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The Casebook of Elisha Grey

Elisha Grey, graduate student in many sciences and private consulting detective in Atlantis, solves three different mysteries with the help of his roommate, Kiara Ptolmai, the daughter of an Atlantean diplomat and a woman from the far off region of the Caucasus, who records the adventures. Cases include solving the disappearance of a multimorph (human/animal hybrid); the theft of a chemical formula for a badly needed pain relieving medicine; and the kidnapping of underage girls for recruitment into a household of odalisques (multiple brides). The technology of Atlantis and its contact with other continents is covered, as well as its ethics and mores.


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The Casebook of Elisha Grey II

"The Poisonings At The Pantry" is a mystery surrounding multiple cases of apparent food poisoning which require help from other students at the Temple of Learning to gather data on foods from various farms and factories; "The Relentless Sun and Thunder" centers around the possibility of someone able to change weather with his mind, requiring a journey to the country of Albion on the northeastern shores of the Atlantean Sea to visit a seer with experience in the matter; and "The Deaths At The Crooked Tower" focus on a polyamorous architect, his consorts, kinky architecture, and a variety of apparent murders and suicides.


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The Casebook of Elisha Grey III

Elisha Grey, scholar in numerous subjects & consulting detective in Atlantis during its Second Era, together with his flatmate Kiara Ptolmai -- daughter of Menos Ptolmai, Atlantean Ambassador to Chungkuo, investigate three crimes. In "The Missing Daughter" the capitol's constabulary recruits them to help find a young woman who has gone in search of her natural parents, one of whom may be arch criminal Samax Rex Pahadron. The story reveals not only the foster child system of Atlantis, but the increase of crimes against women as a result of what Grey calls "the commoditization of the human being." "The Jewel Theft on Riot Night" leads the two sleuths through the aftermath of civil unrest to investigate a crime that introduces them to a legendary yet never seen jewel thief, Coral Fox. In "The Return of the Weatherchanger", enigmatic artist Kamay Pellay has returned to Atlantis; when his room is burglarized he becomes central to understanding drug smuggling between Atlantis and Chungkuo. He also reveals the reason for his disappearance: travel to study shamanism in the distant region of Baikal.


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The Casebook of Elisha Grey IV

In "The Bones in the Cornerstone" a building renovation to which Kiara Ptolmai and Kamay Pellay have been assigned by their professor in sacred geometry, Magnus Wren, contains the remains of a mother and daughter who may be Lemurian, which slowly sends part-Lemurian Pellay into a temporary psychosis requiring Kiara’s healing skills as well as Elisha Grey’s research abilities. "The Rebirth of the Crime Ridden Slum” results when constable Kaliska Saukenuk reports increased crimes in her neighborhood – the same one Kiara Ptolmai has been assigned to renovate as part of her architecture studies. The changes in the property toward revitalization flushes out a number of criminal activities and requires Saukenuk to become a sleuth along with Elisha Grey, Kiara Ptolmai, Ishmael Endymion -- flamboyant chemist head of Dark Ladder Laboratories -- Kamay Pellay, and demipantherine multimorph woman Bast. In "The Sabotaged Lift", an apparent accident resulting in the death of someone close to Kiara Ptolmai is quickly revealed to be a murder. She is the first witness. The question becomes: who was ultimately responsible?


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The Casebook of Elisha Grey V

In "The Pilferings in Albion: Kiara's First Case", Kiara travels with Kamay Pellay, the weatherchanger and artist who has trained as a shaman in the Baikal region to the west of Chungkuo and finished the Spiritual Studies curriculum at the Temple of Learning, to study in Albion with seers Rowan Fisher and Ivy Hunter, and are surprised to discover strange visitors to their island country -- extraterrestrials, originally met in a case from the seminal volume of Casebook. "The Men Robbed of Their True Wealth" requires Elisha Grey and Kiara Ptolmai, along with Constable Kaliska Saukenuk, to investigate a series of murders at first attributed to the extraterrestrials who have made open contact with Atlantis -- but in fact are committed by someone quite unexpected, requiring Elisha Grey to put himself in the position of being bait for the killer. In "The Fall From the High Place", Kiara Ptolmai begins her new profession as an architect -- and unexpectedly becomes victim to a crime that changes the direction of her life -- as well as that of Elisha Grey.


