The End of My World

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It’s been over six months since my last post. A month after, we finally moved into our new house. During those weeks we had drama that ranged from not knowing if the deal would fall through to discovering that our landlady hadn’t paid our mortgage the entire time we lived there. Even once we moved in, we had a couple of weeks without internet service. We also spent days having to clean up, because apparently the Wellons believe since they lost money on the house, they can leave it in a pigsty. Grime, old food in the refrigerator, seriously disgusting stuff. But that wasn’t even the worst of it. The worst was the Jory cancer drama.

I’ve had challenging years before, but none so heartbreaking as 2012. I started the year sad because we hadn’t found a place to live, but still relatively optimistic and excited about our first real vacation in four years. But on Valentines Day, everything changed with Jory’s diagnosis of oral malignant melanoma.

Words can’t describe my relationship with Jory. He was my rock. My guardian Angel. He was one of my bestest friends. My doggie soulmate. He was in my life almost every day for over 11 years. He relied on me to take care of him, and I relied on him to take care of me too. We would have conversations together. I would stare into his soulful eyes and tell him about my day. Or he would lay with his head on my stomach while I read a book to him. Jory wasn’t just a dog to us, he was our child. So of course we went ahead and began treatment.

The thing is, cancer isn’t like other illnesses. Even though you follow the protocols, it doesn’t mean you will be cured. We tried the melanoma vaccine, and eventually metronomic chemotherapy. Eight thousand dollars later, the cancer had spread to his brain, though it took until Thanksgiving night for us to realise this. I won’t go into what happened next because it’s just too painful, still.

That’s the thing too…. while I’ve been blessed to find some really supportive friends during this past year who understood what Jory means to us, there are plenty of people who think “he’s just a dog.” He’s just a dog therefore why spend that money? He’s just a dog therefore you should be over your grieving period.

It simply isn’t that simple. Everywhere I look I see a reminder of him. Most the time it makes me smile, but a lot of times I remember the bad, the days after Thanksgiving, before he passed away. My house that I spent over a year trying to buy now reminds me of all the places where he was in pain. I even find it difficult to communicate with good friends because while no, I’m not a blubbering mess, I still go to the movies, and go out, I’m not in the mood to talk about Skyfall or the latest episode of Doctor Who. Rob and I still feel wounded. We march on but we’re not ready to put our child away in a little box of memories that we take out only on special occasions.

When I think about the future, I feel some trepidation. Last year felt like a TKO. But it wasn’t. I’m still standing here, albeit bruised and weary. Despite the awfulness that was last year, I still managed to do some work that I’m proud of. I conducted two interviews with heroes of mine, for Inter-Galaxy Portal. I networked at GeekGirlCon and even ran some contests. Oh yes, and I got to meet more heroes of mine. I also recorded my first voice over demo which I believe now makes me legit. And book one of Shatterer is over halfway to completion online. I even started archery and we bought a beautiful bow. So it wasn’t all bad.

The future feels a little more empty for me without Jory. How could it feel otherwise? But I have hopes still. Plans to write new work, and publish some work that I’ve been promising to release for a while. I’ll also be posting here more often though I can’t make any promises because such is life. I’m mostly optimistic about the future but reminders of the past keep pulling me back. I feel the magical whispering voices of the Gathering Isle calling to me, offering me a reprieve, a place to heal my wounded heart and that gives me something to look forward to.

Am I ready for 2013? No. But I’m sure as hell glad 2012 is over with.

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Shatterer of Worlds

Another few weeks go by and I seemingly have nothing to say. Not so. Actually, I’ve had quite a bit going on, just little time to say it. For one thing, new events have arisen on the housing front. I do want to talk about it, but it’s such a long, messy story that it’s best left for a post, or several, of its own. We also took a trip to Victoria, B.C. for a couple of days, which was thoroughly fun and frankly I’d love to move to Victoria, it’s such a nice little city.

However, today I am going to talk about Shatterer of Worlds.I’ve talked a lot about Shatterer these past few months, and my direction for it has changed during that time. I had at one point thought about just publishing it as a straight novel. But that would be the sane, easy thing to do, and I am rarely known for choosing the easy option.

Instead, I’ve decided to post it on the Shatterer of Worlds website as a serial novel.

For those that don’t know, Shatterer of Worlds is a science fiction re-telling of The Mahabharata. It follows two warring families as they vie for control of the powerful Boentu Star System.

