Happy Groundhog Day! Today's the day to disrupt the status quo... - Lucy L. Austin

Happy Groundhog Day! Today’s the day to disrupt the status quo…

Hello everyone,

Hope you’re holding out okay. Today’s Groundhog Day! According to legend (AKA Bill Murray), winter will stretch out another six weeks if the groundhog sees his shadow, but spring will be just around the corner if he doesn’t.

It’s about unscientific as predictions get, but despite writing sci-fi and dystopia fiction, I’m here for it. A bit of ritualistic frivolity is just the tonic to the ‘other’ kind of Groundhog Day we’re experiencing right now – repetitive monotony, thanks to the big C.
Anyone else desperate to break the endless loop? Channel your inner Bill Murray and play around with your reality. From the big to the small, for our sanity’s sake, let’s switch it up.

In the spirit of disrupting the status quo, I’m kicking the tyres on a few things at the moment. Firstly, I’m gearing up to publish the sequel to Adaptive Consequences, called Adaptive Resistance. I’ve had the sequel drafted and finished for AGES, but I haven’t managed to publish it with one thing and another. Well… stay tuned! If anyone fancies being a beta reader, let me know.

To celebrate its release (and disrupt the status quo), I’m developing a new cover for Adaptive Consequences – less abstract, 80’s dystopia vibe, and something a bit more literal. I love the current cover, but I think something that’s a bit more tangible and contextual will help give the series longevity – what do you think?

Finally, though The Adaptive Series is a dystopia thriller, I write contemporary fiction, poetry and prose too. I was recently introduced to Substack (I bet some of you are like where the F’ have you been?!?) and while I’m still getting to grips with it, I think I’m going to give it a whirl. If you fancy disrupting your literary status quo and reading some of my contemporary musings, follow me here. Bear with me, though; I’m still experimenting!

Will Punxsutawney Phil give us some hope on Groundhog Day?

As the other Phil, Phil Connors, (Bill Murray) says: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life…

This too shall pass. But I’m sure it’ll pass much quicker if we kick the tyres on something new – what have you got to lose?

Till next time!