Meet Me at the Crawfordsville Authors Fair

English: Exterior of the Lew Wallace Library

Exterior of the Lew Wallace Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Late addition to my not-a-tour: I’ll be at the Crawfordsville District Public Library (Indiana) this Saturday for an authors fair! There will be lots of books and people and more books, and maybe afterward I’ll wander over to the Lew Wallace Study & Museum.

Want to join us? The fair starts at 10 am and runs until noon.

FAE pre-order and release party!

FaeJust a note…. I’ve had a number of questions about obtaining Fae, the anthology of fairy, and now there’s a simple answer: You can pre-order it here, in paperback or ebook.

Of course it will also be on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a gazillion other sites (and your favorite independent store can easily order it, if they don’t already have it stocked).

Have I mentioned that Fae includes one of my favorite short stories? Continue reading

Laura speaking on Japanese Folklore at ACen

1780087_10152101380099580_432369860_o[1]I’ll be speaking at ACen (also known as Anime Central) this weekend on a number of topics, including Japanese Folklore & Mythology. The talk isn’t strictly limited to Japanese tales, but that will be the focus since ACen is an anime, manga, and J-culture convention. Admission is by convention badge purchase only.

(Also, yes, I’m at a convention the week Con Job releases. We’ll try to keep the corpses to a minimum.)

Want to know more about the background of the Kitsune Tales — or of Sailor Moon, Dragonball, Princess Mononoke, or any other blockbuster title which has a lot of references to folkloric sources? See you there!

Earth Day, and I’m off to the Northern Colorado Writers Conference

Grass

(Photo credit: DBduo Photography)

So for Earth Day today, I didn’t mow my grass.

Okay, so I probably wasn’t going to mow today, anyway. I have real grass, the grass that was here when the bison were still eating it, and it don’t need no stinking fertilizer and it don’t need no stinking water — during last year’s record-setting drought, it stayed green long past the time when most grass and many trees in central Indiana were dead or dying — and it’s tougher than most mowers. So it takes a bit of mental gearing up to challenge this grass. Continue reading

Japanese Folklore Panel in Indianapolis

Momijigari (紅葉狩, the demon-woman of Mount Toga...

Momijigari (紅葉狩, the demon-woman of Mount Togakushi) from the Konjaku Hyakki Shūi (今昔百鬼拾遺) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you ever want to know the difference between a mononoke and an ayakashi? Do you know how to escape a kappa, if one wants to eat you? Have you ever wondered if you were missing some in-jokes in your favorite anime or Asian film? (Yes, very likely.)

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