucket, it...

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Uncommon Bravery – Chapter 3

Chapter 02 Below, you’ll find Chapter 03 – Scrub ‘n’ Bugg of the Uncommon Bravery short story. If you’re interested in reading the chapters as they’re released, please subscribed to my newsletter. Chapter 04 Chapter 03 – Scrub ‘n’ Buggy Knight watched helplessly as Tinker pushed and pulled at Hill Buggy’s levers. His AI projected a warning, indicating they had less than four seconds before hitting the ground below. Suddenly, their fall slowed significantly and Hill Buggy pulled in tight against the vertical face of the cliff. Tinker slowed the big wheels as they dug into the dirt and brought Hill...

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