Andi Winter

Writer, Reader, Tea Drinker, Chrononaut

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Happy release day!

Man, has it been awhile. There is nothing quite like having to relearn how to invent the wheel to remind you just how much you knew and then forgot. Damn.

But! I have two new stories out and available at last.

“Gravedigger’s Last Call” is a short story about a man, a beer, and a life-changing conversation. It’s a contemporary fantasy —I can’t quite call it “urban fantasy” but it’s a modern tale with a fantastic element or two. Magical realism? Maybe, but I generally don’t think of ‘magical realism’ with a lager.

 

An Angel of Her Own cover“An Angel of Her Own”  is a short story about a woman, a man, and a ghost. With some physical therapy, snarkiness, and a dash of romance. Again, it’s pegged as contemporary fantasy, but maybe there is a better genre for it. If you can think of one, let me know.

 

Both stories are out as ebooks. They will be available in print with other ‘contemporary fantasy’ stories (of a sort) in a story collection in the next month or two.

Yes, that is a public declaration that there will be more stories and books out in the near future. Stay tuned!

Today’s haiku

forest in sunlight

earthy forest scent

warm air caresses my skin

summer on the way

 

-on unseasonably warm spring days

 

Photo by Deglee Degi on Unsplash

 

Three for Thursday

Here are a few of my favorite things for this Thursday:

  • What I’m reading: Romance novels by Stephanie Laurens – I stumbled across her books on the shelf at the library the other day, saw that they were set in the Victorian era (which I’m currently saturating myself with), and checked two out. I then promptly devoured both of them. Intelligent, funny, emotional, passionate. Too good to miss.
  • What I’m watching: Thor: Ragnarok – This was the first Marvel movie in awhile (and the first Thor movie ever) that I truly enjoyed. It’s a different, funnier side of Thor, which will I take as the result of his association with Tony Stark. And a fight match between Thor and the Hulk? AND Valkyries? What’s not to love?*
  • Exercise program I’m loving: Classical Stretch – Sure, the instructor is Canadian and a former ballerina (i.e. super flexible), and it’s kind of quirky, but the exercises are scientifically researched** to increase strength and flexibility, the show is filmed in beautiful locations (Mexico, Jamaica), and the best part: just 20-ish minutes! These are the first workouts I have done in I can’t remember, where I don’t constantly clock watch from the beginning; I’ll start to wonder how much time is left, and discover there are only 3 minutes left! Just watch out for the pliés, though — they are killers.

What is delighting you this Thursday?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
-Andi

 

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*Okay, Cate Blanchett once again as a villain didn’t thrill me, but at least she was better in this than the dreadful Indiana Jones Film That Shall Not Be Named.

**The exercises use the same principles as what I studied in massage school, which won me over.

Today’s haiku

rainy bootsclouds part with sunshine

rain falls from threatening skies

-confusing weather

 

Today’s haiku

dandelions in grassyellow sunny heads

sway with breeze in lush green grass

-time to start weeding

Today’s haiku

cherry blossoms along riverpinks, limes, and yellows

emerge from branches and dirt

spring and life return

Today’s haiku

woman frustrated with laptop computerpretty and shiny

but less functionality

ah, the march of tech

 

-On experiencing a new website backend.
Since when did folders and directories become passe?

Today’s haiku

construction sitehigh-pitched whining

the floor pounding, walls shaking

-kids or construction?

 

-on renovations at the workplace

Today’s haiku

cherry blossomsthe fluffy treetops

waver in the crisp spring breeze

cherry blossom snow

 

-view on a walk during lunch

 

Today’s haiku

snowy maple tree
fluffy clouds of snow
weigh down the maple branches
-belated winter

-on a late February snowfall

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