Friday, May 29, 2015

Little Girl Lost - One Pretty Little Assassin

Call of the Warrior, Author, S.R. Karfelt
Call of the Warrior/Author S.R. Karfelt

Before Carole Blank became the Shieldmaiden in Heartless, she attacked primary school, battled social services, and meted out her share of playground justice.

Little Girl Lost - A little girl lost to her people doesn’t cooperate with social services or the voices in her head.

Little Girl Crossed - Adrift in a world she doesn’t understand Carole finds her classmates as uncooperative as she is.

Little Girl Accost - Vigilante justice has a price even in grammar school.

Read about Carole's early adventures in Call of the Warrior Anthology by Read Write Muse. 

Carole Blank, Call of the Warrior, Heartless A Shieldmaiden's Voice, S.R. Karfelt
S.R. Karfelt

Carole Blank, Heartless, S.R. Karfelt
S.R. Karfelt
All of her life Carole Blank has been a little faster, a little stronger, and a disinclined to acquiesce to the BS around her. It started in First Grade and continued into adulthood. 

Perhaps you can relate?

Every day a new attitude is born. Let me know what you think about Carole Blank’s. Or yours if you're so inclined to share it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Musing

Writing, S.R. Karfelt, Author
S.R. Karfelt/All Rights Reserved

Let’s GTF out of here. You have a credit card don’t you? Let’s go somewhere.

Excuse me? I cancelled three trips because The Muse insisted she needed to be still for two ENTIRE months and write. We could have gone to a spring training baseball game. Dear Hubby was so disappointed.

Don’t live in the past.

It’s only been six weeks of being still and writing. I need another twenty thousand words!

If you get mathy on me I’ll come up with another new idea for the opening scene of Forever. I’ve got ideas and I’m not afraid to use them.

Fine. Anything but that. Where do you want to go?

Oh, I don’t know. Let’s look at places online.

No. I’m not getting online with you. You just end up on Facebook or Twitter alienating total strangers with your cryptic one-liners.

I’m so effing funny. I kill me.

You kill me too.

Let’s go for a hike. Are there any good caves around here? I feel like exploring a cave or hiking a mountain. Do you have a head lamp and a selfie-stick?


We should get on Amazon and buy them.

Hmmm. Wait! No! I’m not getting on Amazon with you either!

Credit cards are wasted on mortals.

When you start paying the bill we can talk about head lamps and selfie sticks.

What did I say about math? Don’t go there. It’s not about numbers or popularity. It’s about riding the story wherever I take you. You can’t put a price on that experience.

Amazon can.

Let’s drive up to the University and sneak into a class. I liked that molds and fungi one.

No. The kids all think I’m the teacher.

Let’s pretend to be!

I’m so not going to jail for you.

Don’t make me laugh. You’d do anything for me.

Just help me finish this scene! Come on! I’m taking you on a writer’s retreat this summer. I’ll let you pick my clothes!

Don’t toy with me.

Seriously. You can even buy a hat.

Oh. My. Heart’s a fish outta water! I love when you let me dress you.

Like you have a heart. I didn’t say I’d wear it.

It’s gonna be a great summer.

I mean who did you think inspired me to buy all those hats I never wear? Like you don’t have a muse who picks your fashion don’ts? 

Maybe you don’t have a writing muse, but are you going to tell me you don’t even have an irresponsible-let’s-have-some-fun summer muse? I thought as much. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Call of the Warrior

BHCAuthors, New Release,
Read Write Muse/S.R. Karfelt

Who are the warriors? 

They are the soldiers, the protectors, and the guardians; the zombie hunters, the assassins, and the secret, winged watchers who wage unseen wars. 

Three short stories about Carole Blank that pre-date the story you read in HEARTLESS A Shieldmaiden's Voice are included in this new anthology! If you'd like to know how a little girl in foster care ended up with the last name of Blank, you'll find out in this book.

  • Little Girl Lost
  • Little Girl Crossed
  • Little Girl Accost

In this collection of twenty-four warrior tales, join these courageous souls as they fight for freedom, for honor, for the weak, and perhaps most of all, for love. 

Available in Kindle or Paperback

A portion of the proceeds from Call of the Warrior will go to War Dogs Making it Home, a charity that pairs rescued dogs with veterans who suffer from brain injury and PTSD.

Featuring the works of J. S. Bailey, E.D.E. Bell, Amber E. Box, E. P. Brown, Holly & Jared Brown, Isabel Brown, LaDonna Cole, S. R. Karfelt, Kelsey Keating, D. M. Kilgore, Margaret Madigan, Ryan T. Nuhfer, Catherine Jones Payne, Kirstin Pulioff, Elle K. White, and Lexy Wolfe.

