Bear and Butterfly

I’d like to introduce myself, starting with the bear and butterfly for whom this blog is named. Together, they comprise my muse, my subconscious, the right (intuitive) side of my brain. To me they represent power and beauty, ferocity and gentleness, courage and rebirth, the natural world, spirituality, dreams, new beginnings, the yin and yang […]

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Stories Behind the Story – #2

The world I’ve created for Elegy: The black Diamond and other stories is as diverse as I know how to write it–and that’s a large part of what made it so much fun to write. I have a whole world to play with! The various cultures and societies each have their own way of life, […]

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Stories Behind the Story – #1

This is the first in a series of blogs that deal with the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The short answer: From lots of places! There are many things in my personal background that have led to the stories I write. My Stories Behind the Story blogs will talk about those stories and […]

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Elegy: The Black Diamond

PUBLISHED! Elegy: The Black Diamond by Martha Gilstrap   Master gemsman Shay Bladen had a perfect life until betrayal forced him away from the remains of his home. He flees with nothing but an heirloom battleaxe created from single black diamond. With nothing but a cryptic note, he searches for answers among the bloodstone pillars […]

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