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Current Active Serial Story: Selkies' Skins (read on LJ, read on DW, or read at site)
Selkies' Skins manuscript wordcount:
Selkies' Skins: Castle and Well (book one): 131,693 for chapters 1 through 39, front matter, the glossary, and author bio. It is followed by a second book covering the second half of Kirsty's testing, and likely a third book or fourth book to deal with other important bits of the selkies' (yes, more than one) stories that are not focused on in Kirsty's Skinquesting. There is also an audiobook version recorded, narrated by Illya Leonov. He is also expected to narrate the books of the Dragon Shaman series. https://www.amazon.com/Castle-Well-Selkies-Skins-Book/dp/B00O9GKYW0/

Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest (book two): 41,338 and growing in the manuscript as of April 20, 2016 and is in progress. I need to look over the current manuscript for the current wordcount before editing.

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Magic is that breath never quite caught,
Flowing always just behind the scenes,
And only glimpsed when sought.
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I have forgotten when this was written, though it would have been either the 1990's or the early 2000's.
Copyrighted to me. Do not use without my written permission. It is irritating enough to have seen one of my shorts get commandeered by someone else. I have moved it here as updating the theme wiped my footers.
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She walked out on stage; the heat of the lamps beaded sweat beneath her feathers and made the tiny dress she wore still too much. Elizabeth, named so in honor of the woman who sewed the first iteration of the flag that would forever be associated with her family line, attempted to survey the gathered throng with their upraised arms. She knew they were there but those cursed and blessed lights partially blinded her, a screen between herself and them. The flash of cameras cut through, sparkling stars in the sea. Elizabeth knew that in the White House her sister, representing their many times great grandparents as the mascot of their country, watched this concert at the side of their President.
 
They all chanted her name, frenzied throngs reaching and pleaded. Was it for Freedom, though? Or was it for more confirmation and stroking of their egos? Each group wanted to be acknowledged. Each wanted their views heard, represented, upheld, and lived by. Elizabeth could only sing to the common desires. As long as she did so though for a time each group would work together instead of working to tear out each other’s throats and let their great land die.
 
She was no hero, not like Lady Liberty had told her the day Elizabeth had discovered the strange circlet that day so long ago. Back then she had been just another unheeded voice in the throng and her concerts and speeches made to empty rooms and cabarets where she was an ignored backdrop. Some of those times she hadn’t been ignored though, instead spat on and beaten for being “too liberal” or “too conservative” or even “socialist” for the messages of her songs.
 
Elizabeth wished Liberty were here with her now, or that she could fly back to the statue and perch inside her crown, or on the torch. What a pity it was that she had never been the literal lighthouse she’d been designed to be.
 
“But I am with you, Child. Just as I am with your sister, and each being that fights in their own way for Freedom, Equality, Peace, Justice, and Honor. Sing out the Truth to them. Bring Light to these Hearts lost in the Dark Storms. Show them the shore.” The voice flowed through her mind, the circlet on her brow heating and glowing.
 
The copper stylized torches, also stylized music notes began to flame. Her feathers did not burn. She never singed. In answer the enchanted jewel microphone in her left wing hand flashed and sparked in answer. Soothed, emboldened, Elizabeth stroked the inverted and stylized flame on her hips. Spreading her right wing and splaying the fingers dramatically she signaled the band she was ready.
 
Elizabeth opened with the National Anthem. It always worked. They would be more open to the words of Equality that would follow. If she persevered perhaps one day the wings of this great nation would be somewhat in tandem.
 
Materials
5.5 by 8.5 inch mixed media paper, 0.5 mm mechanical pencil, pink eraser, Prismacolor color pencils, Ohuhu alcohol markers, Copics grey scale markers, metallic and white gel pens, Crazy Art water based markers, water, brush.
 
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Flash Fiction Fridays #31: Poetry In His Veins (Dark Fiction)

 Today's podcast episode is up with some poetry and a short dark fiction by myself. I actually GREATLY disturbed myself writing today's feature because "oh, I'll write about a writer that's snowed in" went to "it's the end for me, it's at the window" very quickly.

I am still dealing with minor ear, Eustachian tube, and throat issues, and thus also am not speaking at normal levels, as well as having to rebuild filter curves for audio processing. Due to a variety of issues this therefore does not sound as loud to me after bringing the RMS up, and I still sound a little muffled.
 
Not intended for children. For those that need trigger warnings although the poems do not deal with death the feature story does.
 
Gong sound courtesy of Cloudy Skies after a fortuitous accidental discovery.
 



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Your throat isn't as recovered as first thought if when attempting to sing to the cat the dog starts barking to stop singing...
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Selkies' Skins 2: Chapter 17 part f

This was first pushed to my Patreon feed where it was visible to Patrons 3 days early.

