I've been partying so hard all week in celebration of my release of Claiming Lady Marianne from Ellora's Cave the time almost got away from me.
I know I've had several ideas of what kind of shapeshifter I'd be if I could shift shape, and yesterday I changed my mind again. I was out walking on my lunch hour yesterday and it was a blustery day here in California, the sky a churning cauldron threatening rain. Two hawks were flying about over the open acre or two where there isn't any housing at the moment, and I was struck with powerful envy. Not just because they can fly, although that does inspire great jealousy in me. I've always wanted to fly.
No, I was envious because of the freedom I saw these two carnivorous birds of prey sharing. They could fly off wherever they wanted. Of course wild animals live a dangerous life, and their next meal is never guaranteed, but then again, neither is mine. And I could get splattered in a car accident at any moment. So we all face our dangers. But the thing that made me most envious was their sexual freedom. Imagine having a complete lack of propriety. You could fly off and have sex anywhere you wanted, any time you wanted, and it wouldn't matter where you were, or who was watching.
Now that's freedom.
I'm off again to the Claiming Lady Marianne release party! See you next week, same hawk channel, same hawk time.