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Dragonhorse Rising

The Equi have a saying: "First the family, then the community, then the Great House and the worlds beyond." Traditional quilters often craft a pattern called Log Cabin, and the center of that is traditionally red, representing the hearth fire and the security of home.

What is it this time of year that speaks so strongly to us of home and family? This is the time of year when I feel my mother's loss most keenly, the miles and circumstances that separate me from my children, the joy of my own kitchen, redolent with the smells of baking, and the warmth of the fire on our own hearth.

For a lot of us, tradition seems to reign supreme this time of year. Traditional food, hoary ornaments, old tablecloths that have seen better days. I, being a sentimental slob, have all those things. I also have an "antique tree." It is a branch of rhododendron, sprayed white and decorated with amazing things from my past. The little stuffed dog, horse, rabbit, Santa and snowball, my mother made from scraps of fabric and a white, terrycloth washcloth. It was the tail end of WWII. She and my dad were newlyweds, and there were no ornaments to buy. The last ornament she gave us just before she died is on the tree. Ornaments my kids made, and I have made - the ball with flowers I made the evening I had all the drama folk from Cal Poly over to eat and make ornaments to take home. The little ornament my daughter-in-law gave me with a picture of the new baby, my first and only grandchild, who is now seventeen.

This is a good time of year to assess priorities. I have noticed that they do change with age. What do you do to celebrate family, however extended that may be, and friends, and community and the world beyond? Have you a pet charity, a special community project, a precious family member? Most of all, do you take time to celebrate yourself? Because we are often the ones who get lost in the celebration of others, and when we lose sight of ourselves, we tend to come un-anchored and begin to drift off course. Find joy, bring joy, and ... en-joy!
Ahimsa, I wish thee peace. SST
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5 days ago

Dragonhorse Rising

Because we have had a slight case of procedural hiccups - a formatting issue that my editor is currently solving - you may stroll rather than running to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to ask for GLORY DAYS. Give us another few days. I'll post when we go to press.

Meantime, if you are a sci fi/ fantasy fan, THE WIND WARRIOR is now running on dragonhorserising.com, and the very first book in the series, THE DAY THE CITY SHOOK, is available there in its entirety. Too, you could finish your Christmas shopping, or your cards, or your baking ....
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1 week ago

Dragonhorse Rising

I am truly excited! The thing I have dreamed of doing my whole adult life, is about to come true for me. I am about to hold in my hand a book that I have written. For a long time I had given up the idea that I would ever be able to do that. It is a very hard business to break into, and I am rather too easily discouraged by rejection. I had to work if we wanted to retire with any kind of security. We certainly want to be an ongoing annoyance to our children, but never a burden.

And yet, here I am. The book that is going to press tomorrow I began researching twenty years ago, and writing eighteen years ago - after supper was served and papers were graded and the other things a country wife does to assure domestic tranquility were done, animals fed, garden watered - there was my writing. Getting here was not easy. Being edited was not easy. Navigating the rocks, shoals and deep waters of publishing, was not easy. And yet, here I am.

And there you are! Along about Wednesday or Thursday or Friday morning, go to Amazon and ask them for, GLORY DAYS, by Showandah S. Terrill. Go to Barnes and Noble and ask, go to your local library and ask. Don't flood them or you'll get the book banned. Yes, you can do that. There you are!

Thanks to all of you for the love and support. Thanks to those of you who proofread, and hugged, and wrote reviews and sent suggestions. Most of all, thanks to my editor, Jeremy Hanke.

After Christmas, when things "settle down" we will begin work on CONSCIENCE OF THE KING, the first print offering in the Dragonhorse series. Meantime, check it out on our website, dragonhorserising.com. There is a new book starting this evening. It is called, THE WIND WARRIOR, and it is my Christmas present to you. Enjoy! Ahimsa, I wish thee peace. SST
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1 week ago

HEADS UP! There is a new Dragonhorse novel headed your way at no charge to you! THE WIND WARRIOR, will make its chapter one debut on our website (dragonhorserising.com) on December 9th.

This story immediately follows THE DAY THE CITY SHOOK, which appeared in Darkest Goth Magazine last year. If you haven't read it, this is your chance to do so. It will give you a leg up and some inside information about Ardenai and his companions.

Be prepared for some shockers in this new book. Yes, it will eventually come out in print, but for now, it's yours for the taking. Enjoy! Ahimsa, we wish thee peace ~ Showandah and Jeremy
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1 week ago

Dragonhorse Rising

HEADS UP! There is a new Dragonhorse novel headed your way at no charge to you! THE WIND WARRIOR, will make its chapter one debut on our website (dragonhorserising.com) on December 9th.

This story immediately follows THE DAY THE CITY SHOOK, which appeared in Darkest Goth Magazine last year. If you haven't read it, this is your chance to do so. It will give you a leg up and some inside information about Ardenai and his companions.

Be prepared for some shockers in this new book. Yes, it will eventually come out in print, but for now, it's yours for the taking. Enjoy! Ahimsa, we wish thee peace ~ Showandah and Jeremy
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