Packing for a Getaway

I started the day teaching from the Sermo Lupi and making comparisons to current apocalyptic predictions. In 1014, Wulfstan made similar prognostications about the lack of a future, due of course to our sinfulness, leofan men. I tried to point out to them that medieval folk would have had many of the same reactions as we do — mostly because they had to get back to the work of getting enough food to live on.

Actually I started with my students working on their productions of Hrotsvita’s plays, but I didn’t have to do much in that class except answer questions while they practiced and did some blocking. I love Hrotsvita: her works run from would-be necrophiliacs to virgins threatened with the brothel life and deals with devils. Drama is so much better when the students perform it. They actually understand what’s happening!

Of course, I need to pack as I am on the road tomorrow to #RallyinRaleigh for Bouchercon. Hope to see a lot of folks there. I’ll be in Graham Wynd mode, promoting both Chastity Flame (first novel free in your bag thanks to Smashwords) and of course, Satan’s Sorority.

I will endeavour to send some missives from my travels, though more likely on FB and Twitter because of course, they’re easier. And handing out these:

Satan's Sorority Promo

Out Now: Chastity Flame eBook Boxset



Price: $5.99

This box set includes:

Chastity Flame, #1
Move over James Bond!

Chastity Flame works for a nameless organization. You won’t hear about the work she does either. She loves her job as a secret government operative. She foils criminal masterminds, travels the world, and finds new lovers in every city. Saving the world is hard work but will she risk the security of her country for some really wild sex . . . and the possibility of love?

Lush Situation, #2
Chastity Flame is back and hotter than ever. She’s sworn off meeting her irresistible colleague Damien, but how long can they really stay apart? Maybe a broken heart will make it easier to bury herself in work – and kick a few asses.

A Cut-Throat Business, #3
There’s a killer loose in London, protected in high places. Chastity Flame needs to look in the places the police can’t—or won’t—while a rogue colleague dogs her steps, looking for the key to secrets in her past. Can she find the killer before his blood lust rises again? And how will she cope with the most dangerous mission—moving in with her boyfriend, Damien.

Chastity_Flame_boxset_by_KALaity-500Fabulous original cover design by SL Johnson Images!

TOA/V: The Underpass

Sure, it’s not October Country quite yet, but here’s a little spooky tale that’s bound to please — by which I mean make you shudder. THE UNDERPASS is genuinely unsettling and has brilliant sound design, so turn it up (or wear headphones if you don’t want to frighten your co-workers). Chilling good fun. Check out David’s other work at Sword & Cloak.

The UnderpassAs always, check out the round up of gems at Todd’s blog.

Under a Blood Moon

The threatened clouds did not materialise so my last night as mistress of Brigadoon passed with an awesome sight indeed. The moon was so bright! Then it looked like someone started chomping it and then finally began to redden until it looked like spilled blood drying. And all the stars around it became clear again. Out in the countryside you can see the Milky Way distinctly, so it really glorious to watch all the stars shine that much brighter when the moon went dark. Owls hooted, dogs barked and now and then the donkeys brayed.

I didn’t bother to try to capture the moon with my phone, so here are some other images of this glorious place:

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Equinox in Brigadoon

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Dawn and the morning ‘star’ Venus; Jupiter and Mars are there but too faint for a photo

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Chickens roosting

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Foggy everywhere this morning

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The hills beyond the barn look best shrouded in fog, but it’s hard to get a good image of it. Fog all the way down to the flatland.

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Beautiful web

“Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
W.B. Yeats, The Wind Among the Reeds

Write 4 a Day Begins!

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All was in readiness for the folks to arrive — which is to say I spent most of Saturday afternoon making sure cobwebs would not surprise visitors (they appear so quickly) and persuading most of the arachnids to vacate the chicken house so we could use it as a ‘quiet’ place for people who wanted to be sure not to have any noise. The temple was quiet space too and got good use. Most of the chatting ended up being quiet, too. I was glad people were mindful of others. It all seemed to go very well. I will be emailing folks this week for feedback, so I can let you know in their words what they thought.

I found the Pan statue in a closet while I was looking for something to use as a ‘private’ sign for the office. He seemed to hit just the right jaunty note so I have decided he will be our guiding spirit of creativity. Looking forward to next month’s gathering (Sunday October 25).

As I told a few people on Sunday, I finally discovered the kind of party I am good at giving: everybody quietly entertains themselves and I don’t have to do much. ;-)

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Write 4 a Day

Write 4 a Day

Write 4 a DayDon’t you deserve at least one day to write?

Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. While I shall be hosting the events, let me be clear that there is

  • no workshop
  • no agenda
  • no required activities
  • no assignments
  • no schedule
  • no WiFi

Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just for part of it; network, collaborate or write solo; wander the woods, hills, fields and streams of Universal Pathways for inspiration (bring sturdy shoes) or sit in a comfy chair and brainstorm. It’s up to you.

WHO – you!

WHAT – $20 fee for the space + any food you wish to eat (there’s a kitchen)

WHEN – inaugural meeting: Sunday, 20 September 2015, 10am-5pm

WHERE – Universal Pathways, 692 Pleasant Valley Rd, Berne, NY 12023 – Phone: (518) 872-2272

WHY – because you deserve a day to devote to your writing (or daydreaming or sketching or scheming or knitting or…)

Universal Pathways

I’m working on making How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job into a more comprehensive guide. People have told me I need to provide a little more information and practical steps to reach the level of preparedness in that guide, so I’m using Write 4 a Day as an opportunity for me to develop a better guide that will help people carve out the necessary time in their busy lives and make the best use of that time, too. I also figure this will be a great way to get folks from all the writing communities I’m in to meet each other. Writing is hard: friends help!

By necessity, this will be a moveable feast as far as dates go, but I will try to get the word out in a timely manner.