Update on Book 2 of my Domina Lumen Trilogy

Okay, I had hoped I would have book 2 finished by now and all would be right in my little world. Well, no. But, I have been working on the book and am on chapter 14, so that’s at least something! This book is more complex than book 1 and requires more research, but it’s not that complex. We will be in the World Within (inside Earth) in this book and there will be Vikings! Along with lotsa fantasy things and adventures. Anyway, I thought I should post a brief update.  Happy 4th of July.  ~ M.E.

P.S. I’m reading Patrick Rothfuss now and loving his descriptions!

Heart of Stone

Rock with heart smaller

I was dusting my rock shelf the other day…something I hadn’t done in a very long time and it seemed appropriate to dust off my blog as well. I thought I would tell the story of my “Heart of Stone.”

I found the stone years ago on the shore of a local lake while digging for fossils. I was walking with a friend who was vaguely like a boyfriend. We had been hanging out together for several years, but had never gone on a typical date. Our attraction had mostly been physical and by this time, the physical was all we had left. After years of arguing about every little thing under the sun there was no point in trying to have an intellectual conversation. It would only end in anger and exasperation. We were the prime example of “opposite’s attract.”

Despite all that, the discovery of the rock came at a time when I was feeling like we might be able to somehow, someway, make a stab at a real relationship. We couldn’t continue to depend on the physical thing holding us together for much longer. The thought of losing his affection had begun to creep into my thoughts and I wasn’t ready for that. My idea of a relationship wasn’t anything permanent, but maybe we could take it to the next level – like go out to eat in public.

I remember when I saw the stone half buried on the shore. I pulled it out of the sand to inspect what I thought I had seen and sure enough, there was a heart in the stone! This of all symbols to find on that day.  I knew it had to mean something. My heart sang! It was as if the Universe was giving me its blessing and affirmation. “Don’t be afraid! There is true love here!”

My friend was down the shore from me. I washed the sand off the stone and hurried to show it to him. He smiled and commented on how cool it was. Then he paused and looked at me and in a moment that had so many possibilities, a moment that could have been so romantic, he said, “Don’t get any ideas.” He then turned and walked on down the shore without me.

Well. It was okay. I was a little disappointed at the time, but a relationship never would have worked. We both knew it. When I came home that day, I placed the stone on my rock shelf in a prominent spot. I looked at it everyday and my desire to see my friend began to wane.  I finally broke it off for good, not in a mean way, but in a “we both know it’s coming so let’s just end it now” way. The stone had a lot to do with that. It reminded me that love was what was truly important in my life and still is. Of course, the stone could also represent the harsh cruelties of love… I guess it’s left up to personal interpretation, but I choose to see the positive in this case.   ~ M.E.




Perfection is overrated…but I still want it!

     As I stated earlier, the print version of my book recently came out and is available along with my Kindle version (which came out in August, 2015) on Amazon. I wanted to write just a little more about this first experience in self-publishing.
      Abysmal Canyon is my first book and because I chose to design the entire printed version myself, inside and out, I have experienced quite a steep learning curve. I thought creating the Kindle version was a challenge, but that was nothing compared to the print! I used templates from CreateSpace for both the interior and the front and back cover. Those were extremely helpful. Then, after several months of knashing my teeth and lots of curse words, along with moments of sheer happiness when I had finally figured something out, I began the process of ordering proofs to polish the book.
      It is amazing how differently a book reads from the digital version to the hardcopy- hold-it-in-your-hands printed book. Suddenly you see things you had totally missed – “orphan lines” are left dangling all alone at the bottom and top of pages, a chapter ends with just a few lines on an otherwise empty page, line spacing is different, indentations are different, font types, size of fonts, margins, pagination, you name it – the list goes on and on. Some of those things I had dealt with before I ordered proofs, but not all. After a lot of research on what to do, then adjusting all of the above, I finally reached a point where the book appeared to be perfect and I said, “Enough!” It was time to release my creation into the world!
      I nervously gave the okay to Amazon to release the print version publically and ordered several copies of the finished book. When the books came in, of course, as the gods would have it, there were still 3 minor grammatical dings! These were so inconsequential that they had slipped right past me and my editor numerous times. There was more cursing on my part. It irked me to no end. But, life must go on! After all, it was only a comma and a few apostrophes and ? But, I wanted so badly for my book to be perfect. I knew I would no doubt be getting some criticism for my writing style or the story line, but I didn’t want to be criticized for grammatical errors, of all things! Still, it was going to be a monumental task to go back and fix those #@*$!!%* errors and my printed book was already for sale on Amazon, so what was I to do?
     In the end, I followed the Zen path. I took a deep breath and decided to just let it go. I have read books published by major publishing houses that had errors and that didn’t bother me or keep me from reading the book. Although I have always been a bit surprised to see them, I won’t be anymore! I have a feeling most readers will probably never notice those in my book, but if they do (if you happen to be one of them) know that I am well aware of the little demonic darlings and please forgive me.. and enjoy the book anyway! Thank you! 🙂