Shatterer of Worlds comes out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each post is roughly 300-800 words long. It is absolutely free since it’s an early draft, just go to the site and read it. If you want to stay up to date with the story, simply use the email sign up and have it delivered to your inbox. However, if you decide to donate, I will use all or part of your name in my story. If that wasn’t enough, whenever the tip jar hits $10, I will also do a bonus post on Saturdays.

So if you haven’t already, go check it out and tell people about it. The writing world is changing and the only way writers can make themselves heard is through you guys, the readers!

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I’m Still Here

Edmonds Marina Beach

You’re probably wondering where I’ve been these past few months. Well, I’m in the same place I was two months ago and that has been really difficult for me to accept. We’ve been in this short sale buying nightmare. I somewhat naively believed that we’d at least be in the process of moving by now, but that hasn’t been the case.

I’ll be honest, between that stress and my poor puppy and his cancer treatment, it sent me into a bit of a funk. I’m behind on my own personal deadlines. Shatterer has gone nowhere. I’ve listlessly bounced from story to story trying to find something that engages me. It’s been tough. However, I’m trying to pull myself out of it and not let it take over my life. Little by little I’m forcing myself to write and I do have some news in the coming weeks about Shatterer, so stay posted.

It’s helped that the weather has been stunning lately. Gorgeous shorts and t-shirt weather. Which has meant that we’ve gone out exploring a lot. We visited Meadowdale Park again. We hung out at one of Edmonds beaches. We visited Gasworks Park, and even hit the flea market at the centre of the universe, AKA Fremont. I think we may even get to break out the kayak soon. I’ll of course let you guys know about my adventures.

In the meantime, I did promise more tales from Vancouver. To be honest it’s been a long few months since our trip which was before the short sale and doggie cancer nightmares. However, I did begin these two reviews a few months back, so I’m leaving it here for your edification. I did want to tell you all about the Basil Pasta Bar, a super cheap joint to get freshly cooked, made to order pasta. It’s yummy and the perfect Yaletown cheap eat. I also wanted to tell you about the Mink chocolate cafe, which has a Spanish-style hot chocolate, as well as chocolate fondue. Another time perhaps….

More Vancouver Eats

Another great place for breakfast was the Bellagio Cafe on Hornby. It’s an Italian restaurant however, they do also serve a delicious breakfast. The restaurant itself has an interesting ambience. It’s classy but fun. Customers are seated next to stacks of books. Then on one wall is a display of comic book art with the words “Which Came First? Avatar or Terra Incognita?” Being the editor of a scifi website, I had to check it out. It turns out that the owner of the restaurant had created a comic book series which he was also hoping to develop into a TV show, that bears some resemblance to James Cameron’s blockbuster. Add to the fact that he actually sent a treatment to Cameron’s company, Lightstorm Entertainment, it made for some interesting reading. Going back to the food, we got a yummy and surprisingly cheap breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns, toast and sausage. Not bad for ten dollars at a nice restaurant. We didn’t get to try them out for lunch or dinner, but the menu looked superb.

Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe was yet another breakfast place we tried. It’s off the beaten track, located in Kitsalano, and it’s super tiny, but well worth it. Plus, with a name like that, I couldn’t resist! You’ll almost certainly have a wait, especially if you choose to go on the weekend. However, there is plenty to look at as your queque. For one thing, the cafe is surrounded with kitsch toys and memorabilia. You won’t be bored! While the menu seemed kinda pricey for a small cafe, the serving sizes at Sophie’s is humongous. They always talk about America when it comes to serving sizes, but speaking as a well-travelled European, I can confirm that Canada is pretty up there when it comes to portions. I’m not sure what else to say. The food is delicious (perhaps not the healthiest of food), service is fast considering how busy they are, and the portions are generous. What more can a traveller ask for?

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Food, Glorious Food!

Japadog

Boy life has really gotten in the way the past few weeks. My dog was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, so we’ve been working with a veterinary oncologist to deal with that. The treatment is going okay so far, but he’s also had a few other issues that have kept us on our toes and subsequently very busy.

However, we have had some time to enjoy the occasional sunny day of which I’m always grateful for, given that we’re still only in March. One day last week we were up at Mukilteo Landing and we spotted a porpoise and a harbour seal swimming in the Sound. Then the other day we were up there again and saw a Grey whale feeding off the coast of Whidbey Island. As if I needed more reason to convince me that moving here was a good idea!

