• Chapter 24 sneak peak

    Wanted to share a small portion of this chapter, it’s one of my favorite sequences in the book. Enjoy!

    The morning desert sun shone down on Snikm’s massive arena, filled with cheers and anticipation. Ice covered the floor.

    From beneath, a pale blond woman emerged, wearing ice skates. Adorned in a sparkly, tight black outfit with red highlights, she wore a an elegant updo. All eyes gazed upon her in silence. Her solemn visage shone on four immense enchanted tapestries, forming a grand cube. Suspended in the air, it overlooked the arena.

    Drum beats sounded as she skated around. A soft piano melody played, and violins joined in, blending with cellos, evoking somber emotion for a beautiful performance. Gliding to the center, she stood statuesque, arms clasped behind. Moments passed, and her arms raised.

    Silence ensnared the audience while she held her stance. Seconds seemed like hours. She slammed one skate into the ice, sending out spiderweb cracks. A backflip followed. Upon landing, her skates struck hard, creating jagged fissures.

    “Fuck this! Let’s have some real fun!” she yelled, her feisty voice filling the arena.

    The crowd erupted in loud applause and screams, chanting, “Kolana! Kolana!”

    Twirling, the air around her rippled, skates morphing to a silver snowboard, outfit into a silver tuxedo. The icy floor transformed into a large ramp, leaving a thin runway to her feet.

    An electric guitar manifested in her grasp. With fervent strokes, she unleashed a rock anthem roaring through the arena. Suddenly she sped towards the ramp, playing her guitar wildly. Launching skyward, she executed breathtaking spins and flips, landing on a floating platform high above.

    Casting her guitar and snowboard skyward, they exploded into silver and green fireworks, bathing the arena in light. Arms raised, she shouted, “Who’s ready for some Triple R?!”

    The icy ramp and runway flickered out of existence, and the arena quivered under the sheer force of shouting, clapping, and stomping.

  • Why am I Writing?

    I’ve written software since age 7. Now I’m in my 40s and I’m trying my hand at writing. Insane? Probably. A worthy quest? I hope so.

    Today I wanted to share my inspiration for the Nightwind series of books. By the way I’m still on book one, doing some major revisions as I learn more about plot structures, character development, and things of that nature. But I digress. When Russia waged total war upon Ukraine in February 2022, I had watched for several months, feeling angst. I already knew some Ukranians online, and the sinking feeling one gets when anticipating the worst grew until Russia invaded.

    Russia, the supposed number 2 army in the world, brutally invaded their neighbor, claiming Nazi’s roamed everywhere, and Ukraine needed to be demilitarized. Both utter nonsense. Their president is Jewish. And their initial invasion failed.

    Now we approach the two-year anniversary of the invasion. The war remains a stalemate. Countries around the world drag their feet, fearing escalation. And it sickens me. Ukrainians civilians die every day. Russia spends billions of USD worth of munitions to lob missiles at targets with no military value.

    I’ve posted online, sharing my support with many in Ukraine. But I wanted another medium, so I’m combining my ideas in story. I’m passionate about writing viseral and poignant stories showing elements of war and other conflicts. I hope those reading my stories find entertainment, meaning, and hope. And I desire to honor Ukraine in my own way.

    I’ll conclude with a link to this video, showing the horrors of Mariupol. Unsure about what Russia is doing in Ukraine and the damage and human cost? Watch the video. Be warned, it’s graphic.

  • What’s in a Name?

    I looked up the definition of Alara today, a name I picked randomly from a list of female baby names. It means “Water Fairy.” Spoiler alert, Alara isn’t a water fairy.

    For much of the morning I researched a new name for her. I came up with Saffa, meaning “innocent,” and “pure.”

    It’s a little weird changing the name after most of the book is written, but this new name is much better for her character.

  • Last update of 2023

    I started writing Nightwind: Fury in earnest five months ago. Creating a fantasy world is daunting, given the scope and effort. But I enjoy all of it. Every project or organization needs guiding principles, and for Nightwind books it’s the seven following ideas:

    • Capable and compelling female characters
    • Freedom
    • Adventure
    • Magic
    • Conflict
    • Love
    • Humor

    I’m done with chapter 27 edits and partway through chapter 28. Here’s my current word stats…

    Wishing you all the best in 2024.

  • Book One Cover Artwork

    I have a cover for book one! An artist in Ukraine made it, and I’m pretty happy. Here is the front:

    And here’s the back:

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