Category Archives: Inspiration

BookBaby

Did you know that CD Baby has a fellow site for self-publishing literary work? I just discovered BookBaby.com! Now guess who will finally have her novel (part one of a series) available on:

  • iBooks
  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Copia
  • Gardners
  • Baker & Taylor
  • eSentral
  • Scribd
  • Flipkart
  • Oyster
  • Ciando

This girl!

Dude, I’m so stinkin’ excited! Having already released two albums and a single through CD Baby and having enjoyed my experience with them, I kept wondering why on earth there wasn’t a reliable version of a similar process available for my novels at a decent price?? I am so happy to have found that there is. I have begun the process, and, hopefully very soon, my novel, The Kesher Chronicles: Part 1, Pursuit of Truth, will be — at long last — available for purchase via all the sites above, as well as having some printed paperbacks available in limited supply! I can’t tell you how this has lifted my spirits toward fully and bravely embracing this project of twenty years and moving forward with it with gusto!

For now, you can enjoy some synopses and comments from readers about the books, as well as read sample pages from Book 1 in pdf format, at this link.

And… check out the AWESOME title cover I developed for my ebook submission to BookBaby! Keep a look out for news of its official soon-release!

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“The Kesher Chronicles” Now Available!

Finally… after my own personal journey of TWENTY YEARS… no joke… Parts 1 & 2 of my epic literary saga, The Kesher Chronicles, are available to you now in e-book form!

It’s been quite a journey, but I’m finally proud to say that these first two books are ready for you to enjoy, at long last.

A far-reaching saga, blurring the lines between imaginative science, dystopian future politics, and magical, mythological warfare…

You can purchase each e-book separately from me, or you can purchase both Parts 1 & 2 together for a discounted price AND I’ll send you an exclusive current Artemisian-English Dictionary! …So you can have the upper hand in fully understanding what the likes of David, Max, Rachel, Bryen, and Xavier are really saying!…. :D

Part 3 (“Rivalry of Power”) is already on its way to being complete… I’m considering perhaps creating a Patreon campaign for Part 3 — enabling supporters to get advance copies of each chapter as they’re completed…! What do you think? :)

Visit the home page for The Kesher Chronicles to read concise synopses for Parts 1 and 2, get a sneak peek and read sample pages from the books themselves, read what others have said in praise of my literary work… and, of course, to purchase your very own copies!

Thank you to all of you who have shown so much support in my creative work. I hope you enjoy The Kesher Chronicles!

The “Kesher Chronicles”…

I am so thrilled to share that this summer has seen a most beautiful inspiration in my life and encouragement to my heart — that of the final stages toward finishing up my sci-fi/mythology trilogy, which I’ve taken to affectionately nick-naming the POD Trilogy (when I first began writing these stories at the impetuous age of fourteen, I called them the “Path of Danger” trilogy — ergo, POD…) XD

So, yes, after twenty years of these characters and their universe dwelling in the back of my mind without signs of letting go, I am nearly complete with all my (I sincerely hope) final revisions with the first two books of this massive work in my life.

These characters have always been a way of escape for me, a universe to call my own, and I’ve consistently enjoyed retreating to it all of these years. So, it is with great excitement that my ongoing penchant for perfectionism and professionalism is finally maturing the stories to a point where I am happy with them and able to share them with even greater vigor and confidence!

So far, I am calling this new-and-improved rendition — The Kesher Chronicles: Parts I and II.

Enjoy a summary of Part I here, and keep an eye out for any further news, if and when this backburner project of mine finally gets off the ground! ;)

The Book of I, OST!

The recordings… are officially COMPLETE!

My end of The Book of I project is finished, and I love it! Many thanks again to everyone who participated to bring this music to life!

I began composing this 50 minute album of music in January (2014), and finished writing in April; now, toward the end of May, the recordings are complete! (I have never completed such a vast and intriguing collection of music so quickly and so well before; I feel like I can do anything now, haha!) ;)

Take a listen to clips from all of the LIVE TRACKS at the new home-page for The Book of I OST!