We did also stop off at Ivar’s for some fish and chips which were less exciting. I’m judgey, I admit. Being from England I have a pretty good idea of what I like in my fish and chips. However, I have adopted some Americanisms, like tartar sauce, if it’s on offer. However the chips were just bland and unsalted. Not very thick either, slightly thicker than french fries. They did have malt vinegar which was fun, but it lacked any of the zest of a true chippie. The fish too was a little bland, perhaps it was the batter, and overall the meal was overpriced. Eight bucks for fish and chips (at the outside fish bar, not the restaurant)? It’s a shame because it seems like Ivar’s is a bit of an institution but perhaps it was just the Mukilteo branch, I don’t know.

Since I’m on the subject of food, I’m excited to talk about some of the places we went to eat at in Vancouver. The city really is a fantastic place for foodies. In fact, they had a wonderful Dine Out Vancouver deal for visitors, which we did not take advantage of, simply because it’s a set menu, but it sounded like it was a hit for both travellers and local restaurants. I liked how many hole in the wall places were decent, popular restaurants. I have to admit, I haven’t seen that level of devotion to hole in the wall eateries since I lived in Hawaii.

The Templeton

Anyway, so what were some of my favourites? Well, I have to mention Japadog right off the bat. I wasn’t sure I would like it. Japanese-style hot dogs? That sounds strange, even for my tastes, but I was so glad we made the effort to go look for a Japadog stand. The company only started a few years ago, but became huge because of the Olympics, and really for good reason. They even now have a branch in New York! I ordered the Terimayo which is their most popular hot dog. It features a hot dog with Teriyaki sauce, mayonaise and sea weed. The Teriyaki sauce sounds odd but actually because of the sweetness, is not that different from ketchup. You can also get dogs with cabbage, noodles, even edamame. They offer veggie sausages and turkey sausages too if you don’t eat beef. Japadog has five different stands and restaurants throughout the downtown area.

We had breakfast at The Templeton which is a Vancouver institution in Granville Row. It’s a small but very old school diner. Booths come with individual jukeboxes on the table (pretty sure they don’t work, but nice touch) and the tables themselves are decorated with old postcards. The tiny diner can get very busy, and for good reason! Like I said, we went there for breakfast. I got the cinnamon raisin french toast, which was very filling. They also serve lunch and dinner, offering gourmet burgers and hot dogs, along with pesto vegetarian lasagne and organic 3 cheese macaroni. Even if you’re not in the mood for diner food, you’re sure to find something you like at The Templeton.

Okay, now I’m salivating. I should probably break for lunch. However, since I’m not yet done talking about all the cool foodie places to try in Vancouver, there’ll be yet more of my Vancouver trip next week. Same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel.

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Totem Poles, Suspension Bridges & Cable Cars, Oh My!

Canada Place Vancouver

Honestly, it’s been a rough week, and it seems hard to believe that just a few weeks ago I was lounging around the beautiful city of Vancouver being thankful that I finally have a vacation. Believe me, after this past week, I definitely feel like I need a vacation again, albeit one where I can bring my animals with me and never take my eyes off them. However, mulling about the fickleness of life doesn’t do anyone any good and I still have plenty of Vancouver stories to share, so here goes.

Stanley Park totem pole

Stanley Park
Everyone will tell you to go to Stanley Park, and for good reason. The place is huge! At over 1,000 acres, it’s bigger than Central Park. There are so many areas to the park as well. We ended up going there on three separate occasions and had very different experiences. The first day we went there we went to the Vancouver Aquarium, which is an impressive non-profit aquarium, home to beluga whales, dolphins and sea otters amongst other things. We actually found ourselves spending quite a bit of time at the aquarium, longer than I normally would because there really was a lot to see. I must admit, I have mixed feelings about aquariums, being a lover of whales. The aquarium doesn’t exactly have the best history in that regards. However, they no longer have captive orcas and they certainly do spend a lot more time educating the public than, say, Sea World, so if you are wanting to go to an aquarium, this would be one worth visiting.

Another visit took us around the sea wall on the western region of the park, but since it was chilly we ended up veering further into the park amongst humongous cedar trees and winding trails. So much greenery! On the third day, I was determined to hit some of the popular spots along the sea wall near the aquarium, such as the totem poles. I definitely got my totem pole fixation on this trip. But even if you don’t visit the park to see stuff, it’s still a gorgeous park, especially on a summer day to just hang out, enjoy the water and the trees and chill.

