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".

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Interview with Dragon Hearts RPG Creator Rowan Wookey




Podcast/Youtube/Blog Interview

Submit to Teresa Garcia
ladyrainstardragon@hotmail.com (in case of FB problems, for backup)
Responses will be recorded and posted on my Youtube channel, my podcast, and on my blog.


Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. Below are several questions. You do not have to answer all of them but the more that are answered and the more detailed they are the more viewers and listeners get to know you and your work. Some may seem a little silly. If there is something that hasn’t been asked on this please feel free to make an addition and share your answer. Based on the answers to the following questions there might also be some additional questions I end up asking you before this is read out and recorded.

Please also send the author/illustrator/etc picture that you use associated with your work’s image (or your book in the wild photo if you’re shy). If you do not yet have one please have someone help you with a photo that you feel captures how you wish to present yourself to the world. This can also be a stylized drawing of your or your persona if you have reasons (such as safety or transitions) not to show yourself in a recognizable fashion.

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Pre Interview Questions:
a) What name and gender are being used to refer to you? If they do not match your birth name and gender are you open about it? You do not have to disclose legal/birth name and gender, but if you want it mentioned you write under an assumed identity or have more than one identity you work under for this industry that can open up new lines of discussion.

Rowan and Male

b) Are you an author, poet, illustrator, editor, game writer, game creator, publisher, or multiple? If you have multiple roles in the publishing community then which ones are they? If you have multiple roles feel free to answer each question with sections for each role.

Game creator and general nerd.

c) What books, games, or other publishing related projects have you been involved in the production of?

DH

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1. What got you interested in (writing/illustrating/editing, etc)?

Many moons ago before the advent of smartphones and when laptops were about as portable as a ton of bricks, I played other games of a similar ilk and got fed up of them being buggy or the developers buggering off for real life (touch of irony there). So I decided to create my own.

2. What company or companies are you doing work for/with?

Apart from my own none I can say.

3. What projects are you currently working on?

I really..really..really.. want to get DH updated to new shinyness. I’m also doing my Masters degree does that count as a project? Then of course there’s the IVF stuff now that’s a project ;) not really work related but time consuming. Most of the other stuff I can talk about is on github https://github.com/rwky/

4. Do you have any future projects in mind to take on?

Yes tons, of which none I can think of at the moment but there’s a huge list somewhere..

5. What is your favorite project?

DH will always be my fav.

6. Is this career something that you always wanted to do?

Nope I wanted to be a biochemist when I was at college, even got accepted for MSci (Master in Science) at Nottingham University but decided it wasn’t for me.

7. Do you find it difficult, or find some aspects more difficult than others?

Sitting on my arse for 12 hours a day isn’t so good when you’re in your 30s. 30 year old me wishes he could tell 20 year old me to go outside more so the 30 year old me bits would ache less.
I’m pretty well adapted for the long distance asynchronous communication (i.e. email) but being on call 24/7 for the past 10+ years does get a little tiring at times.

8. What is a normal day like for you? Is this your side job or main job?

In the words of Forrest Gump “What’s normal anyways?” I don’t have a normal day, every day is different. Assuming I’m at home I wake up, check my emails/calendar and write today’s todo list, then I get cracking on it. Most days I get through most of it but inevitably some days something blows up (normally multiple things in one go) so then I have to deal with a mountain of shit.

DH is a side job (though was main job for a while years ago) my main job is “making bits of the internet work” (quoting myself), if it’s to do with Linux servers or web programming then I probably do it/have done it.

9. How do you manage balancing this with family and any other work you may have?

I’ll let you into a secret, there are two of me! (Something I often tell clients when they wonder how I can do so much). I don’t really manage to balance I just do what I can and let some off the less urgent stuff fall by the wayside. Adulting sucks ya know!

10. What hobbies do you have?
Is beer a hobby? If so then that. I’m also a fairly avid pokemon go player and also play on steam/nintendo 3ds/nintendo switch. TV is one of my favourite things to relax with especially in the bath. I’m endeavoring to read the Anne McCaffrey Pern series again (takes a while) on kindle.

11. If you could be anything in the world besides this, what would it be?

Can I say a cat? Seems like they have a good life! Though job wise. I would like to work in the space industry.

