Saliman, Irc, and I were wandering around in the streets of Lirigon earlier today. It was so nice and so peaceful. But like always, the peace was broken by three children playing tag. I was very surprised to find that those children were Zelika and her brother and sister. I was shocked to see her alive. After Saliman had told me she was dead I thought that the world would never be the same. Now here I am playing tag with her and her siblings. One of her friends, Mik joined us later as well.
Wishes Hush on a Wintry Eve
Slipping into the warm blanketing of the indigo night
Stretching out each limb
flexing sinews catching
dazzling shards from a fallen star granting
wishes upon wish
in crystalline frostings that
drift as blown snow flakes
(Zelika Loophole Blog #10)
Just after I left to play tag with Nisrah and Sunara, we came across Hem, Saliman, and Irc. Hem joined in the game almost immediately, and Mik met us and also played.
Nisrah got in trouble when he bumped into a big, brutish man. Hem helped him but the thug kept attacking us, and he called me a whore. Luckily Saliman arrived and freezed him. Sunara went and found another Bard and they took the man somewhere after he was let out of the spell
Updated May 22nd, 2009 at 06:19 PM by Maiablackwolf
Just a follow up on my new book "Science Fiction and Alternate History - A Collection of Short Stories"
It's now on many of the major sites such as Amazon, Barnes& Noble, Abe Books, Alibris, Books-a-Million, Booktopia etc.
I've sent a copy to the reasonably regarded Australian science fiction magazine Aurealis, who have agreed to review it.
I don't yet have any sales data, but should have access to that some time in the next few days.
If you refer to almost any "how-to" book in any creative field (e.g. writing, painting, music etc.), most authors will suggest to immerse yourself in the respective field you're trying to break into. The logical thinking is that this will inspire you and help you keep your finger on the pulse of new ideas, even if they are spun upon old ones.
Wanna write fantasy? Read any and all fantasy that you can. Wanna paint? Pick up a subscription to Juxtapoz magazine and go to every
Updated May 19th, 2009 at 03:05 PM by jackacid
About six or seven years ago I was a forum junkie (not on this one but nonetheless). I have found that talking on forums was therapeutic to my writing. Seeming as I've done a total of a month's worth of writing since I've stopped chatting on forums, I thought it would be a good idea to pick up the habit again.
After reading some of what is really posted on this site, I'd have to say that my writing is less science fiction/fantasy and more... well...
I can feel the weight of the Nameless One's darkness lifted from Edil-Amarandh.
And, thank the Light, none of our small company perished in our quest for the Treesong. Saliman came very close, but thanks to Hem, he is still with us and has returned to good health.
Maerad had me worried for a time with her visions, but it was meant to happen, and the dead, I'm sure, helped her to battle Sharma.
Now that my journey is over, I'm rather
Still reading that Hugo Award package stuff...
and it is working, in that I'm getting more of an idea of what I like (or don't.)
Which I believe is the idea: informed choices for voting. Though I'm not going to Canada, sadly, I quite like the idea of voting in the Hugos and making my mark, little though it is.
Have just about finished writing the review for China Mieville's The City and the City. on the whole I liked it, but quite brief compared
My sister gets married tomorrow! Scary to think after 26 years she'll just lose her maiden name like that. The weather better pick up. Trust Ireland to make sure it rains in May, and May's always nice.
Ok so today, I made daisy chains (:
It made me very happy, actually
Currently Reading: nothing
Listening to: Miley Cyrus and Kill Hannah
In the first of these irregular reads, I’m picking (or rather I’m having picked for me) an F & SF Magazine between 1959 – 1996. As requested, first F & SF Magazine review:
The first chosen was the June 1995 issue, in its 46th Year of Publication. To put that in perspective, this issue is from the time when Kristine Kathryn Rusch was editor, when Gregory Benford
Updated April 28th, 2009 at 08:16 PM by Hobbit
That's the question. I guess the answer is it depends. It depends on who is writing, whether readers can find it, does it have anything interesting to say.
I will be interested to see if this one works, if I get comments back, etc.
I ask only because I've been thinking to publish my first book as blog if it doesn't sell. I suppose that putting the horse behind the cart. I'll investigate that possibility if it comes to that.
Updated January 3rd, 2011 at 05:35 PM by feitelberg
Being out to sea for so long has made me realize how much I value dry land. It also...revealed to me, certain aspects of Maerad's powers. While sailing, we came upon a Stormdog...the beast was effectively soothed by a lullaby sung by my young student. Needless to say I was shocked. I'm delighted that we weren't killed by the creature, of course, but so much power held by one person - one untrained person - could prove dangerous if not handled carefully.
I write this entry while amidst
What am I going to do now? Now that the Dark is gone, I don't have any idea what I will do.
I always thought that I would go to a School, Innail or Lirigon maybe, and become a real Bard.
But now that I am faced with the choice, I find I have no idea what to do.
~ Maerad of Pellinor
As I was telling Hobbit, Escapepod.org apparently reads the nominees for the short fiction Hugo Awards every year. So, if you are interested in hearing the stories read, visit the site.
So far I have listened to Mike Resnik's "Article of Faith", Ted Chaing's "Exhalation", and Kij Johnson's "26 Monkeys, Also the abyss". All three stories have been great so far with "Article of Faith" standing out for me because it not only deals with how humans