A Covenant Keeper Novel, Karfelt, Carole Blank, Heartless
S.R. Karfelt

It's said that writers care more about their character's childhood than readers ever will. We're the ones who have to know what inspired our characters to become who they are. Readers just want the experience of the story. 

That makes sense. But who says childhood isn't full of stories?

When the opportunity to submit stories for the Warrior Anthology came about, I thought it was the perfect chance to get Carole Blank's early history into print.

In Call of the Warrior you're going to enjoy getting a glimpse of this complex character as she is indoctrinated into the foster care system, alienates her social worker, and ends up with the moniker of "Blank". I hope you'll enjoy spending time with Carole as she begins her uncooperative journey with the world she lives in, and the voices in her head. 

If you'd like to learn more about Read Write Muse, or War Dogs check out the links.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gadgets and Gizmos A Plenty

As a writer whose favorite entertainment is a blank page and trekking into the wilderness as far from cellular service as possible, I gotta tell you – I think technology rocks it.

Whenever possible I attend the International CES show in Las Vegas. It’s a mega tradeshow with the latest and greatest in consumer electronics. It’s an enormous, loud, busy, and exhausting week of capitalist consumerism. Yet what I enjoy most about the show is that it absolutely crushes stereotypes and stretches the imagination of this fantasy fiction writer.

If you think you can peg any trait to any nationality you absolutely must add this show to your bucket list. When you funnel the whole world into one place you realize we’re all just one fascinating, whacky, crazy-smart, often annoying species.

You also realize genius and crazy dance on the head of the same pin. If you think that the world has changed since you were a kid, buckle your seatbelt, buddy, because you ain’t seen nothing yet.

I’m not going to judge what technologies are good or bad, although sometimes it is tempting. Besides, a free market system gives us the power to vote by what we purchase anyway. The following are some of the most intriguing gadgets I saw. They're not all that high-tech. They're what I found interesting/useful.

  • Here’s a handy little gadget. It’s called an iRing. It sticks to the back of your phone and makes where you put your phone a whole lot handier. You can hook it on anything and it comes with a separate self-sticking hook. The ring does come on and off (with a lot of effort) so you can re-position it. I've never removed mine because I don't trust it will stick as well, although the vendors assured me it would. I use mine all the time. I especially like being able to hook my phone on the dashboard when I'm driving. It's convenient if you're a runner too, and I know some moms use a carabiner to attach it to baby strollers. 

  • The robots were wicked cool as always. My personal favorite had world domination mode. The internal gyroscopes amaze me. There were robots on bikes that could balance completely still and in place without tipping. Now that's something humans haven't mastered, of course our bikes rarely have gyroscopes.
  • Self-driving cars. I can barely wait for these. For people with physical limitations (disabled, vision problems, etc.) this will ensure freedom most of us take for granted.
  • The ability to waterproof electronics once again won the show for me. My personal favorite was a company called Liquipel – and not just because they gave me a coupon for a discount and a free impact resistant case. Liquipel isn’t a case or a coating. It’s a nanotechnology that is basically baked onto your gadget and you can't even see or feel it. Their display included a waterfall full of phones and tablets that had been waterproofed. The cost for a cell phone waterproof is in the neighborhood of $60. Recently I upgraded my phone and FINALLY had it Liquipeled. I'll let you know how it works out for me, because I'm certainly not going to TEST it. But sooner or later fate will.
 Check out this European ad for the same technology. Think about it, what’s the first thing you say when your phone hits liquid? Right?
  • The ShutterBall will allow us to take even more selfies. Yay. Sigh.

  • Health and fitness monitors. If you saw it on Star Trek or the Jetsons, it’s either here or coming.
  • 3-D Printers. These can create not only objects, but candy. When I think about how frustrating it is to get a decent copy out of a copy machine, I can’t help but be cynical. The ones I saw were amazing though. I’m still holding out for food replicators, but I’ll be honest, I won’t trust them.

  • Smarthouse. Take the above Star Trek Jetsons reference and add Back to the Future to it. I'm holding off on this technology until the vacuum cleaner runs itself, and I'm not talking a Roomba. You know those suckers strangle on a sock before they make it through a single room. 

The gizmos and gadgets I've featured in this blog might seem so LAST YEAR because I actually wrote this post over a year ago. 

I dug it out of my archives because I'm really jazzed about finally getting a phone waterproofed with Liquipel. They made quite an impression on me when they put the super thin impact resistant case on my phone. That's because when they did it they used my phone in a demo and dropped a huge metal ball onto it from about three feet in the air. I had no idea they were going to do it until the ball was heading for the screen. It was FINE, but I still haven't gotten over it. 

If you're interested in any of these products hit me up for websites and I'll help if I can. While we're on the subject though, what's your favorite technology? I think mine is going to be waterproofed electronics.