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Well, this author is, quite honestly, all pooped out. For the last two weeks, I had two days off. Total. I had the fifth and the eleventh off. Everything else was due to holidays or in-company promotions.

In addition to working six days straight last week, I attended a local anime convention called Tokyo in Tulsa on Friday and Saturday. I didn't figure I'd be out in time to go Sunday, and, from previous convention experience, figured the day to be a wash anyway. Fridays are the start up and have better selections in the dealer room, Saturdays have the most in terms of panels.

There was a panel that, upon learning about it later, I would have loved to attend on Saturday. Unfortunately, I was at work at the time of the panel and didn't know about it until after I'd asked my sister for her convention itinerary. It was about adaptive writing for things like screenplays. One of my dreams is to eventually write a couple of screenplays so that would have been fun and informative for me.

I did get to attend two panels, hosted by a Jason Petty (a self-published author - his book is called The Vampire of Meadow Lake), and they were on airships and steam. These weren't about their uses by authors for the fantasy and steampunk genres but actual information on the airships of the late 1800s and early 1900s and the power of actual steam and how everything about both has impacted our every day lives. Jason was not at all boring in his presentation and, if you see him hosting a panel at a convention near you, attend it! You will get something out of it.

I also scored some convention booty. Friday, I picked up a Loki bobblehead, something I'd been seeking for a while, and fye was a vendor there. I also traded four of my books for some Loki fan art and a Loki fan art laminate by one of the artists and another set of books for another book by a self-published author. What I basically did on Friday with the books was hand them out in sets of four. One was to the local library booth (which they can hopefully be put into circulation at one of the libraries), another set to a second artist (she had some lovely Generation One Transformers art but nothing that appealed to me for a trade), aaaaand to a Loki cosplayer. Didn't sell anything, just gave them away. Saturday, I was writing down some of my information for people (name and the titles of my published works). I'll be getting something else to hand out at future conventions. Saturday's selections were a set of leather wrist cuffs (blue) for a cosplay I started working on in 2013 (need to redo the shirt; got the wig and now the wrist cuffs), a leather pouch for any fantasy-themed costume, a small polar bear plushie (he likes belly rubs - I think I'll name him Loki), and a skeleton key necklace from a steampunk-themed vendor who had mainly jewelry and pocketwatches for sale.

The convention itself is not bad. It is a homegrown thing, had some musical artists from Japan there, had a variety for vendors, and an excellent array of panels and cosplayers. I was actually a bit shocked to see some younger people in cosplay for older animes and the like. My sister dressed as Cyrelle from Shining Force EXA.

Being tired was not working in my favor. I wasn't really completely impressed with the convention itself. I did have some fun, enjoyed talking with people, but I didn't get a sense of community, as it were. I know anime covers basically anything and everything related to anime and manga. For me, it just wasn't really . . . cohesive, in a manner of speaking. And I was shocked to see Barnes and Noble with a table there with wares that they sell every day of the week. I understand the bookseller was a sponsor, and it is nice to see them support such a wonderful community. I just guess my feelings here go back to the BotCon days when a lot of the vendors were also fans and it was acceptable to have fan-created items in the dealer room. It also feels like they're trying to take on the juggernaut, Otakon, in some ways.

Ah well. Like I said. I was tired. I worked every day of the convention but only attended two days. Next year will be a completely different story!

In the meantime, as far as conventions are concerned, I'm looking into a potential circuit for 2017. I definitely want to go to World Fantasy Con, Dragon*Con, San Diego Comic Con (not holding my breath for 2017, though), Otakon, and GenCon, possibly back to Tokyo in Tulsa and ShutoCon. For this year, I'm going to keep checking website for the Expo Center here in Tulsa and the Cox Business Center. The next one, for sure, that I want to attend in Tulsa is the local Comic Con, which will be in October. Again, I will have copies of my books available with me. I might even be in cosplay.

And this . . . this is for the cosplayers out there. Any Loki cosplayers, be it from Marvel, Fairy Tale, or even just from the Norse myths, if you find me (or I find you), I will give you a free copy of my stories. You'll get to pick. Thor and other Norse cosplayers will receive a discount. I'm also willing to do trades for artwork and books.

I will have bookmarks and business cards, too, because, unless I get a dealer space, I will only have a limited number of books on me.

