November went fast. I can't believe the year's almost over. And speaking
of time's swift passage and the holiday season, if you're thinking of
sending for a bookplate as a special gift for
someone, get your requests out ASAP! I try to turn them around in a timely
manner, but I get a lot around the holidays. Be sure to include a self-addressed
stamped envelope with an accurate and legible address. I've had quite
a few returned as undeliverable over the years, and while I feel bad,
there's nothing I can do about it. If the postal service can't read your
handwriting, odds are that I can't, either.
So, I spent my Thanksgiving weekend this year attending the Darkover
convention in Maryland as a guest of honor. Met some cool fans and fellow
authors, including Katherine
S. Friedman and Tamora
Pierce. The panel discussions at this one were quite good, and I think
my favorite moment came during a 10:00 AM discussion of Taboos when Tamora
Pierce, who writes young adult fantasy, interjected an unexpectedly bawdy
sheep joke. That was by far and away the hardest I've ever laughed during
a panel, especially at that hour!
Every con has its own traditions and Darkover has one of the more unusual.
The folk group Clam Chowder gives a concert on Saturday evening. During
the intermission, there's a fundraiser to benefit the Children's Hospital.
If the fundraising goal is met, the band performs the infamous number
"Bend Over, Greek Sailor." This year, they promised the added incentive
of a few songs from Rocky Horror, with the guitarist in corset and fishnets.
They raised over $10,000, which was truly amazing. Then at midnight, a
group of con-goers gather around the swimming pool and the band leads
them in a very serious rendition of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. It's a
fascinating mix of the silly and the sublime.
It also occurred to me over the course of the weekend that there are
an awful lot of photos of me wearing a black hoodie jacket. Contrary to
appearances, I don't actually live in this garment. However, convention
hotels are often highly air-conditioned, which I tend to forget until
I'm there, freezing. Hence, my faithful hoodie to the rescue.
And as always, there are new additions to the galleries.
Check out Fan Art, Fan
Photos and Tattoos, which is
now featuring the original rose tattoo, designed by Russell Sawyer
to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Tabitha Rose. And on the
homepage, in celebration of the season, a gorgeous photo of sunset
at the North Pole.
Joie to all on the Longest Night!
It's beginning to look very stark and autumnal here in Michigan.
The trees are half barren, and a thick carpet of brown leaves covers
Last month I delivered the manuscript of the last book in Imriel's
trilogy, Kushiel's Mercy, and got rave responses from my
agent and editor. I wish there was more I could write about it,
but until Kushiel's Justice comes out, there's not a lot
I can say without giving away big spoilers! It's got a lot of plot
crammed into it and it was so much fun to write, it ought to be
illegal. I love all my books - asking an author to choose a favorite
is like asking a mom to make Sophie's Choice - but in terms of the
actual writing process, Mercy wins, hands-down.
number of people have asked if I'll be posting a teaser or two for
Justice. I will, but not until a bit closer to the June 2007
release date. If you want to stay informed about this sort of update
or pending events, sign up for the email list in the lower left
corner of this homepage. It's very low traffic - one email a month
or less - and of course, privacy is assured, and you can unsubscribe
at any time.
So once again, I rely on the creativity of my readers to provide
something fun. I'm all for fans making costumes based on my characters,
but be advised there's a risk. Here on the homepage, Victoria is
suffering from Kushiel's Revenge! Not a tattoo, ladies and gentlemen,
but an itchy lingering rash caused by an allergic reaction to an
additive in the original henna marque. Doctors were puzzled by the
fact that the rash maintained a perfect briar rose pattern and didn't
spread. In the Terre d'Ange-that-lies-beyond, Kushiel allowed himself
There are new tats in the Tattoo Gallery,
another piece of cool custom clothing in Fan
Photos and a couple new entries in Fan
Art, including a nice portrait of the underrepresented Melisande
As I mentioned last month, I'll be at Darkover
in Maryland over Thanksgiving weekend. This month, the link works!
And in closing, a Public Service Announcement. Tuesday, November
7th is Election Day in the U.S. Get out and vote!
early update this month, as I've got a college reunion to attend.
(Eek!) Last month, I promised kittens and here they are. This is
the first litter of Bengal cats (which are housecats, not tigers,
a point of earlier confusion) born to Solargem Kushiel Ysandre at
Bengals in Scotland.
