In one month, I will at last head to Aberystwyth to research medieval Welsh at the university for the phrases I use in the book, Braided Dimensions, and to choose a site for Kyna's home (Kyna being, of course, one of the main characters in the novel). I'll be traveling by train from London where I'll first … Continue reading Research in Wales!
In the first years of working on my novel, Braided Dimensions, I shared it with fellow women writers. Several years into it, I shared some chapters with men. It was eye opening and really quite exciting to realize that Kay, the main character, immediately became a love interest for male readers, just as Baird was … Continue reading The Reader
Me! I'm having a first-time experience of someone reading my entire first fantasy fiction novel within five days. This is after working on it for six years, meeting with writing groups where readers consume it piecemeal over time. It's quite exhilarating to take the next step. Simmering on my back burner is a different kind of project, which … Continue reading Who calls editing exciting?
This post relates to the dream I shared in “Why I Write.” In the sixth year of my Ph.D. program (see About me), having completed my dissertation, I delivered a paper at the EASST (European Association for the STudy of Science and Technology) conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. My presentation was titled "The Right to Design: Computer Skills, … Continue reading Lausanne 2006
My aim in fantasy writing is to know I have a readership, even if small. I love the idea of sharing the delight of magical realms with others who also crave the surprising, the ineffable that comes when we can truly live with a character in an environment that surpasses everyday reality. The collage-painting melange, posted above, is … Continue reading Why I Write
Chased from university teaching by scandalous rumors about her research with Eurasian shamans, controversial professor Dr. Kay Halefin runs to the rural northern coast of California. There she takes a mundane job in data entry at a raw food chef school. But mundane does not describe her life for long. On the way home from … Continue reading Braided Dimensions