 


Welcome back to the story! If you don't wish to use the Selkies' Skin tag to find the entries, check the ToC on the Sticky Note at Dreamwidth. Story is mirrored to my LiveJournal, from my Dreamwidth, as well as on a dedicated site. For story news and more, subscribe to my Twitter (@AmehanaArashi) or go on Facebook and like either THG StarDragon Publishing or Selkies' Skins. As always, the main tag for the full story is selkies' skins and the tag for "Temple and Skinquest" is selkies' skins 2.

Book one (Castle and Well) of Selkies' Skins is available in entirety in ebook format as of March 16th, beginning at Smashwords. The print edition is now available on Amazon and Lulu with Samantha Buckley's stunning cover depicting Kirsty and the storm. An audio edition of the first book in the series narrated by Illya Leonov and now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible, with other venues pending. He has finished "Book of Seals: Pearls of Sea and Stone" which accompanies and precedes Selkies' Skins: Castle and Well. (click to hear what he sounds like in past recordings of other projects)

I think that this installment wraps up chapter 17 of Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest (chapter 8 of section 2). Chapter 18 will be "into the box." Section 3 will follow the last leg of Kirsty's journey to set hands on her skin and return (thus, "Emergence" is the theme). Justin will be needing to get Etain to the surface and human world now that she's this side again... and we still have Mimir and Finnol, the Sea Witch's soul, and the reunion of Etain and Finnol. I am still undecided as to how much of Mimir/Finnol/ship/Etain/Justin interaction to include in book two, and how much of that should rightly go into Selkies' Skins: Blood, Fin, and Fur.

Involvement of Amehana and Vadise as they are for Dragon Shaman is due to the short story "Dreamweaver" wherein the threads of Justin and Amehana were first tangled.

 

This scene may get rewritten, moved, or dropped when preparing the webnovel version for the print version. It does touch more on distant past connections between the families of David and Kirsty.



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Selkies' Skins 2
Section 2: Temple's Light
Installment 47
Chapter 17 (part 6)
Untangling the Web, Shifting the Veil
Untangling the Web, Shifting the Veil


Vadise watched the proceedings over Amehana’s shoulder. “I don’t suppose anyone can explain to me what just happened?”

A foot fell on the stone floor, intentionally loudly instead of its accustomed silent tread.

“They rent the veil, temporarily. This is the culmination of a hunt, and the prey a woman trapped between life and death. She carries it within her still though. I wonder how kind and wise that truly was.” Herne stepped from the shadows and nodded to the elder goddesses. “They are not always known for kindness nor wiseness though. An insane, though intriguing, endeavor that hasn’t been attempted since the worlds grew farther apart and certain humans stole things from our kind.”

Mara blushed and looked uncomfortably away under his gaze. “I keep what is mine.”

“I can expect no less of the sea, can I? This isn’t your first insane wild hunt.” Herne’s star-gaze moved then to Ven’thrith and nodded. “I can’t control the counsel you keep with my sibling, either.”

Ven’thrith grunted and pressed his lips together, firmly in his masculine aspect under the accusation that burned through his layers. “I could think of no other way.”

Herne made a noncommittal sound, the low grumble of a stag choosing between patches of unsatisfactory withered grass in midwinter, then turned from his brethren to regard the selkie maid, a lesser generation deity and her mate, and the Finman fighting his own curse before continuing his reprimand. “At least you had the sense to call in a pair that already have made similar journeys of their own to help the mortals. This could have gone very differently for all of us and you might have lost more than you intended to save. Remember this.”

“You’re only sore because certain descendants of Kay and Marrok who have your attention would no longer be living out their parts in the hunter’s lay.” Ven’thrith accused.

“It would interfere with my entertainment, with future plans, and in the supply line of a particular island at this time, yes.” Herne crouched and inspected Kirsty closer, lifting her chin and ignoring the bristling of Justin, Amehana, and Vadise at his proximity.

Though still unconscious Kirsty’s eyes opened and found his face, and she turned toward him, nostrils flaring wide as she caught traces of David on his deity. Her tenuous seat in her body stabilized and strengthened as her energy reached back unafraid. Determination set her face.

“Yes, he’s looking forward to sharing news too. Strange child.” Herne grunted and nodded in reply to the strange throat sound she made. Kirsty’s eyes slipped back closed to rest and a smile quirked her lip.

He rose, and paid no attention to the priests and priestesses still gawping at him, who were unaccustomed to a being of shadows, fur, antler, exhilaration, terror, bloodlust, the baying of Hounds and Horns, fang, and claw that were so much greater in deadliness than the cruel ferocity of she that fed as the primordial shark. As he strode back into the shadows to partake in another of the many hunts always tugging his attention he cast behind him a pair of coins that landed between the ears of the dragon and fox, and a charm of feather and bead that stuck in Justin’s hair. “My vote is that she’s done more than enough to get her skin although I’m looking forward to how she handles the chamber when she finally gets there. Hopefully my favorite of them has been returned by now. This is what I most wish to see.”

