I am writing this post after having finished writing my rant that went up on Monday. I have to say that my emotions are a little raw right now. The psychological distance is the reason why I usually save thoughts like that for my fiction.
But I know this feeling will soon pass.
Our bodies are meant to feel emotions. Chemicals, many of them constructed in the brain, are released to give our bodies the many varied sensations we feel. And it usually takes about two minutes for those chemicals to dissipate.
Already, I am beginning to feel better.
I suspect it would have taken longer for my emotions to level back out if I had continued to dwell on them.
This is why the news media latches onto a story and keeps repeating it over and over. It continues to flood the viewer with negative emotions which feed the irritation. This is why our society is getting angrier and we have so much bad going on. Solution: quit watching the news! No, seriously. Read headlines and ask yourself if you really want to invite a story into your life before reading. Don’t view any news. Read it. Choose what you read wisely. You can stay informed while not giving into the drama and trauma that our news outlets want you to surrender to. Don’t give them your energy.
All of life is about choosing how you wish to spend your life energy.
More importantly, YOU get to choose how you spend your energy. Don’t give it to someone who is willing to influence you in the way they want. You make your own choices.
People aren’t taught how to flow with their emotions and their energy, or how to focus them into their lives. I really do believe though that humanity needs to mold itself differently and that is only going to happen one person at a time; only you can choose the person you wish to be.
Do you want to be full of anxiety? How about anger? Jealousy? Fear?
I honestly believe many people choose these states. It makes them victims. Then they can have other people’s sorrow, which feeds their justification for living a lackluster life as well as supporting their addictions.
But you can change this. You can quit letting negative, ill-gotten emotions control your life. All it takes is understanding these emotions being chemicals released from your brain and a little courage to live a better life.
These stories follow the journey of an unhatched dragon egg as it passes back into the possession of another dragon, then gets chased through the galaxy by a teen who is strangely attached to it, until it finally hatches and is saved by a orphaned girl.
As is typical, there are many more stories I wish to write which tie into this. I want to tell the story of Thomis finding the egg and also the stories of Reila and Stardust roaming the Wells of the Onesong together, but I’ll start here. Moonhunter is a main character in Mystery of the Stardust Monk and he also makes a cameo appearance in Stardust. His story, Dragons of Wellsdeep, is coming soon. I love this day and age we live in where I can tell the stories I want to and to publish them as I wish. Now, I just need more time to write!
To m American readers: Happy 4th of July! Please stay safe and sane.
New release update!
This was a story I wrote a couple years ago. It ran here on my blog for a week, then turned back into a pumpkin. I held onto it. I just didn’t feel it was ready to go out into the world at since then.
Our planet has had some trying times lately. COVID, racial violence, suicides, and all manner of things that the news likes to spew around. (I will keep my personal opinion out of this, I swear! – that’s a chant I’ve been saying to myself for 2 days now when I’ve tried to write this post.)
As it turned to July, I started thinking about this story. I don’t know why it popped into my mind, perhaps because of the title, and I laughed at myself that another year was going to pass without me being able to release it.
That’s when I got the sense I’d be releasing it on the 4th.
Here it is July 1st and I’m thinking of releasing a story I hadn’t looked at in nearly two years within three days.
Thank goodness the story is very short!
As I was reading through it, I saw why I needed to release it now. I think the story reflects the demoralized feeling many in the world have today and gives a message of hope.
Uploaded on the 4th of July was born out of a “fear” I had two years ago, along with some of my own personal feelings. At that time, we approached the 1 year mark for my father’s passing. I feel like this story helped me purge some of the emotions from my system and refocus. I hope that those who go and read this story have the same kind of healing I experienced.
For the moment (and this could change in the future), Uploaded on the 4th of July is only available on Amazon as an ebook. You can read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription, otherwise the ebook is only $0.99.
Keep believing that everything will work out in the end. Tough times come around and we must go through them as best we can. We may have different skin colors and different customs, but we are humans and we are all that humanity has. Be excellent to each other.
P.S. This was actually uploaded on July 3rd, but let’s not split hairs. (grin!)
