Everyone has a Neverland. That’s what J.M. Barrie seems to say. He says a lot of other things that people have henpecked bloody over the years. That’s not the point. Everyone has something, somewhere, someone, they keep close when they shut their eyes. And, so it would seem, it’s only by forgetting, by refusing toContinue reading “Someday-Never”
So in the midst of reading Beowulf and falling in love with Anglo-Saxon poetry again, I started thinking about one particular castle I’ve wanted to visit and how awesome it would be to shout the Old English opening into the space. Ignoring, of course, that at the moment I can’t travel anywhere. But that doesn’tContinue reading “Life off the Page: Someday-Never”
I used to live in a house across from a long stretch of railroad track. I could hear it, at night, lying awake in the dark. Freight trains. Not the kind anyone rode. When it was far away, it would be just a wail, almost like the cry of an owl, but longer, airier. Lost.Continue reading “Unridden Train”
Light the fireworks and bring in the Hobbit feast! BookmarkedOne has officially reached its one year birthday! I don’t quite know what to do with myself now. It doesn’t really seem like it can have been a year already. But it is–365 days, 88 posts, and here we are. So how am I going toContinue reading “Blogiversary! July 28, 2020”
My writing brain tends to click on at the most inopportune times. One o’clock in the morning on a regular basis. While moving house. During university finals. So here I am, craziest time of the year, elbow-deep in urban fantasy. Again. Can’t say I’m anything but perfectly happy about it. It’s not great for gettingContinue reading “Writing Update: May 12, 2020”
So about four months ago, I submitted another short story to the Writers of the Future Contest. Urban fantasy. New York. Tabby cat. Ink and glass. The usual works. And as always, I went through the same phases of “submit-a-story-trauma.” Feel free to read the gibbering little blog post on it…or let be enough toContinue reading “Writing–so very worth it in the end”
If I think about it, my life is just a history of the books I’ve read. The Summer of the Lord of the Rings. The summer after that when I read Inkheart, The Thief Lord, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Fog Diver all at once, drinking in every lastContinue reading “The Love of Books”
Where was I today? Umm…playing “Meditation” on my violin inside a castle chapel/great hall and listening to the fantastic acoustics as my music reached the painted clouds? Serious, I wasn’t just daydreaming when I was reading. It was real. The castle is called Chateau Charmant, and it’s smack in the middle of a patch ofContinue reading “Life off the Page: Castle Music”
Today was the day! Twenty books randomly chosen from National November Writing Month participants were pitched to The Book Doctors. In a live video stream, those twenty lucky pitches are reviewed, and two of those have a chance to be sent to an official publisher. Was I ready for this? Was I waiting two hoursContinue reading “Pitchapalooza!/Writing Update”
So I spent my Saturday with a group of mercenaries happily attacking each other with steel weapons, waving at the Queen, participating in the arrest of anti-heroes, and playing as much fiddle music as I could.
Is it true most people just have friends over to watch a movie on the weekends and order a pizza?