Boxes

Lately we contemplated buying another house and spent time searching for a better house for us. But today I realized that houses are just boxes. It isn’t changing one box for another box that matters, What matters is how I extend beyond the box I’m in through art and writing. Or how I extend my…

A Spinning Top

My world is in a tizzy of work and activity, but I didn’t want to let the week go without giving you an update. A spinning top is a miracle of physics. It cannot stay upright on its own but once you put it in motion it stays up and even travels slightly across the…

ISBN Numbers and New Beginnings

Happy Easter to all my friends who celebrate! My your day be filled with joy and chocolate. I’m ironing out the last few wrinkles with getting Lightning Scarred set up as a paperback book. It’s surprising how much easier ebooks are than real printed books. I’m glad I waited to do this until I had…

Passover Greetings

Happy Passover! I have a story in the current JewishFiction.net inspired by our family Zoom seder last year. “What Elijah Brought” is an unusual love story with a guaranteed Happy Ever After ending. It’s free to read right now. Kris Rusch told me that it made her tear up and urged me to send it…

Missing Muses

This is just a short post to let people know that I am still alive and didn’t fall into a portal leading to another world, fun as that may be. I am working on a number of projects and courses and this is spinning me around a bit and messing with my productivity. One of…

Magpie Musings

My book launch went better than my wildest dreams. At one point the book was listed as number ten in Amazon’s Top Releases, which was just breathtaking. I’m so beyond grateful I cannot express it. The buzz is settled down a bit, but the book is still doing quite well. I set up a Facebook…

Lightning Scarred and Other Stories

My first book, Lightning Scarred and Other Stories launched this morning on Amazon through their Kindle Unlimited program, which means any KU subscribers can read it for free. It’s met with overwhelming kindness so far, for which I am deeply grateful. It is a beautiful book filled short stories, original eddas, and Viking-inspired interior art….

Shipwreck on the Amazonian Rocks

When you hit Publish, Amazon reviews the book and then has to agree that you can publish it on their site. Amazon didn’t agree. They sent an email letting me know that they rejected me for one of the reasons on a long list, leaving me to guess which ones. I think I’ve guessed right…

One Ship Sails, Another Hull is Built

Last night I realized that the changes I was making to Thule were reaching the point where I was making the book different rather than better. It looks pretty good to me, now. Undoubtedly it still could be better, but it is time for the book to sail away and for me to start on…

Cruising Through Time

It’s been a while. I know that I actively owe correspondence to several people. If you are waiting, accept my apologies. I’ve had a hard time collecting my thoughts to write lately, whether in the blog or directly to people or in fiction. I suspect that a sleep deficit is to blame and I’m working…