Saturday, June 9, 2018

hot summer days

Summer is definitely here! This weekend is hot with expected highs today and tomorrow of around 90 F, probably higher. On top of that, there's not much wind. It's always windy here on the prairie, except on hot days (of course). (edit: it got windy!)

This morning, I had intended to ride my horse while it was cool--I've hardly seen him all week because of my already busy schedule. However, it was already hot this morning by the time I brought him in from his pasture where I have him boarded. So, after cleaning him off and spraying him down with fly spray, we just hung out.

I like to get him away from his herd when I can, as long as he's confident. Ruining a horse's confidence by pushing for too much will set you back. He's been gaining confidence in me over the nearly three years that I've had him--we have it solid in groundwork, but everything is different when a horse can't see his herd leader (human or horse). I know how different horse personalities are and have worked hard to push him just a little bit at a time so that he has to think about something new but then soon realizes that he's all right and feels more comfortable. I like a horse that is calm and confident, not simply containing himself because he doesn't feel like he can express himself; the just-getting-along-to-get-it-over-with horses end up blowing up at some point.

So, I took Buddy out to graze in the ditch out front, away from his herd, where the grass is untouched and tall. We've done that before, and he doesn't necessarily like it, but he settles down and enjoys the change, especially the alfalfa. Once he settled down, and when he was in a spot where I had a ledge, I took the opportunity to get on his back and enjoy the view. He hardly moved. The grass was thick there and he was content to just stay in one spot.








Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Enlightenment is here!

I love saying that. What a good word to make a statement with. In this case, however, it's a title.

Enlightenment is currently uploaded for major retailers but not yet fully distributed. I have reworked the description:
For the first time, the daemons of the Shadow Realm are afraid. Lilly has destroyed many of them for the sake of forbidden love. 
However, the same power to kill daemons has also left Darrac teetering on the brink of death. Heartbroken, Lilly has sworn to do anything to save him, even cross to the Shadow Realm, but first, she must learn to control her power. That won't be easy—she doesn't understand it. No one does. But she is determined to learn, even if that means cooperating with the one man who would gladly see Darrac dead. 
Mychel has no love for daemons, not even those who might have changed, but he is dedicated to protecting Lilly. As part of his efforts to hide her from the daemons, he steals her away to an ancient monastery halfway around the world. There, they will uncover secrets that could alter the fates of both realms, but the daemons have other plans.
If you haven't yet read Book 1 of the Luriel Cycle, the ebook is free at all major retailers, including the Google Play store.

As of this post, Enlightenment is available at Amazon, Google Play, and Smashwords for only $3.99. Links are in The Luriel Cycle tab at the top of my blog.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Getting closer to Enlightenment

Enlightenment has been delayed a bit. I found myself closely following the whole freedom of expression case going on in the indie writing community. Because of that, I rejoined Twitter. Many of us writers have been restless to get to a point that we know that the first amendment is on our side and that trademark trolls can't steal our creative freedom from us.

There is a point and a place for trademarks, but hoarding words and threatening writers who use them is not that. Today, a judge reaffirmed that right, but there is more to come in this. It isn't over yet, but this first step to unraveling this mess frees me from worrying and watching the Twitter feed for updates.

While the whole incident is focused on the romance genre, it affects writers of all genres, including science fiction and fantasy. Where one troll started this, there have been many more popping up, although none quite so bitter. The rulings in this case will set a precedent for everyone, and, to our relief, it seems that freedom of expression is more important to the law than one person's marketing monopoly. Trademark was not meant to be a weapon for writers but a protection. A hammer can be used as a tool or a weapon. Once it becomes a weapon, all bets are off--the victims will defend themselves.

So, now that the first victory in this long road has been achieved, we can all breathe a little easier.

I have been working through this, but my attention has been split. It has delayed editing on Enlightenment. I've also been very picky about fixing every little detail. I'm a perfectionist, but I also know that no one person is perfect, not even in editing. I know that no matter how many edits a book receives, I will always find something to change, especially as I improve or have better days of focus.

At the earliest, I will have Enlightenment ready for release on June 10. It's looking like Eternal may be released in early July. This is why I didn't set up preorders of either book. When they're ready, they'll be available. (Preorders generally require a 2 week lead time to get the final version uploaded.)

Thank you for your patience.

ps--later this summer, I hope to have an announcement about the next segment of the Starfire Angels series.