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The Casebook of Elisha Grey VI

In "The Lost Visitor", Elisha Grey and Kiara Ptolmai are asked by the constabulary to help find a Metalon (extraterrestrial) who has wandered off the ship for an unknown reason. As communication with the Metalons is still largely non-verbal, and their ship is only residing on Atlantis a few days a week, Elisha enlists the help of friends to find out if they have seen it. In "The Destruction of Dark Ladder Laboratories", Kamay Pellay awakens Elisha via the commnet early one morning to tell him that the main facility -- where Elisha's close friend Ishmael Endymion lives -- has blown up. Because of their personal connection with Endymion, they aid the constabulary in retrieving personal effects; a painting Pellay was working on reveals he had precognition about the event, and with his observations of Dark Ladder's patrons at closing time when he is shapeshifted into an owl, he is able to identify several people -- one of whom constable Kaliska Saukenuk recognizes. Further investigation leads them to ties between Samax Rex Pahadron's crime network and the drug smuggling from Chungkuo. In "The Haunting of Sunrise Terrace" Elisha Grey is asked by his sister Mara and her partner Sylvian Sweetwater, renowned fashion designer, to look into the rumors that a property they want to buy is haunted.


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The Casebook of Elisha Grey VII

In "The Runaway Musician and the Return of Lorelei", Elisha Grey and Kiara Ptolmai are asked by the constabulary to meet with an underage runaway because she uses the same surname as Kamay Pellay, which indicates she is part Lemurian and may be prone to his psychotic episodes. Shortly afterward, the demiequine multimorph Chiron comes to see Elisha about retrieving his multimorph daughter, Lorelei, from where she has been living in Thebes for several years. In "The Deaths at Hanunnah Hot Springs", former jewel smuggler Walela Pearl asks for Elisha Grey's help in solving the cause behind unexplained yet natural deaths of Atlanteans who have traveled to crystal mines in Hanunnah, the continent to the west of Atlantis. In "The Drowned Fisherwomen of Hanunnah" Elisha Grey, who has remained in Hanunnah to help establish a constabulary there, finds out that Kiara Ptolmai -- who is carrying their twin daughters  -- is having a difficult pregnancy because the souls of the girls in their previous lives were sisters who were drowned while fishing at a contested fishing ground in Hanunnah.


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The Casebook of Elisha Grey VIII

In "Elisha Grey and the Silent Boy" Elisha Grey returns to Atlantis after a long absence, and is asked to look into a murder case where the only witness -- an earwitness -- is a teenage boy who refuses to speak. Due to his intellectual brilliance, Elisha asks Kiara help him adopt the boy. "The Minerva House Murders” are brought to Kiara's attention as she is the lead architect on the project whose workmen are being murdered one by one as they travel home. Elisha and Kiara's questioning lead to the personal history of her employer and uncover an unusual motive. In "The Disappearace of Sequoyah and the Passing of the Trident", after Kamay leaves Atlantis for a few months with the extraterrestrial Metalons to learn more about his illness before Kiara bears his son, she and Elisha discover that Sequoyah has seemingly vanished. Their investigations take them into his late childhood and involve his partner Beatrix in collecting information about his newsstand. 


The Casebook of Elisha Grey Story Bible

The story bible to accompany The Casebook of Elisha Grey (seminal volume, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII) with details regarding concept, research, character profiles, and overviews of each story's plot and themes. Offered as a reference for people in other media for consideration for adaptation, as well as for other writers to make a touchstone reference for their own works.

Not exactly a book, however, for anyone writing a story series, as well as for anyone wanting their work to be adapted into other media (TV/Film/Streaming) having the "lay of the land" parsed out not only for the writer's reference, but for other co-creators to consider, can be a real help. It wasn't easy getting all of this together yet I'm so glad I did it. Most likely this format can be improved upon by other writers, however, I offer it here as a good start to organizing your creative vision as your characters take you further down the path of your story (whether it's a long novel or a series of stories as mine is). After all, it's the characters who write the book. We just take dictation and do the proofreading.