All together now: "Awwww!"
Oddly enough, I also received a link last month to a cattery named
Bengals in San Diego. If you want a double dose of adorability,
check 'em out! And on a side note, I'm thinking we should advertise
in Cat Fancy magazine when the next book comes out. Also? I love
a good thing my readers have been so forthcoming lately, because
I don't have much to report. I've been finishing the last book in
Imriel's trilogy, provisionally titled Kushiel's Mercy, and
working on the copyedit of the second one, Kushiel's Justice.
All very satisfying for me, but not so much for the rest of you.
However, for anyone who might enjoy text-based role-playing games,
I understand there's a thriving one at KushielMUX.
They're having so much fun they've recruited new readers on the
basis of the game alone, and they're looking for existing fans to
come join them. What, exactly, is an MUX? I have no idea, being
woefully ignorant when it comes to role-playing games. But all the
info's there on the site, and it certainly sounds like they're having
a good time.
of updates in the galleries. There are several new Tattoos,
including a finished version of a very intricate one posted earlier
as a work in progress. There are a handful of additions to the Fan
Art Gallery, including a nice, moody depiction of Imriel as
a boy and a lovely self-portrait-as-Phèdre. (The scarlet mote's
there, trust me).
And there's a new henna tattoo in the Fan
Photo Gallery, this one depicting a hibiscus marque. I always
enjoy seeing how readers personalize the concept of the marque or
adapt it to other flora. For the record, only permanent tats go
in the official Tattoo Gallery. Seems
only fair, since it's a pretty darn big commitment. All temporary
renderings in any medium, I have posted in Fan
Photos, but please be assured, I love them all.
I'm off to revisit the site of my feckless young adulthood. As
a reminder to readers in the Baltimore area, I'll be a guest of
honor at Darkover
There you have it, short but sweet. Not a lot of news, but hey...
If anyone had asked me ten years ago if I was a science fiction
and fantasy fan, I would have said yes. I've read in the genre all
my life. But I would have been wrong. The world of fandom is a community
unto itself, and it's something I didn't know existed until I entered
the arena as a published writer in the field.
month, I was a guest of honor at Pi-Con.
It occurs to me that many of my readers may have no more idea than
I did exactly what a science fiction 'con' is and what goes on there.
In a nutshell, a bunch of dedicated fans volunteer insane amounts
of time to bring professionals from all walks of the field - writers,
artists, game developers, etc. - together in one place for a weekend.
Then a bunch more fans pay a registration fee to come mingle, play
games, browse the art show, watch videos, show off costumes, hear
music, attend parties, and yes, meet their favorite authors.
Most of the programming I take part in consists of panel discussions
wherein I and other writers discuss topics like "Myth & Religion
in SF," as depicted in the photo borrowed from Red
Seth. That's the basics; a banquet table, a pitcher of water
and a few panelists. We talk, then open it up for audience questions.
run a huge gamut in scale, from the behemoth Comic-Con in San Diego
with 100,000 attendees to small regional cons with hundreds. Pi-Con,
which was in its first year, was very intimate. By the time the
weekend ended, I knew almost everyone by sight and many by name.
With the exception of the guests of honor, all the folks in programming
are usually there on their own dime. Guests of honor have their
travel and lodging expenses covered, but their time is donated.
It's a promotional opportunity, though I don't pick up a lot of
new readers at the small cons these days. Most of the people attending
are either part of the local SF community sharing the same book
recommendations, or long-time fans from out of town. Every now and
then someone will say, "After hearing you talk, I'll check out your
work," or "I've avoided reading your books because someone who really
annoys me keeps recommending them, but now I will." But for the
most part, they're familiar with my work and have already made up
enjoy meeting other writers. Several of the pics here, including
the view of the wacky faux-tropical lobby, were sent to me by author
seated in the center of our Religion panel with the beatific expression.
We had fun chatting on and off panels, and I picked up a copy of
her brand-new debut novel, A Year and a Day and read it on
the flight home. I'm happy to report that I think a lot of you would
it's about meeting readers in new places, places I don't usually
get to. There's Annie in the Grainne-goes-to-the-ball dress and
Celtic tattoos, and Marilyn and Sarah who spent ages doing fabulous
henna marques that didn't take (I told 'em to send me a pic anyway).
