I currently have 7 titles out in print-on-demand and on Kindle, and am releasing new titles at a rate of about 1 every other month. Please check out TFA Press below on my Links page for a listing and for ordering information.
I've had a busy year. I looked at this site and realized I haven't updated it since April of 2011. Wow. Okay, I started off the year with a bang, getting Tales from Opa, The Triads, the Red Triad, The Green Triad, and Stories of the Season to TFA Press and on the shelves; most of them are also available for Kindle as well.
I received a promotion at work and moved to another department; since then, I'm working more days than ever, but there's never a dull moment. For the first time in my life, I get up in the morning and say, "Thank God, I'm going to work!" Of course, some of that is due to seeing how many of my friends, especially the over-50 crowd, who have been out of work for months and unable to find jobs. I feel very blessed in my job, despite secretly wishing I could just spend my time writing books and riding horses.
The writing class I took from Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Rusch opened up a world of possibilities and put my writing career in high gear. I took a publishing class to learn how to format my own work for other e-book formats, and design my own layout, etc. After much trepidation and a LOT of fumbling around, I managed to get The Strawberry Roan out for Nook and other e-book formats. Now I'm working on getting Tales from Opa. After that will be Ironwolfe. In the meantime, I'm putting up a bunch of short stories on Smashwords. The most fun part of that is designing my own covers. Who'd have thought it?
Alas, I am still one of the least computer-oriented people I've ever met; computers and I do not play together well, and my on-going technophobia keeps putting roadblocks in my way. Still, I'm getting a new book to TFA Press, ready to go, about every other month. I gotta say, it's very exciting.
I pulled my mare, TerraCotta (the beautiful red dun pictured at right), out of retirement and tried bringing her back to usable status. It didn't work; she needed a better option. My good friends, Chuck and Coni Davenport of Immortal Farms, found a wonderful home for her in Oregon, with people who knew about her off-and-on again lameness issues and were perfectly willing to just accept whatever she could give and enjoy her. Last I heard, they are spoiling her rotten, as she deserves.
I've been horseless ever since. It sucks.
I scaled back my performances with the Seattle Knights, only appearing in a total of 4 shows.
Know what ? IT SUCKS! I miss performing. It's in my blood. But who has time to work a regular job, write and publish books, keep up a website, keep up with a husband and partner who runs his own very demanding and constantly fluctuating business, and still perform on a regular basis?
Both my musical groups, A Little Knight Music and the Badb, took a hit this year when tragedy struck another of the group, and she had to drop out. Considering we lost John Moore last year, and another member has been dealing with horrific health issues for the past two years, we've been lucky to stay together. We added two new performers and decided to soldier on, but practice has been sporadic, to say the least.
I stood as Best Man at my former Squire's wedding in October. A wonderful guy marrying the love of his life, and I'm thrilled for him. I got a lot of miles out of the whole "Best Man with Bumps" thing. It was incredible fun, until I realized I had to give the traditional "Best Man" speech. I guess I pulled it off, since I got a few laughs as well as tears.
Now I'm half-way through The Blue Triad and trying with limited success to get it done and ready before 2012. I can already tell, it's not gonna happen. But I'll get it out as soon as I can. In the meantime, it looks like TFA Press will soon be taking on other authors, and that can only be a good thing. Although where I'm going to find the time is beyond me.
More comments from first readers of
some of my books are in my "Bibliography" section.... "Life is not a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved
body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn
out, and loudly proclaiming, '* WOW * What a Ride!!!'"
More comments from first readers of some of my books are in my "Bibliography" section....
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, '* WOW * What a Ride!!!'" Author Unknown
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