A Whisper From The Wind

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Today I am lucky to have another sunny morning, with a light breeze. Where I live, a light breeze is welcome. (the lake likes to give us gusting wind) The soft kiss on my cheek to let me know the wind blowers are still about. One should never take the wind blowers for granted.

They are brothers and sisters, in a constant battle for supremacy. Some days they work in unison, but usually they like to fight. Just watch the clouds as they float by. Some are pushed one way, and other the opposite. “Don’t push your clouds to me,” they holler at each other. Us mortals only hear it as wind whistling through the trees. Sometimes they rage, and if you are on the sea, you suffer the wrath.

I enjoy when the breeze is about. My windchimes tell dark spirits to stay away, and help fairies flit about the petals of my flowers. When a dandelion is ready to burst its white seeds, a breeze helps them dance. “Farewell” say the fairies, for it is they who nurtured the dandelion to this point. They are sad for only a breath, for more flowers require their attention.

Today I will listen to the whispers. The wind has many stories, and if you listen with your imagination, you might be lucky enough to hear one.

It’s March 1st

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Yes, another lame title. Go with it folks.

Today marks the first day of March. Spring is just around the corner, and I’m certain most people are getting antsy for warmer weather.

Spring and Fall are my favourite seasons. With spring comes new things. For many, you look at it as time to start anew. Perhaps create something new, take on a new adventure, or just something simple like becoming a new you. Personally I think it’s a great time to change things up.

I look at spring as crunch time. I’m releasing book 4 this June, so spring hitting means ‘move your butt’. The last little bits need to be brought together, and make sense. It’s an awesome time.

I also look forward to being able to get outside more. Nothing is more relaxing than writing outside. The soft breeze, and warm sun, make it an absolutely perfect setting. I am going to be planting a vegetable garden, something small, so I have that to look forward to. So many reasons why spring is an awesome time.

The temperature might still be on the cold side, but it won’t be long until the snow is all gone, birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming all around. Perfect time to do something different, and wonderful. Don’t let this inspirational time go to waste.

 

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Reading – Genre’s – blah blah blah

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Couldn’t come up with an interesting title for this blog, so that’s what you get!

For those of you who have been following my constant ramblings, you know I write fantasy. As a kid, I read many different kinds of books, and some were fantasy. However, I loved mystery. Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys; loved them! My sister was into Sweet Valley High, so I read all those too. Choose your own adventure were awesome as well, and it goes on.

I believe mystery was thanks to my Nana. She loved them! As I got older, I read Agatha Christie, and never figured out who did it. There was also Ellery Queen; those were wonderful reads. Even a few Sherlock Holmes crossed my path. I actually wrote a mystery short story in high school. When it was finished, I used it as fire starter. I didn’t do that because I thought it was terrible, I wrote it, read it, went ok now what, and burnt it. Don’t ask, it was how I work. (luckily I don’t do that now..lol) So many different authors came through, but later in life, I got into fantasy.

I always lived in a fantasy world. Spent my summers at camp (for you non-NWO people, cottage or lake) Barely any technology, so you relied on your imagination to get you through the day. I remember walking through the woods, singing to the trees. Or days where I conversed with the wind, and listened to the bubbling song from the creek. The spirits of the earth are strong when you are away from the bustle of life. So easy to see the magic in the world too.

I don’t know many people who actually read fantasy. I also don’t expect them to start just because I write it. I do, however, wish those who bash it, and sci-fi, would give it a chance. The only genre I don’t like is romance, but I don’t go around ridiculing it. I’m aware it’s just not my thing.

So go and read, or imagine. Anything to spark your mind in a way your day to day life can’t. Amazing things can happen.

Wish I Could Hide In My World

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Right now, I really do. Melarandra is at war in one area, and most others aren’t safe at all. In my world, however, it would be far easier to find a cabin in the woods, and hide out there. Here, people wonder where you went, and it turns into a big deal. Probably why I love to write. I can turn into a crazy recluse, and it’s all good.

