Yesterday, I had the distinct honor of serving as a judge for the California Lions Student Speakers Program, District 4-L2, Foothill Region.
The speakers were very talented high school students, one freshman and two juniors.
I cannot express how proud I am to participate in such a fantastic program that offers a great opportunity for students. If you have students entering high school any time soon, I recommend you encourage them to participate. The journey itself will be well worth their while.
The Assassin’s Escape is nearing publication. I have submitted the files for review and will soon be ordering the proof to do the final check before publication.
I am incredibly excited about getting my second novel out to readers.
Many thanks to Christian Hecker of Tigaer-Design.com for spectacular cover art!
April 2015 was an emotional month, filled with upheaval and changes in my life.
May 2015 has given me time to assess those changes, adapt and integrate them, and plan for who I will be going forward. This time of turbulence has stirred the waters and dredged projects and ideas from the recesses of my mind and between the beats of my heart.
Not a prolific outpouring, but honest, heartfelt sentiment contained in three poems. The first is a birthday greeting from my tradition of poetic or lyrical wishes. The next two are self-(un?)explanatory but revelatory nonetheless. Enjoy and be well.
A Birthday Wish – May 2015
Years ago a bud formed,
The leaves peeled back and a flower blossomed,
Each day it grew more lovely,
Birds sung and bees danced,
We celebrate the day your bud formed,
Singing and dancing.
A Pebble in My Love
Throw a pebble in my love,
Trace the ripples to the shore,
Spin a rock across the surface,
Skipping to be swallowed whole,
Plunge a boulder to the depths,
Mountain peak and valley furrow,
Falls to sea from refreshing streams,
My love is eternal.
Kiss the Dawn
Swaddled in the quiet cool,
Before the first drawn breath,
I hear the purple silence rose-en,
And turn on the pillow toward you,
Your eyelids crack,
Spreading the morning dust,
Across your rosy cheeks,
Turning golden with the light,
No blanket of clouds,
Feather thin or gathered gloom,
Mountain shower or cavern keep,
Can obscure your love,
I toast your golden setting,
Swell in the crisp of your heat,
Breathe in the moist dew,
Lean over and kiss the dawn.
The Assassin’s Escape is currently being proofread. I’m looking forward to the feedback from the proofreaders.
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on The Assassin III. I’m withholding the actual title because it would be a bit of a spoiler for the ending of Escape. The planning is completed as are eight chapters of the first draft.
I can’t give you too many details because III kicks off shortly after Escape ends, but it’s already been fun getting things started. A combination of new and old characters makes for interesting interactions and new agendas. The foundation has been established and it’s time to stir up the still waters.
The Assassin’s Escape temporary cover and blurb:
It’s been three years since events on Ganoten sent Darla to the remote planet Kierason. Devastated by her lover’s disappearance and his implication in her father’s assassination, she buried herself in government duties. August General Holliwell orders Darla to actively pursue social relationships, especially the romantic kind, and Darla reluctantly complies. Before she can get back on her feet, a mysterious figure from the past turns her world upside down, sending her on a perilous journey that could be the end of life as she knows it.
The sequel to the action-packed Assassin’s Cradle, The Assassin’s Escape explores the personal and political consequences of Konoliner’s fall from Ganoten and introduces the sinister mystery that will change the lives of everyone in the Tonatium Region. Don’t miss the thrills and chills of the Assassin’s Escape.
The Assassin’s Book III planning progressing to the next level of detail.
I am excited to announce that I’ve finished The Assassin’s Escape draft.
I’ll create a temporary cover and blurb and send it out to my proffreaders.
I’m really excited about how it has evolved through the draft process. At about half the length of Cradle, there were about half as many surprises, and I think the readers will enjoy them as much as I did.
When revising Cradle, I made the biggest changes between the 1st and 2nd drafts. After that, changes were incremental. When revising Escape, I was making substantive changes with each pass, and each one improved the story significantly.
I am extremely excited to announce that I’ve finished the second draft of the Assassin’s Escape.
I cleaned up some clunky passages, added a couple chapters, bolstered one of the ongoing conspiracies, and beefed up the drama and tension of the ending.
I’m not certain yet whether I’ll take a step back before breaking out the wax and polishing up the prose. But at the finish, I was (and currently am) deeply immersed in the action that had just concluded, and I’m really excited about getting the rest of the story as polished as the new and re-written chapters are.
It was definitely more fun the second time around.