January 8th, 2012



I heard this gentle THUD - a gentler thud than usually oocasioned by our grey squirrels, this was not the sort of thud made by a falling solid compact body landing on all four feet, but it was still the sound of something fairly substantial landing out on the deck. And so I looked out - and there he was sitting on the railing, a handsome fellow, hooked beak, talons and all, a long tail with black bands on it - I am not at all certain, but it might have been one of these fellows:



He sat there for a minute or two, looking around, looking properly hawkish and aristocratic and making little hawky noises, small raptor cries that were coming out fo that hooked beak... needless to say my camera was elsewhere entirely, but HOLY COW he was gorgeous and he was sitting there not three feet away from me, in all his raptorish magnificence. My day, she is sort of made {big goofy grin]
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

"Place as Person" blog series over on Mary Victoria's blog...

Mary Victoria is hosting a number of cool writers for a blog series entitled "Place as Person" - on the part that a place (in a fantasy novel, for instance) can play in a story, on the way that places often worm their way into our hearts and become almost anthropomorphised, as "Real" a character as any of a novel's protagonists. Think Dune. Think Middle Earth.

Her first guest is author Joshua Palmatier, a.k.a Benjamin Tate - and here's a taste of what he has to say:

"One of the strangest things that happened to me after the release of my first book, The Skewed Throne, was that at a signing, one of the fans who had obviously read the book already commented, “I love the Dredge! How did you make it so real? It felt like I was there!”

Of course this was exceedingly flattering and stroked my new writer’s ego to no end, but it got me thinking. For those who don’t know, the Dredge is what I called the slums in my fictional city of Amenkor, the setting for The Skewed Throne. The entire story takes place in this one city, and as soon as this fan made this comment I realized that because the entire novel was set in this city, I’d treated the city itself as if it were a character in its own right. "

Read the rest of the entry HERE

And do keep an eye on that blog. There are some tasty goodies to come.