Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…

…Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

We are all the Oval One in some way.  We are all broken, cracked, chipped, scarred.  Even if we look in the mirror and everything looks smooth and clear, once you get a little closer to the glass you can see the chinks in the armor.

As much as I have learned and grown over the last few years, I still have some repair work to do.  Deep scars that need plenty of spackle to fill them.  We all have a few.

I have a friend who is a couple years older than me.  He doesn’t want to face his age.  Doesn’t want to admit that he’s getting older, his health is not what it used to be, or how much it bothers him.  I keep working on him, hoping to help him help himself before his health becomes a serious issue.  Right now it’s still fixable for the most part.  For now…

Sometimes we have to make choices we don’t like to fix those cracks and chips.  Hard choices that mean changes we may not be ready for.  But change, like aging is inevitable.  We all have to face the fact that we can’t keep treating our bodies like we did when we were in our 20’s.

I keep finding people who don’t realize that they are broken.  Humpty Dumpty’s with a brittle, cracked shell and a soft, fragile inside.  I can try slathering on some spackle for you.  But until you’re ready to make some changes and heal yourself…

Well, we know what happens then.  Changes don’t stick unless you want them to work.  So until you realize you’re not invincible, I’ll keep the band-aids handy.

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Have you seen her? Karina Fabian is moving fast…

Just in case you missed it, Karina Fabian is touring a blog near you in celebration of the release of her latest novel, Live & Let Fly.  It’s a new adventure for DragonEye P.I.’s Vern and Sister Grace.

You can find Live & Let Fly at MuseItUp Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/LiveAndLetFlyIf you can’t wait until your copy arrives here’s a sneak peak from Karina:

Thanks again to Karina for giving us a great interview.  You can find her other works at her site: http://www.karinafabian.com .  Be sure to check the other blog stops if you haven’t.  Lots of great folks to visit.

Here is the entire blog tour schedule.  Keep track of the blogs marked HUNT.  That’s where you’ll find clues for the Live and Let Fly grand prize–books & fun stuff!

April 1
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Caprice Hokstad (http://caprice.splashdownbooks.com) Info
April 2
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Kickoff
April 3
* Tracy Morris (www.tracysmorris.com) Five Not-So-Simple Rules about Humor
* Kelsoglyphs (http://www.sylviakelso.com) Info
April 4
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* The New Book Reviews (http://www.thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2012/04/waiting-for-next-three-way-collision-of.html) Review of Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, the First DragonEye Book
* Reality Skimming (http://okalrel.org/blog) Interview w/Vern/HUNT
* Sense of Fiction (http://ksrwriter.blogspot.com) Interview
April 5
* Jennifer Walker(http://www.jennifersbookreviews.blogspot.com) Merging Faith w/ Fantasy
April 6
* Writing and Marketing (http://karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com) Effective Book Marketing
* Writers & Authors (http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/) On Video Book Trailers
April 7
* Lincoln Crisler (http://lincolncrisler.info/?p=991) Writing and Being a Military Spouse
April 8
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Rebecca Ryals Russell (http://rryalsrussell.com/blog/) The Name Game/HUNT
April 9
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Vern as a Guy/HUNT
*Time w/Tannia (http://timewithtannia.tripod.com) Interview
* You Gotta Read (http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com) Something Completely Different
April 10
* Teen Word Factory (http://www.teenwordfactory.com/) Why I wrote L&LF
April 11
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Sally Christie (http://sallyfranklinchristie.com/wp/) Interview w/Karina & Vern/HUNT
* Diana’s Writing Den (http://diannaswritingden.com/) On the Submission Process
April 12
April 13
* Gloria Oren (http://gloriascorner.com/) What Vern & Grace have been up to
* Gary Olson (http://www.garywolson.com/blog/) Interview
* Barbara’s Meanderings (http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/) On Norse Mythology/HUNT
April 14
* Flowers on the Fence (http://flowersonthefence.blogspot.com) Vern’s Apologia on Extortion/HUNT
April 15
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Paper Dragon, Inc. (http://paperdragonink.com) Interview
* Sandra Saidak (http://sandrasaidak.com/) Interview
* Roxanne Bland (http://roxannebland.com/) Interview, About Stan Rakness
April 16
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Editing L&LF
April 17
April 18
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Michelle Pickett (www.Michelle-Pickett.com) Interview
April 19—Karina’s Birthday!
April 20 – Live and Let Fly Published!
* Escape Velocity (http://kerryadrienne.com) Info/HUNT
April 21
* The Baptized Imagination (http://baptizedimagination.com) Interview
April 22
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Catholic Creativity (http://www.catholiccreativity.net) Interview
* Catholic Fiction (http://catholicflashfiction.wordpress.com)  Excerpt-Vern Confesses/HUNT
* The Writers Chat Room (http://writerschatroom.com) 7 PM Eastern-Guest Chat
April 23
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) About the Cover

