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Betrayal Of Weakness: Book Five of The Legends of Sangue Available Now!!

Betrayal Of Weakness: Book Five of The Legends of Sangue is now available for purchase here on Amazon.com! Hooray! Thank you, friends and fans!

 

Stacey Katheryn

 

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-Umberto Eco

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Oh me, oh my- My year in pictures.

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Betrayal of Weakness, Book Five of The Legends of Sangue coming soon!

Betrayal of Weakness, Book Five of The Legends of Sangue coming soon!

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Almost thirty-six years after the tragedy of Queen Tancia Catallino’s brutal murder leaves the royal line and rural community of Sangue, Montana lost and hopeless. The Elemental Circle missing a sorceress on the brink of destruction, impending disaster and mass death, the only person prophesized to find her has gone missing. The tiny town of the underworld suddenly comes to light in the normal mortal world and everything begins to fall apart, with no closure to the cherished Queen’s death and the royal line of Sangue open to enemy attack, all sorceric protection failing with the impending Elemental Circle’s demise, nobody knows what to do.

 A surprise visit from the past brings precious new, fragile hope to Sangue, just as the town is attacked and the destruction of the world is all but imminent. It’s anyone’s game, a dangerous game that must be played with utmost caution. Rules have to be broken in the worst ways and old grievances aired, enemies reunited as allies with Sangue and the impossible accomplished before a single chance of survival can be obtained. But can everyone work together peacefully in time to keep tragedy from repeating itself?

Better yet, will the ancient prophecies of Sangue’s survival be fulfilled, the true leader found before all is destroyed and the harrowing sacrifices of the past mean nothing?

Can Sangue’s path to peace finally be restored?

The answer lies within the most shocking of discoveries. And somebody knew the answer all along.

They just haven’t realized it yet.

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Scared shitless

Because I am nothing but honest with my readers/fans, I would like to share a little story. I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared shitless in my entire life. Why?

Well, it’s a long story and I’ll get to that. I was one of those children whose WORST fears when it came to anything social was being in a crowd and not knowing what to do. The feeling that everyone knew what to do but me. Especially if I was being watched or anything was expected of me. There are certain things I have trouble memorizing (sequence, for starters.) The reason I write out-of-sequence, before putting pieces together.

When it comes to acting plays you can see where this may become a problem. As a child I opted out of anything that I’d have to learn rules/sequence (except dance, but even then I ended up joining a troupe of mostly improv moves, subtle visual cues and just learning to trust my fellow troupe dancers and myself)

I always thought if I got into acting, I would suck at improvisation and was always terrified to try. But it’s the monologues I’m having trouble with.

Tonight we had our first “stumble through” of our upcoming play. Not only did I get the impression everyone knew more than I did- They did. They all knew their lines either in part or whole. Yes, as a mystery dinner theatre it’s partial improv with some monologue that we’re allowed to play a bit with. Ok. BUT… I’m a busy woman (no excuse). Let’s try again. I’m riddled with fear (nope, that’s not right either) I rewrote my monologues last night (that’s the truth) and failed to memorize them on time, then panicked and forgot everything I did have memorized (all my other lines, when to come in, last lines of others’ monologues so I knew when to come in- my guiding star. Etc.)

I’ve discovered a lot about myself in this endeavor. 1. I’m learning all about ME. 2. As long as I know WHEN I come in, I can memorize anything I damn want. I always knew that where my efforts of sequence are AWFUL, my skills of memorization are precise, quick, photographic. As long as I know what line to listen for an actor to say, I know exactly where to come in and how. So put the new monologue aside, realizing that’s a non-worry and it’ll be completely memorized by tomorrow. It’s when actors change their lines on stage that confuses me, then leaves me with that “everyone knows what’s happening but me” sensation.

See, tonight I tried to go “au-natural” my term for NO SCRIPT (except my new monologues, one nearby to glance at briefly, the other longer one on a piece of paper to glance at in my hand.) The rest I went over enough to remember where I came in, since my miscellaneous lines are brief and mainly improvised when I speak them. I have nothing against my fellow actors improvising, when done at me I can usually respond pretty quickly. But when they add, forget or change that last line of theirs I had memorized to know where I follow, all is lost, and I’m like… Duuurrr….

Anyway, I am learning to overcome that, along with my childhood fear. I learned: Even if that is the case, nothing bad happened! The world did not end, I did not die, I did not run out of the room, people did not stare at me funny or make fun of me or decide I’m horrible on the spot. I was ok. I am ok. And that’s the best thing to remember.