12. Do you feel that school helped set you up toward following this path in the publishing industry?

Not at all. I did all my relevant qualifications after getting into programming.

13. If you could go back to school is there anything you wish you had paid more attention to?

Nah, I was one of those annoying people that’s good at most academic subjects. TBH IMHO most of high school was a waste, I’m not a fan of how the UK education system works, it’s highly focused on memorizing things instead of being able to use knowledge. Degree level isn’t much better which is why I left Manchester Uni to go to the Open Uni. Manchester’s masters courses are “read this book, remember this algorithm” where as the OU is “Here’s a project, go figure out how to do it”. Since my memory is abysmal these days, in the words of homer simpson “everytime I learn something new it pushes something old stuff out of my brain”, the school of remembering things by rote is useless to me.

14. What advice do you have for the next generation?

* Go outside the world is big weird and wonderful, go see it.
* Don’t fall for rampant consumerism this planet is finite, try not to screw it up for yourselves and future generations.
* Keep your options open, what you think you want to do now probably won’t be what you want in 10, 20, 30 years.
* Relaxxxxxxxx….that thing you’re worrying about probably isn’t that bad (ok sometimes it is but unless you’re dying it’s probably not).

15. What advice do you have for your age peers that may also want to take part in the publishing industry and specifically with your area within it?

Don’t be afraid to take the jump into something new, it can be scary especially when you have a significant other, kids, mortgage etc. but if it’s something you really want to do then go for it, life’s short so try and be happy with it.

16. Is there anything else that you’d like to add that we didn’t discuss?

Pie should be a mandatory food group.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Flash Fiction Fridays #12: Parting, This is Nisa (Latest Revision), and The Seer



Thanks go to Oscelot Haalan for getting the audio podcast to behave and upload.

#Singularity #AlternateWorlds #Dimensionality

This Friday I present three flash fictions. Two of them are by a guest, one Aria Wolfram or Lacy Musketeer. The third is my own.

Parting by Aria Wolfram: Nisean lore has always hinged around what disaster befell the original inhabitants of the country in the universe I first entered Nisa from, and long been tied into alternate realities and timelines. In this tale we learn one version of how Ar'ia first enters one of several concurrent versions of Nisa wherein anthro versions of Raikou and Horin rule Ibexia (and adopt her in adulthood) and what that entry looked like from the point of view of her father when she enters the singularity. Or perhaps it could be said the spirits of those who would take physical incarnation to later be the duo. There are alternate theories one could spin from this as well.

This is Nisa by Aria Wolfram: I also recommend listening to the original version of the tale as recorded for the MLP world version that she wrote, as recorded by Illya Leonov. She agreed to let me record and share her tale providing that I utilize the version for the currently enacted timeline wherein the denizens tend toward anthro and less toward the MLP based version Nisa was originally held to based on the universe rp was at the time done within (back when it interacted with Roanoak before the Changeling massacre and later the Canterlot bombing when that timeline was communally abandoned and "stored").
For posterity, Illya Leonov's recording of the first version: http://www.soundcloud.com/illya-leonov

You can visit Nisa and Ibexia as well as several other parcels owned and maintained by the Dreaming Twilight in the Second Life sim of Ontario.

The Seer by Teresa Garcia: A Seer of indeterminate age attempts to share what is most dear and wondrous with you. But what is your reaction to her world?

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Mythical Minstrelsy volume 2 print edition now available

It has been a very busy several days (several months). In addition to The Ian's Realm Saga part 1 going live on Dianne Gardner's Gumroad store I came to the computer to the notice that the print edition of Mythical Minstrelsy, volume 2 has gone live and available for sale on Amazon, to join the kindle edition. I see that they have not yet been linked, but I expect that to be done sometime soon by the system.

The price is a bit higher than I would like, but it is due to the fact that color print costs a bit more, and there are indeed color images, although the divider images are grey scale.

I am particularly pleased with the cover. It printed darker than expected (always hard to tell how dark something will print) but it suits the mood of the Second Life photography shoot that I did to obtain the images to work with for the cover.

The print edition of volume three is still in production. I am going through the manuscript compiled into the .doc from Scrivener to ensure that it has all of the high dpi images inserted. Ebooks tend to use a lower dpi than what is suitable for print due to file size issues.

