I want to start by thanking everyone who has written to me about my books. You can't imagine what it means to me. I try to answer at least some of the messages. Please know that I am just overwhelmed in projects right now, I appreciate every single word you write. I always have. You would be amazed how much your responses give me courage.
art copyright Omar Rayyan, from The Unicorns Secret:
Today, in the troubled city of Limori, something terrible will happen. Hahp won't know about it--he is inside the cliffs, trying to find a way out. Neither will Sadima. She is caught between what is right and what might save someone she loves. But it is going to change both of their lives.
This is a tree in the courtyard of the Alamo.
Where people who could have run away stayed and died.
Yes. All the images echo the book one way or another.
June 1 2011
Inside the cliffs...two people have just been reunited, more or less. One of them is probably not going to live much longer. Outside the cliffs, the city of Limori is seething. And now I will go see what happens next.
I was standing on top of a sea cliff in Hawaii when I took this, looking straight down at the ocean--which is never, ever, still.
6 3 2011
Sitting here trying to summarize yesterday's writing without a spoiler and this is the best I can do. All this training, all the magic, all the brutality it takes to learn it...changes people forever. It has to. So it is spring in Limori but the flowers are not blooming this year.
I have started to write this update three or four times, then delete it because the story is entering the last third of the book and anything I say will be a spoiler. So, just the basics: Hahp and Gerrard are alive. Sadima is alive. Everything is changing, partly because of things happening outside the cliffs. As always, it is hard for the boys to tell what is real and what isn't. And there's this: I cried for a long time last night because of the chapter I had just written.