Check out the Discworld stamps:
Check out the Discworld stamps:
Chloe and I are total Midnighters freaks now, even staying up well past midnight reading, and occasionally glancing at the windows to see if the rain would stop falling, looking for the blue time, wondering (hoping) that our part of New Hampshire fell under the same cosmic rules as Bixby, Oklahoma. And...I better not say anything else. I might get in trouble.
I've read Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, Pretties and Specials, and these are some of Chloe's fav's, but my sister thought we were fools for not having discovered Westerfeld's Midnighters series. But it was foolery all the way around because she hadn't read Justine Larbalestier's Magic of Madness books. So there!
I posted a week ago about our trip to Seattle, and trekking across the state of Washington to Idaho. While in Seattle, we spent several hours at the Pacific Science Center. A day after mentioning this here, I get an email from a VP at the Pacific Science Center, thanking me for mentioning it.
Now, the tech is fairly trivial, and has existed for a while. Anyone can use Google alerts to get an email anytime anyone mentions anything with the specified keywords, but I still think it's cool that individuals at some companies, organizations, and not-for-profit educational institutions that inspire "lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond" take the time to email a thanks to people who mention or link back to their site. Bravo Pacific Science Center.
You know how everyone seems to have one of those white oval stickers with the initials of their home towns? Some are more popular than others. I see a lot of "PI" on I-95 every morning, as if the citizens of beautiful Plum Island must tell every driver they pass how unlucky they are not to live right on the Atlantic. Either that or PI hands them out to every resident. Maybe they double as parking stickers? Interesting idea.
Anyway, I picked up an SEA sticker in Seattle because it also spells "Sea." Here's my photoshopped version for Kassandra's vehicle.
I just finished printing out two of manuscripts for Saltwater Witch, a YA fantasy novel that's basically a very new rewritten version of the old Wreath story, but 12k words shorter and with a lot of changes, including the whole thing being in first person from Kassandra's POV. These are going off to my agent in the morning.
What am I working on now? Up to my neck (chapter 13) on the sequel to Seaborn (used to be called Captive Ocean) which I've titled, The New Sirens. I just sent chapter one to the SF&F writing group to which I belong, with chapters 2-5 ready for critiquing this week.
Study the moon in ancient Athens. Here's my entry for this week's Illustration Friday topic: moon. Three Athenian gentleman trying to settle an argument over what causes the shadow on the moon. Is it the earth blocking the rays of Helios?
I thought it would be cool to knock out the Acropolis with the centered temple of Athena Parthenos against the night sky. Not really sure if I pulled it off. Watercolor on 300# hotpressed. Detail view below. Click the pics to see them larger.
We flew into Seattle last week, spent a couple days drinking coffee, riding the elevator to the top of the Space Needle, touring the Pacific Science Center, trying to follow the lines of the wavy colorful metallic amorphous structure of the Gehry-designed Experience Music Project, drinking coffee, walking along the wharf with my sister's family, eating at Ivar's...more coffee. We stayed at the MarQueen Hotel on Queen Anne Ave., a really cool old (1918) brick apartment building that's been turned into a hotel in the last decade. It was like staying at your grandmother's house, but with a doorman and someone to park your car and with really comfortable beds and a secret guest-only back door into Caffe Ladro. Yes, more coffee consumed there.
Then the party really started. We caravanned across the state of Washington with my sister's family, my brother's family, and my uncle and aunt from Texas, and met my dad at Stoneridge, a resort in northern Idaho. Then it was three days at my aunt and uncle's place on Spirit Lake, a stunningly beautiful house right on the water with a dock and jet-skis and kayaks. Three days of reminiscing, boating, eating really good food, meeting new additions to the family, cousins I hadn't seen in decades, and I can't remember the last time we got together with my sister's and brother's family at the same time--but I'd guess the late '90s. It's been a while, too long really. My Aunt Sharry put it all together, and we had a wonderful time. (I'm not going to post family pics because there's a mix and I'm not sure how everyone feels about having their pictures--or their kid's pictures posted on the Internet).
We were there at the Coeur d'Alene Borders to get Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, showed up around 10:15 PM and didn't get out of there until 1:45 AM. All worth it, of course. Chloe finished around 10:15 the next day. I think this is the best of the whole lot--and I like them all.
On the way back to Seattle, we stopped off to see the Columbia River and petrified Ginkgo trees.
a few of the cool Seattle Pigs on Parade:
I love to see art in-progress shots:
Check out Paula Guran's quick Q&A on romantic fantasy, challenges for publishers, readers, and the future of the genre:
We're packing today, heading out of Logan early tomorrow morning for Seattle for a few days, and then it's a drive across the state to Idaho for another four or five days. We're going to see brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins--some we haven't seen since our wedding in 1990, some we haven't seen for longer. Going to be great. I'm also looking forward to getting a bunch of writing in, some editing of a complete YA book that I'm sending off in August, and reading. I'm reading Richard Morgan's Thirteen at the moment, but I've packed a few others.
I'll get some blogging in when I can. Cheers!