Hiding in a cabin, in the woods…how wonderful that sounds. Strolling through the trees, listening to birds chirp. Or sitting by a stream, and hearing the soft babbling. Are they really birds? Or elves signalling your passage? What is the stream saying? Come take a dip, it will ease your soul. Then head home, curl up in front of a fire, and watch the flames dance. Warm cup of tea in hand, and perhaps a book, or paper to jot down your day. Better yet, a thunderstorm hits. The booming and crashing wakes your imagination even more, then passes leaving the soft drum of raindrops on the roof, lulling you to sleep. So many ways it can wake your imagination.

Oh to find that sense of peace, even for a moment. To only have to focus on the now, and not the future. What a wonderful idea that is!

 

 

Creating Melarandra

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Creating a fantasy world is easy, and seriously difficult. It is an enigma, and I am having a groovy time with it. I wish I could remember how I came up with the name. As with most of the names, places, and even story ideas, I probably woke up at 3am and went “hey that’s a great idea!” Muses are jerks.

To make my world, I read up on things. Finally I decided it was a fantasy world, what is up with rules? My world does not follow our world guidelines. Why would it? It is a fantasy. I just went with what I thought suited the first story, and elaborated on that. My search engine is filled with ideas on torture, war techniques, and other things of the sort. Beginning the world was easy!

People though…ugh. In books based in our world, you can search out people and their families. I made mine up. Deciding to do the Order of Maget Trilogy (one year soon) made me have to go deeper than I had originally done. Royal families needed to be created back further than I was going to have listed. 500 years worth. They now have names, how long they ruled, and who succeeded them. With having 2 royal lines who can rule, it made it even more fun. Probably why I have it down to one now. Easier to follow! I also had to create the head of the Maget Order for the 500 span it existed. (Looking forward to writing the trilogy.)

I know how the bloodlines continue from where book 1 starts. Not all have names of yet. I tend to have those pop into my head at the strangest of times. Kind of like storylines. I will be writing and poof, how I will link it into a book 2 away from the one I’m doing. It’s crazy, and a lot of fun…ish.

Now it’s down to who dies, who lives, and who goes a little crazy because of it all. It really never stops, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Two Years

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Two years ago 2015 had just begun. As with every year, no resolutions were made, just a hope that the year was good to everyone. One thing was different though. After many, MANY, weeks of “hmmm should I?”, I bit the bullet and published Children of the Sun and Moon.

That first edition wasn’t the greatest. I felt it was a failure, however, the story itself was found to be quite interesting to many people (now if they would just put up a review!) A second edition is now what you receive, and I find it to be much better. Still not perfect, but then again, it never will be.

I still cannot believe it has been two years. I was done the rough draft for book 2, and almost at the get someone to edit it stage when I finally said to myself “Why the F*** not!” I mean yes my heart and soul goes into my writing, so why not put it out there for the world to judge? Not a difficult choice at all! Now, I have done it with three novels, and a novella. Each time I publish, my gut wrenches and I feel like puking, while at the same time feel accomplished and proud to be doing it. (I know I am not alone)

Now, 2017 has begun. Another novel will be out in late spring, and I begin the process all over again. Love that I am able to do this!

 

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The Last Day

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New Year’s Eve is here. I hope all who read this have an amazing 2017. 

What can you say about 2016? Well, many idols passed, more than average for my generation. Some don’t like the focus on celebrities, and if it’s never ending it can be a pain. However, you don’t know how the different celebrities changes some lives, so shut the fuck up, and don’t judge!

I lost a couple of ceebrities I really looked up to. All I can say is thank you for being you.

I also know many who have been regulars at the hospital, and people close to me have lost those they love. There is nothing new there. Each year we lose ones we care about. Either by death, or other means. A struggle we all face.

There were many positive things (for me) this year, and I like to push them to the front of my mind. Website up and running. Book 3 released (also novella). New followers on Twitter, and likes on Facebook. Camping and many fires. I love my simple life!

Now here we are. The last day. Personally, I’m ready for the new year. New evil plans, book 4 coming out, possibly attending a family reunion (with people who have far more talent then I ever will), and more outdoor fun! Life is groovy.