Mythical Minstrelsy volume 2 Print Edition Live

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Ian's Realm Saga audiobook Part One

The Ian's Realm Saga
By D.L. Gardner
Narrated by Teresa Garcia


Part One of "The Ian's Realm Saga" audiobook is now available on Gumroad.com for purchase and download. Parts Two and Three are available there for pre-order.

Mrs. Gardner has several other related projects available as well.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hope's Story Review

My review of Tracy Kushwaha's "Hope's Story" which appeared here previously on a book tour.
Audio Podcast format: http://www.podcasts.com/mythical-minstrelsy-flash-fiction-fridays-and-ames-bookshelf-1a06920c4/episode/Ames-Bookshelf-Reviews-Hopes-Story-by-Tracy-Kushwaha-44ae

We were supposed to get broadband today. However the installer was a no call (on landline nore spotty cell line) no show. They didn't even drive by the house and I was watching out the front window. And they kept removing the cell number from the account. Very disappointed. We later found out that this was due to a lack of manpower. The appointment is scheduled for the 21st now.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Interviewing Jo Jewell





Today I am reading the interview I had with author Jo Jewell of Pen It! Publications.

I plan to do several interviews to work into my postings. I'll be interviewing authors, a game creator, hopefully some illustrators and editors and others involved in the publishing industry. I already have two others to record the answers from as well. I'll be sending out a few at a time to that I don't overload myself with content to do around my work, so if I've worked with you in the past on a project rest assured you will eventually be getting a mailing from me. If you're involved in the publishing industry and would like to be interviewed please contact me and I will send you the list of questions. It is my hope that these interviews help spotlight people and their work, but also help introduce people to the people that make the industry go, perhaps even give others the courage to participate as well. I doubt this will be anywhere as popular as Reading Rainbow, but if it helps even one person it is worth it.

Pen It Publications: http://www.penitpublications.com
Jo Jewell Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jo-Jewell/e/B07NSVVKPQ

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Podcast/Youtube/Blog Interview Notes
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Pre Interview Questions:
a) What name and gender are being used to refer to you? If they do not match your birth name and gender are you open about it? You do not have to disclose legal/birth name and gender, but if you want it mentioned you write under an assumed identity or have more than one identity you work under for this industry that can open up new lines of discussion.
I am female and I go by Jo Jewell which is the name I write under. Jo is actually my middle name.

b) Are you an author, poet, illustrator, editor, game writer, game creator, publisher, or multiple? If you have multiple roles in the publishing community then which ones are they? If you have multiple roles feel free to answer each question with sections for each role.
I am an author. 


c) What books, games, or other publishing related projects have you been involved in the production of?
I’ve written for many years and worn many hats. I was a political writer for a time, I’ve had two newspaper columns that focused on the pets in my life and raising two rambunctious boys. I wrote puppet plays for a disability program about loving who you are and loving what makes you different. I’ve written poetry under the name of Nikki King, I’ve written inspirational stories, and I even wrote for an art coffee table book for an artist in Oregon. Pretty much if it meant writing, I’d write it. 
In 2010, I had the trifecta of tragedies. 
Round One) I came home from work June 26th, 2010 and found my husband, my furniture and my money gone. I was left alone and penniless BUT I had a job so all was not lost. I just had to find my new normal. Unknown to me, house payments had not been made so our house went into foreclosure. So now, I’m penniless and homeless. I moved in with a friend from work. I didn’t know her very well, but it was better than being on the street.
Round Two) On December 10th, my roommate and I went to a charity run. It was extremely cold that day with bouts of icy rain. You guessed it. I ended up with double lower lobe pneumonia. One lung was completely shut down and the other was at only 13% capacity. I was hospitalized for two weeks and in recovery for three months.
Round Three) On March 3rd, 2011, my employer went through a drastic downsizing and consequently was laid off from my job. ***This is all leading somewhere, I promise.
I was out of work for 13 months and during that time, I received a call from a wrong number. Instead of the usual, Gosh, I’m sorry. No harm done. We ended up having a four hour conversation and hung up as friends. It was an older gentleman, around 86 years-young. He told me stories of growing up and his wife who he enjoyed 67 years of marriage. When we hung up, I kept thinking about all those wrong number calls we get and I started to wonder. What if, in taking the time to speak with the caller, something occurred that would change the life of the receiver and generation and generation after? I’d never written a novel, should I try?
I often write stories for my Facebook friends, so the logical thing to do was to start writing the story and posting it. The response was stunning! I have a very dear friend who messaged me and told me to quit posting, finish the story and send it out to a publisher! No one would want to read my silly stories, I told her. She made me promise, so I finished writing the story. I titled it: The Old Man and The Watch. I sent it out prepared for the dozens of rejection letters I was sure to receive. Instead, I never received a single rejection letter, but rather three publishers who wanted to publish it! I just walked around in disbelief until the phone calls started. I did decide on a lovely publisher and with her help and encouragement, The Old Man and The Watch hit the market.


