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Ja, es ist schon wieder soweit. Hier ist der Storytime Bloghop für den Juli. Diesmal präsentieren 12 AutorInnen (inklusive mir) ihre Geschichten. Viel Spaß. Hier ist meine.

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Lobster One

“Lobster One. Report to base.” The voice from the loudspeaker crackled. The lonely bluish gray crustacean on the bridge sighed. Luckily the trip was nearly over, so he needed worry about repairing it any longer. His long-range sensors had already caught the data stream of a suitable planet.

“Lobster One reporting. Possible planet found. Commencing scouting endeavor. Requesting full weapon access.”

“The use of all weapons has been approved. Good luck, Lobster One.”

A few seconds later the vessel slowed and found a place in the orbit of the planet. It looked promising with its wide expanse of water. With a little terraforming it would surely not be a problem to submerge most of the land masses.

Lobster One observed the planet from above for four days. They were the hardest days of his voyage since he had to remain on high alert due to space junk. When is data scan will was finally complete, he marvelled at the results. The planet was perfect except for one, minor detail. It held a semi-intelligent species, some kind of ape-like creature walking on two legs mostly warring against each other. Their weaponry would not suffice to stop an invading army from his home planet.

Lobster One decided it was time for a peek. Since planets atmosphere was to thin for his breathing organs he ordered the ships transporter to deposit him in the middle off the biggest ocean. What was that? Why couldn’t he breathe? Is handheld scanner showed that he was surrounded by water. He should not have difficulties breathing. Still is intake valves seemed to be clogged. He used up eight of the ten time intervals he could hold his breath to clean the valves and grab a water sample. Then he reprogrammed the transporter to deposit him in a different ocean. Thankfully he sucked in oxygen.

A strange undercurrent caught him unaware and pulled him along. The more he tried to escape the current, the faster it got. More and more crustaceans appeared around him. Although they were a lot smaller than him they resembled each other strongly. Just when he realized that the tiny creatures around him were not intelligent, they were lifted out of the water and dumped onto a big metal surface.

“Oh look, we caught a lobster!” His universal translator managed to make sense of the garbled noises of the ape-man. “Finally something better to eat then shrimps.”

Lobster One froze. These creatures ate crustaceans? What kind of world was this? Where there more predators specialized on cracking exoskeletons? With small sound the ape-man didn’t even notice Lobster One activated the transporter and returned to his ship.

During the next three hours he set up a new scan with very specific parameters. It took the ship a whole week to complete.

The perfect planet he thought he had found was infested with creatures hunting and eating crustaceans. Commercial calculations showed that even if they eliminated the worst species the whole ecosystem would collapse. Defeated, Lobster One reported his failure, set course to the next planet, and began to repair the loudspeaker.

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Here are the links to the other stories. Enjoy them and please leave comments. We can only improve our craft if you let us know what works and what doesn’t. Thanks for reading.

S.R. Olson, Malakai’s Gift

Wendy Smyer Yu, Into The Light

Emily Plesner, Time Stops When I’m With You

Barbara Lund, Separate Space

Shana Blueming, A Melting Heart

Juneta Key, To Be Announced

Angela Wooldridge, Midwinter

Lee Lowery, All Aboard

Elizabeth McCleary, OverWhelmed

Viola Fury, The Day The Cat Got Out

Karen Lynn, Dragon Smoke and Wind

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Ich sollte eigentlich schreiben, übersetzen oder wenigstens Titelbilder erstellen, aber …

Im Juni entschloss ich mich, für Juli beim Camp NaNo mitzumachen. dabei kann sich jede/r AutorIn ein individuelles Ziel setzen und darauf zu schreiben. Man ist in Kabinen eingeteilt und kann sich da mit anderen AutorInnen austauschen. Am ersten Juli legte ich auch gut vor und schrieb eine Menge. Doch seither wird die Zeit, die ich dafür erübrigen kann, immer weniger. Die Kinder haben Sommerferien und das verändert alles.

 

Ich liebe es, meine Kinder um mich zu haben. Da wir dieses Jahr nicht verreisen können, versuche ich viele kleine Dinge mit ihnen zu unternehmen, die sie genießen können (z.B. ins Kino gehen, einen Tagesausflug nach Hamburg, etc.). Seltsamerweise hinterlässt die nicht eingehaltene Schreibzeit eine Leere in meinem Herzen. Es ist, als wäre meine Muse eifersüchtig. Wenn es mir dann doch gelingt, ein wenig Zeit zum Schreiben zu finden, braucht sie lange, um aus ihrem Versteck zu kriechen. Es fällt ihr schwer, zu begreifen, dass die Familie bei mir immer an erster Stelle stehen wird.

Natürlich gebe ich mein Bestes, um die Bedürfnisse der Kinder und die Wünsche meiner Muse unter einen Hut zu bringen. Hast du auch so ein Problem? Oder sind deine Kinder schon groß und aus dem Haus? Oder bist du eine LeserIn und findest es schwierig, genug Zeit für das nächste Buch zu finden? Teile deine Gedanken in den Kommentaren mit mir. Vielleicht lerne ich etwas daraus.

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Diese Musik füllt die Lücken zwischen meiner Angst und meiner Freude – problemlos. Ich hoffe ihr mögt sie.

Entschuldigt meine lange Abwesenheit. So viel ist passiert, und ich versuche immer noch, damit fertig zu werden. Trotzdem wird meine nächste Veröffentlichung nicht mehr lange auf sich warten lassen.

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