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|Tuesday, February 24th, 2015|
|Thursday, February 19th, 2015|
|Monday, October 27th, 2014|
Hey people who do Tumblr. If you're interested in the ramblings of a mad writer, my handle there is DragonfireOnTheHorizon
|Sunday, October 5th, 2014|
|The Book Tag game
Saw @thewronghands version and thought it would be fun!
List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the "right" books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.
1) Firebird, by Mercedes Lackey
This book is fluff, true and simple. The imagery and quality of writing stuck with me though. It's been one of my favorites for a long time. I reach for it any time I want to read something safe and comfortable as my favorite blanket.
2) Trickster's Queen, by Tamora Pierce
This one, about a young spy in a country not her own, is the second in the series, and the series is a sequel to another series I've loved for a long time. The main character, a young woman who is pleased to finally apply her long-honed skills, really spoke to me. She spent her life trying to figure out how to spend
her life. In the trying, she fell into work she was suited for by accident.
3) The Hobbit, by John RR Tolkien
One of the first chapter books I read. I didn't understand it until years later, but the story of it caught and held me at a very young age. I still love it, but it's harder to read now. All my favorite characters die.
4) Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia Wrede
Cimorine is not a usual princess. She learns Latin, swordplay, cooking, a little magic, and refuses to marry the prince her family picked for her. Instead, she runs off to live with a dragon, and in a later book, marries a king who manages to win her respect. Any questions why I love this book?
5) The Will of the Empress, by Tamora Pierce
This book is the sum of two quartets, both that I adore, that actually puts those awesome books to shame. The characters are so vivid, and I love the way their magic works.
6) Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville
This book was the first I every read that addressed the very real dangers and difficulties of raising a hatchling dragon. She breaks things. Keeping her fed is a problem. She eventually gets so big, he has to find somewhere else for her to go. What can I say? Dragons are a thing for me.
7) Catkin, by Antonia Barber
This is a children's book I loved so much, as much for the beautiful art as for the amazing story of a little cat who goes into Underhill to rescue his baby mistress from the sidhe who made off with her. This is the only story that I've ever seen that ends well for all parties in the changeling situation.
8) Dinotopia, by James Gurney
I never much cared for the story, but the pictures in it capture my imagination every time I read through this one. I love it not so much for itself, but for what it does to my own writing and world building. Forever ago, Waterfall City inspired my very first attempt to design a city. We all know where that particular thread led me, so many years down the road.
9) Storm of Swords
I remember when this first came out. I had just gotten into the series at that point, and the descriptions of the battles absolutely blew me away.
10) Dressing a Galexy, the Costumes of Star Wars, by Trisha Biggar
The only non-fantasy on this list, I was enthralled by the costumes in this book, and it very seriously effected how I do character design myself now. Before this book, it never occurred to me how much it would help to know what my characters were wearing before I tried to write about them.
|Monday, June 16th, 2014|
|Saturday, April 5th, 2014|
|Saturday, March 29th, 2014|
|5 days and counting!
So my publisher posted these two clips from Breakwater for me to share!( Collapse )
And this one also,( Collapse )
The full book will be available on Amazon, the B&N online bookstore, and the publisher's site directly. As soon as it's available (five days holy shit) I'll post links! It'll be there for electronic and hard copy purchase. Current Mood: excited
|Wednesday, March 12th, 2014|
|BREAKWATER, COMING APRIL 3RD
Okay, I know the back text isn't there yet, but it's coming soon. for now...
After twelve years, Evan Ross knew when he took the job that he might not come back from it, but that was a risk every professional scuba diver took. He knew the dangers before he got in the water.
No amount of experience could have prepared him for a cave-in that would trap him out of reach of his team with no hope for a rescue. Suddenly a race is on to find a new way out before he runs out of air.
Alone in the dark with the cold seeping into his bones, Evan keeps going until suddenly he’s taking his last breath of air and his vision fades to black.
When he opens his eyes again he’s lying on a beach with the sun blazing down and the purr of Search and Rescue’s boat pulling up.
But he was out of air and trapped deep underground, so how did he end up on a beach without a single piece of his scuba equipment in sight?
The answer might lay with Eione Waters who sells pearls at the market and knows more about the ocean than anyone.
After all, a mermaid’s kiss can save a man from drowning.
|Monday, November 4th, 2013|
|Sunday, October 20th, 2013|
Okay, so some of you have heard bits and bobs about this, but it's official so I can make the announcement now.
