And it’s done!

The Rose Guardian is done. It’s taken me nine years to write this novel. During that time so much has happened, life events which have changed my perspective, given me new insight, which then required another shift in the story because, after all, we bring to our writing our own life experiences. However, The Rose Guardian is not autobiography. It is fiction, fitting into the category of magic realism, and is a story about three females, maiden, mother,…

After the ball is over

It’s an old song, written in 1891 by Charles K. Harris, After the Ball. I couldn’t help but think of that deliciously saccharine song a few days after the launch of my speculative fiction novel, Caliban. Why I thought of that, I have no idea. Perhaps it’s the sentimentality of the ballad, perhaps the voices that once trilled through its notes. It’s a sad song, for all of its sentimentality. Perhaps my remembrance of it had more…

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…

Update: The Rose Guardian

I am so very close to finishing the first draft of my new novel, The Rose Guardian. I know, I know, I keep saying this date, and then that date, and then another, but life and obligations continually suck away my creative energy. Between operating the publishing house, and attending to the glass business which keeps Gary and me afloat, there is little time left. But I am carving out hours here and there, stringing thoughts into…

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…

Writing, really I am

Seems to be I can only manage one post a month. My apologies, dear reader. Writing of The Rose Guardian continues slowly but positively. I’m so close to finishing the first draft, perhaps by close of year. I’m very happy with how the characters have developed, particularly Vi, my protagonist. It has been a challenge writing three separate stories, meshing them so the stories flow as a cohesive whole. Fine tuning of that will happen…