I don’t believe I have shared this with you, yet. Those of you whom have read Dragon Circle will no doubt recognize Da’Rakti. Here she is, risen above the ship Perdition, captained by the famed Alexios, whom she supposed then dragged to hell.
Most of you have seen the new cover for Hunt, the first book in the DeathSpeaker Trilogy. I’ve been holding off on posting it up for availability for purchase because I wanted to perform some edits and insert extended content into the novel. Moving has put some constraints on my already limited time and, unfortunately, I haven’t found myself with too many chances to work on Hunt.
So with some deliberation, I decided to replace the old cover with the new version for purchase. The rest of the book will remain the same, but only for now. I intend to have the edits and extended content available in the second edition, which will come out shortly before the second book in the trilogy, The God Stone.
The cover has been sent to the printer, and as with any change, they have to first approve the alteration. It shouldn’t take long before it is available for purchase online.
As always, you can keep up to date on the writing of my books through my Facebook page and my website. I will also be making an effort to post more here.
We all know who Rafiki is. One of the funniest characters of The Lion King, he is a trickster, mentor, and friend to many kings. He’s also well-known for the pose pictured above, when he meditates during the film. But did you know that the position his hands are in is a true hand gesture used during Yoga meditation?
There are multiple hand gestures – called mudras – that can be used during meditation, each of which have different benefits and reasons for being used. The mudra that Rafiki is using is one of the most commonly seen in film, often accompanied by the person who is meditating emitting an “ohhhhmmm” as they meditate.
As it happens, the “ohm”ing is optional. The mudra, however, is specifically called the Gyan Mudra, also known as the Mudra of Knowledge. Its used during meditation to help strengthen concentration and memory, as well as simply sharpen brain power. It also helps to rid the body and mind of anger, stress, depression, anxiety, and even insomnia. No wonder Rafiki is so zen.
As many of you are aware, I have been practicing Yoga. I’ve been somewhat lax these past few weeks as I rush around trying to get everything together to move, but the fact of the matter is that I need to take time for it. Especially if a few minutes everyday spent meditating will help me become as calm and relaxed as everyone’s favorite mandrill.
The cold of a few nights ago was less Winter’s last hurrah and more like a punch in the kidneys.
Today, it rained. Constantly. The sky was pitch black in some places and the rain kept coming. It did stop briefly around the time I got off work. Of course, I took the opportunity offered to go for a walk.
I was was a couple miles away from my car and shelter when the clouds decided to let loose.
Ha! It wasn’t a downpour, and with 50 degrees after this ice age we’ve been having, you’ll hear no complaints from me. I just laughed and took the long way back to my car.
I can tell you right where I was standing when I managed it for the first time. It was back when we still lived in town and our bedrooms were across from each other. We were standing in the hallway and he was trying to teach me to snap my fingers, because he had been able to do it for a while, but I could never figure it out. I’d turned, frustrated, to head back to my room, and snapped my fingers. Loudly, I recall, and my fingers hurt afterward.
I was so excited, I didn’t care that it hurt. It was an exciting moment for me.
This has been quite a number of years ago, but I remember it all very clearly. The memory came back to me the other day when I was watching Footloose (the Kevin Bacon version, of course) with Mom. That part where Ren is teaching Willard about rhythm in the truck and he’s snapping his fingers had the memory of my learning how to do it flooding my mind.
I do not revel in the death of another. No matter the actions done by a person, I take no joy in the loss of a life. There have been many horrible things done and said in this world, both recently and far in the past. There will be many horrible things yet done and said in the future. We should not disgrace ourselves by celebrating death, or we risk becoming that person who does and speaks horrible things.