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News, commentary, and fiction by Barb Hendee, co-author of the Noble Dead saga (www.NobleDead.org); author of the Mist-Torn Witches series, the Vampire Memories series, and more.

Kittens!

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JC and I had two cats for nearly twenty years, Keiko and Nyx.  They were part of our family for a long time.  About a year and a half ago, Keiko passed away, and Nyx followed early last summer.

JC and I just couldn't bring ourselves to replace them.  We hadn't even talked about it.

Last Saturday, we went to the farmer's market to buy veggies, and the local animal shelter was visiting there . . . in an attempt to adopt out some of its over-abundance of kittens.  There was a deeply bonded pair of sisters, one black and one gray tabby . . . about eight weeks old.


To make a long story short, they came home with us.  They are holy terrors (smiles), and so far, we've only been able to shoot a picture of them when they are sleeping.

We named them Cinders and Ashes.


JC writes at our dining room table on a tall, bar stool chair.  This is a shot of them sleeping on his chair.  They're so small that to get up onto this chair, they have to jump, grab the cloth cushion with their claws, and pull their little bodies up.

So . . . the Hendee house once again has a pair of quintessential writers' cats.

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Self-Publishing Fun

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I have nothing against self publishing.

In fact . . . I think it's a lot of fun and it offers a lot of freedom.  JC and I are truly enjoying putting Tales From the World Noble Dead Saga up for sale.

The Feral Path

Also, I do think it's good experience for all writers to "learn" how this process works and what methods are going to work best for each of us as individuals.

 JC does all our covers, and he also handles the html coding, so we don't need to go through a service like Smashwords.  If I was doing this on my own, I would definitely need to go through a service like Smashwords.  But since I have JC on the team . . . all I need do is write more stories (smiles). 

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The Nearly Impossible Juggling Act

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I've never been good at juggling projects--not with writing or house cleaning or life in general.  My brain insists that I finish one thing completely before turning to something else.

This was a bit of a problem back when I taught college and I was writing the early Noble Dead books.  Due to the constant mountain of grading on my desk (that had to be done), I was only working on the books in the breaks between semesters.  Seriously, JC and I outlined Thief of Lives on a break, and I wrote the rough draft on a month-long holiday break.  I didn't quite finish before classes began, but I had a little time before assignments started pouring it.  Writing at that pace was grueling, but no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't seem to work on more than one major project at once.  This was an enormous, frustrating, life altering problem for me.

Years later . . . I think I'm finally getting better.

Once I started writing The Vampire Memories series, I had to adjust my brain to working on more than one project at once--as a Noble Dead book and a Vampire Memories book would always be "in the works" only at different stages (outlining or drafting or revising or copy-editing or proofreading, etc). 

This was almost impossible for me at first (to switch gears in the middle of a novel and work on another novel), but I started being able to do it.

Recently, JC and I started writing short stories that we're e-publishing, and at present I'm working on a fairly lengthy one called "The Keepers of Chemestuk Keep."  There is nothing remarkable about that unto itself . . . except that JC and I are also working on the outline for the next Noble Dead novel.  Yesterday, he worked on the outline and I worked on that story.  Today, the outline has been passed back to me, and I'll put the story on hold and get back to work on the outline. 

For me, this seems astonishing.


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Cover Synopsis Up!

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Good news!  JC has the cover synopsis for Ghosts of Memories posted in the books section.

Just click on the tab above for "Books" and then click on the link to "Ghosts of Memories." 

I really like this cover.  Our heroes go back to Seattle.

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Available Now: The Feral Path [eBook]

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Homeward, II: The Feral Path

Barb Hendee
$3.00 USD
Short story, 12k+ words; English Only

This third offering in Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga should please our fans of the undead. For more information please visit the “Tales” page at NobleDead.org or the product page at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. [Also available at all international Amazon outlets.]

If you do not own an e-reader device, you can still enjoy ebooks on any computer, phone, or tablet. Again, see the “Tales” page for links to the free software available from the mentioned vendors, and in mere minutes you’ll be buying and reading any ebook you want. You can also acquire free apps for Android and iOS devices to do the same. Purchased ebooks from a specific vendor will load automatically to any device you later purchase from that same vendor.

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