In case you hadn’t noticed, I am a fan of music as well as the sea. My tastes do tend to run traditional and older. I may have frozen on ’70s and ’80s rock and I was one of the tribe who followed the Dead from coast to coast for a wonderful, rather fuzzy year.
Thanks, as always to my wonderful betas, Breathesgirl and Ms Buffy.
And thank you to Sephrenia who crafted the banner for this story. I tend to work from outlines and ‘keep to the code,’ as it were, but when I saw the images Seph created, I had to incorporate them into the story. Still a few chapters to go, but you’ll see what I mean.
The Wedding: Chapter 5 – We Can Have High Times
Facebook is a marvel. It lets you communicate with people far and wide. It give an opportunity to discuss points of view and see things from many angles.
For the past year I have used an image (‘the image’) that incorporates the head of the famous actor who played Eric Northman on television with another, anonymous body. For me, it symbolized the ability to transcend fact and venture into the magic of fiction. However, it was pointed out to me this morning that this same actor may find the image offensive.
I come from a generation and a belief that it is wrong to do harm to any other, and that when you realize that something you have done may be hurtful or offensive, you change it.
Several months ago, Gyllene made an offer to share her artwork with me. Timing was off then , but I promised her (and myself) that when the opportunity presented, I would ask if she would be willing.
The new banner you see on my WordPress site is thanks to this gracious lady. I am so appreciative that she was willing to lend her talents, and this time, timing was in my favor.
For those who are fans of English lore, the Green Man is the voice of the forest. For me, he is a totem that I keep close. My boys laugh at my keeping an image of this ancient in my home, but there is something about the truth of nature that asks only to be heard.
Thank you Gyllene. He is just beautiful!
The last chapter left our couple at odds with each other, and that is no way to spend the holidays. I am publishing an extra chapter of The Wedding in celebration, and I wish you and yours many happy returns of the season.
Chapter 14 – Sweet Blossom Come On Under the Willow
And that means post day for The Wedding, part of the And Then We Were One story arc. Hope your holidays are delightful and your coming year better than the last.
My thanks to each of you who reads my work. This year of writing has been the realization of a dream for me and it has been made far sweeter by having you walking with me on this journey.
My special thanks to those incredible women who volunteered to share my special brand of crazy, Breathesgirl and Ms Buffy. Why they put up with me, I’ll never know, but I am thankful for their willingness to polish my mistakes and argue with me from time to time.
I also wish to thank Ms Sephrenia for the gift of her artwork. She stepped up to give my emerging side-story mania a face. Her sense of whimsy makes me laugh, and it inspires me.
And, of course, American Android whose work gave the original Swimming stories an identity.
Happy Holidays ~
Chapter 3 – Knew She’d Have to Come Up Soon for Air
Kittyinaz runs monthly writing challenges and for December, she decided to provide prompts. One of them grabbed my attention and the result is this non-canon, all human fable. It ran with a number of other wonderful, holiday-inspired stories and I encourage you to visit the site, bring your eggnog and indulge in a little reading chocolate. Of course, if you wanted to start with mine, that would be good too!
Thank you for reading!
And thank you, Ms Buffy, for polishing this story to its best shine!
(banner by Kittyinaz)
The Snow Globe
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