Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sceptre of the Ungodly

For the 2009 anthology SWORD AND SORCERESS 24, Michael Spence and I wrote another "Treasures" story. This time, however, we were dealing with an anti-Treasure. For years I had been reading, in the mid-day Office for Saturday: "For the sceptre of the ungodly shall not abide upon the lot of the righteous; * lest the righteous put their hand unto wickedness." I thought that anything called the Sceptre of the Ungodly had definite possibilities, so I started with the title. Then Michael and I got together and decided to stick Edward with the job of Guardian for it, which made sense in view of his actions in earlier stories. Then we had the Sceptre get lost and turn up in the worst possible place for him to retrieve it from, so it's a good thing that he had Alyssa, who is the Guardian of her own anti-Treasure, the Blade of Unmaking, to help him.

"Sceptre of the Ungodly" is in the second volume of TREASURES OF ALBION.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Why can't humans have better anti-virus protection?

I got my 2011-12 flu shot over a month ago. Unfortunately, there are a lot of viruses it doesn't protect me against, including the one currently going through my church. The Sunday before last our deacon had it, this past Sunday our rector had it, and now it seems to be my turn. So, instead of writing my regular blog (which I'm afraid would come out as gibberish), I'm going to go back to bed with my iPod, which I bought mostly because I can put my Kindle books on it.

I'm currently rereading Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune, along with Book One: The Lost Hero (some people have comfort food; I have comfort reading). But before I crawl back to bed I need to download the new book I just bought, Wishes and Stitches, by my friend Rachael Herron. That will give me something good to read as I start to feel better, which I pray will happen soon.