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2013 in One Word? Unbelievable!

Not unbelievable in the sense of the word many people might quickly assume, “incredible” in a positive way or simply “surprising”, but one of the literal meanings: ” so great or extreme as to be difficult to believe; extraordinary.”

My 2013 was extraordinary in the extremes of life and living that occurred, but perhaps not so unbelievable considering my past in general, which often has a brutal whimsicality and sometimes dangerous edge.

On the other hand, perhaps 2013 was perfectly ordinary, indicative and representative of how the journey of Red Haircrow continues. And we hope it continues, of course, though pain definitely reminds you that you’re still alive….

There are the professional highlights and accomplishments, the achievements:

  • Walking the red carpet with Johnny Depp for the Lone Ranger premiere in Berlin, Germany, as I covered the event for Indian Country Today Media Network (see photos & commentary at their website.)
  • I graduated from Columbia Southern University with a bachelor’s in Psychology, and after 4 years study declared I was totally done with school only to find myself applying for a graduate program with Montana State University a week later…
  • I regained enthusiasm for my indie publishing & multi-media company Flying With Red Haircrow, setting submission guidelines, revamping my logo and reopening its doors. Alternatively, Red Haircrow Review is on extended “vacation.”

“The word unbelievable describes something that is beyond understanding like the idea, until the Middle Ages, that the earth might actually be round.”–Vocabulary.com

For personal, dearly, painfully, and most prominently, was the fact that September 2013 marked two years that my son and I had been apart, which has been the single defining situation in my life. No words, no amount of them, can ever express how terrible this was for both of us, as it affects you on all levels ever second of the day.

You can have good times with others, and I did, and was privileged to meet a wide variety of people, a few of whom have come to be tremendous friends for whom I have great affection, but at the end of the day, you come home…and you are alone. A poem I wrote for my son in April, Spring Lament. On December 4, 2013, he returned to Berlin, and I feel I can finally breath again.

Those in literary circles, review groups, social media, forums or websites such as LibraryThing, Goodreads, etc. will have noticeably seen my absence, if they even noticed at all. For except for Twitter and Facebook, where I do my own promotions at times, as well as for a few clients, I stopped interacting elsewhere.

I had no interest or energy to expend towards the competitive posturing and pettiness that too often laces the writing world, the cliquès and so forth, and I found those who really wished to continue contact with me did so.

In combination with  the separation from my son, I had huge health challenges in 2013, having developed a hereditary blood disease that runs in my family, causing moderate damage to heart, lungs, liver and other organs, and needing specialized treatment for the rest of my life. It makes life tough, but hey, that’s life. Priorities straight: my boy, my friends and the People.

I go into 2014 not knowing what it will bring. No one does. I do have some appointments already scheduled, a couple of projects in the works, and definitely things I want to see happen, and which  must happen, but I’m okay enough. That should be my new catch phrase and quote. You ask me how I’m doing & that’s it: “I’m okay enough.”

I won’t stop writing, working and fighting. That’s what warriors do, and I come from a warrior people, where the word means something different to us than it does to other societies that associate it with warfare and aggression because that is what their history is full of: subjugating, conquering and brutalizing other cultures for their own gain.

To us, the originals of the Americas, the Native Americans, to be a warrior means to help those who need help, to do for others whatever needs to be done, to sacrifice themselves if necessary, to help the community and world as a whole. In 2014, I will continue to do so because that is what needs to be done.


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“Christmas in July” Coming Soon: A Limited Omnibus Edition of Enigma 1&2 by Nephylim

Releasing on July 1st, 2013 and available only for one month, this limited omnibus edition will combine book one and two of the Enigma series: “Enigma” and “Fighting The Man” by Nephylim. Over 650 pages will include original artwork by the author and Maria K. as well as the bonus story, “Silver’s First Christmas.”

Leading up to the release, a number of other authors and blogs will host Nephylim, who will be providing more background about the characters and themes through interviews and excerpts, as well as having contests for giveaways. Promos start June 3rd!

The blog sites:

Cia’s Stories http://ciasstories.blogspot.com/
M.A. Church http://machurch00.blogspot.com/
Andy Gordon http://andrewqgordon.com/category/my-writing/
Talismania http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.co.uk/
Chris T. Kat http://t.co/h6Kn4uYhRV

The books:

EnigmaXsmEnigma, Book 1 of Enigma:

“Can love ever be forbidden? Can the strongest of all human emotions be denied because someone tells you it cannot be? When Silver made his decision he very nearly paid with his life. Now River is faced with his choice believing that it is only his career at stake. However, when Silver’s past catches up with him River finds that there is more at stake than he could ever have imagined.”

enigma2MIDFighting the Man, Book 2 of Enigma:

“River had always known that living with a freed slave, even one as sweet as Silver, was never going to be easy. It gets a lot harder when his parents are killed leaving him to care for his young brother. When Social Services get involved he has a choice to make. Unfortunately, he makes the wrong one.”

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About The Author:


Born into a poor but loving mining family in the United Kingdom, Nephylim grew up in the beautiful and history rich South Wales Valleys, becoming the first in her family to attend university. As a lawyer practicing Family Law for several years, the profession allowed Nephylim to learn more about human nature at its worst and best moments, and develop empathy and a view of life not limited by social standing or background.

Tapping into the heritage of her people that throughout Earth’s ages welcomed the wandering bard into the hearts of their villages as keepers of lore, Nephylim trained as a Druid and brings the richness of her Celtic past and spiritual training to enrich and elevate her writing. Since a child Nephylim has been fascinated with other worlds, which exist within and alongside her own and has reveled in creating worlds and characters for others to enjoy.

Despite lack of family support, Nephylim continued writing privately and eventually found the Gay Authors website. With the positive response and a warm welcome received, she found the confidence to pursue her passion to a greater degree. Feeling gay fiction was a woefully neglected corner of the market where readers were all too often presented with what amounted to erotica, Nephylim strives to write quality gay fiction where sex and sexuality is not the central premise. Instead, concentration is given to character and narrative development through storytelling that goes beyond the physical.

Nephylim still resides in Wales, UK, and enjoys writing, reading, art, and taking part in medieval reenactments.

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Author Interview & Book Spotlight: Red Haircrow at The “Books and Tales” Blog

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You can “read about me” on my site here, naturally, but as is your interest (or involving the various interviews about me that can be followed by link here or elsewhere) please take the time to visit Annette Gisby’s blog “Books and Tales” and read an interview and post about my latest release, “The Agony of Joy”  that was posted 10 April 2013.

The inclusion is greatly appreciated, especially in that they have a range of genres on their site that I was glad mine fit into. Please visit their site to see the full interview, as well as the many other articles, interviews and features they have. Books and Tales:


Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?

I usually begin writing on a story in some way before I do a detailed outline on how I would like it to progress. Also, sometimes, depending on the type of work it is: very deep, complex or quite personal to me, I will meditate and think about it for a long time. That can often take months or even years, but when I do begin to write it down, it all flows out at once.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story?

In my fiction work, they are allowed to, because it is their story after all. Sometimes what I plan and what I want to take place doesn’t work for what they need to express, so I let them change it, as it were.



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