Capilano cliff walk Vancouver

Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge

I list these two together because they are so close that it makes sense to do them both at the same time. Grouse Mountain is, at least in the winter, primarily a ski mountain. And it is so easy to get to, from down town you just take the sea bus to get to North Vancouver and then another bus to get to the base of the mountain. If I lived in Vancouver, I’d definitely be wanting to ski all the time. That said, as far as winter activities for non-skiers, it may not really be worth your time. To be honest, it’s pretty pricey. If you’ve never been up on a cable car before, you might like it, but they really pack people in there, so it’s hardly what I would call leisurely. There are some fantastic views of the city and surrounding mountains from atop Grouse, but again, I’m not sure it’s really worth it. Honestly, the biggest thing that drew me in and my biggest disappointment was the sleigh rides. Yeah, I gotta say there’s nothing romantic or even particularly interesting about the sleigh rides. It’s basically a snowcat used to transport kids learning to ski so while it is somewhat picturesque, it’s too short to be worth the wait. It is however, included in your pass, so if that’s your thing… Anyway, I think summertime would be a different story, but during the winter, I would definitely pass on Grouse unless you’re there to ski.

Capilano Suspension Bridge on the other hand is definitely worth the price. Although, to be fair, I have heard that Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is just as cool, and FREE, but we didn’t get a chance to visit so I can’t really comment.

If you like hiking, and I LOVE hiking, Capilano is perfect. There’s gorgeous views, streams and waterfalls and lots of beautiful trees. The bridge itself is interesting, supposedly it has the strength to handle the weight of two 747’s but it isn’t the be all and end all. I liked the treetops adventure, with all the cool viewing platforms, and of course the cliff walk. There are also totem poles there and lots of informative history as well as an eco tour through a temperate rainforest. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure locals see Capilano as a tourist trap, and that wouldn’t necessaily be unfair, but it’s still an interesting place to visit, and hey, if time isn’t an issue, why not go to both?

Gosh, this little tour of Vancouver attractions is already pretty long. I still have to talk about some of the neat neighbourhoods like Yaletown. I’m thinking I’m going to have to save this for another week. Not next week however, next week I want to talk FOOD!

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Vacation!

Olympic Mountain Range from Train

Finally, a vacation! I took absolutely no work with me except a camera which is always wise if you’re a travel writer and the editor inevitably asks you for images. And oh did I take pictures! Vancouver was perfect and just what I needed. It’s still hard to believe that it’s been so long since I’ve been out of the country. I’ve got tons of fodder to talk about, both as pieces to submit to editors and to talk to everyone on this site. So buckle in because for the next two or three weeks, I am going to be talking Canada.

Ah, Canada, did I mention how gorgeous it was? Or the fact that it didn’t rain once the whole time we were there? It was absolutely perfect weather, which is to say, a little too cold for me but lots of sunny skies which is amazing for February in the PNW.

We took the train up from Edmonds. I was a little anxious about that. Taking the train from Portland to Seattle had been a bit of a pain in the butt, but with the cost of vehicle parking at hotels, and navigating a new city, it made sense to try and take advantage of Vancouver’s famed public transport system. The train ride was gorgeous. With only a few exceptions, we spent most of the time hugging the coast. A whale was even spotted from the train, not by me, although I did spot a seal!

Vancouver from the Harbour Centre

Vancouver itself is such an interesting city. I keep hearing how it’s a very European city for North America. I wasn’t sure what people meant by that, but I guess I can see now. It’s certainly an international city. Unlike most places I’ve lived in the U.S. I could quite easily see myself living there and nobody asking me what’s my ethnicity. The city is literally filled with people from all over the world. It was a lot like London in that way. You could hear so many languages and accents while walking around the city. Not to mention the sheer variety of food, which I will go into in another post. And yes, the public transport system is everything they say it is. I’ll admit, it took a while to get the hang of, but compared to Seattle, it’s a breeze.

Grouse Mountain

One thing I never quite got when reading up on Vancouver was just how close the mountains are to the city. I assumed it was a lot like Seattle. You can see them clearly, but they’re a little way aways. Not so! They are right there. In fact, on a trip up to Grouse Mountain we literally rode the bus up a suburban road to the base of the ski resort, with skiers and snowboarders, in full gear. That’s how easy and close by it is! I can’t imagine being that close to a ski resort as well as having all that paddling. They say the scuba diving is pretty cool too (at least on Vancouver Island) but I’d have to learn how to use a drysuit before I scuba dive in this part of the world.