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1. What got you interested in (writing/illustrating/editing, etc)?
  To be honest, I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I taught myself to read at a very early age and as soon as I learned to read, I began to write. I won my first National Poetry Contest, sponsored by my elementary school when I was six years-old.

2. What company or companies are you doing work for/with?
I am now retired and writing to my heart’s content. I am currently with PenIt! Publications and couldn’t be happier. I guess it would be safe to say, my readers are my employers now.

3. What projects are you currently working on?
I just finished The Old Man and The Watch series. Yeah, it took on a life of its own and my stand alone book became a five book series! Now, I’m gearing up for a new series titled: Probably Magic.

4. Do you have any future projects in mind to take on?
I will just keep writing. I really don’t plan too much in the future. I never know what story will be whispered in the wind, and I want to be open to hear it.




5. What is your favorite project?
I guess I have two. 
The one I’m most proud of is my minor role in creating the Maryland State Task Force for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children. I was writing for a newspaper at the time and doing a series of articles on child abuse. The articles caught the eye of a state senator and he invited me to testify before the Maryland State Legislature. The bill passed and the Task Force was put into action based on my research and testimony. I have always felt, if that simple act saves children and families, it was worth every nerve-wracking, heartbreaking, knee-knocking minute.
The second is the one I most enjoyed. The fourth book in the series is titled: The Glory Plains, The Raising of a Thousand Voices. It takes place in Africa and takes on the subject of poaching. I learned so much through my research. There is an albino baby elephant named Thandie, and with that, I fell in love with elephants.

6. Is this career something that you always wanted to do?
Writing is all I’ve ever wanted to do. It has been part-time for the biggest part of my life as I had to have jobs, raise children, and make a home. I took early retirement just so I could realize my dream. I’m having a blast doing it!

7. Do you find it difficult, or find some aspects more difficult than others?
I hate doing my own marketing. Writing is no problem. Getting the story to the heart strings of my readers is no problem. Love the research. However, finding the money and a reputable marketer has been challenging and, at times, very stressful. I love doing book signings because I love meeting my readers and hearing what they have to say. I am more on the human level than business level. I often will have lunch with a reader, or visit, or communicate. I have created The Old Man and The Watch family. It’s a place where you will always be encouraged and celebrated and loved for just being yourself.

8. What is a normal day like for you? Is this your side job or main job?
I moved to Indiana from Tennessee two years ago. My best friend of 52 years recently lost her husband and she asked me to come live with her. So, here I am with nine cats, a puppy, and my best friend. We garden, we’re making a fairy garden, we lunch with friends, and really, quite frankly, we’re just enjoying life.

9. How do you manage balancing this with family and any other work you may have?
Oh, sometimes the cats want to help me type. LOL I have found the house is the quietest around 2:00 AM. I will often get up and write while the house is quiet and everyone else is sleeping.

10. What hobbies do you have?
I’m an animal lover as you probably surmised. I love to garden and create. I have a passion for Black Bears and have an extensive collection of collectible bears. I’m pretty much a nature girl and when I lived in Tennessee, you could usually find me in the mountains. I also do a lot of coloring as a stress reliever.



11. If you could be anything in the world besides this, what would it be?
Not a danged thing. If I didn’t write, couldn’t write, there would be no more oxygen for me to breathe nor blood to pump through my heart. Writing is my soul and my life. It would be nice to be discovered and celebrated…or would it? I’m not so sure that’s the life I would want.

12. Do you feel that school helped set you up toward following this path in the publishing industry?
I know a teacher in 8th grade made me feel I had potential. I was so horribly shy and for many, many years refused to share my writing with anyone. She drew me out. She taught me the importance of communication and being true to your heart. I also took some communications classes at Ashford University. I maintained a 4.0 grade point average and to be blunt about it, I found it boring.

