Monday, July 26, 2010

I have not gone over to the dark side

Greetings dear friends - please forgive my silence yet again. I was up to my eyeballs with summer theatre. We did The Jungle Book. I was the music director/accompanist and helped with costumes. It was nuts. We lost a week of rehearsal time because our schools ran late due to all the snow we had this winter, so we had long practice times and even a few evening music rehearsals. But it went well and I'm back in the real world again.

Here I am with Baloo.

Before I go on with the aspects of fantasy writing, I'd like to hear from you. What would you like to talk about? What questions about fantasy do you have? We'll tackle them all.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Meeting Tess Gerritsen

Forgive my silence the last two weeks. We were getting my 17-year-old daughter, Mary, ready to leave for a 6-week internship with in CA, and then summer theatre started (I'm the music director for the kid's show) and wow, here I am, already so busy I can hardly get any writing done! My goal is to finish Fairyeater before the Philly conference in August.

My illustrator friend, Kim, and I also took a trip to Assateague/Chincoteague Islands 2 weeks ago for research on a children's book idea we're working on. It was a great trip.

But the biggie was last night. Another writing friend, Debbie, and I went into Philadelphia to see a screening of Rizzoli and Isles, a new show coming on TNT July 12th at 10pm. It is based on characters from several books by Tess Gerritsen. Tess writes mostly thrillers, but she also wrote one of my favorite sci-fi novels, Gravity. I consider sci-fi a cousin to fantasy. :) We enjoyed appetizers and drinks before the show, got a free t-shirt and Tess did a Q&A and signed books. I took my copy of Gravity and found out it was her favorite book, too! How cool is that?

Here we are with Tess herself! She was warm, funny, interesting and personable. We enjoyed ourselves very much.

I'll get back to the fantasy world next week! Happy 4th of July! God bless America.