Speaking of Vancouver Island, that was the only snafu we hit on the trip. You see we, read: me- travel writer person, forgot to do her research on getting to Victoria, where we were planning to spend a couple of days. I knew it was a ferry ride but assumed it was a short ride like the ferries around Edmonds. Not so. Turns out it’s a bit more of a trip, and since I had planned it so we would be taking the ferry back and catching the train home on the same day… we had to change our plans. Which actually worked out well. It turns out Vancouver Island has more to offer than just Wee Britain so we’ll probably look at a trip later when the weather warms up. More next time!

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Snowmen and Sea Otters

What a strange couple of weeks it’s been. First we had a crazy snow storm where we had more snow in one day than we usually get in a year. Luckily we didn’t lose power except for a couple of hours on a snowy day before the actual storm hit. However, we were ready just in case: Wood for the fire, camping gear, ski jackets, the works.

It’s disconcerting to see this much snow, especially when you haven’t dealt with snow on this level for nearly seven years. Seriously, aside from a brief stay in Queenstown in July, it’s been a while since we’d done snow. We lived on an island for four years! Because of that it was actually fun, at first, until the cabin fever set in. We did build a snow man which is always fun. The key to enjoying snow is to not actually drive anywhere. Seattlelites have a bad reputation about driving in snow. However, it’s a little unfair given that the city has so many hills: freezing rain and hills are not a good combination.

Baby Sea Otter Seattle Aquarium

Baby Sea Otter Seattle Aquarium

So you can bet I was glad when it melted all away. We spent our first blue sky day heading downtown to the aquarium where a baby sea otter had just been born a few days earlier. When we went to see it, the sea otter was still only nine days old. They don’t even know if it’s a boy or a girl yet. They currently have people monitoring mother and baby 24-hours a day. It was kinda hard to see the baby who spent most of its time floating around on his mother’s belly, although she did set him down on some rocks a few times while she was getting some grub.

The Seattle Aquarium is a quick and fun stop on the way to doing other downtown stuff. It really only takes 2-3 hours to get through, but there’s some interesting displays. My favourites included the harbour seals that got rather excited when we approached. I think they thought it was feeding time. They actually got out of the water, and approached the gate. Then there’s a couple of giant Pacific octopuses and a jelly fish display. I love watching jellyfish. It’s funny how something can be so relaxing to see when I’m out of the water, and yet make me tense as can be if I see it in the water.

Near the aquarium is the Seattle Antiques Market and I really do recommend a stop at this place. It’s become one of my favourite antique markets here just because of all the interesting odds and ends. Old sea chests? Check. Wooden propellers? Check. Vintage slot machines? Check. To me this is how an antiques store should look. We didn’t stay long since the parking meter was about to run out, but I could certainly see spending some time on a rainy day just combing through the inventory.

One thing that really made my day on this trip downtown was that I finally had the feeling of familiarity. It felt like home. Places were starting to look familiar and I had a better sense of direction than on previous trips. I gotta say, that’s a nice feeling, even for a restless traveller like me.

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Libraries & Doughnuts

Seattle Central Library

Happy New Year! It’s been a few days since I posted. Been thinking long and hard about my goals for the new year. It certainly should be an interesting one, that’s for sure. I’ve been busy planning a bit of a vacation to north of the border for some time in the future. I’m pretty excited about that since, being a travel writer that doesn’t get to travel has been quite frustrating. I had wanted to warm up in Hawaii, but that doesn’t seem like it will happen right now. Having said that, I have never been to Canada and have always wanted to go to Vancouver, so it’s kinda exciting to think about going somewhere new and unexplored. If anyone has any suggestions beyond Stanley Park and Victoria, I would love to hear them!

In the mean time, I’ve been busy exploring this fantastic city of mine. I finally joined the Sno-Isles library system, my big reason for doing so being that I could check out the Central Library downtown. For those that don’t know, Seattle has had a public library since the 1890s. Not that the current building is a grand old building. Nooo. In fact, it’s a glass monstrosity, standing all of 11 floors and with the capacity to hold 1.45 million books. Seriously, this is actually a fairly popular tourist site. If you’re not a big fan of modern architecture, you might think it’s a bit of an eye sore. But as a library, it’s gotta be the biggest library I’ve ever been to.