* Becca Butcher (https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com) Interview
April 24
* Teresa Schnellmann (www.twfendley.com) Info + Give-away
* Biblio Paradise (http://biblioparadise.wordpress.com) Interview
* Plotting Princesses (http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com) Interview
April 25
* Snoring Scholar (http://snoringscholar.com) Review/HUNT
* Erin Hartshorn (http://www.erinmhartshorn.com/blog/) Review, Writing about Interesting Times, & Giveaway
* Theresa’s Simplicity in Words (www.teribelle.wordpress.com) Review & Give Away
April 26
* Where Love and Fantasy Take Flight (http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com) Info/HUNT
* Far Edge of Normal (http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/) Vern talks food
April 27
* Catholic Dads Online (http://www.catholicdadsonline.org) Review
* Book Reviews & More (http://bookreviewsandmore.ca) Review
* A Frank Review (http://blog.frankcreed.com) Info
* Becca Butcher (https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com) Information
April 28
* Helene Prevost (www.hmprevost.com) Interview, Review
April 29
*J.Q. Rose (www.jqroseauthor.blogspot.com) Writing & the Twisted Mind
April 30
* Catholic Writers Guild (http://blog.catholicwritersguild.com) About Sister Grace/HUNT
*”Siren Spell” (the story of Sister Grace) Flying Island Press (www.flyingislandpress.com)
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Wrap-up
May 15
* Writers & Authors (http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/) Interview

Meet Karina Fabian

Today I am pleased to introduce a fantastic writer, blogger, friend, and mom on the run,  author Karina Fabian.  Karina has been on tour all this month to celebrate the release of her latest novel Live & Let Fly, now available from MuseItUp Publishing.   A full-time mom of 4, wife to an Air Force colonel, full-time writer of both fiction and nonfiction, Karina has over 20 books in print and shows no sign of stopping.  Yay! Her latest is another story in the DragonEye, PI universe.

From the official Fabian page

Live and Let Fly: From the Case Files of DragonEye, PI: It’s super-spy spoofing as only the Faerie can do it! When a simple mugging points to international intrigue, Vern and Sister Grace are pushed to the limits as they pit magic and heart against technology and evil genius. Saving the world isn’t so easy–especially when Vern goes undercover as a human!

Let’s get straight to the good stuff!

BB: What was your inspiration for L&LF?

KF: I have to start with Vern.  He’s my cynical dragon living on the wrong side of the interdimensional Gap, eeking out a living as a private investigator.  I wrote him originally as a short story, but his noir voice and superior attitude made for the most fun narration!  Also the Faerie/Mundane world, where magic and technology don’t mix, provided a rich universe for making up unique cases.  At first, the stories were serious, but I was asked to do a serial story, and thought I’d have a little fun with Vern.  Most embarrassing case he’d ever done—and it was a hit.  So now, I bounce between comedy and traditional noir style mystery.

Live and Let Fly came about because I had so much fun with the first comedic novel, Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, that I wanted to do another.  This time, though, I wanted more adventure and a grander scale.  Somehow, “Live and Let Die” was in my head.  (Which it would be again if I weren’t listening to the B-52s at this moment.) The rest was just a really fun trip!