And Victoria who came bearing gifts from Montreal and treated me
to dinner with her friend Carrie, and Adam who presented me with
a bottle of Irish meade. All the fans who hung out to keep me entertained
during a long signing, and the nice dad who asked me to pose for
a photo with his shy, lovely daughters. You're the ones who make
it all worthwhile.
So there you have it. That's what a con is, and that's why I go.
In other updates, there's a new interview online at Evolution.
Check out the Tattoo Gallery for
more great new additions, and the Fan
Photo Gallery for a very cool custom corset. Our charitable
cause du jour is a special one. Many of you have obtained signed
copies of my books and others from Shawn Speakman at The
Signed Page. Shawn is a cancer survivor and he's taking part
in the Light
the Night Walk to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
on September 16th. If you appreciate the service he provides and
have a couple bucks to spare, show him some love!
Next month: Kittens!
Let me start this month off by repeating yes, Kushiel's Scion
is the first book of a new trilogy. Regular visitors to the site
know this, but I'm hearing from a lot of readers who aren't sure.
Until the first person asked, I didn't realize that it actually
doesn't indicate anywhere on the book that it's the first of three.
It is. Imriel resolves some personal issues in Scion, but
there's a lot of plot left. I wouldn't leave you all hanging like
Kushiel's Justice is scheduled for release in June 2007.
As the date gets closer and there's cover art and copy to share,
I'll be sure to post some teasers.
wicked hot here in Michigan as I write this and I don't have air-conditioning,
so expect a heat-addled round-up of events and trivia. As a reminder
of cooler days, I've posted a photo of a lovely rose-carved pumpkin
which arrived in my inbox without explanation. Very unseasonal and
cryptic, I love it!
If you're looking for a signed copy of one of my books, I shipped
a load to Clarkesworld
Books last month. And I forgot to mention that while on tour
in June, I received a copy of other magazine featuring an interview
I did regarding The Sundering duology titled "What's So Bad About
Evil?" It's a very good interview and elicited some of the best
commentary I've written on the books. In fact, I found the entire
magazine to be engaging, with articles ranging from funny to thoughtful
and back. For anyone interested, back issues are available here.
A reminder for folks on the East Coast, I'll be a guest of honor
at Pi-Con in
West Springfield, MA on August 11-13. Their site says hotel rooms
are going fast, so if you're thinking of attending, don't delay.
On a sad note, longtime reader Darrell experienced a set-back in
the family that led to a reminder that relief agencies like the
remain underfunded for all manner of emergencies, big and small.
If you haven't donated recently, consider one on a fellow reader's
On a "That sucks!" note, reader Lori discovered someone had downloaded
her photo from the Tattoo Gallery and posted it on their MySpace
page. That's flattering... but a lousy thing to do nonetheless.
I'm thinking it's bad karma to appropriate something that's filled
with personal significance!
And in closing, there are some excellent new marques in the Tattoo
Gallery this month, including a very complex work-in-progress,
and a new addition to the Fan Art Gallery.
That was one long, busy month. Between that and the holiday weekend,
this update's going to be a bit later than usual.
Anyway, many thanks to all the fans who turned out to make the
booksignings a success. Everything went well and I had fun along
the way. Here's a photo taken by Jeremy Lassen at Borderlands
Books in San Francisco of me posing with a reader in a great
Thanks also to all the wonderful booksellers, and a special thanks
to Shawn at The
Signed Page, who made it possible for so many fans who weren't
on the touring route to acquire personalized copies of their own.
There were a healthy number of you to be sure, and Shawn sent me
this photo of the daunting stack that awaited me at his quarters
When I get out there in the real world, I'm always struck by how
diverse my readership is. It's so great to see audiences of all
colors, sizes and creeds, male and female, young and old, gay and
straight and everything in between. It makes me happy to see the
spectrum of humanity represented. Someone asked me if I wrote with
a specific readership in mind, and I had to laugh. It would be impossible.
When I began Kushiel's Dart, I was writing the book I wanted to
read; a book with an epic scope that encompassed intrigue, adventure,
sex, romance, sacrifice, redemption... everything but the kitchen
sink. All I could do was hope there were others who felt the same
Now that I know it's true, I'm aware of my readership as I write,
even if I don't write for any specific demographic within my audience.
And while I still - and will always - write the books I want to
read, I've come to feel as though I'm writing in service of the
story itself. People often ask if it's difficult to write dark passages
or to kill off beloved characters - and yes, of course it is. But
I'm willing to do anything if it serves the story.
