Saturday, September 22, 2007

rainy day

These are Surinam Cherries. They taste like--not cherries. Not like anything else. I wasn't sure they would bear here, but they have. Pears are in, and really good this year. Bananas have set, but really late, so I don't know what will happen. Fuyu persimmons and sapotes are up next.

I want to go outside and walk around in the rain. Southern California is starved for rain. But no. I need to write before I lose an extraordinary (I hope) thing that came to me falling asleep last night. **spell check wants to change sapote to Capote. That has to bode well for the day's work.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Puppy updates.

The little girlpup is off to Texas to her new home. Her brothers remain, and they bounce off my office walls while I work.

I am sunk deep in the stone passageways where the second book of The Resurrection of Magic trilogy is taking place. There and on the docks in South End, the slums of Limori.

Limori is an old gypsy word.
Its meaning is central to the books.
All the place names and character names have real linguistic roots, some of them obscure, some not. Knowing the meanings matters to me. There is a resonance.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Writing... Sometimes the story just spins out like you have nothing at all to do with making it up. Today was like that, silk and quicksand. Bliss.

Porcelain dish belonged to Molly Hamilton, my
great aunt. Button jar... I can trace most of them
to clothing I wore on landmark days,some are
from thriftstores, some found in old houses,

and other places. It's odd what we love, what we keep.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

working, working

The second book in the Resurrection of Magic trilogy has kidnapped me and dragged me off into the dark woods, then downhill over rocky ground into the passageways that riddle the cliffs.
I apologize for the lapse here, for the lapse in the message board at and for all the unanswered reader-mails. I brought the board up to date this morning. It's the best place to reach me now, and maybe for a while.

Cyn Smith interviewed me. It's up several places. I am honored. If you don't know what a planet's worth of YA lit information is on her webplaces, or you haven't read Tantalize yet, you are in for a wonderful ride.