BB: Give us a time frame from concept to release date?

KF: It took about six months to write, I believe.  I had a publisher for it at the time, Swimming Kangaroo, but as happens with many small presses, the publishers were a family with full time jobs and family concerns, and they decided not to produce any further books.  After that, it was almost two years of seeking another publisher before I decided on MuseItUp.  I think it will be a good home for DragonEye, PI.

BB: Tell us about your editing process?

KF: I have a five step editing process.  First is just using the spell/grammar feature on Word.  Second, print and read for content.  Third, read aloud for flow.  Fourth, read it backward, last sentence to first, to make sure each individual sentence is good.  Finally, a general copy-edit.  It works pretty well, but I have found that being on online chats and twitter, etc. has made me less observant and I have to watch more carefully for typos.

BB: Are you an outliner or a pantster?

KF: For this book, about 20 percent plotter, 80 percent pantster.  I needed to have a general idea of what I was doing and where the clues laid out, but the characters didn’t much care for the outline itself.  I had a really rough time writing until I let my rock star/actress, Rhoda Dakota, play Damsel in Distress instead of Plucky Sidekick.  It made for a better book, too.  My characters inevitably know better than I do.

BB: Do you prefer writing fiction or nonfiction?

KF: Fiction is definitely more fun!

BB: When did you start writing?

KF: I started writing seriously in 1996, after I’d gotten out of the Air Force, and we moved back to the US from Japan.  I was doing mostly non-fiction then, trying to earn a little extra money.  Now I do mostly fiction because I love telling stories.

BB: Any advice for new writers?

KF: Write. Get crits & revise. Submit. Repeat.  And don’t take rejection personally.  It’s business.

BB: Do you prefer online groups over face/face? Groups just for support or critique as well?

KF: When presenting, I love them both, but I’m an introvert at heart, so I prefer online groups.  For critique, I’ve not had much luck with groups, but I have a core of great writing friends who know they don’t need to hold back with me.

BB: Who or what inspires you to write?

KF: The characters.  They move into my head and their stories clutter my brain until I write them.  I’d be an even more distracted person if I didn’t write.

BB: If you could meet any writer and pick his/her brain, who would it be?

KF: I’m terrible at picking brains.  Chopsticks or salad forks?  I’d love to meet Terry Pratchett in person, but I don’t really have a driving desire to meet a particular writer.

Thank you, Karina, for a great interview.  Check out Fabian Space, Karina’s web page for all her fiction and nonfiction work.  I’m convinced she never sleeps, there’s so much great stuff on her site.  Also, you can find Vern on his very own page, Dragon Eye, PI.  I hope everyone will be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour.  Here is where to find Karina today and the rest of the month:

April 23
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) About the Cover

* Becca Butcher (https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com) Interview
April 24
* Teresa Schnellmann (www.twfendley.com) Info + Give-away
* Biblio Paradise (http://biblioparadise.wordpress.com) Interview
* Plotting Princesses (http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com) Interview
April 25
* Snoring Scholar (http://snoringscholar.com) Review/HUNT
* Erin Hartshorn (http://www.erinmhartshorn.com/blog/) Review, Writing about Interesting Times, & Giveaway
* Theresa’s Simplicity in Words (www.teribelle.wordpress.com) Review & Give Away
April 26
* Where Love and Fantasy Take Flight (http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com) Info/HUNT
* Far Edge of Normal (http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/) Vern talks food
April 27
* Catholic Dads Online (http://www.catholicdadsonline.org) Review
* Book Reviews & More (http://bookreviewsandmore.ca) Review
* A Frank Review (http://blog.frankcreed.com) Info
* Becca Butcher (https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com) Information
April 28
* Helene Prevost (www.hmprevost.com) Interview, Review
April 29
*J.Q. Rose (www.jqroseauthor.blogspot.com) Writing & the Twisted Mind
April 30
* Catholic Writers Guild (http://blog.catholicwritersguild.com) About Sister Grace/HUNT
*”Siren Spell” (the story of Sister Grace) Flying Island Press (www.flyingislandpress.com)
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Wrap-up
May 15
* Writers & Authors (http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/) Interview

Tranquility Base

Did your parents ever trick you into playing the Quiet Game?  I always caught myself trying to sing along with the radio and tried to turn it into a hum.  I almost always have music on.  Gotta have some sound, pictures are not necessary.

