fantasy

Pilgrim of the Sky: Live – The Whole Playlist

In case you’ve missed my incessant trumpeting online, I’ve been reading my novel, Pilgrim of the Sky, since the beginning of February. We’re about halfway through, but it’s not too late if you haven’t had a chance to catch up. You see, there’s a handy playlist here.

I’ll be providing audio only files in a little, but for now (if you don’t want to see my mug) you can always just hit play and minimize the window.

And if you’re listening along and can’t wait for the next chapter, remember you can always get a copy here, over at Candlemark & Gleam (starting at $5.00!).

Behold! The Book Trailer for Pilgrim of the Sky (and Audio Coming Soon!)

I’d wanted to do a book trailer for Pilgrim for quite some time, but when the book came out I was pregnant and a total mess. Personal life aside, it may be a few years after the fact but hey! It’s still my book. I’m still totally proud of it. And I have this live reading I’m doing, so it’s still good… Read more →

How Pinterest and Process Saved My Novel (And Can Save Yours, Too)

Writing a book, as the old adage goes, isn’t the hard part. I mean, yeah, it’s hard. It’s a butt-ton of work. For me, writing books isn’t the hard part. It’s something I do, more or less, whether or not I want to. But while the writing part isn’t exactly a mystery to me, there have been some real challenges… Read more →

Watcher of the Skies: Drafted!

It’s been a while since I was able to make such an announcement–but lo! I have completed another novel. This time, it’s the follow-up (I won’t say sequel, because it’s part prequel/part standalone) to Pilgrim of the Sky. While it took much longer than anticipated, mostly due to the ungodly amount of research that was involved, I’m happy to report that I’m… Read more →

Over and under and round about; thoughts on villains

Well, the book is almost done. It’s nearing the end. The body count is high. There was a scene with monsters made of quicksilver, and then ignited mercury vapor and lightning and flayed people hanging from the ceiling of a decrepit Roman bath. But while that’s all very interesting, I’m thinking about villains. I’ve never liked simple villains. Being evil… Read more →

We put up the tree. An angel I love from my childhood, and one of my son's handmade ornaments. Image by Natania Barron, CC BY SA 3.0

Welcoming Winter, Gravely

It was in the 70s today here in North Carolina. After a few weeks of absolutely amazing weather–chilly and in the 50s during the day, scooping down into the 20s at night–we’re in a bit of a mini heatwave. The flannel sheets seem rather preemptive. But I guess that makes sense. This week has been a study of contrasts, and… Read more →

Algesiras

A Room of Their Own: A Look at Characters and the Spaces They Inhabit

The last few days I’ve been thinking about some interesting aspects of the writing process, particularly in line with writing this follow-up (not really quite a sequel) to Pilgrim of the Sky. And a great deal of it has to do with space. So, in the first book, Maddie leaves her space (her apartment she shared with Alvin) and spends the rest… Read more →

from Flaxman's Iliad - 1792. Public Domain.

Watcher of the Skies and Thoughts on NaNoWriMo

So, my last post really did make it sound like I wasn’t doing NaNoWriMo, mostly likely. And apparently that’s the thing that got me going. Or something. I’m not going to try and explain it in too much details, but it goes something like this. I screwed up my back. I had to take medicine. I found out my kid… Read more →