The Trailokya Trilogy, Book 1: The Shadow Soul by K. Williams
Note that it appears K. Williams is also the only woman on the list! Take that Glass Ceiling!
Note that it appears K. Williams is also the only woman on the list! Take that Glass Ceiling!
Hello and welcome from Stevie Turner’s Blog! I hope you checked out her books. She’s from the UK. How cool is that?
Music has had a special place in my life, although I often don’t feel I can make that claim as a foray into clarinet playing as a girl turned into the torture of the family dog, who howled through practices. I also don’t feel I can make a claim because I can’t name all these bands and their members, reciting bios, and mix in musical lingo like many an obsessed fan. For me, that’s not necessary to enjoy music and have it take a large role in my life. That’s just being obsessed. I used to work for FYE (United States Entertainment retail store specializing in music and movies), so there is that.
I have playlists for my books. Which you can read about here:
(The Trailokya Trilogy “Soundtrack” on Spotify. Listen to the music that helped inspire K. Williams to write the books.)
I probably listen to music that you wouldn’t equate to an intellectual type for some reason or another. Most are startled to find out that I prefer the sounds you’d hear coming out of a New York City beat club in the middle of the night than a country girl’s apartment. I have always loved electronic. From industrial, house, trap and on, you can bet my list is hopping. Metal will make an occasional show when it’s close to industrial, but more likely you will find club music from the 1940s–swing. I like Jazz, and boast an immense collection of Sinatra, filled in by all the greats. Nina Simone is to die for. Classical and New Age before Country. I just cannot stand the sounds of country music, but you will find a few on the Trailokya list from the late 1990s via some artists who dabbled in crossover work, which was big then.
Regardless, you will find me rocking out and singing along to the music as I work on my latest book, blog or retort on Facebook. I feel the music, deep and . I have no time for those who say ‘rap is crap’ while touting their single kind of music as the end all. It doesn’t matter to me what others think of the music I listen to, because it is my time, my ears, my brain and my heart that is touched by the sounds I do enjoy. A change would be a disservice to my art and freedom. Music isn’t about controlling and conforming. It is about expression and freedom. So rock on and respect.
Check out our next author’s answer to this great question over at Zeecé Lugo‘s Blog.
Zeecé Lugo was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Brooklyn. She joined the Air Force and saw the world. She got a degree in English literature from Saginaw Valley in Michigan and then became a science teacher at Miami-Dade. Figure that one out! She now lives surrounded by mountains in a Caribbean island with her fifteen-year-old little dog, Wicked. She stays away from the news, pushy people, and up to recently, social networking. She is finally doing what she always wanted to do; she reads, she enjoys the views surrounding her home, and she writes. Her first novel, Daniel’s Fork, is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD here. A Time for Love (a novella sequel) and Edge of The World (short story) are also available at major eBook sellers. She is currently at work on her next novels. Zeecé Lugo is her writing name.
Zeecé has always loved reading. Her early loves were Agatha Christie, Victoria Holt, Dorothy Eden, Issac Asimov, Ursula K. Leguin, and other such writers that are now out of fashion. Tolkien is a love that came back into fashion. Below are links to indie novels that you can download, many of them for FREE, and that she herself has enjoyed and recommends. This links will take you to downloads for most popular formats including Kindle and ePub, at Smashwords.
Stevie Turner hails from East Anglia, UK, and attributes the countryside of her home with giving her the inspiration to write. She has found her unique voice writing the kind of novels women like to read. To date she has self-published seven books, mainly dealing with the darker side of relationships and always a bit of humor. You can find details of her books on the website http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/
Stevie is married, with two sons and three grandchildren. If she isn’t writing or working, then you’ll find her walking around her pretty country village. Return to Stevie’s Blog.
Hello and welcome from PJ MacLayne’s blog: Mountain Musings.
To the graduates of 2015.