I just signed a contract with a publisher. My first book will be coming out in print in the next year or so!!!
|Sunday, September 1st, 2013|
|Tuesday, April 16th, 2013|
Because we've all owned at least one of these in our lives. I have three of them. Current Mood: amused
|Tuesday, March 19th, 2013|
|Monday, March 4th, 2013|
|Sunday, March 3rd, 2013|
Okay folks, I have a question for you that may well effect the writing of my books.
Barring sharks, piranhas, and anything non-FISH from the party, which fish would you most NOT want to meet in the water?
I'm not making a distinction between fresh and salt-water breeds, just looking for what you think are the Bad Guys of the underwater world. Current Mood: thoughtful
|Monday, November 19th, 2012|
|Fun with words
They’re there in their time.
Which has passed, but not past
They had dessert,
which was not made of sand,
But the desert outside,
They could hear was not here.
The wind did wind
Around a round soldier
Soldering home to soldier his metal medal
That he got for his mettle,
Affecting a certain effect
On the consort with whom he dared consort.
|Saturday, October 20th, 2012|
So lately I've been cooking with my crockpot, with mixed success. I decided to post the recepees here, and I definitely love both of these. I've been making lots and freezing it to help get through the winter when I don't have the energy to cook.
Ham and Bean soup:
2 pounds ham, large bite-sized chunks
1/2 pound 16-bean soup beans (uncooked)
1/2 a large onion, diced
In a 1/2 gallon crockpot, combine all ingrediants. Fill crockpot with boiling water. Cook for five to eight hours. Serve with cubes of chedder cheese
Irish Lamb soup:
1 pound cubed leg of lamb
1 large carrot
1 pound potatos, cubed to bite size
1/2 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, halved
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a 1/2 gallon crockpot, combine all ingrediants. Fill pot with boiling water, and cook on high for five hours. Turn down heat to low and cook for another two hours, or until meat is tender.
Both recepees freeze well, and are so easy to make. Plus, buying large quantities of ingreadiants makes for cheaper meals. May look into getting a bigger crockpot. Current Mood: contemplative
|Friday, October 19th, 2012|
Thinking about getting back into voice lessons of one kind or another. Managed to make it through the Queen of the Night aria, and I'd love to actually get a chance to sing it as an audition or a performance piece someday.
The high notes weren't as bad as expected, but I just don't really have the vocal flexibility to preform it at this point. The fact is, if it was ever to be performance ready, I'd need real lessons from someone who knows operatic music real well.
bitch bitch whine whine.
It's five AM and I'm probably pissing off my neighbors. Time to call it a night. Current Mood: bitchy
|Monday, October 8th, 2012|
|Thursday, October 4th, 2012|
|Question to all who are interested!
So, random question for all of you who care to answer.
Have you or do you ever have mental or physical problems of any kind when you wear the stone, Hematite? Current Mood: curious
I do, and I am curious as to who else does. I have a vague theory as to why it happens, but since the only case I know of, or can find, is myself, I'd love to hear someone else's opinion on the matter. Most especially if you've experienced the effects yourself or know someone who has.
Also, to clarify, I mean specifically negative reactions. A negative change of mindset or thought pattern that begins unexpectedly and ends with the removal of the stone, or a physical symptom that, again, directly correlates to the stone in question.
Hope to hear from folks soon, and please feel free to post this question anywhere else you think might raise interest. If you do, please link me to it, since I'm plenty curious!
So here is a little more information on the matter, to help clarify. ^_^
What I am most interested in, is the effect on the person wearing the stone, not on the stone itself.
The effects that I have noted are;
Sudden and inexplicable panic attacks.
The shakes, which begin seconds after contact with the stone and continue as long as it is in contact with skin.
Black depression, with no cause.
Violent thoughts and tendancies of a distressing nature.
Rash where the stone touches skin
A tingling burn where the stone touches skin(almost like contact with one of those 'plasma' balls)
All of these effects begin as soon, or within an hour of, putting the stone in contact with skin and end within an hour of removal. The emotional and mental effects take longer to fade, but how long the shakes last is proportunal to how long I wore the stone.
I know a lot of people have experiance with hematite shattering, and many have seen positive effects, but I have found next to nothing regarding the negative effects people have seen, specifically of the nature that I experianced. I have never had hematite shatter, but after I figured out it's effect on me, and a few controlled exparaments, I've avoided the stuff as much as possible.