Vadise grunted after the Hunter departed, taking the coin from between his ears and examining it. “Wolves… Are we done here?” Amehana did the same curiously and looked at him, tilting her head and nibbling her lower lip.

Ven’thrith nodded. “I think so, thank you for helping. I’m sorry that you got pulled into this, and without my asking if you’d both mind. And Amehana no Hoshi is one of the lad’s tutelaries.”

“I probably wouldn’t have agreed if you’d asked, and I’d have tried to dissuade Ame if you’d gone to her, Tsukiyomi.” Vadise sighed and put his coin in a hidden pocket.

“You definitely would have tried, and honestly I don’t think I’d have helped with this if I hadn’t received a direct summons.” Amehana agreed. “I feel sick. I try to avoid brushes with death of any sort, thank you. I still freeze at important moments.” The dragon frowned and reined her babbles in, “What is that poor woman infected with?”

“It would be a long explanation, and it would not sit well with you having been human several times yourself, my friend.” Ven’thith patted her head then quickly stepped away before her mate could take further umbridge.

“Go rest child. Thank you both for your service.”

 

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Dragonmas 2019 live on Dragon Hearts

It's Dragonmas! Fetu is still behaving suspiciously good. What long game is he playing? Or is he just trying to get presents? Did he just resurrect that blasted frost dragon? And a return of the fruitcake? The quirky game I write for has a new seasonal challenge live at www.dragonheartsrpg.com rpg. What ultimately happens this season? It is up to the players to decide.
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Mythical Minstrelsy volume 4 cover reveal

 Have you seen the cover for Volume Four of Mythical Minstrelsy?

Check it out on my Patreon.
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THGStarDragon.com finally up to date, and podcast episode

Regarding the Publishing Web Site

The main website has been updated and the publication catalogs made current. It will now be easier for me to update when new things need to be added. Also on the main site itself I have added a specific page to list all the print, ebook, or audiobook projects I have taken part in either as a staff member of another publisher or as a freelancer. I have done this in the spirit of cross promotion as every time a copy of those titles finds another reader or listener is goo for all parties concerned in the production.

If I have taken part in a project of yours and you want it listed please feel free to contact me.

Since the main site is now able to be more dynamic you will notice the links in the side of this blog changing as I work through choosing what to redirect, collapse, or delete. My goal is to tie them together more organically.

Podcast Episode

I have not had a chance to write any flash fictions that I am satisfied with, although I have been submitted another provocative one by Maxaxle that it slated for next week. This week I have chosen to release an episode reading from Arthur Waley's translation of "One Hundred Seventy Chinese Poems" or "170 Chinese Poems" which is freely available on Gutenberg.org.
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/42290

Entry and exit music clips are from Spynge's "Moonset" used under  Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)
Hear the full instrumental!
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My first psychology audiobook narrated

 I was very happy to be the voice for David Gain's "Enneagram: A Complete Guide to Understanding Your Personality and Improving Your Relationship" published by Stefano Maraschio.

 

 

 

 

 

I have been paid up front for my performance of this book. However, if you purchase the title through this link I will get an additional bonus if it happens to be your first purchase. Such things greatly help me provide for my family.

 

This is not a THG StarDragon Publishing title, but it is a title that I was involved in as a freelance narrator.

 

 

Bounty URLs

Amazon US: https://www.audible.com/pd/B081MJGJRY/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWU-BK-ACX0-173003&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_173003_pd_us

 

Amazon UK: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B081MTTPHP/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H7-BK-ACX0-173003&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_173003_pd_uk

 

Amazon FR: https://www.audible.fr/pd/B081MT563Y/?source_code=FRAORWS022318903C-BK-ACX0-173003&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_173003_pd_fr

 

Amazon DE: https://www.audible.de/pd/B081N12B9M/?source_code=EKAORWS022318900A-BK-ACX0-173003&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_173003_pd_de

 

 

Regular Links

https://www.amazon.com./Enneagram-Understanding-Personality-Improving-Relationship/dp/B081MXTKX5

 

Be looking on iTunes too. I'm pretty sure it is supposed to show up there eventually.


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I am pleased with this news

Enneagram: A Complete Guide to Understanding Your Personality and Improving Your Relationship
By:  David Gain
Narrated by: Teresa Garcia

This most recently narrated audiobook I see marked as "Headed to Retail" when I check in my completed projects. This means within a few days it should be popping up on iTunes, Amazon, and Audible for your listening pleasure. Ever wanted to hear me be brainy and read psychology? Now is your chance! Be watching those retailers. ;)

Current project for narration? I'm reading a book on Autophagy and weight loss.

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