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Best Thing About Summer

I’m not a big fan of the ‘dog days’ of summer. Like the extra-long daylight, but not the extreme heat.
I’m also not terribly fond of bugs. :roll:
But I really love being able to grow flowers.


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So You Think…

Every summer for the past few years I’ve looked forward to “So You Think You Can Dance”. Besides the fact that I don’t, lol, it was great to see all that raw amateur talent, & all those young people putting their hopes & dreams out there to be judged.

So when I saw they were going to have children from 8-13 years old competing, I thought it’d be interesting as a separate category, right?

Wrong. They’ve devoted the entire season to showcasing ONLY the kidlets. Complete with (shudder) stage parents lurking on the sidelines. :roll:

I’m sorry, but dance isn’t just about technique, any more than writing is, or art, or music. The best dancers stood out because they were able to express heartfelt emotions or their life experiences in movement. The children may be full of energy & enthusiasm; and they’ll get the “aww, that’s precious” vote. But watching kids just mimicking adults isn’t enough to hold my interest for a season.

So I won’t be watching. And that makes me pretty sad. :sad:

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Memorial Day 2016


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I’ve enjoyed dabbling in drawing & painting for some time now. I was even fortunate enough to have a few pieces hang in a regional gallery. (Sidenote–highly recommend the book “Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain” by Betty Edwards, which taught me a great deal, as I had no natural talent).

But I’ve never felt the urge to be a Graphic artist. I already need frequent breaks from staring at a screen, & my computer isn’t equipped for the task.
HOWEVER! Even though the indie book was all set for publication, I discovered this model’s photo & had to do SOMETHING with it. She looked almost exactly as I’d pictured Serafina–Sera–the heroine of “INCUBUS.”
So I tinkered with the contrasts, changed the background, tried to fix a mood, & pretty much got on my own nerves, lol. :big:

This program won’t present a larger image here. And it’s not a cover. I suppose it’s called a ‘teaser’.
But this is Serafina, feeling the presence of her lover.
This is Sera.


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Still Green

apple tree
For the first time in over two years I was able to walk far enough to visit my favorite old apple tree.
And I’m sure it would sound pretty trivial to most people, but it meant a lot to me to get there. :wink:

She’s a little the worse for wear (just as I am, lol). Last summer was incredibly wet here, & there are at least two huge branches downed, I think, by their own weight, & I can’t wield a chain saw as I used to. She’s looking a little sparse at the moment. But the branches that are intact are budding, some already pushing out leaves. And I think she’ll be showy with blossoms within a week or so.

It’s old but magnificently gnarled, which is probably why it was my fav, & in the evening light looks like a wizened, wiry old soul, still standing & putting out the green despite everything that’s been thrown at it.
I’ve really missed that tree. Looking forward to visiting with her this year. :big:

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Well, I can’t say whether I’m cut out for this or not. It’s quite a learning experience, so that remains to be seen. But I can say that, after many diversions, much frustration, and a plethora–yes, plethora–of profanity…my first indie release, “INCUBUS”, is LIVE, yaayyy!!
:big: :big: :big:

Serafina Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping.

It may be because she’s on the verge of breaking up with the fiancé who can’t keep it in his pants.
Or because she’s isolated in a strange, pagan place that whispers secrets in the dark.
Or perhaps thoughts of Gabriel, the sexy stranger who wants her body and soul, are keeping her awake.
Or because the shadowy creature who visits her nightly is driving her to erotic, hungering insanity.

But Serafina Fisher is having a little trouble sleeping…

It’s currently available at the following vendors:

There’s also a lengthy excerpt posted in my Wattpad pages, along with a few free reads.

And finally, may I just say…

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So it seems that Samhain Publishing has decided to close its doors.
I don’t suppose the announcement was entirely unexpected–but the suddenness certainly was.
I imagine most, if not all, e-publishers are feeling the effects of the mighty Amazon.
But I really enjoyed working with Samhain, & learned a lot from the experience. I also liked the cover artists, & collaborated with the best editor I’ve ever had there. :sad:
And if I was looking for a decent read, I knew I could turn to certain e-publishers, knowing that there was something about the book that made them think it was worth backing. There is so much dreck on Amazon that you risk imploding with every purchase by an unknown-to-you author.

But one of the major reasons I hate to see this happening is the writing on the effing wall. With big NY publishing also cutting back on releases & personnel, the only way to go without e-publishers will be self-publishing. And while that has its advantages, I sort of resent not having more options in the process.
It’ll be indie pub or bust. And, as in all publishing, not everyone is going to take to that particular process.

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