Sunday, 9 April 2017

Life and curve balls

courtesy of Pixabay

I started the year off great on my reading blog and then it all fizzled. I've been feeling like I'm on a merry-go-round - with family commitments and health issues. I did break this up with a bit of design work and decluttering, but on the whole it's been of a struggle from February.

Thank goodness for audio books, which has kept my reading going and kept me sane.

This past week I've restarted doing the final polish of the Novel-That-Will-Not-End. Only small steps but I'm grateful for even that.

I'm baby stepping with everything in my life. It helps me achieve things in a manageable way without overwhelming myself. It's been a long time since I've had CFS and Fibromyalgia and still I struggle with trying to do too much on my good days. I want to forge ahead with all my writing and design projects, with housework, with well everything I can think of  - but this will inevitably lead me to be exhausted physically and mentally.

So, baby steps.

In that tradition, I've done a blog post over at Eleni's Library, continuing reviewing my 2016 reading - this time with series that I enjoyed last year.

I'll continue with my final polish work and submit it before working on other projects. My hope is that my creative brain space will be freed up by doing this.

Be well, my blog readers, and hopefully the next post won't be so long in the making.

~Eleni x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Flash Fiction Friday: Dragon's Quest

It's been a long time since I've shared a flash fiction story on my blog.

Dragon's Quest was published originally by Antipodean SF,  Issue 156, June 2011. There is a podcast also available of this in Show 156 Delta (read by yours truly at around 19.02).

News of the dragon's capture reached the castle. But not of who had caught the elusive beast. The Prince of Renu? The Lord of Rawry? Or any of the other dozen in pursuit?

The Steward Mikhail waited, hoping this ridiculous show would cease. He kept this to himself. Here on assignment, he would see it through. For the sake of the dragon.

And her keeper.

Over the next day, many of the pursuers trotted back to the castle — but not the one he waited for.

"Mikhail, what ails you?"

Caught off-guard, he schooled his features. "Nothing of import, Sire."

King Patrik raised his bushy eyebrows. "I know you and my daughter are firm friends."

Mikhail inclined his head. "Indeed. With all these men vying for her hand, and a dragon on the loose..." He trailed off, for the first time finding it hard to speak.

The King gave him a sad smile. "I understand, Mikhail. But the law is the law. Anyone who captures the dragon has her hand in marriage." He hastily looked away.

Mikhail bit back a growl. Another stupid law in these lands. Women not being able to choose their spouses. Two of his passions were out there, and he could do nothing. As Steward, his place was by the king's side, not part of the horde of pursuers.

That evening a flurry of excitement came with a request for an audience with the king about the dragon. Almost immediately, the hooded figure was granted access to the Great Hall.

Mikhail exhaled with relief.

"My Liege, I present to you Ellia of the Spirint Clan," said a low voice.

A united gasp filled the room as the figure opened its robe, and a small animal the size of a newborn pup jumped onto an outstretched hand. Dazzling colours fluttered around the room, almost too bright to look at.

"What is that?" King Patrik's eyes widened with wonder.

"This, my dear father, is the dragon everyone has been seeking."

Another audible gasp sounded around the room as Princess Truen revealed herself.

Mikhail couldn't help but grin.

"Truen? You are meant to be safe in the summer home."

Truen flashed a smile. "Oh father, you are sweet, but Ellia was never dangerous."

The King cleared his throat. "But all those sightings?"

Mikhail stepped up. "If I could explain, Your Majesty. Dragons have the ability to project a larger image when threatened."

The King narrowed his eyes. "But..."

"Father, they need our protection. Mikhail has taught me the ways of old, when dragons were respected in this land."

The King rose and stepped forward, looking from Truen to Mikhail, his eyes twinkling. "Then, my dear, you have the choice of whom you wish to marry. After all, the law is the law."

There was scuffling as the crowd vied for her attention.

Truen smiled and her eyes landed on Mikhail, brightening. "I have made my choice."

"Good for you, princess," Ellia said, leaving everyone except Mikhail and Truen agape.

courtesy of Pixabay


Hope you enjoyed this!

If you like short fiction of a speculative nature, why not check out Antipodean SF. 


Saturday, 7 January 2017

2017 is here - thank F$@* for that!

