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“Janabai Shepherd,” Commence Pre-Launch . . .

said on August 14th, 2017 filed under: Janabai Shepherd, Uncategorized

Roll back the gantry.

Initiate pre-launch boosters.

Begin final countdown . . .

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Continuing the Countdown to “Janabai” Launch 6 . . . 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . .

said on August 3rd, 2017 filed under: Uncategorized

Here’s the intermediate art for the bottom part of the cover . . .

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COMING SUMMER 2017 Book Two of “Daughters of the Kali Yuga.”

said on February 2nd, 2017 filed under: Uncategorized

COMING SUMMER 2017 Book Two of “Daughters of the Kali Yuga.”

 

Janabai Shepherd

 

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Janabai Shepherd is a girl who lives on a farm after a cataclysm wipes out the world as we know it.  Janabai grows up doing what a normal post-apocalyptic farm girl would do.  She plays with her friends, goes to school, works in the fields, tends her little herd of goats, chases a boy who likes her best friend, gets her heart broken, and takes her turn out on post, guarding the village against Kali, the yellow-eyed demon, who prowls just beyond the wire.  What does he want, this demon?  Well, to eat people, of course.  He is, after all, a monster, but more than anything, Kali has his heart set on Janabai Shepherd, his bride-to-be.  Alas, there is nothing more foolish than a demon in love.

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Azriel Dancer–The Soundtrack

said on December 22nd, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

My old goombah Brian Conroy compiled and recorded this clever soundtrack to accompany Azriel Dancer.  Each song references a specific passage in the book or captures a particular sentiment.

Azriel Dancer

The Soundtrack

  1. Sympathy for the Devil—The Rolling Stones
  2. Walk on the Wild Side—Lou Reed
  3. Talkin’ World War III Blues—Bob Dylan
  4. My Sweet Lord—George Harrison
  5. Popsicle Toes—Michael Franks
  6. Old Friends—Simon and Garfunkel
  7. Got My Mojo Working—Muddy Waters
  8. Don’t Worry, Be Happy—Bobby McFerrin
  9. Mr. Bojangles—David Bromberg
  10. Hare Krishna—Chitra Singh and Jagit Singh
  11. Whipping Post—Allman Brothers Band
  12. Bonus track—It’s the End of the World As We Know It—R.E.M.

 

Thank You Brian!

 

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There I Had It. There I lost it.

said on October 31st, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

There I had it.  There I lost it.

Mama sent her ever-so-forgetful son to the store to buy some soap.

“Don’t you ferget what yer sposed to fetch.”

“No, mama.”

“What is it?”

“I forgot.”

“Soap!”

“Yessum.”

“Soap, soap, soap.  Say it.”

“Soap, soap, soap.”

“Keep sayin’ it, and git straight to the store.”

“Soap, soap soap,” and off he went.

By and by, he came to a loblolly (that’s Tarheel talk for a mud puddle).  Not paying attention, he stepped in the mud, his feet slid out from under him, and he landed on his rear end.  I tell you, he was covered in that sticky, red Carolina mud.

“Oh durn,” he said, and picked himself up.  He walked on down the road.

“Now what was I supposed to be doing?  Fetchin’ something from the store,  What was it?  I forgot!  I must have lost it in the mud.”

He walked back.

Pointing to one end of the loblolly, he said, “Now, there I had it.”

Pointing to the other end, he said, “And there I lost it.”

Pointing, “There I had it.”

Pointing, “There I lost it.”

“Oh no, I’m gonna have to tell mama I forgot, and she’s gonna sluice me in the rain barrel and scrub me down with that lye soap.

Soap?

Soap!

Off he went, “Soap, soap, soap.”

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I am that lad.  I go out into the woods, to run and think up ideas for my stories.  That’s when I get my best ideas, in fact, most of my ideas.  But,  just because I think me up a good one, way out in the hills, or down in the canyons, it doesn’t mean I’m going to get that delicacy all the way back to the truck.   Truth be told, I’ve left  more tasty rabbits out on the trail, than I ever brung home for mama to cook.

Now that I have slid into the loblolly of my elder years, memory troubles and all that,  coming back with ideas gets harder all the time.  I have taken to wearing a running belt with the kinds of items senior runners ought to take along:  water, GU energy chews, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and identification.  No cell phone.  Where I run, there’s no coverage.  And one more thing.  What was it?  I forgot.  There I had it.  There I lost it.  Oh, yes, pen and a little notebook wherein I record my ideas whilst I pause for a moment, chew my Gu,  and conscientiously hydrate on orders from my wife.

All very good . . . when I remember to strap on my running belt.  When I don’t,  there is little likelihood of returning with a game bag full of ideas, but how about three?  My three best ideas.  Is that too much to ask?   So, I get an idea and I repeat it aloud, over and over.  Then I get the second idea, then the third.  And I repeat them aloud as I run along.

Soap, soap, soap.

Today’s soap?  A prayer for Janabai, the heroine of Book Two of Daughters of the Kali Yuga.  A new final line for the same book (no, I’m not going to tell you).  And three . . . the idea for this article.