So moral of the story, Trust yourself, and listen to your inner voice.

You’ll surprise yourself every time.

-Stacey Katheryn

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The Cricket That Could

Once there was a cricket that fell down a hole in our sink

Holy cow we said, and started to think

It wasn’t just a sink down there, it wasn’t just a hole

That side was the one with the garbage disposal

Drama. Everyone was instructed not to use that side and a wooden spoon was left inserted in the hole in the hopes the little guy would figure out how to crawl back out, not able to fathom the idea of his losing his little life in such a horrid way.

It worked! Once we waited long enough and left it alone, he crawled up and escaped on his own.

The moral of this story?

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Don’t jump in sinks.

Goodnight my friends!!

Stacey

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Busy! Busy! Busy!

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Due to the summer pick-up in business and some extra curricular things I’m doing for work and play, blogging is going to be a bit scarce for the month of August! I hope everyone is enjoying the hell out of their summer!

Stacey

 

Enjoy some oldies but goodies while you wait!: “Partners In Crime” My Day In A Short Noir

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The Six Month Plan

World English Dictionary
Business Plan
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A detailed plan setting out the objectives of a business, the strategy and tactics planned to achieve them, and the expected profits, usually over a period of three to ten years.

Stacey Katheryn’s Dictionary

Business Plan

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A detailed plan setting out the objectives of her business, all in her mind and scarcely scribbled in miscellaneous notes throughout office, the strategy and tactics planned to achieve such objectives to grow and develop her business, The Village Poet Press, into a small yet sustainable company with continual book sales in a period of Six Months.

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In the essence of this quote, I will tell you why I am waiting six months to publish my next book and putting the focus on my “business plan”.  I hate the term “business plan” don’t you? It sounds all formal and unpromising and demanding. What I have is a solid understanding of exactly what I want this company to be and exactly how I am going to get there. That was all I needed for my massage practice, and it’s flourishing. That was five months ago.

Ah yes, I was going to tell you why. Because it’s summer, because I’m going to be moving soon, because I’m spending more time editing than I am writing, because my living space is being quadrupled as an office space for the business aspect of my practice, and my Village Poet office/writing/researching space and storage space and I am having a very, very difficult time with it. It’s going to reflect in my writing, and to put the best to the test, I’ve had ONE book sale on book four, and that was my best friend Jay (thank you, Jay).

I love my blog, I will definitely continue to blog, but from here I will be pursuing avenues of marketing and business development and essentially, what I’ve done for my massage practice. Hopefully by the end of these six months, I’ll have a readership. Book Five is a VERY important book to the series (and me), and I want people to enjoy it.

Also, once I move and have a bigger space for my writing, I’ll be able to WRITE and not have to worry about all the aspects that shouldn’t be allowed to enter my mind while I’m writing.

So, wish me luck! 🙂

Stacey

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Wounded Knee- For profit, ticket sales, or true kindness?

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Wow, what a situation has occurred, as many of us know. (Those who don’t: Johnny Depp mentioned wanting to buy Wounded Knee and giving it back to the Native Americans here in my home state of South Dakota. Link is above.)

There are a number of opinions based on this possibility and here are the top few of them.

1. He’s doing it for ticket sales due to his crapped-out Lone Ranger movie.

2. He’s doing it for publicity and fame (kinda goes hand-in-hand with #1)

3. He’s doing it out of pity

4. He’s doing it to look more “Native American”

5. He’s doing it from the heart

6. That’s kind and all, but not actually going to help the current situation. If he’s going to spend that much money he should use it to build youth centers or schools or housing or so on, so forth.

Ok, phew, that’s a load-full of assumptions all in a day and a half, is it not?

My thoughts, in case anyone was curious. (Keeping in mind I am neither a stark-raving fan of his, nor am I completely indifferent to his career and acting choices, and I do enjoy a number of things he is in as well as have none-so-fond or apathetic opinions on other things he has done. You can keep in mind or disregard the fact that I do think he is devilishly handsome, but that has in no way swayed my opinion on this topic. Many people find him devilishly handsome.)

