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...Continue Reading!

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Wazi is Here!

said on May 28th, 2016 filed under: Whimsy

Her full name is Wazi Tekwa Ga'i which in eastern Shoshone means Girl Who Talks to Packrats.  Wazi Tekwa Ga'i is the title of the fourth volume in this quartet of novels, Daughters of the Kali Yuga, due out in 2018.   Many of our friends knew Dharma who passed away last year. She has been reincarnated in the form of Wazi who was seven weeks old on May 28, 2016 when I shot this little clip. Obviously, the new puppy is...Continue Reading!

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Janabai Shepherd book cover

said on April 8th, 2016 filed under: Art work and photography

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The  cover for Book Two, Janabai Shepherd, has arrived from Streetlight Graphics.  My editor, Cate Hogan, thinks it is too young, too soft, and will not sell books.  Nor, she adds will it attract older readers.  CJ agrees.  I'm not so sure.  Janabai is the story of a girl growing up on a communal farm after the apocalypse.  She is only twenty-one at the end of the book.   In that regard, the cover is accurate, and very much in character. ...Continue Reading!

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Daniel

said on January 16th, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

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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.    Continue Reading!

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The Cover Art is Done

said on October 9th, 2015 filed under: Uncategorized

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

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The Midwife

said on October 8th, 2015 filed under: Research

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The Midwife The midwife, Jessica Mairs, has  the quick wit and clever demeanor I have always found helpful in midwives of whom I have known exactly one. We met at a New Age hangout called Summer Thymes near downtown Grass Valley. Oh heck, since I’m giving a plug, I might as well go all the way; Summer Thymes is adjacent to the bowling alley, and everybody knows where that is. There’s only one. Bowling alley. Hey, folks, it’s Grass Valley. CALIFORNIA. Okay, after...Continue Reading!

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Banner Variations

said on August 12th, 2015 filed under: Whimsy

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Fooling around with the banner in Photoshop. Continue Reading!

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Rebirth

said on July 18th, 2015 filed under: Selections from Azriel Dancer

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From Azriel Dancer . . . "Crushed from without by overwhelming pressures, deep within her body, two of Daniel’ spermatozoa reached the corona radiata of two of Azriel’s ovum, penetrated the zone of pellucida, crossed the periviteline space, merged with the egg’s outer membrane, and were drawn into the inner cytoplasm where, illuminated for the briefest instant by an subterranean blue radiance, they began the secretive entwining of male and female chromosomes. The resulting zygotes, fraternal twins, would bear the legacy of...Continue Reading!

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Kali vs. Kali vs. Kalki

said on July 16th, 2015 filed under: Hindu mythology

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Kali vs. Kali vs. Kalki It's easy to get confused.  The Goddess Kali is pronounced with both vowels long: Kaaaaah-Leeeeee.   She is the fierce aspect of the goddess Durga, and in some cosmologies depicted as the wife or consort of the god, Shiva.   Her name means "Time" or "Death." She is the Goddess of Time and Destruction, charged with devouring human sin and ego, fearsome mouthfuls, indeed.   The Kali of the Kali Yuga is pronounced with both vowels short: Klih,  from...Continue Reading!

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Daughters of the Kali Yuga

said on July 9th, 2015 filed under: Overview

When Azriel Burke-Kucinich, temple dancer of Shiva Puri (the last great hippy farm and tire center) teams up with Corporal Maxine Flythe, displaced woman Marine with a chip on her shoulder, the Apocalypse doesn’t stand a chance. Spanning fifty-one years and four generations of mothers and daughters and granddaughters, the four books of the series titled Daughters of the Kali Yuga, draws inspiration from the gods and demons of Hindu mythology. From the darkest corner of the Indian Otherworld, Kali,...Continue Reading!

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