Monday, January 9, 2017

A Trip of Goats


I originally started this blog to answer the question "where do you get your ideas?" Since the answer tends to be different for each story, I did an entry for each one I wrote. Then life interfered, and I pretty much stopped writing this blog. I'm picking it up again with my most recently published story, "A Trip of Goats," which was published December 6, 2016 in Misty Lackey's Valdemar anthology, Tempest.

The story starts with two Novices from the temple of Thenoth, Lord of the Beasts, out walking the goats. Goat walking is something I actually have some experience with, as I am an Associate of the Community of St. Mary, which raises award-winning cashmere goats (see their Facebook page: St. Mary's on-the-Hill Cashmere). At I write this, Sister Mary Elizabeth's Instagram video of what happens when you throw a Christmas tree into the goats' pen is still visible on the page. So I started writing knowing that you could walk a trip of goats and that goats love evergreens, and went on from there.

Misty wants me to do peacocks for next year, so I am starting work on my next Valdemar story, "An Ostentation of Peacocks."

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures I have been looking forward to this film since I saw the first preview. It focuses on three black women working for NASA during the beginning of the Mercury program, and especially on John Glenn's first trip to space. It's ironic that the movie was released the same month John Glenn died. I just saw it, and I loved it. I highly recommend it. I'm also definitely adding the book to my To Read list.

Katherine Johnson, the woman who calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard and rechecked the calculations made by the new electronic computers before John Glenn's flight, at his request, is still alive. In November 2015, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award--one year ahead of two other prominent female mathematicians: Margaret H. Hamilton, who led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo command modules and lunar modules; and Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, who received the medal posthumously.

It reminds me of a t-shirt one of my teachers had: "Women in Technology / Get Used To It."

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's Publication Day!

MENDING FATE is now out in:
paperbackKindleKobo, and Nook formats.

Apparently my subconscious was really looking forward to publishing this, because I woke up at 2:48 am, at which point I grabbed my iPad from the nightstand, connected to the CreateSpace site, and told it I approved the proof (I'm not the publisher, but I am their tech department). I didn't get back to sleep until after 4 am, which always makes me feel like a zombie when I wake up.

Fortunately the only thing on my schedule today is this afternoon's Virtual Tea Party celebrating the publication of Patrice Greenwood's A Masquerade of Muertos, the fifth book in her Wisteria Tearoom Mysteries series. I really enjoyed books 1 through 4, so I got this one first thing this morning (OK, as soon as I dragged myself out of bed). It's available in mobi and ePub from Book View Cafe.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Nook has put MENDING FATE on their "Nook Press Presents" page. This is the first time it's happened to any of my books, so I'm really happy about it.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mending Fate is now available for pre-order for Nook, in addition to Kindle and Kobo. I'll have to wait until August 9th to publish the paperback -- I wish CreateSpace would let us do pre-orders!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

MENDING FATE, the sequel to my first novel, CHANGING FATE, is finally being published on August 9, 2016. At the moment it is available for pre-order for Kindle and Kobo, but it will also be out in trade paperback and Nook formats. I have been working on this for years, and I am very happy to have it finished.