Those who know me, know I compare all libraries against the Croydon Central Library. On those days when I skipped class, I would go hang out at the library for hours. It literally had a cinema, a small museum, a cafe and four floors worth of library books, and so far, none could really beat it. Until now. You could spend all day at the Seattle Central Library. There’s a cafe, a meeting room, and on the top floor, a reading room with some expansive views of downtown.

It’s not quite as user-friendly as the Croydon library, but that’s a complaint I have with most U.S. libraries. If you’re not familiar with the dewey decimal for that topic, you’re stuck having to look up books on a computer. I wish it were a little more like a bookstore, where you could browse sections. Honestly, as long as I spent in the Croydon library, I never bothered to actually learn what the code was for Theatre. Another “problem” of the Seattle library is that you could end up doing a lot of walking. It’s way too easy to get lost in there. Thankfully, there are plenty of helpful librarians around to guide you in the right direction. The library is a little overwhelming, but in a good way.

We also finally got around to doing in downtown was checking out Top Pot Doughnuts in Belltown. They’re a Seattle institution and I’ve been curious to check them out for a while. For those that are familiar with Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, this could not be more different. Where as Voodoo is all about the zany, experimental flavours, Top Pot is more sophisticated. It seems an odd word to use to describe a donought shop, but it’s very apt. They offer a small selection of doughnuts, including their specialty old fashioned cake doughnuts, as well as gourmet coffee, housed in a storefront featuring lots of modern architecture. As for the doughnuts themselves, yum! No malasada, but still pretty damn good.

Another thing I learned on my trip into the city was about the downtown ambassador program. Truthfully, I was a little wigged out when a strange guy asked how we were doing. This is Seattle, not the South! It turns out he was a downtown amabassador. They are like an on-street concierge that can answer questions for you and make suggestions about places to go. What a great idea! If you’re in Seattle, just keep an eye out for the people in yellow and black!

One last note guys. I just wanted to let you all know that The Huntsman’s Tale has a special promotion starting tomorrow, 13th January. You’ll be able to go to Amazon and buy an updated copy of the book for FREE. Be sure to check it out!

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Happy Winter Veil!

The Huntsman's Tale by Shiromi Arserio

No, I didn’t play WoW, but it does amuse me to have this in-game version of Christmas and the Solstice.

Where did the month go? I honestly had planned to post more often than this!

As you can see, I have a new cover for The Huntsman’s Tale. After working so long and hard on Becca’s cover, I realised that The Huntsman’s Tale needed to be of a comparable quality, and I’m glad to say that I succeeded. I have re-released The Huntsman’s Tale with all new revisions, and the new cover. I spent a lot of December working on this, and I think this is the definitive edition. Of course, that’s what they keep saying about the Alien Quadrilogy. I will say this, if you did purchase a copy of The Huntsman’s Tale prior to this edition, feel free to drop me a note and I will happily send you a coupon code for the revised, and really truly final, edition.

I’ve also been trying to work on Shatterer of Dreams, that crazy serialised project that I find myself wondering what I’m letting myself in for. I am still going to do it, but I am delaying the first installment until February. However, I have a good reason for it. After a lot of advice and soul searching I came to the conclusion that it would be better for everyone, myself included, if I have the finished the work first. So, even though I already have seven months worth of content, I am going to finish the first draft of the novel. It means less work for me in the long run, and that way readers don’t have to be afraid that I’ll never finish it.

And then of course there’s the holidays which is keeping me busy. Christmas shopping and planning suddenly takes over. Moreover, you simply can’t be arsed to do anything. I am happily take Christmas and Boxing Day off to be as lazy as can be. However, I have plenty of work in the pipeline, including being almost finished with the first draft of my latest short story, titled The Long Night, which is a fantasy tale featuring Vikings and zombies set on the longest night of the year. Anyway, just a few more hours and I can begin my own Feast of Winter Veil and see what Greatfather Winter got me.

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Indie Book Lounge Interview

Here’s an interview that I did for the Indie Book Lounge. I don’t discuss any particular books of mine, instead I talk about important stuff like “dogs or cats”? 🙂

Have been busy re-editing The Huntsman’s Tale, which I plan to re-release in a few days with a brand spanking new cover. I have always loved the cover I made for Becca, and even though I like the current cover for Huntsman’s Tale it’s not quite as eye catching as the Becca cover. After that, it’s off to work on Shatterer of Worlds so I can have the first installment available in January.

Happy writing!

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