Tag Archives: Holidays

Camp Nano… where are the cookies?

I’m joining camp Nano this year because I work best under a deadline and I want to finish Ring of Earth. And draft 2 of Nets to catch the wind, but that’s a different month.
I should be finished my currently un-named but sold short story by April 1st, so it’s good timing.  I am 1200 words shy of finishing the first draft of the steampunk-romance-mystery, and have about 6 days left in the month to make it make sense before sending it to my editor. So, I’m golden! Or silver. Or at least, I should be fine.

And I’ll be rested from what promises to be an awesome trip to Hawaii the last week of March. A wedding, a sunset cruise, a luau and fire dancing show…. and gazillions of photos!

Then May equals editing the short story and Ad Astra in Toronto. SO looking forward to 3 days of writing experts, book releases and panels panels panels!

June is hopefully draft 2 of Nets to Catch the Wind, July is the month of 1000 birthdays and maybe pitching myself to agents. August and September are getting A Ring of Earth edited to perfection so I can show it off at Can-Con in October. August is also Romancing the Capital, a romance genre writing/ reading weekend. With yes, book releases, panels and SWAG!

I feel like my grandmother; It’s March 10th, next is April, May,  June… it’s almost October, the whole year gone and nothing done!

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SALE! On Shifting Shards anthology.

The first anthology to hit the shelves with one of my stories in is on sale for $.99 at Amazon. It was first by three whole days!  30 at 30 was released only 3 days after Shifting Shards: tales of transformation and metamorphosis.

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The usual price for this anthology is around $5, and it includes 5 long (short) stories by Canadian writers, all around a central theme of shifting on Halloween. Shifting like werewolves, not beach sand. (Don’t ask why my brain went there on a freezing cold day)

My story, On This Day We Maen be Seen, has Norse werewolves, a 6fft tall Norse Dwarf and a Bean Sidhe (banshee) over the three nights of the full moon, which is on Halloween this year. A bad judgement call could lead to the end of the world.

It takes place in the same world as a series of novels I’m working on. And the Christmas anthology by the same publisher (Eighth Ripple Press) will have a vampire story from the same series.

So follow these links aand get your copy before the price goes back up!

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01LXP7OX0
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXP7OX0

Easter family time VS Oestre observance

Easter dinner at the in-laws, nowhere near as bad as it sounds.

Rare roast lamb, Caesar salad to die for, asparagus… and plenty of wine. It may not be thanksgiving, but I have much to be thankful for.

Including the opportunity… nay, the duty…. to tease my niece about dating the son of one of our dearest friends.  Could we be related in a couple years?

I’d have no objection, my friends own a winery!  That’s the kind of family you need.

As most of you know (dear readers), I am not Christian, but much of my family and in-laws are.  If this is a deal-breaker for you, go on your merry way with my blessings.  But for those who don’t care, it may be interesting to understand how very very many types of non-Christians there are. I am a Pagan, a Celtic reconstructionist with strong Norse leanings.  This follows my ancestry from northern Scotland and Vinland in the pre-Christian era. Yes, I have Viking ancestors who met the local tavern wenches and settled down.

Most who identify as Pagan are some variant of Wicca, a magic influenced religion created (recreated?) in the 60’s. Ostara (or Oestre) is one of their holy days. A celebration of Spring on or around the Spring Equinox. It was originally a feast day, not necessarily holy, to celebrate the birth of the lambs and the rebirth of the natural world after winter. When I first set foot on my spiritual path, Wicca was the only open group I could find. So for many years, I followed their schedule of holy days.

But I made a semi-conscious decision a few years ago to stop.  I am not Wiccan, I am not a witch; I’m a druid. The holy days are different, the beliefs are very different. So too, are the morals, though ethics remain unchanged. (the difference between morals and ethics should be the subject of a future blog, it can be complicated)

I do celebrate the Equinoxes and Solstices, but no longer do anything for the add-ons: Feb 2nd, May 1st, Aug 2nd… But lets get real.  I still do Halloween.

I mean… Halloween, the day of the dead, the veil to the underworld grows thin and I try to commune with my father, my grandparents, the boy I wanted to date who died right after high school. I can respect a holy day like that. It speaks to me, deep in my soul. Death is not the end, it is only a new beginning.

Which circles around, back to Easter. The beginning of Spring and a new gardening season. I no longer feel silly dreaming over seed catalogues.

However you celebrate Spring, and whatever you call it; I hope that your weekend was special, filled with love and chocolate.  Mine was.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Yule, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Christmas… whatever you celebrate, may it be a happy time of family and feasting!

And I have another big announcement!

I now have an author website!  It’s got a “buy now” link to Amazon (with the old cover until they update it), plus links to Smashwords, and all the other platforms like Kobo, ibooks, etc will be up as the book goes live on their sites.  Any time between one and ten business days. So check back if your preferred book format isn’t up yet.

I’m so excited!  And having a really hard time being on vacation until Jan 3.  I’ve redone my cover, made a website, uploaded the book to several platforms (each of which needed reformatting)…

I’ve also started putting up preliminary covers for the novels I’m working on that are at least a first draft stage. this should get me eager to finish them.

I guess I need to wrap presents and bake Yule goodies to start feeling the season.  of course, the new grass and budding trees don’t help. We usually have snow up to our knees by now.  My yard must think we live in Australia this year.

So, I’m off to quickly wrap and bake. Because tomorrow is the family get together, and they’re likely to be unimpressed with plastic bags.