Sunday, February 01, 2009


This is a euphorbia:
Astounding thorns, poisonous sap. It is from a land of tenacious razor-toothed grazers and so makes no apologies about any of this.

I wrote some thorns into a scene in STAYS a while ago. They aren't the focus, just a background touch, but doing the initial rewrites, I noticed them again. I wrote a poem yesterday--first poem in a while. It felt nice.


Val said...

Euphorbia. How would that be for a character's name? I just finished reading The Hunger Games with Katniss Everdeen as the name of the female protagonist. Apparently the name of a plant. Loved the book. Wanted to change my whole way of being in the writing world. I come so late to fantasy. Still sort of tiptoeing in, like a kid in a candy store with no money in her pocket!

kathleen duey said...


Val, hello...I am using Euphorbia in a book!!! I love the way it sounds...
Katniss is Sagittaria sagittifolia--and what a wonderful name it makes.

You may feel you have come late, but you come with all the grace and depth any writer can possibly bring. I can't wait to see what you do.

I need to read The Hunger Games. I know the premise and have read page samples someplace. It's a wow.

A Resurrection of Magic is the first book idea I ever had--16 or so years ago. I had not prayer of writing it then, but I tried. So for me, writing fantasy is a homecoming. And my books are sociological and have two protagonists, two stories going back and forth. That's the joy of SF and Fantasy in this particular decade. Unconventional approaches--as well as the amazing premises--are more and more the norm.

Hope all is well with you and that 09 is bringing you all good things.