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Back Cover of the Amazon (POD) Print on Demand

said on August 30th, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

“He writes with such joy!  A fresh plot, unpredictable and spontaneous, every page a new discovery.  Kali is my favorite bad guy ever, truly monstrous, and yet funny and oddly engaging.  We love to hate him . . . and hate to love him.”  Cate Hogan, romance author

“Fantastic!”  Daniel Ravenda, author of Smoke Rising

“Completely Different.  Who could have thought that the apocalypse could be so much fun?”  Greg at 2 Book Lovers Review

Twenty-five year-old Azriel doesn’t know much of the world beyond Shiva Puri, the village where she and two hundred other farmers live in the foothills of California.  Dreams of becoming a professional dancer have been dashed by injury, and it seems her marriage to Daniel, the village manager, is the crowning achievement of her young life.  Azriel’s rural existence is pleasant, if not exhilarating, and so the world goes on.

Until it doesn’t.

The sages of ancient India tell of a terrifying being that will come forth from the underworld to end the reign of humankind.  Shhhh.  It’s just folklore, a superstition, a tale to frighten children.

Until it isn’t.

When the apocalypse comes, waves of unearthly pulsations crush everything in their path and fast-moving firestorms sweep North America.  The survivors of Shiva Puri need a leader if they’re to make it through the devastation.  Factions splinter and tensions escalate, but no one is aware of the real danger lurking.  The demon Kali, Lord of Rakshasa, Tiger of Lanka, circles the last remnants of humanity.

People disappear, and Azriel realizes she must perform her most delicate dance, defeating the vilest creature humankind has ever known, and preserving her humanity in the process.

Azriel Dancer, first of four novels in the Daughters of the Kali Yuga quartet, takes the reader from the first seconds of a mysterious global catastrophe, to the birth of a new civilization fifty years later.

Bob Jenkins is one of America’s distinguished storytellers.  Twice featured as a headliner for the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee, he performed in circus tents for thousands of story lovers.  He lives in the Sierra Foothills of California where the events of Azriel Dancer unfold.

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What do those Sanskrit Words mean?

said on August 23rd, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

Glossary of Terms (mostly Sanskrit) Used in Azriel Dancer
Abhishek consecration of a holy icon, the pouring of libations on the image of a deity
Adharma the pursuit of wickedness, wrongness, immorality, vice
Amrit nectar, manna, the dining hall at Shiva Puri
Arati evening ceremony at which devotees wave lights to honor the sacred
Ativirya the adharmic energy that feeds Demonkind, the opposite of Kundalini
Atman the Self, human essence, similar to the western concept of “soul”
Bana lingam a naturally occurring rock that represents the formlessness of the Divine
Bhajan spiritual hymn or worship song
Bhagavad Gita the “jewel” of Hindu scripture wherein Krishna describes reality
Bindi the red “dot” of devotion on the forehead, symbolically the ‘third eye’
Brahma the Creator, the first deity of the Hindu Trinity
Dharma righteousness, law, duty, justice, both the path to it and the goal itself
Ganesha the elephant-headed god who removes obstacles, son of Shiva and Parvati
Gopi cowherdess, shepherdess, milkmaid, devotee of Krishna
Guru (gu) darkness and (ru) light, one who dispels the darkness of ignorance
Hanuman from the Ramayana, the supernatural white monkey, ally and devotee of Rama
Kali (with both vowels long) the ferocious female aspect of God, the “Dark One”
Kali (with both vowels short) the lord of demons who brings about the end of the world
Kali Yuga the Iron Age, the last age of humankind
Karma the fundamental law of cause and effect
Kundalini latent spiritual energy that lies coiled at the base of the spine
Laksman from the Ramayana, Rama’s younger brother and companion
Laksmi the goddess of prosperity
Mandir temple
Namaste greeting that means ‘I honor the divinity within you’
Nritya sacred dance, kinetic worship
Om sacred syllable, primordial sound, sung at the beginning and end of chants
Puja physical altar and the worship ceremony performed at the altar
Parvati the Goddess, Daughter of the Mountain, wife of Shiva
Pathika bhuva adharmic power of out-of-body travel
Rakshasa principal race of demons
Rama from the Ramayana, the protagonist, also the avatar of Vishnu
Ravana from the Ramayana, ten-headed demon lord of Sri Lanka, incarnation of Kali
Satsang association of seekers of the truth
Seva selfless service
Shiva the Destroyer, the third deity of the Hindu Trinity
Shivite branch of Hinduism, worship of Shiva, traditionally spelled ‘Shaivite”
Shakti power, energy, the tangible movement of spiritual grace
Siddhi miraculous power
Sita from the Ramayana, wife of Rama and ideal for women
Tekkas drum patterns
Trijata from the Ramayana, Ravana’s niece and confidant to Sita
Vishnu the Sustainer, second deity of the Hindu Trinity
Yoga through various means, the inhibition of the modifications of the mind
Yoga Sutra holy text by Pantanjali (CE 400), foundational scripture of Yoga
Yoni female component of Shivite altar, represented as a bowl or round stone
Yuddha (yuddha incarnation) literally war, violent conquest, demonic possession
Yuga one of four epochs of humankind: Krita, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali

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Daniel

said on January 16th, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

This pleasant and cooperative waiter at Ike’s Restaurant in Nevada City, California allowed me to use his face as inspiration for Azriel’s husband, “Daniel,” a character who threads his way through all four books.

 

Daniel

 

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The Cover Art is Done

said on October 9th, 2015 filed under: Uncategorized

Here it is.  Glendon and his staff at Streetlight Graphics did the work.

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