Fire meets Ice

It’s here! Dragon’s Blood is now available, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I did add it to Kindle Unlimited so you can read it through KU if you prefer. 

If you have read Dragon’s Flame please review it on google. Reviews are the best way to help any authors you love. Telling amazon you loved a book is the only way amazon will decide to promote a book.

Prophecy By Barlight : A comedic look at self fulfilling prophecies. 
The Scarab Necklace : A tales of the crypt style short story.
Twilight Tales : Four creepy short stories. 

And until then… Keep reading

Need a good read? I gottcha covered!

Free this weekend.
The Camera – A tales from the crypt style story about a cursed item.
Flight of the Griffins –  A  peaceful people may have to rise up to save their home.
Ghostly Intentions – A fantasy haunted house story. 

Thank you so much, and I hope you enjoy.

Also, Dragon’s Blood is available for pre-order.

A tale steeped in winters ice, and dragons fire. 

If you haven’t read Dragon’s Flame it is only 99 cents, and also in KU. If you have read it I would really appreciate a review. Reviews are the life blood of the indie creator.

Dragon’s Blood available for pre-order!

The winter is coldest before the dawn.
Sybel made it across the mountains, and the sea, to the city of mages. Kemore, her best hope at getting answers about her past.
But things are never as easy as she hopes. There are enemies inside the walls, and all eyes are on her.

Daragon’s Blood is finally available for pre-order!
This has been a year long adventure. I had an outline of book two back in January and I thought it would be a quick three month jaunt to get it done, and out to the world.
Then 2020 happened. So many things outside my control, including getting sick and needing major surgery, then months of recovery.
But I finally pushed through and got it finished.
Book 1 is available for 99 cents, so if you haven’t read it now is a great time to do so. Book two is available for pre-order and will be automatically shipped to your device on the 18th!

To the stars and back again.

Today is the day! I’m finishing the last edits on Dragon’s Blood, which means it will be out next weekend. 

This has been a long journey, and there is so much revealed in this new book. I can’t wait to get it into your hands!

Meanwhile, here are three more books for you to read this weekend.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087JLL71G

Stars End: A futuristic look of life… and end death.
The Ring: The second book in the Illicit Gains series, in a Tales from the Crypt style.
The Costume Shop: A happier tale of magic and mayhem on a Halloween night. (Yes, Halloween was a couple months ago, but hopefully you enjoy it.)

Also, if you read Impology last week I would love it if you would leave the first review.

Thank you so much!

Hard at work!

October is usually Inktober, which I really enjoy participating in. However, this year I got side tracked by a new thing. Game design!
Over the course of October I designed, and published four games. Three are free, as they are prototype style games that do not feel complete, though they can be fun. The fourth one, Pumpkin Blitz, is a complete platformer with ten levels to get through, just in time for the holidays. It was set to $2, but is currently on sale for $1.

https://lelula.itch.io/ for all of the games.

Getting Old and Music

A few weeks ago everyone was talking about WAP by Cardi B. I read the lyrics, even listened to the beginning of it and…was really uncomfortable with it all.

But I have to be honest with myself. Back when I was 15 or 16 I listened to 2 Live Crew… if you haven’t heard 2 Live Crew they were the over sensational band that sang about sex in really blatant lyrics that were graphic. The one that actually made it onto the radio for a while was “Me So Horny” but it was heavily censored to get to the radio. I had the album. That song, even with the graphic lyrics, was the cleanest one on the album.

I think that’s what happens with things like this Cardi B song, though. The ones flocking to it are mid teens to 20’s. Older adults listen to it and get a little shocked because we grew up, we realized what is actually in those lyrics, and it doesn’t sound as good as it did when we were younger.

But our younger self? Bring on the sexy lyrics. Ludicrous singing about his fantasies, the Thong Song, and Missy Elliot with Work It. We listened, danced, and sang along. Even Madonna who was on every radio, every music video station, and many movies, had those songs and videos that caused scandal after scandal. She wasn’t just the queen of pop, she was a sex goddess, and we loved her for it.

I think a large part of it is that I look at a lot of the girls doing these music videos these days and I realize they are the same age as my daughters. I look at them and I think of my girls and I realize it just isn’t the same…

Music videos have gotten more graphic in some ways. “What’s Your Fantasy” had very tantalizing lyrics but the actual video is pretty tame. I was surprised when I saw it. WAP, or even Belle Delphine’s new music is more of a visual stimulant than an auditory one. I actually like Dell Delphine’s new music, but the videos make me uncomfortable so I don’t want like watching the videos.

