Visiting With Verrina @AprilA2Z #Caturday

KATYAcKatya Graymalkin here.


You thought I was dead, didn’t you? So did I, but … well, listen to today’s guest character from Mom’s fantasy trilogy, SAGE.


Hello, my ducks, my dears! My human name was Verrina beren Una, but you may call me Grandmoder. That’s Grandmother, in your language.

dragonIf you’ve read THE FALL OF ONAGROS, BARGAIN WITH FATE, and SILVER AND IRON, the books of the SAGE fantasy trilogy, you know that I was once a woman and am now a dragon. You also know that people who follow the Way so that they detach themselves from fear and desire can be translated into dragons, which is what happened to me.

What you don’t know is that the same thing can happen to animals — primarily cats.

My dear friend Katya was once a cat named Tiffany, who belonged to Marian Allen. Tiffany lived 19 years before she died as a cat. Neither she nor Marian were ready to say goodbye to each other, so she came back as a stray gray kitten; Marian welcomed her back and recognized her almost immediately. Katya lived until she was 14 this time. She wanted to come back to Marian again, but she heard there were two elderly cats who needed a home, so she arranged for Marian to find out about them. Because of her generosity in giving up her place, she joined me as a dragon.

She’s quite good at it.

She tells me she plans to appear to Marian often this summer in the form of a blue-tailed skink. Marian has always loved those, and now she knows why.

Please go visit Varan Bhaat on this last Saturday of the A-to-Z challenge for some wonderful recipes!


Mom is smile-weeping. I can’t wait for her to see me this summer!

Those books Grandmoder was talking about are available through Indiebound and at Amazon in print and electronic versions.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A pet dies and comes back as a different species.


Slumming With Rula Urka @AprilA2Z

Slumming? Really? Is this a slum? Oh, you’re joking with me, aren’t you? So amusing!

I wasn’t born a countess, you know. I married the count — oh, many years ago. He had a title and excellent birth, but no money. I had money and excellent birth, but there were not titles in my family. We each had land, though not much. Land counts for relatively little, these days.

Alas, the count spent my money, then spent a bullet escaping our creditors, leaving me to sell our houses and land, most of our art, and much of my jewelry. Fortunately, we had made many friends, such as Marcus Vadny and Hannah Hobbs. I am not forgotten.

Such fun, we have! Life is a party! One, endless, bright, sparkling party! Endless!


For today’s A-to-Z hop-over, go take a look at PammyPam’s Unconventional Librarian blog. It’s loverly.

merit badgeCountess Rula Urka is a blessedly minor character in SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING, my science fiction comedy of bad manners, available through Indiebound and at Amazon in print and for Kindle and Kindle free apps.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write a character who thinks the height of happiness is being in a mess of loud, drunken people behaving badly.



Tartarus Takeover @AprilA2Z

So this is a blog. Not much to it. A place to say whatever you want to say, eh? Every place is a place to say whatever I want to say.

Why are you making that face? If you don’t want to see me scratch there, don’t look.

I’m a fisherman. I live alone by the inland sea, and alone is how I want to live. I have a servant now and then — some pitiful specimen, down on their luck or on the run from somebody or something. Not that I have pity on them, mind you. I have a certain amount of magic, and sometimes, if the specimen is interesting enough, I’ll tempt it to corruption with a touch of magic; offer to teach it invisibility or shapeshifting or something. Nothing wholesome ever comes of an ability like that.

Hardly ever, anyway.

So sometimes it does. Shut up. I’m done.

Go somewhere else now. This is April A-to-Z, whatever that is, so go … oh … go read The Triumphant Weed; that’s a title I like.


Sage 3cTartarus, gawd help us, appears in the SAGE fantasy trilogy, available through Indiebound and at Amazon in print and electronic versions.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Create a character who enjoys living alone. Show — don’t explain — why. Then add another character.


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