Tomorrow sees the release of the ebook version of Tangled Magic. It has developed so much since I was running it here on the blog as Onesong. In fact, it still continues to grow and change as I discovered another scene that I wanted in Walk the Path, the coming sequel to Tangled Magic. It’s fascinating to watch a story expand and deepen.
While Tangled Magic is still a day away from release, you don’t have to wait to get a story fixed. Let’s get you to Palladium.
by Dawn Blair
Chapter 42 has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the banner above to go to the current posts for my blog. There’s another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every week. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!
This excerpt is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.
Just wanted to drop a quick note about Tangled Magic being on sale for only $2.99 through the pre-order time to February 1st.
If you are already a fan or have yet to experience that (grin), this is a great time to get it. The price will be going up after the deadline and may vary depending upon how long it takes a platform to update their prices, so don’t wait.
Click the link to see if your favorite book-selling platform is listed — some might not come up until 1/28 because they don’t allow pre-orders. (Boo!)
Did you know that Rivic’s story,Tangled Magic, almost didn’t happen?
As I was working on the first three books of the Sacred Knight series and thinking about Alityka’s part, I started seeing scenes with Rivic and Alityka. I even wrote several of these scenes down. All were from Alityka’s point of view.
Then in 2015, I started writing a story as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month held in November). I had fully intended it to be a rewrite of the start of a novel I had written many years ago and lost the beginning chapters. Soon, I realized that I was actually writing two books. Yes, I had the start of my lost novel, which I wrote nearly 30 years ago and I certainly don’t remember how it started then so this was fresh, but I also had a major piece of another story. I finished NaNoWriMo with over the 50,000 words needed to “win,” but I hadn’t actually finished the novel.
After giving it some time to cool down and really figure out what I had going on, I split the two pieces apart. Yet now I had to figure out the characters I had. I so much wanted to write Alityka’s story that I resisted telling it from Rivic’s point of view, yet I knew in my heart this was exactly what was what needed to happen. Yes, Alityka’s side of my Sacred Knight story needed to be told by Rivic.
Ah, yes… in the post of my weekly chapter last Friday, I did mention that I would talk about why I’d been absent. Look at how well I dodged that!
Okay, well, if you figured from the not so discrete announcement, I’ve been busy getting Tangled Magic up. I had so wanted to let it have a longer pre-order time, maybe get some hype worked up for it. But after finding it delayed for nearly a year, I couldn’t do that. I just didn’t want to wait any longer.
So, I finally had to draw the line in the sand and say that I was getting it done.
Read it before the Sacred Knight story starts towards its conclusion with The Missing Thread (more on that to come!)
In case you are wondering, this story has changed significantly since it here on the blog under the working title of Onesong. Which, honestly, it should because the chapters I release here are merely work in progress to keep me moving. By the time I make them into a book, they should be worked out and cleaned up. It’ll be familiar, but (hopefully) delightfully different.
All of them are essentially stand-alone stories. They don’t have to be read together or in any order, but for those that want to journey with this special orb through the galaxy, this is the trio. It also introduces Moonhunter and Balthier in Mystery of the Stardust Monk.
The “reading order” to follow the orb is:
Mystery of the Stardust Monk
This is a good place to start if you want to jump into my books but haven’t known where. This is an introduction to the Wells of the Onesong and the novihomidraks (new humans born of the dragons).
Come across the sands to a place where some people want their stories told and others don’t. You never know what you will find at Alexander’s. For Thomis, this storyteller’s days grow short and he merely wants some peace.
Find it on your favorite audio distributor or start your search here. While it is available in several places, I also noticed that it is still working its way to some platforms, so if it’s not on your favorite platform currently, keep watch for it as it should be soon.
Audiobooks can be the perfect option for people who think that they don’t have time to read or who might struggle with reading a book. I find time to listen to audiobooks while I’m taking my daily walk, doing dishes, or while commuting to work. It’s not just for long trips. (grin!) I know many people who tell me they listen to audiobooks while at work — lucky dogs!