Now to get back to writing. Have a good Monday, everyone! (Don't laugh! It's my day off!!)
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They were supposed to be having the time of their lives on the biggest gaming adventure ever. After all, nineteen-year-olds Daniel and Wolfgang have just received the best news imaginable. They've been chosen to be among the only five players to participate in Portal to Gaming's Arc of Fantasy pre-game launch, something they've wanted since the epic gaming adventure was announced.

Only something's gone wrong. The twins are now stuck in their virtual reality where the situation has gone from fun and make-believe to very real, very quick, and dangerously so. The only way they can go home is to embark on the very real quest of facing King Lopt's twin-headed fire wyvern, a creature no one has ever slain. The Salmorians, the alien race at war with Earth and her allies, chase after them, intent on killing them, and they're not the only enemies hot on the twins' trail.

Little do the twins know they're undertaking a journey of great and dangerous significance, one that will change their lives forever or kill them in the process. The race to the fire wyvern is on!

Book 2 in the Arc of Fantasy series.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012XDRNQA…
Will be available in paperback format soon for $19.99, available as an ebook for $3.99 on Kindle and NOOK

Excerpt:


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There is one thing I have learned over the course of the year, and that has been who I dare speak to about my publications. Each city, each person gives off a different vibe.

And I have talked to people about Portal to Gaming. Granted, it has not been a lot of people. Each situation is different naturally, but sometimes it's a gamble either way.

So far, the dice have rolled in my favor. The handful of people have actually been very impressed to hear my first publication has a gay main character. I do reiterate that it isn't a gay love story (because it's not). I've even been told good for me on this so . . . I'm rather pleased by these results.

Now, mind you, I understand not everyone is going to be thrilled that my first novel has a gay main character. In fact, I do expect more than a few to be displeased and to turn away from the series. But this is also my vision. This is a world I can get behind, not just because of the wonder of what the future could hold and the different worlds we could see, but because it won't be unusual to have gay people walking down the street without fear, to have people of color not be looked down up as though they're nothing more than criminals, and for women to be totally kick-ass, the same way as men, and for men to be more . . . expressive with their feelings beyond displays of anger. I have loved the science-fiction and fantasy genre for as long as I can remember. I love it when the main characters are expressive, not just with things like joy and anger but with sadness and uncertainty. Do I get annoyed when a female character tends to carry things too far? Of course, I do. There comes a point where anger, sadness, frustration, and all of those other negative emotions need to just melt away, be the character male, female, or idenitfying as something else completely. If the character doesn't do that, despite his or her status in the story, said character is ultimately weak, in my estimation.

But then it's more than just the characters that draw me into the realm of science-fiction and fantasy. It's the worlds created within that are just so magnificent. I love the visuals for games like Star Ocean and Final Fantasy. Sure, there are some things that will look similar to this mundane world we live in, but even those mundane things aren't so mundane. They possess their own energies and spirits. It's about traveling to worlds we can still only imagine. Even urban fantasy possess a type of magic and wonder that is just so . . . beautiful to me.

And that's why I like to write science-fiction and fantasy. I can create these worlds and hope what I envision in my head translates well into the written word without it sounding so clunky and lumpy and lame.

I am an inspired soul.

Now, for a little bit about The Twilight of the Gods
From The King and Queen of Wands

"About Snow in Olympus:
Readers have lamented about the missing scenes from The King and Queen of Wands. I have read their words, and I’m pleased to announce I will be publishing The Twilight of the Gods along with Arc of Fantasy. The Twilight of the Gods will feature the missing scenes from the time Loki and Freya join the Olympians with Ares and Athena in Asgård and the chaotic consequences that follow.
Snow in Olympus is the first book slated for the series and follows Freya and Loki as they try to navigate the very different playing field of Olympus. In addition to facing the many enemies of the Olympians, the two must contend with the Olympians themselves. Freya has two warring brothers competing for her affections and the jealousy of Hera and Aphrodite
Not to mention what will happen when one puts Loki, Dionysus, and Hermes in the same room.
But the story is more than just fun and games. There’s unfinished Ragnarök business, something that will haunt Asård and Olympus as they seek to set up their treaties and learn how to deal with each other as deities.
Olympus and Asgård will never be the same again."

There's a bit of a snafu with this particular series right this moment, one that I need to resolve, but it should be fun all the same. The snafu itself has prompted a search into Greek Goddesses and brought about an interesting and potential conflict for Thor, our favorite dorky but lovable God of Thunder. I look forward to how this particular twist will play out, hopefully leaving a few things intact, or things I've already done will be meaningless and pointless.