Even last night my stereo was on, repeating a cd of Native American flute and drum music.  It’s one of the types of music I meditate to.  I haven’t meditated nearly enough lately.  Knowing it doesn’t mean I will be any better at keeping up with it even though I understand how important it is.  It’s just not easy being still.

How long can you sit still?  No movement except your breathing?  Some people are better at being still because of the work they do.  Others have to be moving, have to be doing something all the time.  It’s almost like ADD.

I don’t sit still very well.  When I really want to sit and meditate I can, but it’s hard for me.  What little tv I watch I usually have some craft project in my hands while I’m doing it.  My last vacation was in 2009.  It took me a whole day to figure out how NOT to do anything.

Being still, whether you meditate or not, is very important.  We need time to clear our heads, shake off the stresses of the day, let go of all the tension we carry around with us.  It does us no good to keep it.  So how do we make time for being still?

Take a few minutes while you’re in the shower, imagine yourself sloughing off the debris of the day as you wash.  Or take those few minutes when you hit the snooze alarm to clear your head before starting your day.  However you find the time for stillness, keep your hands open.

Here’s a little demonstration for you.  Imagine all your stresses as a piece of pipe, something tangible you can hold onto.  Now squeeze it for all you’re worth.  If you keep holding on to all that negative energy, you have no free hand to accept any positive energy.  Now let go of the pipe and open your palms to the world.  Your hands are free to shake hands with a new person you meet in the supermarket, free to hold the hand of a child while crossing the street.

You have to open yourself to the good in life.  Practice being still.  Practice opening your hands and letting go.  You might surprise yourself with what you find in your grasp.

 

Where is Karina today???

Follow Karina Fabian on her blog tour for Live & Let Fly, available this month from MuseItUp Publishing.  Here is where you can find Karina today:

April 15
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Paper Dragon, Inc. (http://paperdragonink.com) Interview
* Sandra Saidak (http://sandrasaidak.com/) Interview
* Roxanne Bland (http://roxannebland.com/) Interview, About Stan Rakness

Coming Soon…

Check out Karina Fabian’s blog tour this month!  Karina, Vern, and maybe even Neeta Lyffe will be visiting a blog near you.  I will be interviewing Karina on April 23 so be sure to stop by!

L&LF Tour Calendar

Keep track of the ones marked HUNT.  That’s where you’ll find clues for the Live and Let Fly grand prize–books & fun stuff!

