My friend the talented Amanda Irwin of Elemental Photography wanted to recreate this fun image of children fighting off zombies on playground equipment. She issued an open call for predators and prey, and this happened. || Read more
And now, our trivia winners! (From the ARC contest.)
First off, the correct answers: || Read more
There’s a lot of research involved in any historical piece. I heard Susan Spann, author of Claws of the Cat, say that she had spent over two hours looking up historic ikebana seasonal arrangements, just to put the correct flowers (hydrangeas) in a scene. I myself spent considerable time researching the histories of such commonplace things as daikon and goldfish. But sometimes the source material is hard to come by, especially in English. || Read more
Sometimes there’s a really great line which just doesn’t work.
In this case, the line (from Kitsune-Mochi) doesn’t work because there’s no one to have the conversation with, or at least not at this level of informality and honesty. And the voice is wholly wrong for the rest of the book. But this exchange which never happened captures the mood and motivation exactly. || Read more
It’s coming. It’s coming! Kitsune-Mochi is nearly here, and I’m so excited.
In fact, I’m so excited that I want to share. How about an ARC (advance review copy) of Kitsune-Mochi? So you can read it before it even goes on sale? Boo-yeah. Let’s do this. || Read more
I (blood-red heart) vampires. Not any particular incarnation of them (though there are some incarnations I do particularly dislike), but the mythos of them. Creeping, skulking, life-stealing, blood-drinking, vein-piercing, sexual-metaphor-but-not-sexy-themselves vampires.
How do I love vampires? Let me count the ways. || Read more
So it’s real. Kitsune-Mochi has cover art.
Are you ready? || Read more
So I was watching some football highlights and player interviews — okay, I wasn’t watching, exactly, I happened to be in the area when a television was playing. See, I don’t exactly follow football, as I tend to be of the opinion that if these guys are getting paid millions of dollars, they can each afford their own ball and they shouldn’t have to fight over one. || Read more