And watch for the official release of my album — with Jorge‘s novel (the inspiration behind all of this) and Liselott Johnsson’ original artwork — in November 2014!!

Tim Yao Photo Shoot

I am so honored and pleased to have a colleague like the multi-talented Tim Yao. Enjoy these brand new official Profile shots he created for me today!

Perfect Music Coming from Imperfect People

Enjoy this marvelous video from historian and Bach-expert John Eliot Gardiner about J.S. Bach and his very human imperfections.

Bach, the orphan rebel, had a suspicion of authority that ran deep throughout his life, and made him an often domineering and unpleasant person to deal with. Gardiner doesn’t see any contradiction here. “The very fact that this music is so profound and so uplifting and the man is clearly not a saint makes it all the more interesting,” he says.

“Faces in Foam” Complete!

I’m always pleasantly surprised when a composition has such a life of its own that it can dictate to me when it’s ready to be finished, and when remaining themes reveal themselves to be ripe for a separate and new work. :)

Introducing Faces in Foamtheme #5 in THE BOOK OF I Project!

This is certainly a complex work, on so many levels! Musically, it calls for string orchestra; solo violin (played “Ethnically,” no less); percussion (timpani, suspended and crash cymbals, tambourine); AND… a boy soprano… singing in Latin… <3

He (in emulating the innocent and forgotten Lucio, the “little death”) sings toward the end (in the demo recording you’ll simply hear a piano plunking out the chant-like melody…. Very soon, though, that’ll be a voice…); he sings from the Alma Redemptoris Mater, a text originally written around the 1000s AD for the Catholic Advent and Epiphany mass:

Alma Redemptoris Mater, quae pervia caeli
Porta manes, et stella maris, succurre cadenti,
Surgere qui curat, populo: peccatorum miserere.

(Translation)
Sweet Mother of the Redeemer, the passage to the heavens,
The gate of the spirits of the dead, and the star of the sea, aid the falling.
Mother of Him who cares for the people, have pity on us sinners.

This abridged set of quotes below, taken from Jorge Armenteros‘ “The Book of I,” aptly describes what I was going for in this work:

The woman sits at the edge of the cliff looking out to the sea…a daughter of North Africa perhaps. Her cheeks reflect olive light. She looks at me, carving her face in my memory…the step towards the rocky edge…I listen to the lines forming her face…I return to the melody still dancing in the air…
Lucio…had a delicate face…sharp angles, oblong eyes, and a classic Greek nose. I saw his face before the rocks disfigured him…he has the face of the forgotten… I try to paint him… I take a Renaissance approach, depicting him in a diaphanous light, like an angel…
I know those faces are…around me… They joined the sea because they had no other choice. Their faces are washed of past concerns. …If I…attempt to render them as ex-living people in my canvas, the white foam is quick to reclaim them. That is why all my canvases turn white–the frothy sea swallows them.

I really love how this installment has turned out! It is so driving and passionate and diverse…. It will be truly a delight getting to hear this performed live!

As I mentioned above, I had also started ideas for the next theme, which I call the “Everyman Theme”… I’d originally conceived it as a part of this present work. But, after much reconsideration — and the naturally beautiful unfolding of the end of “Faces in Foam” — I discovered, rather, that this theme will introduce my next installment fantastically well–it’s the perfect entrance for the next work!

I am thus eager to get off-and-running on Theme #6, titled: The Elusive Everyman and Her Majesty….. Stay tuned for more! This album (the composition portion of it, anyway) is fast nearing completion!!!!

Introducing Theme 4: “Solitude’s Hypocrisy”

I just finished my fourth theme for THE BOOK OF I soundtrack today, and I’m very, very proud of how it has turned out!

Enjoy the digital demo of “Solitude’s Hypocrisy” for solo violin and classical guitar!