Today will be a day of hard earned pats on the back and joyous congratulations. You’ve grown considerably and achieved a tangible goal. For some of you, this is the first tangible demarcation between the you of yesterday and the you of tomorrow: no longer a child, no longer just an adult. But, I have some bad news for you, grads. Or, good news, depending on how you look at things.
Your work is not done yet. You are rising, but there is always another rising to come.
Take the proverbial look around. You have climbed the hill and now you gaze back fondly over the course you took to get here. There are so many fond memories, accolades, hopes and goals–some achieved, some lost and some saved for a rainy day. However, while you were toiling the days away, a choice has arrived. A new direction.
Have you faced the new direction you’re headed yet? Have you even decided on that direction? You’ll have to do that–either by default, lying down in frustration and taking what is handed, or by active choice, taking the steps toward that goal symbolized by the diploma you will receive this year. I hope that you will actively choose to face the next hill, the next growth and demarcation between the you of yesterday and the you of tomorrow.
Don’t tire now. Your work is not yet done. In fact, it is just beginning. All this preparation, whether you’re graduating high school or college–a mom or dad who has gone back to get their degree, the veteran who had to wait a few more years to see their dreams of an education achieved…it was only preparation for the next big rising. Now that you have risen, you are ready to embark on the next part of your journey. Lace up those boots. Strap on your best armor. Keep that blade sharp. Forge ahead. Put your back into it. There are rough times and much more learning ahead.
Some of you will go on to seek more degrees, higher degrees, special certificates–but all of you will need to learn how to be the you in the next phase of the journey. This newly risen you. For some, that will be learning how to do the job you prepared for. Others, it will be learning how to cope as the steps to your dream become more numerous than you had planned and prepared for. Your work is not yet done. You face another demarcation between the you of yesterday and the you of tomorrow.
I hope that you will pad the gaps with anecdotes, memes and funny videos–the icing on the cake that makes those gray days a little brighter. Those vibrant crayons that fill in the details of the you of tomorrow. Think of the child you once were, and remember to play. Play like the dog who’s been cooped up all day and can finally have the run of the house–the yard, maybe even further than the fence-line. Having fun is healing and learning and strength building. Not every moment should feel like work while you prepare and move on.
As you go along this journey, you may start to notice that others pause to put down roots. They never do seem to get far from where they stop; distracted in building their homes and lives. Do not worry if you don’t measure up to them, or fear that you’re doing something wrong should you choose not to set your roots to ground. Your legs are carrying you and if you want to get to the you of tomorrow, you can’t worry about the resting legs of others. And never mind how they rise. They’re just a reminder to take time for the things that matter. To take time to notice and not just catalog things. Take the time to watch a sunset, observe the sunlight through the trees, hear the sound of the ocean, feel the cool spray of a misting rainstorm and see the super moon over New York City.
Some will wend in the circles of one’s back yard.
Don’t pale at the thought of chasing your tail if it’s what you’ve chosen. A dog finds that journey quite invigorating–and as our best friends, they probably know a thing or two we could learn by their example. The you of tomorrow, after all, is just at the other end of the you of yesterday.
So, today, enjoy those pats, with the gratefulness of Man’s Best Friend…and then break through the gate and find your road to the you you’re rising to be. Thanks for stopping by. Continue reading the circle by going to PJ Fiala‘s Blog next.
PJ Fiala is originally from Missouri. She moved to Wisconsin with her family when she was 13 years old, city kids learning to farm. The farm started out with 28 rescue cows (they were adopted from the Humane Society who took them from abusive circumstances). With all the hard work and the deep winters, Wisconsin was a hard sell until PJ met her husband. They have four children and three grand children. The pair enjoy riding their motorcycles, on which they meet new places and visit places new and old.
PJ comes from a long line of veterans: “My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.”
Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscapes. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she’s not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks.
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” ― Albert Einstein
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ― Nikola Tesla
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass." — Maya Angelou
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” ― Winston S. Churchill
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ― Anais Nin
“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.” ― Nancy Rathburn
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ― Nikola Tesla