A Good Review and a Castle

Scarecrow anthology Rhonda Parrish

“Judge and Jury”

Totally just sharing something exciting, don’t mind me.

But today I found this review — in Tangent, no less — of Scarecrow, following up on reviewer Eric Kimminau’s take on Corvidae. And just look at what he had to say about my story.

“Judge & Jury” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh is the reason I had to review Scarecrow. It’s a continuation of “Sanctuary” from Corvidae. I simply had to see how it came to a conclusion. You can read my review of “Sanctuary” here….. If you read Corvidae, you must read Scarecrow, if for this story alone.

I’m pretty sure I floated down the stairs for an hour after that.

(Warning: there are major spoilers at the reviews. Use link caution.)
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Fox! Origami Kitsune

Multi-talented reader Emilia sent me this photo of an origami kitsune she folded. (Folded? Created? What’s the right verb there?) The original origami design is by Hideo Komatsu.

kitsune origami sitting on cover of KITSUNT-TSUKI

Emilia lamented that she could not find any designs with multiple tails. But if you recall, Tsurugu folded an origami fox with just one tail, so I think that makes this “authentic to the scene” or something.

Thanks for sharing this, Emilia!

Think Swag.

Suggestion BoxI’ve got an important question for you guys today: What colors do you like in T-shirts?

I’m looking at some shirts — I have two potential designs in mind — and I’d love to know what you’d prefer to have available. These should be in both men’s and women’s sizes and shapes, because I like curvy shirts myself.

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Because who doesn’t like swag?

Light from the Past

English: Pleiades Star Cluster

Pleiades Star Cluster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I’m sitting in a session at Realm Makers 2015, called “The Fabric of the Cosmos: Philosophy and Theology as Found in Science Fiction and Fantasy.” Which is a pretty fascinating topic, really.

And the speaker, Steve Laube (both an agent at Steve Laube Agency and editor at Enclave Press) mentioned something I’ve heard before, but it’s not the kind of thing that gets old. Continue reading

SCARECROW releases today!

Scarecrow anthology Rhonda ParrishRemember that lovely cover I showed you last week? Now it’s got a whole book to go with it. Scarecrow releases today!

Yes, I know it’s been a busy few weeks, what with Corvidae and Mythic Indy and Scarecrow and all, but Scarecrow has my story “Judge and Jury,” which continues the story begun in Corvidae. Each can be read alone, but together they’re like, um, chocolate and peanut butter. Which actually sounds really good right now…. Continue reading

…It’s for the kids.

Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, June 1988.

Market Square Arena, the site of Elvis’s very last concert. Dun dun DUUUUN! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not gonna lie — I am not a fan of crowdfunding an unknown creative project. Every time I see someone posting, “Hi, you don’t know me and I have no evidence of work ethic or talent, but please give me thousands of dollars to encourage me to be artistic,” I get a little rage-y on behalf of all those who do the work first.

It’s a bit different when it’s an established creative who has proven talent. I have contributed to crowdfunding projects by artists whose work I’ve enjoyed previously.

And it’s more different still when the crowdfunding is to enable 100% of the sales to go to a good cause, without having to first pay back production costs. Continue reading