#1/#2. Mr. Depp has had a number of crapped out movies, it’s part of being an actor, most of them have. Once in awhile, there’s going to be a bad decision made or there’s going to be stuff that goes wrong, and don’t you think the movie has had enough press (his slightly stereotypical Native character “Tonto” being done in a, we’ll say, slightly disreputable and insulting way) And for that matter, does Mr. Depp honestly strike people as the type to make matters worse by dangling this hope in front of millions of faces to make himself look better? For one thing, he strikes me as the type to not be so stupid as to assume this could in any way make him look better or gain forgiveness for his decision. Another thing: I don’t think he gives a fuck what we think about his acting decisions, and I hope he doesn’t. He is not by any means obligated to.

3. Hm. It’s my opinion that assuming he is doing this out of pity is pretentious (if not outright attention-seeking). Not to mention insulting and degrading to Mr. Depp. Stop for a moment and think, “Is that something I would do?” or “Is that something my friend would do?” or “Is that something my neighbor would do?” or “Is that something a perfect stranger would do?” Chances are (hopefully) you’re going to say no to all of those. He is not some attention-seeking icon nor is he some sort of inhuman celebrity whose lot in life is to pity people for press.

4. He “claims” to have Native blood so he must be doing it for that reason, to look more “Native”. I’m not sure how to even respond to this one, regardless of his actual heritage (for one thing being absolutely none of our business, we all speculate or we all know what we are, regardless of proof or iron-solid facts. Do you honestly expect him to draw his family tree for you?). What a petty and pathetic assumption made by small minds with no imagination. Get real.

5. THERE we go. “He’s doing it from the heart” ok this I can see as being true. Even if he isn’t, does it matter?

6. “Nice gesture and all but…” OK so here’s where the real opinion comes in. This is in my home state and I know the Indigenous population in this part. I know people who live on Pine Ridge and I’ve met some of their tribal leaders. I’m also a business woman and this land is going for 3.9 Million (article says 4.9, Wounded Knee itself just 3.9) Let’s do the math. Some say he should build youth centers and schools and so on, so forth.

Ok, let’s start with the simple fact that 3.9 million dollars is NOTHING by big business standards. It’s a couple pennies. For what you’re talking about, we’ll go with ONE youth center for a population of Indigenous folks this size, that can conservatively be called “Start-Up Cost”. Much less more than one. Simply put, unless that youth center became self-sustaining within a year (possibly two, if their lawyers, CPAs and other financial folks were on-the-ball and sharp as knives) it’s gone. Sure, 3.9 may seem like a lot. But not when you’re considering land permits, taxes (considerably higher on the reservations), building permits, business licenses/taxes/permits, utilities, so on, so forth. Yes, they desperately need one. The suicide rate within the youth population is horrendous, but I can tell you they already tried the youth center thing and due to funding and politics (mostly politics), it crashed. Plus, it would take two or more years just to get government approval to build something like that. Nice thought, not going to happen.

Also, keeping in mind that “it’s a nice gesture and all…” says right there. It’s not Mr. Depp’s concern. The well-being of the reservations belong to the people of the reservations and those sworn to help them. What he is offering is not salvation- it’s a chance to HEAL. Once that spiritual land is returned to its rightful owners, healing can begin, and once healing begins, the rest will fall into place on its own. Please don’t expect a savior out of him. Just accept it as it is- a gift, an opportunity, a chance to heal. He knows this already, that is why he has offered it, or even offered the suggestion. He obviously feels it deep inside or he wouldn’t have risked mentioning it to the press. The red tape he is going to have to cut through to make it happen is phenomenal and may not happen for awhile anyway.

My point being simply this: Keep hope and have faith, but don’t put it all on his shoulders and don’t try to make bad his image because of it. If it’s meant to happen, it will. Those with a true connection to this land and the historical value of it know that. And it seems to me, Mr. Depp is aware of this too. And if indeed he has genetic indigenous ties to the people of this land (or surrounding land), this could very well be an opportunity of healing for him, too. The only difference for him is that he has the means unlike the rest of us and the reservations in the area, if he’s using it to help others, then be glad for that. There are much better ways to use money to make yourself look good. Stop making a soap opera of it and smile at the thought that perhaps, this land and these people can find a semblance of healing after all. If that is his intention, then thank you, Mr. Depp.

Stacey

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And…. ACTION!

I don’t have a lot of time, I must make this brief (haha, get it, “brief”). I’m sunburned and I must go put on some aloe, or who knows what may happen (Um, it might stay a little redder a little longer. Maybe itch a little.)

