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Adaptation: living to write, writing to live

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(Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from Pixabay)

“Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless—like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot."  -Bruce Lee

It's a funny thing. 



I opened the dictionary to the letter A, in the spirit of this themed-blog challenge, and instantly came across over more than 150 words relevant to our current world situation.

Such as:
Abandon. Abnormal. Absence. Abysmal. Acceptance. Acclimate. Adaptation. Affliction. Anarchy. Anguish. Angel. Anxiety. Apartment. Alcohol. Alone. Apocalyptic. Apprehension. Arrogance. Arsenal. Aspiration. Augur. Authority. Autopsy. Avalanche. Avarice. Aversion. Awful. 
How to pick just one?
But then, I really didn't have to. For it picked me.
The word was adaptation.
Why?
Every species has always had to adapt. 
Without adaptation, we are lo…

A poem for the times: and one night, all that was burning

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And you may ask yourself: 
where are the honey bees?
and the kopiko with their tired little faces?
and why so many hurricanes on steroids
and melting icebergs
pulling apart our worlds,
and pushing them together—and—
tear gas, fire hoses, blasting at liberty and justice
and peaceful protesters
Well. I'll tell you everything. But first—
I lived in the green rolling hills
above Honolulu
and high schools and churches and parks From there you could see 
Diamond Head
And for miles on trade-wind days
a sea of smooth sapphire
Our house was named Nu'umealani
the heavenly terrace, because it floated over paradise
with plumeria-scented air
a charming place with pink-cheeked children
rolling like chubby ohi'a'ai down manicured slopes
Do you recall
at night, how the lights silhouetted
green geckoes munching pale-winged termites
our lanai under which
the summer glow spilled down the hill like a suicidal angel

Later our breath became steam spiriting the sky
sated, we huddled together on that apron of emerald la…

Interview by Claudia Quint

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A huge thank you to Claudia Quint for interviewing the After the Happily Ever After contributors! 
Here is my interview:-sati-chock-tames-a-very-different-beast

Candlesticks & Daggers Interview Series

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Are you curious about what it is like to put together an anthology, or self publish? Want to know how other writers started writing, or how they've cracked certain markets? 

Please join me for the first in a series of interviews on Candlesticks & Daggers anthology contributors at publisher Kelly Ann Jacobson's blog:

http://www.kellyannjacobson.com/candlesticks-and-daggers-interview-series/candlesticks-and-daggers-interview-editor-kelly-ann-jacobson.html#sthash.ZrL8csMz.6l8f9gw8.dpbs

After the Happily Ever After Anthology Available!

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I've got a story in the After the Happily Ever After anthology by Transmundane Press:
The paperback version:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998498300
And, until the end of the year, a Kindle version is available for $6.99. Great value for a 536 page book! 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRYLKIE/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482174275&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=After+happily+ever+after+anthology+%2419.99

Candlesticks and Daggers Anthology Available Now!

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I'm delighted to announce that I have a new story, "Soon Night Will Press Upon You," being published in the Candlesticks and Daggers anthology which just became available on Amazon.

Lots of great stories to curl up with over the holidays!

Here is the blurb from the back of the book:


Candlesticks and Daggers is an anthology of short stories, poems, and personal essays that mix mystery stories with elements of other genres, including romance, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and more. Mystery solvers from Sherlock Holmes to the local cat lady must figure out not only whodunit, but cross time, space, and even reality in order to do so.


You can find the anthology here:

https://www.amazon.com/Candlesticks-Daggers-Anthology-Mixed-Genre-Mysteries/dp/1540414558/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481298934&sr=8-1&keywords=candlesticks+and+daggers

On Conquering Our Dragons

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My guest post is up at the Transmundane Press blog. If you like fractured fairy tales, come check us out!

https://transmundanepressblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/conquering-our-dragons-by-sati-benes-chock/