A New Site, A New Look

At long last I’ve updated my website, made it more functional, and hopefully of more interest to my loyal readers. I hope to post more often here, share my writing progress with you. Yes, indeed, there is a very strong possibility there will be a new novel from me this year, Caliban, which is a speculative fiction which explores the concepts of beauty and reality through a thoroughly alien creature, Tine. Caliban is currently with my dear friend…

The artist in a society of entitlement

Consider this: If you were to work for seven years only to discover not only was your income so far below the poverty line as to be non-existent, but worse, people had been seeking out, using, and enjoying your work without paying you for it — would you be disgruntled, perhaps peeved, perhaps even angry? Would their love and praise of your work diminish in its importance under the weight of knowing those secret customers…

Progress report: The Rose Guardian

After many long months of cogitation, I have finally touched fingers to keyboard again and finished one of the narratives for my current work-in-progress, The Rose Guardian. This section was especially difficult for me, as the narrative is constructed entirely of journal entries, and so carrying plot and tension through a very focused voice took a great deal of restraint. I think, however, I have the bones of it done, am pleased with the overall tone,…

Not an auspicious start to 2014

Have been casting about trying to find information about Ellen Datlow’s forthcoming anthology, Fearful Symmetries, which is being published by ChiZine Publications. I’d submitted a story, Dreams of the Moon, back in May 2013. Heard nothing. Thought that was positive. Today discovered on Datlow’s FB page the selections have been made. Only four stories from their slush made it into the 19 being published. Mine is not among them. Disappointing to be sure. So, followed…

Postscripts to Darkness

Received an email this afternoon from Ranylt Richildis, Fiction Editor at Postscripts to Darkness, with the edited copy of the short story I’ve sold to them, At Union. Just a few very small tweaks required. I’m a bit embarrassed I didn’t see those flaws myself, but I suppose it’s a simple case of that forest and tree thing. Anyway, seems the crew at Postscripts are hard at work putting together Volume 5, and my story…

The Rose Guardian progress

Finally back in the writer’s chair after long weeks away. Have been searching for a work-around to the problem created by this frustrating D-Link router which won’t let me access the main computer from the laptop. So why not work from the office on the weekends? Well, cause the office is on the third floor, I’m arthritic, and want to be in the thick of what goes on in the house during the weekend, and…

Response to Liz Bourke at Strange Horizons

Normally when a negative review (which thankfully are few) for one of my books appears I just shrug. We all have different aesthetics, points of view, something the Internet has allowed us to share through social media. So it was when I raised the very public hackles of Liz Bourke, reviewer for Strange Horizons, I merely allowed Ms. Bourke her opinion about my novel From Mountains of Ice and carried on. It would seem, however, her…

Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Sarah Ettrich was kind enough to tag me in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, which is a Goodreads promotional enterprise among indie authors and publishers to highlight authors and books which might otherwise slide under the radar of many readers. We all answer the same 10 questions, which allows readers an opportunity to receive a brief overview of either a published work or a work in progress.1. What is the working title of the…

My novels as audiobooks

Heard from Gesine Kernchen at Iambik Studios earlier this week, regarding auditions for two of my books they’re developing for audiobooks. We’ve settled on Sandra Gayer for Shadow Song, and Diana Majlinger for From Mountains of Ice.Sandra has a wonderful English accent, perfectly suited to narrate Danielle’s voice in Shadow Song. In fact, I was so moved by her inflection and expression that I was weepy by the finish of the audition. Diana Majlinger’s voice…

A response to Jeff Vitous

I came across a review at LibraryThing last week which, beyond it’s disappointing rating, quite startled me with its inaccuracies, to the point I wondered which novel Jeff Vitous read, because it didn’t seem to be From Mountains of Ice.   Although I make it a policy never to respond to a review, I’m going to fly in the face of conventional wisdom to comment. Jeff Vitous’ review is set off as a quote, my…