Opening the Door to New Opportunities
by Shree Aier
January 18, 2022
2021 was a blast. Not really. It was one of the most depressing times of my life. I couldn’t bring myself to write despite having so much time on my hands. I was diagnosed with ADHD and that explained a lot of things for me. This year, however in 2022, I look forward to writing more and finally publishing my second and third book in my series Pipettes and Plows for the Obsidian Rim world. I’ve already started on my third book and look forward to actually completing it in 2022.
I just got my cover for the first book and am going to upload it soon. The books are about a botanist and a biochemist who have to save the Obsidian Rim’s farmers by making a super, queen black bean that will actually reproduce and end the farmers’ reliance on the Earth’s Conservatory.
The Earth’s Conservatory in the Obsidian Rim books is akin to today’s corporations that sell sham seeds that can only produce crops once and then the farmer has to buy another round of seeds, making them dependent on really expensive seeds. Once used, the soil for this hyper productive seed has been purged of its nutrients. This makes it even more difficult for the farmers to get a good crop, as they have to pump in more compost and extra nutrients making the genetically modified crops an expensive choice.
This method is used in many poor nations who have been deceived into using these GMOs as their first choice of seed. Farmers do not have any idea of what they’re getting into. I look forward to writing about the farmer’s plight in these books and how Shayla and Rahim solve the problem while simultaneously thwarting the efforts of Ikhtiyar Xavier who is out to kill them.
Windtree Press has decided to publish an anthology for murder mysteries, currently titled Thirteen Deadly Tales. I am one of the lucky authors chosen for this endeavor. I’m so very excited about this. The anthology is set to be released during the month of October 2022. I hope you will consider reading it and letting me know your opinions.
I also have my 40th birthday coming up in January. The celebrations however will have to wait until it is an appropriate time. I need to be safe and that is of high priority. I do believe we will reach the peak of omicron in February and March timeframe and, even though it’s not the same month, I feel an obligation to make sure that I am not the cause of a superspreader event.
My present to myself in the meanwhile is the status symbol of every 40-year-old—a recliner. I am completely beside myself in getting this so that I have a comfortable place to read more books.
Speaking of which, I bought a bunch of books during Christmas sales and look forward to reading all of them during the next few months. One of the books is the Mindy Klasky Washington Witches series, book #1 Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft. I am really looking forward to reading this. I’ve heard a lot about this author and had the pleasure of hearing her talk yesterday at Apex writers with Dave Farland.
I’ve also worked very hard on a non-fiction book on fibromyalgia. This book is a self-help manual on how to fight and survive fibromyalgia. This book is not a manual on supplements and medications. I personally feel that is what your doctor is for. I’m not a doctor and have an obligation to my readers to not tell them to find the obscure cure that can only be collected on a blue moon with a werewolf’s nail. There are many charlatans out there that say they’ve cured fibromyalgia. But I will not be one. I hope to publish this in the second part of 2022.
Thank you for reading.
Shree Aier is writing books to share her interest and awe of the world in its entirety – of animals, and plants, of invertebrates, of the living and the non-living. She also enjoys writing about relationships through light romance and fantastical worlds, as well as science -fiction. Until recently, Shree has kept herself busy pursuing academic interests in science. She has two undergraduate degrees in business, psychology and biochemistry, and a Masters in materials science & engineering. She worked on research projects in psychology, biochemistry as well as cancer therapeutics using nanotechnology.