Musing on Family Day

So Family Day, 2018. A relatively new holiday in our Canadian calendar, one likely created to break up the long winters, but one also designed, one would like to think, to bring us closer to the people who matter in our lives. Here at the Old Stone House we’re pursing various activities. My dearest husband has spent the morning sanding drywall mud in the main bathroom, part of the 17 year (so far) renovation project…

Book launch for Caliban

So it would appear I’m having a book launch for my new novel, Caliban.  The great people at Monigram Coffee Roasters are hosting the reading and signing, and some delicious delectables will be available for guests. Would love to meet some of my fans, old and new. I’ll be doing a short reading. I’ll also have books for sale which I’m happy to sign for you. Suppose it might be a good idea to let you…

Isle of Skye

While working on the revision of The Rose Guardian, I’ve been mucking around with a new painting. I think I will call this one finished. (One never knows about these things. I’ve looked at paintings years later and thought: Oh, I could have done that differently. But yes, for now it’s done. The painting is watercolour on an eighth sheet of d’Arches 300lb cold pressed paper, depicting a stormy dawn on the Isle of Skye. I’ve always been drawn…

Excerpt from Caliban

To tempt you a bit, I’m giving you a preview of my new novella, Caliban.  There can be an inherent bias in anthropological study. Perspective is everything. Report from the Commissioner on Dreamweavers. The problem with what Jabod McCullough asked was it didn’t make any sense. Why choose a permanent assignment Active on a quarantined planet? Tine asked that question. “Because I think you’re incorruptible,” Jabod answered, his holo standing in one of the rocks Tine…

Caliban now available for pre-order

Finally, after six years, I have new novella out! Very pleased to present my readers with Caliban.  I started writing this story back around 1981-2. Did it all in one mad go, scribbling away. And then let the story simmer until three years ago, some 25 years after that first draft. When I unearthed the story, I realize why I’d written it, the journey Tine, the main character, had to take, both physical and psychological, and…

Cover for Caliban!

Very excited to reveal the brilliant cover Jeff Minkevics has created for my forthcoming novella, Caliban. I think Jeff captured the essence of the story in his artistic concept, while also paying homage to the golden era of SF. At first Jeff wanted to give a tip of the hat to the great illustrative covers created by Doubleday artists, using a Puppet Masters feel, but when it was made apparent to Jeff that the main character…

September Progress Report

Because some of you have been asking about my next novel release, thought it would be a good idea to update you on my progress. Caliban is slated for release December 1, 2017. However, because my cover art mad genius, Jeff Minkevics, has been inundated this year, the cover for the novella is delayed, and thus the release of Caliban may be delayed a month or two. Eric Demarais has done a fabulous job of the layout, and…

Caliban still on track

My newest novella, Caliban, is still on track for release December 1, 2017. It’s presently in layout and cover design. I haven’t yet seen a cover concept from Jeff Minkevics, but I hope to soon after he’s finished with the new cover for From Mountains of Ice. I do know Éric Desmarais has the basic layout of the text complete, and is now working on interior graphics. I think I may have set these two remarkable artists a challenge with…

Cleopatra, Caliban and musings

Have been watching the long (three hours and 12 minutes) 1963 film version of Cleopatra, staring the scintillating and dynamic Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. According to the Wikipedia entry, the film was the only film to be the highest-grossing film of the year, yet still ran at a loss and nearly bankrupted 20th Century Fox. It won four Academy Awards, and was nominated for five more. Despite production and cast problems, it still holds…

Works in progress

Yes works in progress. That’s plural. Which is perhaps more a reflection of a scattered mind than an organized one, but there you have it. I sent Caliban to a colleague for editing. She came back with a ream of suggestions. So I am now in the process of yet another revision, with better focus on the problems in the novel and how to address those. Part of that process is letting go, of opening another door…