Selkies' Skins

Selkies' Skins
Current book in series Temple and Skinquest. Enjoy Castle and Well from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords while waiting for that and the prequel's audiobook "Pearls of Sea and Stone: Book of Seals".

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Checking in

Checking in on LinkedIn I discovered posted in one of the groups I partake in a link to a lovely set of "24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing." I just had to share this. Whether one works in the publishing industry or one merely enjoys the products thereof, this is a good reminder of how things are.

I also have finally been the recipient of a letter (at least, this is the first from this network regarding this subject) that I'm not completely sure what to make of it. I guess I had better state publicly and for the record that I most certainly am not looking for anyone new in my love life. Thank you. Friends are ok, but I have enough on my plate. Have a partner already, thank you. I have a close confidante already too that hears the stuff my partner doesn't get dumped on him. Thank you again.

I am fairly certain that at some point everyone on LinkedIn gets sounded out about their relationship status. I am of two minds as to whether or not a space for "already taken," "not looking," and similar would be a useful thing on profiles for what is supposed to be a professional networking website. After all it could unfairly bias possible future employers against someone that is married or has children. On the other hand I suppose it could be good if one is looking for someone with family values to invite into their company, although again that brings up the issue of bias.

In other news I am keeping my eyes and ears open for good freelance editors to add to my list of those to contact on projects that need a set of eyes that is not my own (such as for my own works, or when I am too slammed due to various events and need help catching back up on the work pile). Interested parties can contact me through linked in with their rates and preferred genres. I don't guarantee work right off the bat, but am instead working on a list of those that I can contact when needed and whom I can also suggest to others.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Witch's Prayerbook by JoAnne Spiese is now in print

"A Witch's Prayerbook" by JoAnne Spiese

Every Witch has her own journey, every Witch has her own prayers to the Goddess. In this book JoAnne Spiese shares her poems, devotionals and prayers to bring light to others and sing the praises of the Goddess and Nature. Be proud of who you are and grasp what makes you yourself.

This trailer includes a small sample of Ms Spiese's work.

Purchase this book at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, or ask your favorite store to carry it. Her book is set up to flow with the creative and growth cycle. It is not for everyone and does cover topics that should be discussed with maturity.

Kindle edition:

Print edition:

Smashwords edition (multiple ereader types):

Barnes & Noble:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Print edition of "A Witch's Prayerbook" by JoAnne Spiese

The print edition of the prayerbook by JoAnne Spiese is now available on the Createspace store. In three to five days it should also be available on Amazon. When I have all the links compiled after they are live I will both update again as well as upload the trailer for the book.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ink Drops and Paint Drips: A Collection of Haiku and Thoughts

The latest ebook released by THG StarDragon Publishing is "Ink Drops and Paint Drips: A Collection of Haiku and Thoughts" by Members of the ASA/Project Catfort and Trotsdale Libraries.

FREE on Smashwords

This booklet is the result of a joint project undertaken in the Second Life sim of Computer, at the amphitheater on the Astral Coalition parcel. Some of the members of two Second Life libraries, the ASA/Project Catfort Library and the Trotsdale Public Library, met to undertake haiku writing workshops. Amehana Ishtari / Arashi (author Teresa Garcia) read selections from “Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey” by former Zen monk and English teacher Clark Strand. The participants then discussed the readings and practiced writing haiku (and some near-haiku) together to create this booklet. Some of the poems are more frivolous than others, a few not suitable for publication in a General rated publication have been removed from the main text but will be available inworld in the ASA library since it is located within an M rated sim. Some of the more interesting text discussion is also provided at the end of each session chapter. Timestamps are left intact to record when a particular poem was put into local chat.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day Tanka and a Naming Contest

Happy Mother's Day! Have a Tanka and a contest!

There will be a post later about the current book waiting for paperback release.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Haiku Workshop session 4 of 9

Over the course of nine sessions I and others from Second Life gathered to contemplate writing haiku, using "Seeds from a Birch Tree" as our study and inspiration text.

If you enjoy listening to this, please try to obtain a copy of the book. Just listening is only part of fully processing.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ever want to watch someone work on illustration?

Each illustrator has their own process and style. Some work with several styles. I don't have any videos of Victoria (Salaiek) working on her artwork. However I can show an example of my process when I'm working with ink and watercolor. The image being worked on will go into both a print book and into a video version of the audiobook for "Book of Seals: Pearls of Sea and Stone."

Please take note that this is for a Mara temple that far, far, far predates how they have evolved to be seen in Kirsty's timeframe.

I have other videos up on my Youtube channel as well.