N. R. Tucker

The Worlds of My Mind


Finding Earth

Hiking, Writing, and COVID-19

It’s been almost four months since my last post. Sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. As part of my unplanned journey, I spent five weeks in Durham, NC. While it was a stressful time, there were good times too. Between appointments, we were able to hike every day but two during those weeks. Durham has some wonderful trails, but they aren’t mountain trails.

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A Scheduled Life

I’ve always liked a good schedule.

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10 Things I Learned as an Indie Author

Why listen to me? I’m a living, breathing, indie author. Continue reading “10 Things I Learned as an Indie Author”

1st Solo Run

(Flash fiction set around 100 years before the events in Drifters Rising.)

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NaNoWriMo 2016 – Success!

50,000+ words before the 22nd of November. I would like to say my brilliance was the cause, but I’m going with honesty.
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NaNoWriMo 2016 Update

So far, so good. I’m currently ahead of the curve in word count. 8,000+ words ahead in fact. This is necessary as I will have trouble meeting the daily count for a couple of days around Thanksgiving. I’m working on Pyxis,the second book in the Finding Earth series. (The first book, Cetus Landing, was drafted in NaNoWriMo 2015 and will be published 1st Quarter 2017.) Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2016 Update”

NaNoWriMo 2016 – I’m Ready

The leaves are changing and the air is cooler. Yep, it’s NaNoWriMo time. Another hectic November writing 50,000 words toward my next novel. It worked well for me last year and in early 2017, I will be publishing the finished novel (Cetus Landing, Book 1 in the Finding Earth series) of the book I drafted in the 2015 NaNoWriMo.

The premiss is that you write every day starting November 1st with the goal of having 50K words written in your novel by November 30th, that translates to 1,667 words a day.  Note that 50K will equate to half a novel first draft for my Science Fiction and Fantasy worlds, but it’s great fun.

Many NaNoWriMo-ites speak of the virtues of caffeine and junk food while writing. Not so for me. I eat normal, health meals and get my seven hours of sleep. I schedule time (5 AM – 8 AM) every morning to write and will write at other times if possible. Last year, I had a day job and family to schedule writing time around. This year, I don’t have a day job to worry about, but I’ll stick to my writing time and still have time for family. 5 AM is when I write every day and it’s my most productive time.

During NaNoWriMo 2016, I will focus on the second book in my Finding Earth series, Pyxis. I will be creating another new world so I’ve got to get busy.

If you want to focus on a writing project during the month of November, join me at NaNoWriMo.

Fantasy Art, Book Covers, and Me

When I decided to publish my first fantasy series, I looked at the options and opted to do my own book covers. Why? Three reasons: Continue reading “Fantasy Art, Book Covers, and Me”


This flash fiction is a small window into my new series, Finding Earth. There are no spoilers.


“Verify your score. Elite status to the green door.” The voice over the intercom was the same computer generated voice that had droned for all three days of testing.

Bleary eyed, Tiber’s finger shook as he provided his fingerprint and retina scan as verification. ELITE flashed on his screen. Eyes wide he checked his status again and moved toward the soldiers.

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