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Welcome Note (updated September 16, 2018)

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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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Inktober is upon us

 "4-Spell" by AmehanaRainStarDrago has some color today. Drawn for the #inktober2018 challenge the accompanying #poem is on the image page itself.  Every day I intend to post one new inking AND poem to my DeviantArt and sharing to my Patreon. 
 
I really enjoyed this one as I got to do something that I've been looking forward to... drawing some crystals. I am very seriously leaning to breaking out the Speedball sketch pen dip pen set and getting into my shimmering purple Hayabusa and black Noodler's inks early.

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That was weird

Weird dream

I dreamt I was Raikou Hake (rp character) and busy illustrating for a travel novel about her/my excursions. Except it was one of the darker ones in pursuit of one of the amulets from the wellspring of knowledge arc and involved facing down some dark forces that would have preferred her not to return the wellspring to the state it was in before the Ibex took over her ancestral land. While working she had a slip in control and made things "too lifelike" and had to relive the chapter all over again to get back out of the dang picture. I woke just before she could make an intentional change to the illustration to put in a failsafe so the readers wouldn't die reading it. I shouldn't have pushed through those extra two illustration panels last night.
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Saturday's Mega Busy Day

My house is the sort where when I wake up and am heading to the kitchen to make coffee my mother is coming in announcing that we are building the platform bed for Athena's room today. Saturday was spent cleaning Elder Child's room (scary) in order to get the old bed and frame out, tetrising things around, helping build the bed, more cleaning, shoving a couch under the bed to finally have that out of the way, tetrising things again, and then making the bed after feeding mom. No, I'm not breaking that into a smaller sentence. This doesn't even adequately convey how unexpectedly busy my day was. I didn't get to even touch my computer until that was done and I needed to get mother the wifi password.

With things moved around her room I'll be able to put daughter's clothes away as they get washed. Finally drawers are once again accessible to me. Breaking myself putting away laundry is NOT something I wish to have on my "Weird Ways I have massively injured myself" list. We'll somewhat be able to use her room as a living room (which is the original house layout) again.

Mother also accidentally dinged the leg of my beautiful tv table with the saw... Guess who will be filling that with wood putty once I remember what drawer I stowed my putty knife in.

Did not get any audio work done, quest writing, nor illustration jobs done. One of the items on the "this really needs done" list is finished though.
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Project Updates

 Mythical Minstrelsy

Within a week we should be seeing the print edition of Mythical Minstrelsy, volume 1 (the 2015-2016 volume) hitting Amazon. It will take a few days longer generally for the print edition to link to the ebook edition. Hopefully soon I will be able to have layout ready for volume 2 print and ebook as I try to catch up my own backlog (so many projects get prioritized over my own writings). I will post again once I see that it has become available.

 

Illustrations

In other news I am working on color for panels 11 through 15 of the Starr Family's Ice Cream Creation with PenIt! Publications. After the completion of that children's book project I will begin the art for the next Moey book, also with that publishing house.

 

Selkies' Skins

I champ at the bit to get back to the current volume of the series.

 

The Ian's Realm Saga Trilogy

Work is still ongoing with getting clean tracks for the audiobook version of D.L. Gardner's classic book. It has not been as quiet nor as calm a summer as I needed for the rerecording of the chapters.

 

Dragon Hearts RPG

There have been a few delays in getting to writing the second part of the current split questline. I need to check in the work tickets to see if the gamesite owner/coder has had a change to work on the code for the first part of this installment in Fetu's saga and if anything is ready for testing.


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State of the Forest so I'll remember in future years

I-5 was closed for a few days due to the Delta Fire. It's been reopened today with certain restrictions including to flammables. That had popped up on the 5th and spread so fast that I was glad the kids were to spend the night at my daughter's boyfriend's house that night. It put them further from the fire just in case. Merlin admitted he was a bit scared, but when he came home from school the next day he was less scared. I think the fear was due to living in wariness for so long due to the intense fire season we've had thus far this year. I can't blame him. He was there at the school in Weed the day of the Boles fire, and we talked before about how sometimes things make him remember that day.