All things considered, I'm very glad I chose to continue Imriel's
story and really, truly pleased by the initial response to Kushiel's
Scion. And to be clear, yes, this is the first book of a trilogy.
The second, Kushiel's Justice, is scheduled for release in
June 2007. I'm already excited about it... so much so that I'm having
a hard time keeping myself from dropping hints. But you don't really
want any good surprises spoiled, do you? Nah... trust me, you don't.
Rounding up other bits of this'n'that, there's a new Discussion
Forum in the Links Page and a new addition
to the Tattoo Gallery. You can read
a new interview in French with the English translation below at
Maudits, though I can take no credit for linguistic skills to
rival Phèdre's; the original interview was conducted in English.
For readers in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, I've heard
reports of Kushiel's Scion turning up in specialty stores,
and of course you can always special order a copy. And a reminder
to fans in the vicinity of West Springfield, Massachusetts - I'll
be the guest of honor at PiCon
on August 11-13th. They were having some technical difficulties
with their email, but it should be sorted out by now.
On a happy closing note, Kushiel's Scion made the extended
New York Times Bestseller List, debuting at #28. Next time, maybe
I'll crack the top ten! And if I do, it will be thanks to all of
you for spreading the good word and recommending the books to your
friends and families.
It's time! Kushiel's Scion hits the shelves in North America
this month. The official date is June 12th, though copies may turn
up earlier or later at your local bookstore depending on when they
receive their shipment.
The Events listings in the column on the left are up to date. I'll
be traveling to Portland, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco and
Ann Arbor for booksignings. A lot of readers write to ask if I'll
be doing a signing in their area. Authors go where their publishers
send them, and that's wherever there's a strong concentration of
bookstores interested in hosting signings. For me, it tends to be
the West Coast.
my schedule permits, I also try to accept invitations to appear
as a Guest of Honor at conventions elsewhere, since it's a great
way to meet fans. I always post events whenever they're confirmed,
but if you want to make sure you don't miss one in your neck of
the woods, consider signing up for my Mailing List. The link is
at the bottom of this page. It's very low traffic - I only send
out announcements of events, book releases and items of interest,
once a month at most.
So, a bit about Kushiel's Scion. Quite a few readers have
written to ask how big a role Phèdre and Joscelin play in the book.
Plain and simple, this is Imriel's story; or at least the beginning
of its continuation. Phèdre and Joscelin are figures of enormous
significance in his life and always will be, but Scion is a novel
about coming of age, and to do that, Imriel has to move out from
beneath their considerable shadow. So yes, they play an important
role, but they're not going to be front and center as the plot evolves.
I wrote an essay "On Becoming Imriel" available
here. One of my most vivid impressions of writing this book
is that I never got tired of it. For me, writing is a joy, but by
the time a manuscript has gone through editing, copyediting and
finally proofreading, the bloom is off the rose. Even with the most
beloved of books, there comes a time when I need a little distance.
That never happened with this one. I could start working on it at
any point and find myself getting lost in it.
I'm not quite sure why... maybe because there's something so personal
about Imriel's journey. A very wonderful starred Booklist review
sums up the book by saying it's "Intelligent, sexy, heartbreakingly
human, Carey at her intoxicating best." That's the sort of summary
that makes me never want to read another review, because that's
about as good as it gets! But I think the phrase 'heartbreakingly
human' reflects my thoughts here. All his role models - for good
or bad - are larger-than-life figures. While there's intrigue and
adventure a-plenty, at the heart of the conflict, Imriel's just
doing the best to figure out who he is; and that's something almost
everyone can relate to.
At any rate, I hope all of you enjoy it.
Last month I promised links to a forthcoming Q&A and book giveaway.
I'm afraid the contest has already wrapped - my apologies! There's
another reason to sign up for the Mailing List. However, you can
the Q&A here, and find lots of other good interviews and contests,
Check out the Tattoo Gallery for
another contribution and the Links page
for a new discussion forum. Don't forget it's your last chance to
order signed copies of Kushiel's Scion from The
Signed Page - I'll be signing those on June 15th in Seattle.
And the Elemental anthology has its
own website where you can read reviews and see the complete
list of contributors. It's a good book for a good cause!
A special note to readers in Australia and the UK: I know a lot
of you want to know when Scion's going to be released there.