One final note: I'm now more than just a little halfway to my goal for ISBN purchase. However, I have discovered the price went up by $45 since the last time I checked. Not to worry, though. It's hardly a major deterrent. I still have over $100 to go, but, if things go the way I'm being told they will go for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, everything will be set, and my three published stories will be available as audio and paperbacks.

The future holds so many possibilities!
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Actually, this is nothing serious. I just won't be able to attend the two conventions I had planned on this fall, which is okay. Those were just tentative and as finances allowed. Given I've just started working as a server at a local IHOP (training to be a server at an IHOP they're getting ready to open sometime next month) as well as starting sometime in the next week or so at Whataburger, the time just wouldn't be possible. I won't be able to get Halloween off for IHOP anyway. (One of the days they actually don't allow for people to ask for off.) The change in locale hasn't helped, either, as I'm not close enough to attend either Ramencon or Youmacon at this point.

However, I'm not going to stick strictly to facebook, google plus, and twitter to promote my stories. I am living in a larger city than I was before, and I have better access to places that I didn't while living in Michigan. That's a bonus for me at this point. I'm still trying to get myself to think outside the box on what I can do to spread the word about the ebooks. (And, believe me, with me working two jobs, buying ISBNs and getting everything in print and audio is on my list of things to do!)

A potential convention circuit is being planned for 2016. Once I figure out how long of a jaunt I'm going to take to Europe. Right now, I'm in this wonderful yet not so wonderful sweet spot where I only have to worry about my student loans and paying partial rent and utilities to my mom, stepdad, and brother (everything is in their names) while at the same time I truly need an entire living space to call my own. I have no kids (yet), no boyfriend or spouse, and no pets (everyone else has enough for me to cuddle with when I need it). And I'm trying to weigh the benefits of everything at this point while trying to live a life with no regrets with the question being what am I most likely to regret the most.

In the meantime, some informal meet and greets are on the agenda. :) I may even ask my sister to join me at a few so people can meet the cover artist. (We'll see with her. She does have her own agenda and work schedule to follow.)

The next stories underway for me are Ravensrealm - Book 3 in the Arc of Fantasy series, Snow in Olympus - Book 1 in The Twilight of the Gods series, The End of Ragnarök - Book 1 in The Cold Lands series, The Fall to Midgard, Frost Giants, and Dragon's Rain. I am not announcing any publication dates yet. I will when it's closer to time for me to do so, and right now is just not the time.

Finally, Portal to Gaming has made its way to Smashwords. You can find it at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575707 and The Sons of Thor at Smashwords as well, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575757. I'll be updating with a new entry for this.

That's where things in my life currently stand right now. I'm not 100% happy, but then I'm not 100% depressed and down in the dumps, either. I'm definitely getting myself into a better state of mind.
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As promised, The Sons of Thor was released to Amazon Kindle on Monday, August 31, 2015. The story was published to NOOK on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, due to me not having a reliable WiFi connection on the bus to Chicago. But the story is live on both now and available for purchase at $3.99!

About The Sons of Thor:
They were supposed to be having the time of their lives on the biggest gaming adventure ever. After all, nineteen-year-olds Daniel and Wolfgang have just received the best news imaginable. They've been chosen to be among the only five players to participate in Portal to Gaming's Arc of Fantasy pre-game launch, something they've wanted since the epic gaming adventure was announced.

Only something's gone wrong. The twins are now stuck in their virtual reality where the situation has gone from fun and make-believe to very real, very quick, and dangerously so. The only way they can go home is to embark on the very real quest of facing King Lopt's twin-headed fire wyvern, a creature no one has ever slain. The Salmorians, the alien race at war with Earth and her allies, chase after them, intent on killing them, and they're not the only enemies hot on the twins' trail.

Little do the twins know they're undertaking a journey of great and dangerous significance, one that will change their lives forever or kill them in the process. The race to the fire wyvern is on!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sons-of-thor-elise-k-rasha/1122600105?ean=2940150919105

http://www.amazon.com/Sons-Thor-Fantasy-Turning-Reality-ebook/dp/B012XDRNQA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441476886&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sons+of+thor

Arc of Fantasy tagline: Turning Dreams Into Reality
The Sons of Thor is Book 2 in the Arc of Fantasy series

Coming soon:
Ravensrealm, Book 3 of Arc of Fantasy
Snow in Olympus, Book 1 of The Twilight of the Gods

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