There Is A Season

Let's out deep breath wishes another cup of tea would make itself and bring itself upstairs to me... It is October. Not only is it October, it is three weeks into October. We got home from a few days respite in July to a slew of home improvement projects that, for one reason or another, [...]

Mr. Mercury

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijpcUv-b8M The other day someone shared this great quote from Freddie Mercury that really spoke to me. I've found several versions of the quote.         What that means is that what he meant when he wrote whatever it was, and what the listener/reader gets out of it or interprets it as, may [...]

Poetess

I've dared to look upon the stars in wonder, in awe, and dream. I've dared to think for myself and challenge that thinking, to question it, to ponder my own existence. I've dared to believe in love, to hope, to have faith. I've dared to write poetry only that my voice might find you listening [...]

CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing Are Now One

  Okay, as mentioned, I've been busy. So I hadn't checked some of my emails. When I did get around to that, I had an email from Kindle Direct informing me that they have merged with CreateSpace, the publishing platform I've used as an indie author and privateer to publish my wares. I also use [...]

The Book That Wasn’t

Going to share a couple of posts today. This first one is about the book that wasn't, or isn't, or won't be. There's a great quote from Philip Roth, "Don't judge it. Just write it. Don't judge it. It's not for you to judge it." For me this applies completely to writing, but not necessarily [...]

A Grateful Moment

  It can be difficult to keep one's philosophy strong in the middle of a storm. Oh, I do know that. I really do think and believe that things work out the way they do for a reason. Right now, I'm having a moment of being exceptionally grateful, one of those "Thank you, God" moments. [...]

The Edges of the Rain

Some thoughts on current events in the world, I don't know how other people deal with trauma, cope with reality, with being in the world. The doors to madness are too much reality, and not enough of it. The doors into madness are laced with too much philosophical contemplation about existence, not enough letting one's [...]

Baudelaire, Metamorphosis of the Vampire

  Metamorphosis of the Vampire, 1857 Charles Baudelaire Translated by Edna St. Vincent Millay Meanwhile from her red mouth the woman, in husky tones, Twisting her body like a serpent upon hot stones And straining her white breasts from their imprisonment, Let fall these words, as potent as a heavy scent: "My lips are moist [...]

The New Covers

    The new covers are completed. It will be a few days before all of these titles are once again available. I am still editing some of the stories in "GRAIN." "The Slick Furies" is at the beginnings of an overhaul, and I've no idea when those edits will be completed. I've come down [...]

Pending Updates, New Covers

Some titles may be temporarily unavailable pending updates. As often said, all this is a "learn as you go" process. While trying to make some new design elements/memes/thingys/etc., one of the websites/tools I use frequently, quit working the way it should. Necessity is the mother of invention. I don't know how I didn't know about [...]

Undone

The other day, in promoting my vampire novel, I posted links to chapter excerpts. In reading through those excerpts again myself, I noticed places where the sentences could use tightening. I noticed places where I want to replace commas with periods. In reading one of my own stories earlier today, I found an instance where [...]

Be Timeless

  "Trends come and go. What is "fashionable" is changeable. Having style, however, is always cool, and never goes out of fashion. Be classic. Be timeless." ~ Teri Skultety   So much of this was supposed to be fun. It's also true that if you're serious about your work, whatever your art is, your writing, [...]

Be In Love With Your Life

I took about a two-week break from working on anything at all writing wise and that was about as much of a break from writing as I could manage. As for what I'm working on, the thing about that is that it doesn't matter, until the work is completed. There are many things that I [...]

On This Valentines Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APx2yFA0-B4   One of the most wonderful things within the many fine and good examples that Bruce Lee left us with, is his example of inclusiveness. Despite being met with prejudice throughout his life, he seemed to hold no such feelings in his own heart. He continuously broke with traditions. He fell in and love [...]