Unfortunately, I don't know yet, but it looks like it won't be until
2007. Sorry! I'll post the info in the Events column when I know
Lots and lots of new listings in the Events column! But while you're
counting down the days to the release of Kushiel's Scion, I'll remind
everyone that Elemental:
The Tsunami Relief Anthology comes out this month. All profits
go to Save
the Children, an organization that's doing great long-term relief
work to benefit victims of the tsunami among many other worthwhile
My contribution is a short story inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, a work of magic realism
which uses the manifestation of the miraculous to explore unattractive
aspects of human nature. My offering is a much more modest piece,
surreal and absurd. Kirkus Reviews said, "Jacqueline Carey's haunting
and lyrical In the Matter of Fallen Angels explores the extraordinary
through the eyes of the ordinary."
In plainer language, it's about a small town in Anywhere, America
that wakes up to find a fallen angel in the backyard of its general
store. It's all for a good cause, so check it out.
readers eager for advance Kushiel's Scion news, keep an eye on this
page. I'll be contributing an essay about the joys and challenges
of continuing Imriel's story, and there will be a Q&A to follow,
with a book giveaway in the next month. I'm happy to report that
Publishers Weekly gave Scion a starred review, calling it "Credible
and gripping, this is heroic fantasy at its finest." Thanks, PW!
Stop by the Tattoo and Fan
Art Galleries for many new tattoos and a fresh interpretation
of Alcuin's marque. I'm also featuring a tattoo on the homepage,
which in addition to being a lovely full back piece, has the distinction
of being the first sent to me by the artist, Joseph
at Infamous Ink, rather than the bearer (posted with permission,
last but not least, being a writer is an awesome job that occasionally
comes with delightful quirks. The adorable cub featured here is
Solargem Kushiel Joscelin, one of the first in a line of big cats
bred in the U.K. which will bear a Kushiel name. If you can look
at that without going, "Awwwww!" you've got a harder heart than
As promised last month, I've posted an excerpt from Kushiel's
Scion. You can read the first chapter here.
There's also a prologue, but since it contains a lot of backstory
familiar to readers of the original trilogy, I opted to go with
They're all quite different books and I don't guarantee each will
appeal to every reader, but you're all savvy enough to scan the
description and reviews and decide for yourselves whether or not
it's to your taste. I have a diverse and ecclectic readership, and
editors from numerous publishing houses send me a fairly ecclectic
array of books to read.
I always try to give them a fair chance. I benefited from established
readers generous enough to read and blurb Kushiel's Dart
at the outset of my career, and I believe in paying forward. It's
not always easy. For every writer who provided me a quote, there
was at least one other who declined. Now that I'm in the same position,
I understand how difficult it can be. I want to love every book
I read, but I have my own innate biases as a reader. Sometimes I
can get past them, sometimes I can't.
When I can manage to read objectively, I try to gauge a book on
whether or not it meets its own goals, lives up to its promise.
The hardest ones are ambitious books with many elements to admire
that just never quite pull everything together and work for me,
personally, as a reader. I struggle with those. Sometimes it's easier
to recommend a simple, straightforward story that fulfills its own
At any rate, these are four I genuinely enjoyed for vastly different
reasons. Check 'em out, and I hope you find something to enjoy.
In other news, more new tattoos!
For Michiganders, there's a new addition in the Events column. In
the broader scheme of things, it looks like Warner is going to be
sending me on a West Coast tour for the release of Kushiel's
Scion. I'll post details as they emerge.
to everyone who sent good wishes for Mardi Gras! Seen here, another
fine award-winning float from the Mystik Krewe.
A brief update this month, which might go up early or late... as
longtime visitors know, I'm a member of the oldest
Mardi Gras krewe in Michigan, a grand tradition for over a decade.
Which means instead of penning a thoughtful update, I've been spending
many, many hours in a friend's basement, assembling wondrous things
out of cardboard and breathing paint fumes. This year, we're holding
the celebration in conjunction with a fundraiser for Hurricane Relief,
so we'll be celebrating in spirit with our friends in the Gulf region
and raising more money for aid. It's a thought to warm the heart,
which will come in handy as we shiver our way along the parade route!