April 1
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Caprice Hokstad (http://caprice.splashdownbooks.com) Info
April 2
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Kickoff
April 3
* Tracy Morris (www.tracysmorris.com) Five Not-So-Simple Rules about Humor
* Kelsoglyphs (http://www.sylviakelso.com) Info
April 4
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* The New Book Reviews (http://www.thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2012/04/waiting-for-next-three-way-collision-of.html) Review of Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, the First DragonEye Book
* Reality Skimming (http://okalrel.org/blog) Interview w/Vern/HUNT
* Sense of Fiction (http://ksrwriter.blogspot.com) Interview
April 5
* Jennifer Walker(http://www.jennifersbookreviews.blogspot.com) Merging Faith w/ Fantasy
April 6
* Writing and Marketing (http://karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com) Effective Book Marketing
* Writers & Authors (http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/) On Video Book Trailers
April 7
* Lincoln Crisler (http://lincolncrisler.info/?p=991) Writing and Being a Military Spouse
April 8
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Rebecca Ryals Russell (http://rryalsrussell.com/blog/) The Name Game/HUNT
April 9
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Vern as a Guy/HUNT
* You Gotta Read (http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com) Something Completely Different
* Clarion (http://clarionfoundation.wordpress.com/) Idea Casserole
April 10
* Teen Word Factory (http://www.teenwordfactory.com/) Why I wrote L&LF
*Time w/Tannia (http://timewithtannia.tripod.com) Interview
April 11
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Sally Christie (http://sallyfranklinchristie.com/wp/) Interview w/Karina & Vern/HUNT
* Diana’s Writing Den (http://diannaswritingden.com/) On the Submission Process
April 12
* Cup of Coffee and a Good Book (http://www.jennifersbookreviews.blogspot.com/) Review
* Barbara’s Meanderings (http://barbaraehrentreu.blogspot.com/) On Norse Mythology/HUNT
April 13
* Gloria Oren (http://gloriascorner.com/) What Vern & Grace have been up to
* Gary Olson (http://www.garywolson.com/blog/) Interview
April 14
* Flowers on the Fence (flowersonthefence.blogspot.com) Vern’s Apologia on Extortion/HUNT
April 15
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Paper Dragon, Inc. (http://paperdragonink.com) Interview
* Sandra Saidak (http://sandrasaidak.com/) Interview
* Roxanne Bland (http://roxannebland.com/) Interview, About Stan Rakness
April 16
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Editing L&LF
* Jennifer Fitz (http://jenniferfitz.wordpress.com)  Review
*One Writers’ Journey (http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/) About Video Book Trailers
* A Pius Man (http://apiusman.blogspot.com) Review, Interview
April 17
*  Tim Marquiz (http://tmarquitz.com/blog/) Info
April 18
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Diana’s Writing Den (http://diannaswritingden.com) Review
* Michelle Pickett (www.Michelle-Pickett.com) Interview
April 19—Karina’s Birthday!
April 20 – Live and Let Fly Published!
* Pauline Baird Jones (http://paulinebairdjones.blogspot.com/)  Organizing the Plot
* Escape Velocity (http://kerryadrienne.com) Info/HUNT
April 21
* The Baptized Imagination (http://baptizedimagination.com) Interview
April 22
* DragonEye PI (http://dragoneyepi.net) Serial Story Continues
* Catholic Creativity (http://www.catholiccreativity.net) Interview
* Catholic Fiction (http://catholicflashficton.wordpress.com)  Excerpt-Vern Confesses/HUNT
* The Writers Chat Room (http://writerschatroom.com) 7 PM Eastern-Guest Chat
April 23
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) About the Cover

* Becca Butcher (https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com) Interview
April 24
* Teresa Schnellmann (www.twfendley.com) Info + Give-away
* Biblio Paradise (http://biblioparadise.wordpress.com) Interview
* Plotting Princesses (http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com) Interview
April 25
* Snoring Scholar (http://snoringscholar.com) Review/HUNT
* Erin Hartshorn (http://www.erinmhartshorn.com/blog/) Review, Writing about Interesting Times, & Giveaway
* Theresa’s Simplicity in Words (www.teribelle.wordpress.com) Review & Give Away
April 26
* Where Love and Fantasy Take Flight (http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com) Info/HUNT
* Far Edge of Normal (http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com/) Vern talks food
April 27
* Catholic Dads Online (http://www.catholicdadsonline.org) Review
* Book Reviews & More (http://bookreviewsandmore.ca) Review
* A Frank Review (http://blog.frankcreed.com) Info
* Becca Butcher (https://beccabutcher.wordpress.com) Information
April 28
* Helene Prevost (www.hmprevost.com) Interview, Review
April 29
*J.Q. Rose (www.jqroseauthor.blogspot.com) Writing & the Twisted Mind
April 30
* Catholic Writers Guild (http://blog.catholicwritersguild.com) About Sister Grace/HUNT
*”Siren Spell” (the story of Sister Grace) Flying Island Press (www.flyingislandpress.com)
* Fabianspace (http://fabianspace.blogspot.com) Wrap-up
May 15
* Writers & Authors (http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com/) Interview
Unscheduled:

*Confessions of a Bleeding Heart (http://confessionsofableedingheart.wordpress.com/) Info