Objectively WAP is a very average song. It lines up with a lot of other songs out there, and doesn’t do anything new. The music video leverages shock and awe with light fixtures and furniture that look like body parts, and everyone is scantily clad, but it still hasn’t gone too far beyond what every other music video does. I would even say it’s less interesting because she goes to such great lengths to use nudity. It’s like the difference between burlesque and a full frontal. The strip and the tease is what makes it tantalizing. When you’re just standing there naked it is less interesting than the tease.

But nuance is lost on a lot of people these days. They are more likely to bash you in the face with their beliefs then to try and work through them in a subtle way. I think WAP is like that. Young women who have nice bodies and use them to get eyeballs on their product, sell music, or art, or a twitch stream… Use what you’ve got, right?

I guess I don’t like the song, it isn’t to my taste, but it isn’t going to start the next generation down dark paths anymore than D&D made young geeks into Satan worshipers. So there’s that.

A journey to the stars…

September is almost over. I’m back in Texas and I’m already hoping for winter, and miss the rainy days in Seattle.

But I’m healing. We just drove another 3000 miles south from Seattle, down through LA, and over to Texas. It took four days this time because I wanted to see my daughter who lives in CA. Worth the extra time.

Also, I’ve finished the rough draft of Dragon’s Blood. I’m working on edits, but I should have it out next month. Now is a great time to read Dragon’s Flame if you haven’t yet. 

If you’re looking for a shorter read I have two books free this weekend. An anthology, and a short story. 

 
Stars End : Four short stories about life, and death, in the future. 
The Camera : A tales from the crypt style short story.

I can’t wait to get Dragon’s Blood out there. It feels like it’s been a long road to the end, but it’s more about the journey than the writing, I think. This year has been filled with crazy things, for all of us. The world has changed, and only time will tell if it’s for the better or not. And because of a lot of these changes (some personal, a lot global) things got slowed down a bit. 

 

Slowing down isn’t always a bad thing. Taking your time to enjoy the smell of the roses, or really savor that meal, or enjoy spending time with the ones you love…all of it is important so that life means more than pushing buttons. I hope that part of all the craziness moves forward with us. 

Until then, keep on reading!

I have questions….

(Note: I started writing this a few months ago before I got sick. It had some good points about story telling so I thought I’d share it. Also… SPOILERS.)

picardI just watched the new episode of Picard and I have so many questions.

Why isn’t the Dr in the brig?

Why is everyone saying Data is Soji’s (sp?) farther, not the doctor that created her?

Does anyone else find it utter cringe to call Picard “JP”?

Why did elf boy hug Seven? That seemed so out of character. For both of them.

There were a few things I actually enjoyed. Seven joining the cube was visually awesome (though it was a fast let down since it ended up not mattering what so ever). I could even see her disconnecting since she wasn’t actually part of the collective, but it wasn’t explained well. But I find it telling that my BF, who isn’t as familiar with the borg, had an immediate reaction of “that’s not how the borg work.”

The casino planet seemed out of place, and out of touch just like the casino planet in Star Wars (can we just stop it with the casinos in sci-fi?). The whole sub plot of the child on the casino planet made no impact what so ever on the entire thing and just made Raf look like a bad mom, and a junky. I feel like they could have done something with this, like had them make up at the end since she proved her conspiracy theory was real. But instead it was just a plot point to get her on the ship and didn’t actually matter.

And that’s the way the whole thing felt. Nothing actually mattered. Dr kills someone with no consequences. All the borg die with no consequences. The droids try to kill every organic being in the universe…with no consequences.

Consequences give the story gravity. It makes it matter. And the biggest consequence could have been if Picard actually died at the end. Instead they created a deus ex machina and gave him a new body. He lived, he got rid of his old ailment, and everyone is happy.

Actions should have consequences. Without them what’s the point? Everything is retconned anyway, and nothing really happened, except now androids can dream of electric sheep again.

Anyway, if you enjoyed it… well great. Every story has an audience, so they say. This clearly wasn’t for me and I have no interest in further Star Trek. I’d rather watch Axanar.