13. If you could go back to school is there anything you wish you had paid more attention to?
Not really. My circumstances were not conducive to a learning environment. I wouldn’t go back for all the money in the world.

14. What advice do you have for the next generation?
When we are young, we feel like we have all the time in the world. We let life get in the way. We get so busy keeping schedules, trying to fulfill expectations, rushing to the next big thing. Let me tell you, Lovelies, time passes in the blink of an eye. You go to bed with huge dreams and plans and then one morning you wake and wonder where all those years went. My advice: Protect your dreams as though they were a precious child and don’t let anything steer you away. Be willing and strong enough to say “No” to distractions, no matter how attractive they seem. Put value on yourself and your dreams will follow.

15. What advice do you have for your age peers that may also want to take part in the publishing industry and specifically with your area within it?
I am very, very encouraging to those who express a desire to write. I try to make resources available to them. I answer questions based on my experience or send them to someone who will correctly answer them. I am their loudest cheerleader. However, I cannot give them the desire and the drive to write. I think for “true” writers, those are the strongest elements in making that dream come true.

16. Is there anything else that you’d like to add that we didn’t discuss?
People often ask me how I come up with ideas. How do I know how to put them on paper and make those ideas form a picture? I don’t know that I can answer that, except to say, inspiration comes from observation. When I sit at the computer, I don’t feel like I’m writing. I feel like my characters want to tell their story and I am only the vehicle. Often, I even close my eyes and watch the story unfold and I feel it is out of my control. When I go back over what I’ve written, I’m surprised at the passion, the need for them to tell their story, in their own words. Where do those ideas come from? I don’t know. Maybe a secret place in my imagination. Maybe it’s the soul begging to be heard. My new series, Probably Magic, came from a dream. It wouldn’t go away. In fact, it grew more and more insistent with time until I finally set her free. So, to the people who ask, my ideas come from a messy, disorganized chaos, frustrating, and triumphant, unpredictable life. You just have to pay attention.
I tell them, just sit down and write. Worry about the editing, order, grammar, and public later. Everyone has ideas, everyone has a story inside them wanting to be set free.

Flash Fiction Fridays #11: The Sock Drawer

You can also listen for when it uploads to the Podcast at www.flashfictionfridays.com. Sadly, that I cannot automate because of the host.

The Sock Drawer
By Teresa Garcia


The warm night always came to an end. Day by day the drawer would be pulled out with a deafening rumble. Every day they would loose at least one pair and sometimes more to the giant. Sometimes a fresh pack would be nestled in among them, the babies too young to be released into their cottony swarm. When and if the giant returned any of those it took they always returned worn and battle scarred, smelling of bleach with tales of horror. Not every pair returned whole.
Marriage, though the usual social arrangement in their colony, was not permanent. Nor was it forever. Mates wore out, gaining gaping holes from too tight shoes, unshorn nails, and the teeth of dogs and cats. This did not even scratch the surface of the threat of drowning and dashing to pieces in the washer. Dissolving happened all to often to those they knew, as did washing over the side of the tub into the unknown depths below where the screams of the damned still sounded.
Collectively each pair and single shook themselves as the drawer once more slid out. Who would it be today to suffer abuse and possibly die? Everyone prepared to cling to everyone else, never giving up the hope of peace. An especially venerable pair was ripped from the mass to the pained gasps of the horde. Weakly they flopped goodbyes. The new patriarchs, a mated pair of threadbare right socks saluted their predecessors. No one hoped for their return. It would be a final walk somewhere, and either dissolving in the wash or a languishing fate in the Bin.
Stifled wails choked in flattened and rolled throats. Rustling came from the half open bag on the left hand side where the thicker ones tried to ask the elders for an explanation.
No one dared answer them. The drawer was still open and they must never let the giant hear them. Only bad things could happen, like the day it overheard the underwear jeering about getting fat. An entire drawer, wiped out in a matter of minutes!
Why was the drawer open so long?
A thin, sad plastic bag nestled down on top of the pile, full of new denizens of this layer of hades. The door finally slid shut and the socks all looked at each other in horror. Surely these new inmates, so thin and delicate, would only see a matter of days when it came to their use. But was that a blessing or a curse?

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