Delta I don't expect to give us trouble in McCloud. That has to go around or through Hirz. I am certainly concerned for the communities down by that fire though. The 5 being open I'll take as a good sign even though Delta's only at 5% containment.

Hirz fire is now listed as 12 miles from McCloud. I live about 7 miles south of McCloud traveling the road going toward the fire but still north of the Siskiyou-Shasta county line. This is at 95% containment and looks like two small areas to create lines yet. Not totally out of the woods yet on this fire. Technically I should stay ready to evacuate if needed. Will be glad when that bugger is out.

Part of me wonders if this will bring property value in the McCloud area back to sane levels. Some of those houses are selling at ridiculous prices. >.>


Hirz Fire info and map: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6116/

Delta Fire info and map: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6191/

I-5 restrictions article: http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/news/20180910/i-5-open-with-restrictions-after-delta-fire-damages-roadway 
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Meditation video and update

 Fire Meditation is finally out in video form for the Godai guided meditation series.


I fully intended to work on the manuscript for the second book of Selkies' Skins. I wasn't allowed to keep my head in writing mode uninterrupted. I ended up finished up the ebook layout (I hope) for the second volume of the Mythical Minstrely project. After that it should not be too much longer before I'll have the pdf ready for the print version of that project. My own book projects have been delayed a bit too long, mostly due to my having to expend my limited energy in other (very necessary) venues.
 
My plans for tonight include working on the divider page image so that I'm not reusing last years, a new picture of "Maria Lightwatch" to manipulate, and coloring some of the illustration panels for the Ice cream book I'm illustrating for the PenIt Publications work files. I'm not sure I'll be able to cover all of my selected tasks for the day. I also still need to do more work on the rerecording and processing of The Ian's Realm Saga audiobook for D.L. Garnder.
 
I need to figure out where in the Dreaming Twilight lands in the Ontario sim of Second Life I will select for the bardic wander. I still haven't hit all of the parcels that are linked by the world's transport system. Having to use only satellite internet vastly restricts what I am able to do with/for Nisa and the other lands of the world the land and characters have slid to, and how much I am able to help out with that project.
 
I also still need to finish writing up phase two of the questline for Dragon Hearts current seasonal challenge. Phase one has been approved and is awaiting Obsidian to code it. We are coming closer to Samhain and soon it will be time for the direct face off again with Fetu. It will be interesting to see what impact playerbase choices have on the lore for Rhian and Dragon Hearts.
 
For now I must finish up my coffee and get to the store. The rest of the ingredients for my daughter's special chicken soup are needed.



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Retrograde, stop!

 My Jeep is down for repairs. My daughter's is acting up and is thus down for now as well. I will be unable to get into town for setting up and running my booth tomorrow, Friday, at the Lumberjack Fiesta in McCloud due to transport issues. My mother will be arriving after 8PM tomorrow though, so hopefully I will still be able to set up and run the booth on Saturday and Sunday. I was looking very forward to having books, daughter's homemade bath goods, art, bookmarks, and my son's papercraft models out for sale for this event.
 
We will get the vehicles fixed... Right now I am... rather inconvenienced, as are my daughter and her boyfriend who have quite the long drive to their jobs.
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So We're down to one Jeep

 I am having a lot of bad luck lately. The radiator on my Jeep has cracked. I'm opening up commissions to help pay that work off faster. I've not gotten a quote yet, this just happened today. We are down to my daughter's Jeep (which also needs some work).

Commissions Info https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/journal/Commissions-Stuff-for-SL-and-in-General-Updated-566657935
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I feel silly, but... a pen...

In my email I found that Goldspot Pens is running a giveaway for a pen. It would be nice to have a good fountain pen. I can get an extra entry if others enter too. It's a limited edition Aurora Optima Anniversary fountain pen with a 14kt gold flex nib.

Referral link: https://wn.nr/tQxStg

Deadline for entries is July 31st. Winner picked and announced Aug 1st.

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