I have some challenges I must soon face. Massaging and choreographing and dancing and performing as a dead woman in one half a commercial (in the other half I’m alive) but I play somebody who is ten years older than myself. (Hey, in the play, I’m ten years younger, so… yeah.) I must say, since the two balance one another out, I won’t take it as a commentary upon my age. I can play a 19 year old as well as a 39 year old, I say I’m ok (Ha. Ha. So far people can believe the mother of two teenagers more than the 19 year old. Well, depending on who you ask. I’m just sorry I asked anyone, hehe.)

Ah yes, and I’m acting. And choreographing a dance number for me and two other gals, who I have yet to find but you know, it’ll happen.

One is a scripted commercial and the other is a half scripted/half improvised murder mystery play. The best of both worlds. I was privy to be witness to the shooting of a commercial in the same series of commercials I’m taking part in. Makes me wish I’d gone to the Art Institute of Seattle for film directing after all, lol (But don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to be anything but a massage therapist now and becoming one changed my life in miraculous ways, I am immensely forever grateful to my teachers and clients and colleagues and profession.)

But don’t worry, I’m still writing (EDITING at the moment, I hardly call that RELEASING MY INNER CREATIVITY. Why yes, this word is misspelled I must take all the magical creativity within my soul and… and…. correct it! Yawn.).

It was difficult not speaking up when I was watching the director with his camera. I gave some advice but I wanted to get in there and adjust angles and pipe up with story line ideas and go hog-wild crazy, at the same time I wanted to jump in front of that camera and start going wild. It was wild, haha. REPETITIVE. Rehearse. Do it once. GREAT! Let’s try it a couple more times. I THINK THAT’S THE ONE!! Let’s do it a few more times just to be sure. TENTH TIME IS THE CHARM!!! Yeah!!!! Now, let’s do the exact same thing twice as many times from two other angles…. HEHE. All the while the man playing the bad guy is standing in the background bored to tears and absentmindedly playing with his switch blade (creepy), and I inadvertently insulted a cop (I saw him in costume and said “nice get up” I meant the compliment and he thanked me. Haha. Finding out later he was in his work clothes…. He was good humored about it. And, actually, he was a sheriff playing a cop…. In another county than the one I am located in “phew”)

(Though, nobody would take my suggestion that once the girl shot the bad guy who was going to murder her and was later giving her account of it to the cop, that he pat her on the shoulder and say “thanks for saving me a bullet”)

Anyway, that was my first taste of film acting and it was pretty incredible. I have yet to have my first taste of play acting and improvisation (other than drama class um, for the sake of my pride we’ll say “eh, just a few” years ago, because it certainly isn’t over a decade and a half or anything.) We’ll give my teacher at the time the title of “bitter ex actor taking her frustrations out on her students” and….. ACTION!

Yes I have a coach. I have not yet taken his class but he has helped me out and we get along rather well. He has faith in me and I’ll tell you, it’s a nice feeling. I have faith in me too.

So… where was I? Oh yes I started this in a mutilated prison-letter-asking-for-help-in-a-melodramatic-way and ended it with, well, this.

My sunburn itches.

Have a wonderful day!

Stacey

 

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The Daily Chronicle Review- Partners In Crime “A Smashing Hit”

Well, “Partners In Crime” was a smashing success! Some of my most read blogs, and all it did was outline a day of puppy-sitting for my sister’s new dog. How cute is this “little” guy??

Gibson, AKA "Gibbs"

Gibson, AKA “Gibbs”

He’s a playful fun-loving dude, we went on lots of runs together and played a lot. A champ of a mutt, Great Dane and Labrador only four months old! This dog is going to get huge.

There are a couple things I would like to warn you about. One: Be careful when using google images to look up “film noir”. Some people who upload photos don’t entirely know the difference between timeless Film Noir Classic freeze frames and stock photos, and S&M related black and white pornography. After looking up pictures on many, many occasions to complete this short series, there was one photo I began to fondly refer to as “Mister Floppy.”

How did I get the idea to do a noir series? That’s for me to know.

It was originally just a one-time piece, but then I started puppy-sitting that awesome little mutt for a couple of days and the series just wrote itself, so I went with it (mostly in the downtime when he was sleeping off the havoc he wreaked or one of our runs).

Well, it was a blast, probably one of the funnest things I’ve written in a long time. I hope it got some laughs.

Ah yes, and number two: Apparently, lampposts are very common in film noir. Probably one of the most used props, second to guns. It gave me a little bit of an actual fondness for them, lol.

Hope everyone enjoyed, and have a wonderful night!!

Stacey

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