2016 seemed to be a year that almost everyone I know and even those I don't know attributed as being a crap year. Just look at all the celebrity deaths 2016 claimed. One after the other, legends from across the entertainment world were taken, a little bit of light in the world taken with them.

Personally it was a year of struggle, so I'm glad to see the back of 2016. Really glad as my blog post title can attest to.

Now, one week into 2017 I'm thinking not of resolutions but more what I want to achieve in the next year. Goals which can be broken down into achievable tasks.

I want to continue my decluttering. It's a slow process for me - it takes so much of my mental energy away - but it is worth it in the long run.

Reading was the one good thing of 2016 that I would like to continue. Over at Eleni's Library, I've been putting my wrap ups from my reading challenges.

Design projects I've wanted to tackle have been calling me, but mostly I want to get back into my writing. Firstly editing a fantasy manuscript, which I hope would do a mental declutter and allow the creativity to free up again to write rather than edit.

All in all, I'm looking forward to 2017. I know that I need to pace myself and that's always been a challenge for me but I'm looking at the new year with optimism and moving forward.

Suffice to say, I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you and yours. We deserve a great year full of joy and delight.

Happy 2017!! 

~Eleni x

Sunday, 27 November 2016

In the Cave: still limping along...

I've been in my cave the last few weeks - partly getting some editing done, partly dealing with ongoing head/neck aches, partly trying to slowly get rid of clutter (mostly on my computer), partly doing a workshop.

The editing had been put on hold for a little while as my iPad decided not to shut off or on. The Apple logo glared at me accusingly - of what, I do not know. Finally managed to restore it. So I can continue my editing on the iPad. I found that since the iPad is not where I usually edit, I can pick up errors easier there. So I'll be adding that to my rounds of reviewing in future.

I mentioned last post I am enrolled in the Self Publishing online workshop this month and while I have been reading the information and checking out the forums, I haven't been able to concentrate long enough to tackle the instructions thanks to the ongoing head/neck issues.  To say this is really annoying is an understatement. I have been looking forward to this workshop for months. I may not get the full benefit of the course until after it finishes but I'm looking at it at least instead of completely withdrawing.

However, I have taken a break from Facebook for a little bit. As much as I like seeing what others are up to, I'm finding I'm there haphazardly. Same with Twitter. I seem to mainly been on Goodreads at the moment because thanks to audio books especially, I'm still getting reading done. Also I think reading uses a different part of the brain than is needed for editing and for following instructions, so I can concentrate on it a little more. I'll be thinking about what is best for me with regards to social media. I may pop up there from time to time, but I'll probably be in my cave for the rest of the year still trying to get some work and rest happening.

Really that's it from me. I may no longer be fast at getting things done but I'm persistent - some would say freaking stubborn but at least I'm moving forward.

Be well. Yia!


Saturday, 5 November 2016

Crap week, 100 books read, and self publishing...oh, my!

It's been one of those weeks. I had so much planned to do but alas my health decided to raise it's hands in the air and say 'nup'.
Love to read! courtesy of Pixabay

And I listened. I rested and listened to books. And repeated the cycle.

In so doing, I've reached 100 books read for the year. Yay!

I've tried to fix a bug on the blog with regards to the links. It's not meant to be underlined nor be blue in colour but I just can't seem to work out why it's like that. I'll eventually work it out or the bug will fix itself but it's damn frustrating.

Okay so what else had I been doing before this week.

I undertook a newsletter course via the Romance Writers of America. I had started a newsletter earlier in the year but really didn't get far with it. I thought it was time to look at it again. Alas, when i looked at it again, I accidentally deleted my contacts! Yes, completely dumb. I thought I had been shifting names between lists and didn't realise my error until a few days later.

If you had signed up to my newsletter before October 2016, please sign up again. I really am sorry for the inconvenience. I promise to be extra careful when looking at the contacts.

I'm currently doing an online course via the Romance Writers of Australia on self-publishing with author, Cathleen Ross. I'm hoping for a re-release of one of one of my Musa Publishing titles. Watch this space!

Oh and I'm polishing a manuscript. It's taking a while as I keep stopping and starting, but I made good progress pre this week.

That's all for me for now!

~Be well. Be happy. Be kind.~


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