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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 05:19 am
Dragons - the word evokes large beasts with unfurled wings and spouting flame. The word can also the Oriental dragons; sinuous snake-like beings riding among the clouds, treasuring pearls and bringing the rain. Dragons, or the tales of such beasts, are found throughout the world. Personally, I have always been on the side of the dragon in most stories. Looking at pictures of Saint George slaying the dragon, it was always the dragon that evoked my pity. It gave me great pleasure to submit a story to Untold Press for their short story collection, Dragonthology.


My story, "Dragon Seeks a Wife", takes the format of a traditional fairy tale similar to those spoken in verbal storytelling traditions world-wide for centuries. The storyteller, in this case an elder of the tribe, tells the tale of a feathered green dragon whose blood had been joined with an ancestor of the King of their land while Dragon searched for the wife he had to have. Because I wanted a different spin than standard European or Oriental dragons, I placed my dragon's tale in the highlands of Central America, a land of pyramids, blood sacrifice and witchcraft and the home of yet another dragon type - the feathered serpent, Quetzalcoatl. It was an occasion of great joy for me when my story was accepted and I am proud to join the six other authors and stories in the pages of Dragonthology. I invite those reading my blog to purchase the book (available in e-book format from Amazon) and to register to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card which will be awarded on January 25th.



Short descriptions of the seven stories below the cut... )
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 05:11 am
So did everyone have a good New Year's Eve and first two days of 2013? I took the time off - such a rarity - so I didn't even post my blog although I did do some writing and some beta work. I also worked out the image I wanted for one of my shoes and got that printed out onto Frisket, ready to begin cutting it out soon. Such fun! I also had the first chance to have a nice long conversation with Aearwen for several weeks! I was having withdrawal from our weekly phone talks, so I'm ever so much happier today - I had my friend fix for the week - :D


Dragonthology has now been published. You can find it here, on Amazon. If you visit the Amazon page, please click the "Like" button, the more we get and the faster we get them, the higher we'll go in the rankings.
Amazon gift card give away and reviewers wanted below the cut... )
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Thursday, December 27th, 2012 05:15 am
So the publisher has come to us with a firm date for the publication of Dragonthology, which will be available as a Kindle Loan Book for 90 days, so we're hopeful that we'll get some good lends as well as purchases over the time span. Amazon is not accepting pre-orders (yet) so we just have to be patient until...


JANUARY 3rd....January 3rd....hmmm, was that January 3rd?

OK, I know...obnoxious? Yeah, a bit. But publicity is part of my author contract, so you'll be getting some. I also have friends who have asked to be kept in the loop, and my blog is how I do that. So...January 3rd.
Why it's been fun working on this project below the cut... )
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Monday, December 17th, 2012 05:09 am
So it's getting real - Dragonthology now has a cover and author blurbs to share with all of you and a publishing target of January 2012. We (the authors) just received the final text for line-item edits in emails yesterday and I'll start going through my story one last time with a fine-toothed comb tonight.Hopefully I'll find all of those things that just sneak by to make it into final print - the typos, the missed punctuation that can drive me so crazy at later times. Each author is also welcome to line edit the other stories, but our own is the priority.

Here is the cover and the story synopsis for all of you to read. When I have a positive date for publication I'll announce it, of course, and I will also put all of the information on my website at that time. I hope you will be as excited about this collection of seven stories as I am.


Enter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.

story synopsis below the cut )
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012 05:33 am
I worked hard at my O-fic, "Dragon Seeks a Wife", yesterday, finally finishing up the text shortly before Aearwen phoned me for our weekly chat. We had a totally delightful hour catching up with writing, music and families, finally signing off with a promise to talk again next week. I'm already looking forward to it. After starting the next load of laundry in the dryer, making the bed and checking the mail I began editing the fic. I wanted to send it off last night, but still had three pages to edit when my eyes went bonkers at 9:00 pm. So when I awoke at 3:15 am this morning I went right to my computer and started the final edit. I was able to send the completed story to the publisher at 4:20 am this morning. Now I just hope that they enjoy the story enough to include it in the book. If they don't, I'll check out a couple of other places to submit it, but I also will have time to ask a couple of friends for beta help which would be wonderful. So if it doesn't get accepted, it's both good news and bad news at the same time. Rather like life in micro - LOL.

SPOILERS BELOW FOR SURVIVOR....Then a quick discussion of Ghost Hunters )
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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 05:09 am
I have a self-imposed deadline of Wednesday night to have my o-fic complete, edited, and ready to send to the publisher. I'm going a bit crazy because my time to work on this has been minimal. I can't work on it at night, even though it is G-rated, because I get interrupted by DH all the time. He doesn't see why there is a problem with him coming downstairs to tell me what's on TV or comment on something that occurred to him. I'm going crazy because I can't get more than 15 minutes in a row that isn't interrupted so I can't bury myself in my fictional world because I keep getting dredged back into this one. I'll work instead of read at the coffee shop this morning and then continue at the store. I need to get this done, and I need to seriously edit, so Wednesday's studio day will be spent doing that. I really want to at least present this to the publisher. Whether it gets accepted or not ... it's doing something like this - branching out from fanfic where I can only post online to something that may be in print - it's a new frontier for me and I like the challenge. Oh joy, I'm living in a pressure cooker again - LOL.

pressure cooker and webs below the cut )
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 05:34 am
So time is compressing on me. It is August 21st and I'm already stressing about writing deadlines for the 16th of September and the 1st of October, in one case for a story that I haven't even started writing yet. Can everyone say "Ridiculous!" along with me? The next few days will be very busy though, and my writing time will be constricted. The Fair opens on Thursday so a lot of last-minute things need to be accomplished at the small house before then. We will be over there tonight after work to get the lawn cut because we won't be able to cut it again until after the Fair and it will grow shaggy in the intervening time. I have bushes to trim and a general clean-up to do, so I'll be busy tonight. I hope to still get my next chapters posted with the schedule I've set up, but it may be quite late tonight before I get to it.

Jungle? Yes, read on for the jungle of life and pics... )