Weekend Warriors 6/30/2013

An excerpt for Seer…coming soon.
Newly designated queen, Mirandra prepares to meet a gypsy prince:

The smile that crept upon Mirandra’s lips held the sarcasm of a life time of demeaning abuse from people similar to those that greeted her with such profound respect. Mirandra held out her hand, palm downward to the northern dignitary. Men from the north appeared to be very attractive and this one was stunning, like a heroic knight in white leather and a flowing fur cloak. The queen felt herself wince against the reflected light of the man’s clothing. No doubt it was camouflage in snow, but here in the court it stung the eyes.

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A Moment’s Digression

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAMark 12:31 The second (commandment) is this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

What? what about ego? Me and I??? I have been told that I can be self-absorbed… Isn’t that a common affliction? We become so wrapped in our own perspective. We can love our neighbors… if they conform to our expectations, if they have not fallen prey to what we consider human frailties.

Hard to think about and even harder to accomplish a devotion without prejudice, anger or judgment….unconditional love.

Love…it transcends all other factors. It overrides all other concerns. What sort of a world would it be if love came above all things?

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Read It Or Eat It!!

17370344——The Dragon rubs his grey scaled belly and considers his next meal. The book Days Gone Bad  an urban fantasy written by Eric Asher lies upside-down near his cooking pots and he asks himself aloud, “should I read it …or eat it?”——

Let’s chew on the story a bit. Damian Vesik is an urban necromancer. That’s right…an enigma who manages a magic shop called Death’s Door smack dab in the middle of old town. The plot commands a panoply of secondary characters, a vampire sister, several fairies and even magical cu sith puppies, lacking nothing in tasty mythical creatures.

The necromancer himself has a hearty appetite for –of all things—! chimichangas!81d69bd2a09bf4ff1e362d6df906ac55
—–The dragon is fond of hot food and a bit of fire escapes his lips as he considers the menu!!!!——

The story shifts from problems concerning the necromancer’s sister when his mentor, Zola, returns from a long absence. There is evil afoot and it will take necromancers to fix the world’s troubles. However Damian is just a beginner at the craft…

An old ally is conjuring zombies and playing with ancient relics…putting the very essence of life at risk.

——–Cooking pros and cons:

PROS

  1. There is abundance of humor mixed into the story.
  2. Damian is a junior necromancer and so makes mistakes…which makes him way more believable.
  3. There are fairies that live in a clock and grow to gigantic proportions when angered.
  4. The plot moves along at a good pace.
  5. The prose is very readable.
  6. The story line keeps the reader attracted throughout the book.

CONS

  1. There are no dragons in the story….
  2. Chimichangas don’t reheat well with dragon fire.

The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the mind. This is an entertaining novel. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!! available where all fine food books are sold!
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A Little Gossip!

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Excerpt from Seer- A little gossip to whet the appetite…

When the Seer awoke inside Castle Kareth, the area was a hum with the chatter of servants. She had been carried to the rooms reserved for menial laborers and scullery maids and placed on a rough pallet… by Duke Baben’s orders. Her fine silk dress was snagged and covered by straw, and her hair was tangled from restless slumber. No one had regarded her as important enough to warrant calling the wizard to attend her health. Three women sat sewing in the small area, heads bobbing, chairs rocking and tongues wagging. Mirandra sat up and coughed, listening to the gossip spilling out around her.

“I heard they ran off to Mapara. The princess was in love with him,” one woman who was pulling a needle through an embroidery hoop sat chattering.

She was answered by another of her companions, “I thought she was to marry that king and bring us better food. I’m all for that,” the second woman gave a broad smile revealing a pink hole devoid of teeth.

“Nah! If it’s for us, it’ll never happen,” a chortling laugh exploded from across the room. “Don’t get your hopes up. The heart is gone from Kareth. Aint no one here gonna care what happens to us…”

“Looks like Her Majesty’s awake,” the first girl nodded her head toward Mirandra as the Seer straightened her gown. The three servants stared at her. “So what happened to you, Sweetie? Where do you belong? Haven’t seen you here and your clothes are too nice to be in this part of the castle. The duke brought you here himself, he did.”

Mirandra smiled at the expectant faces. They were interested in any juicy tidbit she might throw, like lions after meat. “What happened? Who’s in love with the princess?” Mirandra laughed indicating that she had been eavesdropping.

“Why the duke is. The two of them ran away together. They were both gone this morning,” the toothless maid gifted the Seer with a wide grin. “And the royal bed looked like it had quite a roll.”

“Hattie! Hush!” The other girl responded surprised her friend would speak so freely in front of a stranger.

“It’s all right,” Mirandra rubbed her forehead. “I’m no one important,” she returned the smile. “I was just here to care for the princess’s cat.”

“I told you she was the Seer,” one of them barked and slid her chair backwards slightly. Apprehension filled the space between them.

Another Manic Tuesday

Those of you who know me are familiar with my manic call. Hahahahaha!

For the rest I say no worries. There is plenty of time to learn that I enjoy humor, especially directed at myself. Striped cats love to laugh!

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Laughter and dreams define our worlds. they make us who we are. In the best of times they give us identity and in the worst they give us hope. You can let go of them, if you want. As for me? I am a striped cat and a dragon who believes that one day he may just be a human.

A Moment’s Thought

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“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.”

I came into the world kicking and screaming and completely naked. I brought absolutely nothing here with me… and I will take nothing with me when I leave. No amount of money or power can change this reality. Life is a temporary thing, a journey, not an end.

As fragile and delicate as a gentle breeze, the spark of life is earthbound and then gone. Look around. What do you gain through harsh actions, intolerance, impatience and anger?

Myself, I gain very little. I wallow  in attempts to assert my ego… and the clock is ticking. No matter what I accrue I will leave the world as I first came into it, unburdened by everything…perhaps except the weight of my deeds.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Weekend Warriors 6/23/13

An excerpt from Seer, book 2- the Chronicles of Marithe: The great wizard must tell his friends that he is not a human. He has no idea how they will react—

“There has been massive destruction of the dragons.” His last sentence floated quietly out over the crowd. The humans gathered in the Tespin Inn did not cheer or show signs of fear, but rather waited for his next words.  The great wizard had paused to gauge their reactions.  When he saw nothing in the peoples’ demeanor to suggest that they were in favor of dragon annihilation, he continued— the populace hanging on every word.

“It has come time for me to choose sides in the Great War. I will always love Tespin and guard you, all of you.  Please understand that.  Nothing has changed my high regard for my home and my family here, but…” He paused lifting his head to search their eyes, “I am a dragon by birth.”

Seer should be available near the end of July 2013

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