March 2023 Newsletter

Today I have exciting updates to share about the My Cousin Jane podcast, a title reveal for the sequel to Half Worlder, and updates on other works in progress πŸŽ‰.

My Cousin Jane

My Cousin Jane Podcast
My Cousin Jane Podcast

The My Cousin Jane Podcast is very much a passion project for me. (aka a project that doesn’t pay the bills πŸ’Έ)

Unfortunately, that means when life gets busy and I have to triage things to put on pause, MCJ tends to be high on the list.

However, I’m happy to say that due largely to a change in employment last month, I now have plenty of time to continue work on my favorite podcast (along with many other creative endeavors).

And so, Season 02 Episode 10 has just been released, with several more episodes in the queue πŸŽ‰. 

As an aside, I also hope that this episode marks the last time I have to explain the rules of a Regency card game during a podcast episode ♠️.

A huge thanks to everyone who has continued listening to the podcast over the years, and especially to those of you who have reached out with words of encouragement and donations.

Half Worlder Sequel

Half Worlder Book Cover
Half Worlder

I published Half Worlder in 2013 while our family lived in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§. 

As a fun fact, I wrote almost all of it in twenty-minute bursts while riding the bus to and from the research institute where I was working at the time.

Since then, several readers have asked me if there was going to be a sequel. 

There were a few unanswered questions in Half Worlder that people wanted answers to. In particular, readers wanted to know what happened between Kristin and her father after everything she learned from Director Farchild.

Happily, after a few false starts, earlier this year I finally came up with a plot for the next chapter in the lives of Kristin and her friends πŸš€. 

The sequel is titled: Youth Envoy and it will be the second in what is now collectively called the Youth Ambassador Series.

The first draft is about 20% complete, and I hope to have it finished by late summer.

If you’d like to get early access by joining my super-exclusive list of beta readers, just signup below:

Science Fictioned Vol. 2

Science Fictioned Book Cover
Science Fictioned

If you’re not familiar with my Science Fictioned series, it’s a short story collection that teaches young people the science behind cutting-edge research papers, and then presents a short story based on that science πŸ§ͺ. 

I’m hard at work finishing Science Fictioned Volume 2 and hope to have it sent off to my editor sometime in early Fall. 

Science Fictioned is a fun and educational read, enjoyed by homeschoolers and public school teachers alike πŸŽ“.

As before, if you’d like to get early access by joining my super-exclusive list of beta readers, just click below:

Parting Thoughts

Lee Falin

As I mentioned previously, my recent change in employment has left me with lots of time to work on content creation πŸŽ‰. 

Aside from the two books I mentioned, I also have three other books in various stages of revision, which I’m in the process of finishing.

Speaking of books, last summer I built a little lending library for the kids in our neighborhood to be able to share books.

One day I was adding some books and shuffling things around when I came across this touching review left by one of the neighbor kids πŸ₯²:

I’ve been extremely blessed that I have been able to pivot this year to spending more time writing and podcasting. 

It’s long been a dream of mine to be able to do this full-time, and while I’m not quite there yet, the future looks bright ☺️.

A huge thanks to everyone who has reached out in support over the years. None of this would be possible without all of you πŸ™πŸΌ.

Here’s to hoping that 2023 will continue to bring great things.

Lee Falin - Scientist & Storyteller