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Author Bio from Smashwords.com

Isabeau Vollhardt received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English Composition from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, in 1980, where she studied Novel Writing with Charles Johnson, and the Philosophy of Science Fiction with Michelle Beer. A longtime reader of Victorian era authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, she was writing The Casebook of Elisha Grey in part as an homage to Doyle and in part as a result of her readings of esoteric works on Atlantis, when she began studies at Samra University of Oriental Medicine in 1991. Graduating with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and receiving licensure to practice acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, she then went on to receive training in Reiki, reaching level IV (Seichem) Reiki training. Energy work and intuitive work in a variety of realms have been part of her personal and professional life since 1985 and encompasses study of Kuang Ping style taijiquan, shuilong qi gong, feng shui, clairvoyancy, Western Astrology, Native American journeywork, and Iai-Batto-Ho. She currently lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she has been in private practice since 1997, and continues to write. She has had several articles published in print and on line regarding feng shui and acupuncture, and her short story "Farewell at a Graveside" was published by Innisfree Magazine, a literary journal, in 1990.

 

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all book cover photographs c. Isabeau Vollhardt

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Poetry

After researching the symbolic meanings found in acupuncture meridians and point names, I was inspired to create poems based upon the English translation of the point names:

the gushing spring
is the stumbling heart;
the blazing valley
is the dragon in the abyss;
yet the water must rise from the one
through the other
if it is ever to reach
the great ravine,
if its waters are ever to be poured
into the great goblet;
if it is ever to empty
into the shining sea…

recover the flow,
return the white;
enter the yin valley
and reach the great manifestation;
the infant’s door
opens onto the fourfold fullness,
the marrow mansion,
and leaves eventually
by the stone pass
to arrive at the yin metropolis…

the open valley
is before the dark gate;
the corridor walk leads
to the spirit seal
the spirit ruins, and
the spirit storehouse;
the lively center
within bounds,
the possible center
on the other side…

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it’s at the sea
bed that yin converges,
and something so sinking
rises…

to the Central Pole
it aspires…

and in so rising crosses through
the Origin Pass, a gate
with myriad names evoking
infants and cinnabar,
life and blood,
seas and cities,
mountains and delivery…

and exiting the stone gate
where essential dew is found
yin continues to rise
to the sea of qi,
through the scarce pass,
between the towers
of the spirit gate…

then, the waters divide,
the dark gate rises,
yet the great tower gate
looms further along…

heralding arrival at
the spirit mansion,
and the home of the
original child; here,
Jade’s beauty is found
in the purple palace,
under a florid canopy.

and yin reaches its aspiration,
pivoting on jade
like the Dipper in the sky
before it exits the jade door,
follows the ridge spring,
and enters the celestial pool…


Shuilong field poems

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warm sun
cool river
steady stream
tingling flow
washes my mai
forward and back
then downstream
down to rocks
up to sun

and down again
plant the roots
push the water
trail my laogongs
in the river…

and again and again
and then to sun and dry

from water’s cold heat
to the sun’s baking
i’m led to shivering.

from cold?
or from what
the cold pulls forth…

from fear?
fear of cold?
or old fears
the cold has pulled out
like stains so deep
i thought the fabric of me
was a different color…

i sun and i wonder
when i learned
to stop the flow
and fear…

i know the cold
is not the thing
i fear
just teaching me
of what i carry
deep in my bones,
unknown until
immersion…

 


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one night of rain swelled the river
submerging rocks studded with emerald mosses and stubborn grasses. . .

one night of rain spilling downstream from the lake
carrying logs and branches from windsnapped trees to the Pacific. . .

hang on. . .
the rock is slippery. . .

no flesh no bones no weight no size no shape no gravity no feet on the ground no roots just anchors from five thin fingers no skin no nails no hair no joints no tendons no cold just the heat of water roaring through me like a sieve breathe roaring through me breathe roaring through me breathe roaring through me breathe breath can’t buoy me as much as the speed of the water breathe still hanging on breathe flesh on fire breathe find roots in my feet through the wet pebbles. . .

stand in summer
winter has vanished
obelisk pines and madrones slant shards of sunlight
marking past and future solstices
summer is eternal and here and now
wander back to the shore and sit
and watch the universe soar by
in torrents of silken snowmelt and downpours and heavenly dragons’ joyful tears
swirling around slippery rocks. . .

above a submerged sandbar the current runs backwards.

are you a dragon? I ask, and the air is filled with giggling
while my knees and fingers blossom a silken veiled vermillion.

Ashland pond photo c. Teresa Kalla

lotus photo c. 2002 by Oleg Strakhov

blue dragon river photo c. Ken Bendat