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Marjorie Virginia Laity, née Weber 1937-2017

Goodbye, Kipper

He is gone, he of the splay foot and the silky coat. My little buddy, my little Jean Marais beastie. He’s Connor’s cuddle buddy. He’s my alarm clock; even this morning I awoke thinking I’d heard that impatient yowl. He was always quite the talker. And always underfoot: I always feared one day I’d trip…

White Rabbit Hops

I’ve been a bit off kilter of late, but slowly catching up with things. Here are some links to places I have been flogging my latest book with all my puny might (have to work on that upper body strength). Guest Posts I’m over at Richard Godwin’s for a Quick Fire at the Slaugherhouse where…

TOA/V: Photography in Dundee

There are a couple of good photographic exhibits on right now in Dundee. At the Central Library there’s a great display of photographs of archival material from the building of the original Tay Bridge and then the terrible disaster that occured in 1879 (as immortalised by the bard McGonagall, AKA the worst poet in the…

Happy Birthday, Bertie

Happy birthday to my little brother today. Here he is looking suave on the Salthill shore on Galway Bay. We had fun during his visit. He’s taking good care of my cat Kipper while I’m in Scotland (and Kipper’s taking good care of Connor). And he keeps me up to date on the local wildlife…

Holidays in Dundee

It’s the darkest portion of the year, so most of us find ways to surround ourselves with light and sparkle and family and fun. We did our best and there has been much laughter, silliness and a lot of good food. My sweetie made a fabulous Christmas dinner, we had crackers, prezzies and a whole…

Finland: Churches

Helka, Antti and Eila took me out for my last full day in the north so we could see some lovely sights. There are a couple of interesting  churches in Kemi, one very modern but based on the old medieval style and the other with remnants of its medieval forebears. A little more history on…

Finland: Keminmaa

Sorry for the piecemeal accounting of my trip to Finland, but needs must: deadlines, deadlines as always. Good things coming soon including the third Chastity Flame book and the Shapeshifters anthology from Fox Spirit. But there’s much to do before Bloody Scotland and Bouchercon next month (including arranging travel back to the States for a…

Finland: Heading North

After a delightful visit in the capitol, I headed north to meet my cousins for a gathering in Keminmaa, the area where my grandfather’s family came from (my grandmother came from near Vaasa) and many still live there today. Technically Lapland, it’s sort of the borders region between the Finnish lands and the Sami ones….