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, November 22, 2020

The Second Annual Lacy Day Is Today

 The various Spirits and Powers of The Dreaming Twilight and the Lands of Nisa invite you to join them in our Second Annual Lacy Day celebration.

Lacy Musketeer, or Lacy Aria Wolfram, is one of the creators and originators of the Lands of Nisa and the Dreaming Twilight and was a large part of Rocket City (all areas in Second Life). After her death in August of 2019 in addition to yearly memorials it was decided to have yearly celebrations of her birth and life by the denizens of the Dreaming Twilight.

Second Life is a game to some and a platform to others, used by various groups to either game, teach classes, mingle (even before a certain pandemic). Some separated game time and real life. Others have no separation and their time in Second Life is an extension of their real life. Grief and Love are both powerful forces, and just as real in any location.

This event is not about Grief though, but Love and Life. 


This year's prompts are:

(Prompts and Image courtesy of Oscelot Halaan, Lacy Day planner)
Hope: What does hope mean to you? Is it the comfort of a loved one? A light in the dark? Something else entirely?

Winter: For some, winter is harsh and unwelcome. For others, it's a welcome restorative break from the rest of the year. What does winter mean to you? What are your most (or least favorite parts of winter?

Shrine: The things we decide to enshrine say a lot about us, both personally and as a society. What do you choose to enshrine? What are your favorite shrines?

Here's the DT parcel link, there's no set time and people may be in and out, join us or take part remotely and drop a link below to anything you've made inspired by these prompts. 

Dreaming Twilight (Nisa) parcel in Ontario: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ontario/250/174/57


As for myself I have much to do today and not enough spoons. I will be conserving my bandwidth in hopes of being able to facilitate the Sunday Library time in Trotsdale later today and will share anything that I manage to do sometime tomorrow as my workload today is larger than I expected.

The Dreaming Twilight Facebook Page is here: https://www.facebook.com/Dreaming-Twilight-763540290473481/


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Petition Regarding Audible Audiobook Return Policy

 I signed this petition because I do not believe in charging authors or deducting from author royalties for audiobook (or other format) returns. Currently apparently Audible allows returns up to a year even after listening to the entire book. Authors generally do not get much in the way of royalties as it is. It is my opinion that returning a book after listening to or reading the whole thing is theft. It is different if borrowing, but there is a definite borrowing process already in place, thus they are different. There is also the fact that in the case of downloaded audiobooks there is NO physical product to return, it was all delivered digitally in the first place.

In the case of returns I do not deduct from the royalties that I sent out to authors (which only go out once enough has accrued to send the transactions). These are transactions that I would be eating the damage from on titles released through my company.

I realize that there are reasons a person may want to return a book or audiobook and get a refund. Accidental purchase, such as by a child I could see. A refund after reading or listening to simply because they didn't like it though does not seem a valid reason to me. I am including the link below for any that might also feel moved to sign.

What are your views on audiobook returns as an audiobook consumer, as an author, as an audiobook performer, a publisher, or even a distributor? Do your thoughts vary on them based on your position in the industry? Do your thoughts on returns and charging the authors differ between book formats, such as print, ebook, or digital?

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Dragon Hearts RPG Halloween/Samhain seasonal challenge is live

Samhain or Halloween is here. The leaves fall and crunch below feet after blazing in glory. The nights are filled with even more magic. Not all is quite right in Rhiana though and the air does not carry the usual smells. What's going on? Is is safe to take the hatchlings out? Find out here: www.dragonheartsrpg.com

Dragon Hearts is a text based role playing game that I particularly enjoy writing the seasonal and permanent challenges and quests for. When I was brought on board for the challenge and lore writer position the specific requirement set for me was quirky. One does not find many dragon centered games that are silly or quirky.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Mara's Seas: A Selkies' Skins Coloring and Lore Book

 This is not the second book in the Selkies' Skins series that people have been waiting for, but an adjunct to the series.

Mara's Seas: A Selkies' Skins Based Mermay (Mermay2020) Inspired Coloring and Lore Book
Written by Teresa Garcia
Illustrated as Teresa Amehana Garcia



Different covers were needed for different venues.

This is a coloring book and set of short stories wherein the artwork was created during and for the annual Mermay challenge (in this case, Mermay2020) and drawn mostly as a visual expansion to the world in my Selkies' Skins series of novels. I wished to draw mostly non-traditional merfolk. You will find depictions of merfolk both mammalian and fish. The various species of merfolk do not always share our human views of body covering. In my world when they wear clothing it is more for ceremonial reasons. Male, female, and even some that are intersexed because of their type are in these pages. There are tells for those that are more mammalian in type. Certain body parts are not present and the eyes of children have been kept in mind. It is on the order of a National Geographic episode for those that need a comparison. 

This is created more with teens and adults in mind, but there is nothing objectional if one keeps in mind that these are nonhuman entities among the fae. 

Some who know me from my books and short stories will note that an extra name is included. I write under Teresa Garcia and illustrate under Teresa Amehana Garcia. If you wish to know more about the world of Selkies’ Skins then Selkies’ Skins: Castle and Well is the first book of Kirsty’s skinquest. There are several side and short stories as well as a prequel available. The second book of that series is currently in progress. The other series available and which crosses over in places are my Dragon Shaman books. At some future point I hope to finally have The Shadow Chronicles ready to join these.

I hope you enjoy coloring these 32 coloring spaces and reading the explanations and stories that accompany them. Size is 5.5 by 8.5 inches.

Amazon (Print): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KH2L8QY

Gumroads (PDF): https://gumroad.com/l/DnhUg

Smashwords (multiple ebook formats): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1046669




Thursday, August 6, 2020

Selktember Prompts

Selktember Prompts


Selktember is similar to Mermay, Inktober, and Drawlloween. I have not seen any prompts lists focusing on just selkies, so I felt it time. Selktember will contain a prompt for every day in September and can be used for poetry, art, stories of any length, or even music clips. Whatever your mode of creative expression, use it! Post to your favorite place for your works and then tweet the link. Please use the tags below to help others find it.


The first official Selktember will start in 2020. I got no requests for a mailing list addition, and after considering it and how busy September gets I thought posting the prompts early might be helpful.


Weblinks:

https://teresagarciaserials.weebly.com/selktember.html

https://www.thgstardragonpublishingblog.com/p/selktember.html

https://www.deviantart.com/selktembergroup


Please use one or more of these tags when sharing your work! Have a prompt idea you'd like to submit for future months? Write THGStarDragonPublishing@gmail.com,


@amehanaarashi (so I see it directly) #Selktember #Selktember2020


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Selktember 2020


1. Net

2. Shell

3. Freedom

4. Boat

5. Island

6. Love

7. Tear

8. Child

9. Family

10. Lookout

11. Peace

12. Shipwreck

13.Treasure

14. Pirate

15. Storm

16. Fire

17. Lightning

18. Healer

19. Food

20. Lore

21. Lure

22. Song

23. Discovery

24. Prize

25. Surprise

26. Town

27. Council

28. Skin

29. Ritual

30. Rest





Friday, June 26, 2020

Ame Reads Chinese Folktales: # 17 How Rabbits Got Pink Eyes and Long Ears

Friday, May 1, 2020

Beltane Cleansing Fires Meditation