I'll make up for it next month by posting an excerpt from Kushiel's
Scion, as many of you have requested. Meanwhile, you can check out
the galleries for numerous new offerings: More gorgeous Tattoos,
a great self-portrait as Phèdre Fan
Photo, and cool variants on the marque design in Fan
here on the home page, another view from the author's desk. The
kitties have decided that manuscripts make for excellent napping
cushions when strewn across the floor. Nice work, girls!
Serendipity strikes. As I mentioned last month, I've been planning
to write about the tattoo phenomenon for a while. The other day,
I received an email from Russell Sawyer, the artist who created
the design. I think that means it's time! I've heard from numerous
readers regarding their decisions to get a tattoo inspired in some
way by Phèdre's marque. For many, it's an aesthetic choice, plain
and simple. They liked the books and the design appealed strongly
I've even heard from a couple of folks who got the tattoo before
reading the books. As a point of interest, the design was created
as a tribute to the birth of Mr. Sawyer's daughter, Tabitha Rose.
It didn't take on a second significance until Tor contacted him
about using the design on the cover of Kushiel's Dart, an unknown
author's debut novel.
And acquire significance, it did.
Those are the letters that touch me the most; the ones from readers
for whom the tattoo has a deep personal significance. It's an homage
to a lover, it's a badge of survival, it's mark of suffering endured.
It's a declaration of emancipation, an assertion of self-ownership.
It's a symbol of rebirth, of self-acceptance, of hard-won pride.
It's an act of defiance. It's an affirmation of the sacred potential
inherent in desire. It's a private theology etched in blood and
ink on a human canvas.
It's all of those things and more.
Many readers send photos of their tattoos without divulging the
reasons behind them, content to share the images. There are stories
I'll never know; and that's just fine. It's an individual choice.
I'm honored to know they exist.
And I'm honored to have written books which have struck profound
chords in so many different people; but I know full well that the
tattoos aren't tributes to me. Once a book is released to the public,
it belongs to everyone who reads it. And everyone reads the same
words, but no one reads the exact same story. We bring different
perspectives to the worlds and characters we visit in books, and
we take different things from them. They live on inside us, hundreds
of thousands of versions of the same tale.
So, there are some thoughts on tattoos, composed on a cold, blustery
day. Stop by the Tattoo Gallery to
see the latest additions, and the Fan
Art Gallery for a version in henna and a new photo portrait
featuring the artist as Phèdre.
I'm a bit late with the update this month, but I trust you'll all
forgive me. My thanks to those readers who let me know they appreciate
the fact that I try to post something new every month. I know it's
not much compared to many of the prolific bloggers out there posting
insightful commentary on a daily basis... but then most of them
probably aren't working on manuscripts that weigh in at close to
a thousand pages, I'm guessing.
than the holidays, I'm afraid it was an uneventful month; a whirl
of eating, drinking and socializing, but not much in the way of
literary news. Such is also the case when working on monumental
manuscripts; things move at a glacial pace. And while I had planned
to write on the varying significances of tattoos, I'm going to save
that one, since I'm already behind schedule and it's a thoughtful
topic. A lot of readers have shared their reasons, and I want to
do them justice.
There are new offerings in several of the galleries - Tattoos,
Fan Photos and Fan
Art. Those in the latter are portraits by a photographer of
a friend who resembles her vision of Imriel, which is something
lovely and different.
Last month, after writing about the forthcoming Elemental
anthology, relief fatigue and charitable giving in general, I received
an email from a reader who's a senior at St. Mary's Dominican School
in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Flood damage caused by Hurricane Katrina
destroyed their entire library. It's a private school supported
by donations in an area where few people have anything left to give,
and she was writing in the hope that one of her favorite writers
might be able to help.
If there's one things writers understand, it's libraries! I sent
a contribution, and if anyone else would like to send a few bucks
or replacement volumes in honor of a fellow fan check out the Dominican
School's wish list.
As I said last month, unfortunately there's always plenty of need
to go around, but it's nice to feel a personal connection of some
sort to a good cause. And since I elected to forego gifts this year
in lieu of donations, I feel filled with do-goodery and entitled
to flog worthy causes.
closing, the photo on my homepage this month is a rather lousy shot
of the view from my desk of the giant, Ent-like pine tree that fills
my entire window, shrouded in snow. That's winter in Michigan, folks!
When I first began writing in this study, some nine years ago, the
original Kushiel trilogy was still a simmering stew of elements
in the back of my mind, and I could still see a slice of my backyard.