Wednesday, November 14, 2012


It's that time of year once again...not just the Holidays, but LOSCON, one of my favourite ways to spend a weekend recovering from the publication of a new novel.  Nine novels in three years.  Probably not a world record, but as good excuse as any for not keeping up this blog.

LOSCON 39 will find me this Thanksgiving weekend once more happily avoiding Turkey leftovers and rubbing shoulders with fellow Science Fiction, Science Fact and Fantasy authors and enthusiasts.  This time I have been scheduled for three panels, the first at 2:30 PM on Friday on Alternate History, a subject dear to my plot lines.  Saturday at 10 AM will find me with author Maggie Secara and story teller Robert Seutter and others on the panel being run by Krypton Radio to launch their new show, "The Event Horizon".  Sunday's panel is at 11:30 AM and is on the intriguing subject of Shakespeare's influence on Fantasy and Science Fiction.

There will be an autograph session at 4 PM on Saturday, and hopefully I will be throwing a Champagne book-launch party Friday evening for my latest, Volume VI of The Glastonbury Chronicles: "The Barley and the Rose".  The Champagne is already on ice.

All in all I hope to see many of you there.  It will be a lot of fun, and for that and so many other things, I am truly thankful.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Transit of Bradbury

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be among the throng of enthusiasts who had braved traffic and lack of sufficient parking to view the Transit of Venus across the Sun at the Griffith Park Observatory.  My husband and I spent the afternoon watching through a telescope fellow author Karen Anderson had brought with her, and helped her entertain the lines of folks who were eager to catch a glimpse of this rare phenomenon from the far reaches of the parking lot, even before they made it to the lawn and the viewing areas at the Observatory proper. 

Venus, on its way from being the Evening Star to the Morning Star, usually the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon, was a tiny black dot against the white disc of the Sun, larger than the freckle-like sunspots which also showed up through the  filter, but very tiny, indeed...a marvelous light eclipsing the sun, yet its own light, merely a reflection of the Sun, being eclipsed by it...only a tiny shadow, yet a piece of rock not much smaller than the size of Earth.  It was enough to put many things into perspective. 

It was an event we would not see again, as it occurs so rarely.

This morning I was awakened to the blare of the clock-radio blasting the news that author Ray Bradbury had died, and that too, put things into perspective.

Ray Bradbury was one of my heroes.  My high school and college years were made more precious by the reading of his tales, from the cautionary "Fahrenheit 451" (through which I learned the combustion point of paper and must have saved myself from countless kitchen fires by remembering to set the oven at a point well below that if I were baking cupcakes) to the dark and well-loved "Something Wicked This Way Comes", to the much-touted "Martian Chronicles".  I grew up with Bradbury, reaffirmed my own imagination by reading the products of his.  It was he, as much as Robert Heinlein, who made me believe I had a story to tell and that writing was what I really wanted to do, writing in that field of speculative fiction which often transverses science fiction and fantasy and yet which leaves the reader with a feeling that there is more to the story than has been told and challenges him or her to seek out that truth.

I was not fortunate enough to have met Robert Heinlein, but Ray Bradbury spoke a few years back at a local library and I would not have missed that for the world.  Speaking for a few moments with him at the end of the lecture were magical...the tangible, physical evidence for all the words on all the pages which I had consumed so avidly in my teen years and beyond.

And somehow it feels fitting he should leave us during the transit of Venus, the same way Mark Twain left this world during the return of Halley's Comet...both bright fixtures of the literary world, lights whose like  we will not see again in the near future.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Once More Into The Breach...

Last night, or rather early this morning (guess it depends on the time zone, and when I am zoning, I lose all track of time) I wrote the last line of The Glastonbury Chronicles Volume VI "The Barley And The Rose".  It was satisfying, yet I found myself crying through the final pages of the book as memories of all the books which had gone before came suddenly tumbling into my consciousness.

The book will be out this October.

Will this be the end of The Lads?

I won't know until they tell me, but I am certain they will at least  pop in every now and then in Dubhghall's adventures, the Tales of the Dearg-Sidhe series.  Volume III "The Pale Mare's Fosterling" is in final edit and will be released this June.

In the mean time, I will miss them tremendously and concentrate  on some new adventures for Dubhghall, who has centuries to go to catch up with them.  I will also be finishing up the Tarot of the Sword and the Rose, which is seen first in last October's release "The Rose Above The Sword".

There is also another companion series, The Glastonbury Archives in the works., which deals with back stories relating to The Glastonbury Chronicles.  Volume I, "The Sword Beneath The Rose" is completed and will probably be released some time next year.

And then there is the mystery novel...well...that is another story entirely and one I will get to later..