Friday, February 17, 2017

The Wasting Chair

The Wasting Chair

In chair He sits as the manor decays,
Old enemies gathering at the gates.
Grown strong with time, and malaise,
Ready to feast upon His chosen fate.
With saddened eyes His children watch,
Emulating—womb state bystanders.
In their own small chair, legs do notch,
The moments too easily pandered.
His wife’s love is all but gone,
To be plucked away by the gathering horde,
Who laughing—mocking His lack of brawn,
Chase her from His heart without need of sword.
The mob has come to claim last of the bole,
New lumber wrought from His weakened soul.

The Coward is old before His time.
His bones ache on ill-used hinges and rusty joints,
His muscles buried and covered with lime.
A corpulent embrace ready to anoint
His favored and constant companions—
Fear and regret are never far from His side,
And they whisper the lulling songs
That keep Him rooted and tied.
He has not forgotten the dreams from youth.
The feel of His sword held tight in His grip,
His mind soaring in search of truth,
His heart His body’s chosen flagship.
Only the love that He bears His family
Hangs fast to guide His last move of sanity.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Ready to play with stingrays off the coast of Grand Cayman
I'm late.  I promised every other Friday and instead, its Monday night and I'm just now getting this done.  But, I hope you'll forgive me.  Salt water and MacBooks don't mix and I was with my beautiful wife on a cruise in the Caribbean.  Although, due to the forces of nature, I wasn't able to dive, we did have a wonderful time and it was certainly nice to leave the government craziness and cold weather behind for a week. 
This trip included Jamaica, Grand Cayman,
Paradise Island (also where they film Corona Comercials)
and the always fun Cozumel.  The people in Jamaica were wonderful, friendly, and full of life, but the weather was bad and the beach chilly.  Grand Cayman (my dive location for the trip) was beautiful—apparently the currents prevented the dive.  We swam with Stingrays on a sandbar off the coast and saw sea turtles at the sanctuary.  Definitely one of the more built up islands with sections rather indistinguishable from the United States or England.  And Cozumel.  If you aren't having a good time in Cozumel, you're hopeless.  We took a speedboat to Paradise Island and laid out on the white sandy beach and swam in water a clear postcard blue-green.

But I'm back now, and hopefully back on track with deadlines, posts, and podcasts.  The first reviews for Scarlet and the Queen of the New World have been fantastic.  A few highlights:

Drinking Cortadito in the Havana Bar on the ship  
"I just can not say enough wonderful things about this series! From the first page in the first book, you are completely drawn in!" Sarah P.
"This book is amazing as its predecessors." Erin Tucker
"I have waited close to a year for this book, and I have to say, I was not disappointed!!!"

If you haven't already...well, you know.  Buy the books, read the books, let me know what you thought.  

The second episode of my youtube series and podcast is out (also several days late.  At least I'm consistent).  I've include the links below.  

Thanks again for all your support, fan letters, comments, and reviews.  Keep them coming.  See you soon.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Youtube Star?

As promised, the first episode of my Author Youtube Venture (got to come up with a better name) is uploaded and ready for you all to like, share, and enjoy.  I doubt that I'm likely to win any awards, but it's a learning process and I'll get better with time.  I am, however, excited by the subject, Scarlet and the Queen of the New World.  I read the entire preface, which you can enjoy even if you haven't read books one and two—it takes place before the events of Scarlet and the Keepers of Light.

Scarlet Hopewell