gallery-thumbnails-headacheHeadaches.  I want to talk about headaches today. Mostly because I have one that started yesterday and has the stamina of the Energizer Bunny. I’ve learned by now that my headaches come in many forms. The physical ones that come from stress, like the one I have now; the migraines that come from my injuries to C2 and C3 in my neck that are crushers and leave me incapable of thought, and the third kind, a more metaphorical version — the things in life we have to deal with that are unpleasant and get in the way of forward progress.

Today is Thursday and the last time I wrote was Saturday. I usually write every day, but the last several day became headaches in all sorts of ways.

  1. Travel. My family and I traveled back to Maryland for Pesach and we got our routines all out of sorts. (Loved being there though.)
  2. Work, which isn’t itself a headache, but we’ve had some weird complaints and situations that needed to be resolved this week.
  3. Death. Followers on Facebook will know that I attended a viewing yesterday for a 31 year old woman who died of cancer, leaving a 2 year old son behind.  That’s a showstopper.
  4. Frustration. Frustration with myself for not being better (whatever that means), for not writing more, for not losing weight no matter what I do, and frustration with the waiting, an inherent part of writing and submitting. Frustration with not being able to make my writing career (loosely defined) move FASTER.
  5. And one more added to the day. The small photo I am using above, within the text, is titled “Chubby Woman with a Headache.” Screw you, whomever named that one.

I’ve been in this spot before for different reasons and I keep reminding myself that advances don’t always come in a straight upwards, gradually improving line. Sometimes forward motion comes in spits and starts. Plateaus followed by leaps. That is what I am counting on.

What are your headaches? What do you do to manage them?




Thief of Shadows by Jay Requard: Epic Fantasy in Bite-Sized Chunks

He’s a thief called the Panther and he steals from the grossly rich — and the gross — conquerors of the Savannah. In a series of stories reminiscent of the British occupation of India, we get to know Manwe, our main character, and begin to understand his morals and weaknesses. Requard is clearly setting us up for more stories so we’ll have to settle for learning a bit at a time. It’s a tease, let’s be honest.

One thing to note: Requard uses sex openly and without apology, making an orgy seem like just another day among the rich and famous. I was unsure of how I felt about some of the scenes, and then delighted at the open acceptance of sexuality in all its forms.

Available for only $2.99 on Amazon, its a modern take on an epic fantasy, broken into bite-sized chunks. I am excited to see how the revolution begins.

Shadow Rites: The Best Book Faith Hunter Has Written (so far)

shadow rites_book coverI’ve read every Jane Yellowrock book, short story or novella that Faith has ever written.

This is the best one (so far).

The writing is tight and the book is action packed. You almost never have time to breathe, and most of all, we are finally leading up to the visit from the European vamps. It is so close you can almost taste it…ooh, sorry, maybe not a great analogy when we are discussing vampires.

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INTERVIEW: I got a chance to ask Faith some questions, and while she wouldn’t give anything away (grrrrrr….) she did give some tantalizing information.

SW: Why does Jane’s stomach get ripped up when she bubbles time?

FH: Excellent question! I am playing with the effects on matter, time, and space. Time and space are two sides of the same coin. When Jane bends and bubbles time and space, it seems to me that (physics speaking) it would also effect matter, especially matter that is near the time-space alteration. I could have created other potential problems from this modification, but I picked one that might also damage her body and her genetics. Because I’m evil that way. Jane bleeds internally, first in her stomach, and blood in the stomach makes people nauseated. And, Voila!

Oh! The reason for, and solution to, all this is part of the next question!

SW: The Goddess is an early incarnation of Artemis. Are we going to learn more about her and what being her offspring means in the next book?

Yes. And maybe no, depending on how much the readers want. But we really get a lot more about this “little goddess” thing in the shorts and novellas I am writing this year. So stay tuned! I will do my best not to leave it hanging.

SW: Is it possible that Jane will ever give birth to a child? Beast wants kits so badly.

FH: Probably not in the series. Maybe after the series. We’ll see.

SW: I believe that Edmund’s fall is a calculated part of the long game. Any hints about this? 

Good conclusion! Yes. IT is part of Leo’s long game. But I have a feeling that Edmund might be playing his own game too, one hidden by the parameters and goals of Leo’s game.

You asked great questions! Thanks!

Thanks for being with me here on Slippery Words, Faith!

About Shadow Rites
SHADOW RITES (Jane Yellowrock #10) | Mass Market Paperback | $7.99 | 368 pages | April 5, 2016 | ISBN: 9780451465979
Slaying vampires is child’s play for skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But handling the complicated politics of New Orleans’ supernatural players is another story…
Jane is keeping the peace between visiting groups of witches and vamps in the city, but then trouble comes knocking on her doorstep. When her house is magically attacked, the wild chase to find her assailants unearths a mystery that has literally been buried deep.
A missing master vampire, presumed long deceased, is found chained in a pit…undead, raving mad, and in the company of two human bodies. Now it’s up to Jane to find out who kept the vampire hidden for so long and why, because the incident could tip already high supernatural tensions to an all-out arcane war.
About Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series:  the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.



What Myke Cole Does Really Well

javelin rain coverMyke Cole writes military fantasy and I just finished his latest, Javelin Rain.

I am not an avid reader of military fantasy or science fiction, but Myke makes me want to read his series and he does this in two ways.

  1. He bases the story in something real and human. In this case, the love of a husband and a father for his wife and son. I can relate to this emotional element.
  2. He uses military terms carefully and in such a way that even newbies can understand what the heck he means. Not always so easy. I’ve bitten into other military based books and not understood fifty percent of the words in the first paragraph.

I do recommend reading this series in order by starting with Gemini Cell and you can learn more about Myke and his novels at Myke’s website.