I had fun with COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 193, #POET’SCHOICE. I decided to pick one of the photographs that I have used as a cover picture on Facebook and write about it. I ended up combining a Haiku/Senyru and one of these pictures with the end product a Haiga. There were several poems to choose from and pictures. I have a nature Haiga I almost went with and will be sharing later, but this combination (even though the picture quality isn’t good) tugged at my heart. Maybe because that little boy is turning 26 years old this month.
Years ago after a snowstorm closed down our main road we were able to sled on it. We’ve never been able to do that again, so this holds extra fond memories of that snow day.
Please welcome D. Wallace Peach here today to celebrate the release of her new book, Liars and Thieves! I picked up my copy and can’t wait to read it 🙂
Q & A
On and off, Talin spends a decade as Slink, a marten. What’s a marten?
Talin is a changeling with the ability to assume the shapes of other creatures. As a spy, it’s a handy skill. A favorite shape is that of a marten. They’re pretty cute.
The Nilgiri marten is about the size and weight of a typical cat.
It’s diurnal, awake during the day, and mainly lives in trees, though it will descend to the ground. It preys on birds, small mammals, and insects. This explains why, while in marten form, Talin occasionally has the urge to eat mice and bugs though he prefers fruits and seeds.
Martens tend to skitter and they make little screechy noises. You’ll see a Talin’s marten in action early in the book. Here’s what he looks like:
“Wikipedia, photo by N. A. Nazeer”
Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.
Three unlikely allies stand in his way.
A misfit elf plagued by failure—
When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.
A changeling who betrays his home—
Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.
A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—
Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.
When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.
Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.
D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.