Monday, November 23, 2015

Good Girls Thanksgivings

Good Girls’ Thanksgivings
by Stephanie Mesler

Good girls say thank you
in flowing longhand
on daintily painted note cards with violets in the corners,
cards kept on hand for giving thanks when thanks are
Good girls say thank you
for the effort
for the thought
for inclusion
They are the ones who write in gratitude journals because their God, Oprah, says they should
They write
and write
about the blessings in their lives
about how lucky they are to face each day smiling from the start
knowing God does not demand of them more than they can handle
Good girls know that suffering is good for the soul.
They thank God for opportunities to overcome
what hurts,
what rips at the seams,
what all but kills,
even that which does.
Good girls live each day behind fuchsia panes
for more reasons to say thank you.

The rest of us
send our thanks by email
resorting to telephone when the recipient of our gratitude is too ancient for the net
We do not say thank you often,
never for something we were owed.
We know effort only counts in preschool
and absolution is mythology.
The rest of us persist in perpetual motion,
living lives of intense reality,
knowing that God and Oprah damn well do expect too much
and note cards are expensive.

Good Girls' Thanksgivings is copyright (c) Stephanie Mesler, 2011.  No portion of Good Girls' Thanksgivings may be reprinted or republished in any form without express written consent from the poet, Stephanie Mesler.  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ever Wonder What a Princess Looks Like When She Works Out?

Ermengarde exercises.
Find out why when the third edition of
Ermengarde The Expansive is released later this month.

Next Question:  Does She Wear The Tiara To Bed?  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New Faces For A New Edition of Ermengarde The Expansive

Here are some new faces for familiar characters.

King Abesynth, The Lonesome

Melefolah, an Astronomer Wizard in service to King Abesynth 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cover Reveal!!!!!!! Ermengarde The Expansive Has A New Face!

Watch For 
Ermengarde The Expansive*
A (Very Short) Fairy Tale For The Rest of Us

Available from Booksellers worldwide by November 15, 2015

*This third edition of Ermengarde The Expansive is copyright (C) 2015 Stephanie Mesler, 
created by Stephanie Mesler and Freda Frostbite

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Illustrating Ermengarde: A Castle Suitable For a Princess

It has been a LONG search for the right castle for the new and improved Ermengarde of Obifobus.  I attempted first to create a castle from scratch.  Alas, I do not love virtual building and am not all that talented or patient.  That effort was abandoned after some months' effort.  Then came a lengthy search of the hypergrid for a castle in which I could envision my princess.  No dice.  Finally today, I spent some time searching Second Life for the perfect ready-made castle.  It has been found and is now erected on my illustrations platform.  I am not quite ready to offer you the grand tour.  That will come in time.  For now, here is a glimpse of the woman herself, newly re-amplified, and standing before the fire in the castle great room.  This photo also hints at techniques I will use in creating and editing the illustrations for a third edition of Ermengarde The Expansive and the first edition of it's sequel Ermengarde The Expansive and The Year of Long Light.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ermengarde Is Temporarily Unavailable

As you may or may not know, I am working on a novella set in The Twelve Realms,  Ermengarde The Expansive's world.  I expect to publish that novella this winter.  In the meantime, I have withdrawn The second edition of Ermengarde The Expansive from the market.  A third edition of that book will be available this Autumn!  This new edition will have new illustrations and be completed using software that did not exist when previous editions were released.  I am sure you will enjoy the new and improved Ermengarde.  Watch this website for more information.  Here is an early look at the new and improved Queen of Obifobus.