Three years – a poem

The years have passed, and voices slowly fade
from recollection, though not yet from dreams –
I know I heard you call me as I laid
myself beneath the flood of stars agleam
and closed my eyes, and listened in the dark
for some familiar tone, some sly remark.

I heard you in the silence of the night
and still I listened fiercely in the day,
for whispers come whene’er they may or might –
in the growling, roaring, flying freeway.

And yet I hear most clearly in my blood,
the softest mutter: “I’m not kidding, bud.”

God, I miss you.

The year of Sherlock Holmes

To judge by my reading/watching trends over the past three weeks, this year is going to be a year of Sherlock Holmes.

That’s going to be quite a good thing, considering the amount of new material I’ll have a chance to consume. Of course, there are always new Holmes stories being written, mountains of pastiche – some of it quite good and some of it abysmal – heaped up in the back rooms of second-hand book stores, in rummage sales, spine-out on Barnes & Noble’s mystery shelves, and growing ever more mountainous in Amazon’s ebook catalogue.

I’m absolutely all over it, this year, though.

First of all, Elementary on CBS is picking up steam again. (I felt that the last season, while enjoyable, just wasn’t quite as good as the previous had been.) The characters are becoming ever more compelling, though, fleshing themselves out apart from but parallel to the Adventures. More and more, Sherlock and Joan feel like Holmes and Watson: two clever, devoted friends fending off boredom with detection.

Second, Mary Russell’s memoirs (published under Laurie R. King’s name), are due to continue next month with Dreaming Spies, which will take Holmes and Russell to Japan. Miss Russell’s stories are always a treat, especially when they involve far-flung travel.

Third, this jewel will be coming out at some point. I confess that I need to read the book before the movie is released, but you can’t go wrong with Sir Ian McKellen, especially not Sir Ian as Sherlock Holmes.

Fourth, this. There’s not much I can say, except that I would never have expected pastiche to come from a corner like the NBA. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has acquired a new fan.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to obsessing quietly.

Did I miss any Sherlock Holmes news? If so, let me know!

… hail the new, ye lads and lasses.

I am not fond of New Year’s resolutions, since it seems like most people (myself included) make them only for the sake of laughing ruefully at ourselves for dropping them all sometime in mid-February (if we even make it that long).

I do love lists, though. Reality intervened, and the list I made last year sort of went nowhere at all, but I did not call it a list of resolutions, and so I did not have to laugh ruefully at myself for neglecting it! Aha! I’m brilliant.

This year’s list may very well go the same way, but I shall make it and share it anyway.

In 2015, you can expect from me:

  • The MoraIt’s actually nearly ready, so I can guarantee (as well as I can guarantee anything) that it will appear this year.
  • The Siren. I became dissatisfied with the most-of-a-draft I had sitting around, and the last bit of it is going to be completely reworked. It may or may not appear this year, but I will try. In the mean time, much of it can be read on Wattpad.
  • Some pastiche. Unlikely to appear in print or anything, but I have two projects swimming around in my brain, both of which will be quite different from Lost Knowledge. One is the Holmesian pastiche I have mentioned previously. The other I’m going to sit on until I have a little more plotting done.
  • More frequent posts. I intend to aim for one a week.
  • More engagement. I tend to shout into the vastness of the internet and then vanish again, but I really do want to interact.
  • More frequent newsletters. If I actually do get done all the things I intend to get done this year, there will be considerably more updates for me to share. The goal is once a month, or every other month, at the absolute least. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, you can do so here.

Have a pleasant year, dear friends.

Review – Miss Prince (Alicia Wright)

Miss Prince

Alicia Wright

ISBN-10: 0956785220

308pages

 

From Goodreads: “Lucinda has a wicked stepfather to defeat. Not hers, her father is very nice and is letting her save up for that plane ticket she wants so badly. No, she’s been employed as a prince, her boss having run out of real ones, and she has dragons to fight, damsels to rescue and a usurper to dethrone. And to do it she’s got the help of a witch who won’t use magic, a vampire who won’t terrorise the villagers(much to their annoyance) and two princesses who might have qualified as damsels in distress if only they weren’t causing so much of their own. In the Otherworlds, where your species can be a job description and good is expected to win over evil without even breaking a sweat, it should have been easy. But the stories are breaking, and nothing is that simple any more. Is a plane ticket really worth all this..?”

The Premise:

Lucinda needs money for a plane ticket to America. To this end, she must find a job. The only opening available is alarmingly nonspecific, and turns out alarmingly exciting! Lucinda shows up for work and discovers that she is to be a professional prince, required to fix broken stories, preserve the narrative momentum, and ensure happily-ever-afters for everyone. There are friends and enemies both to be made, but it can be difficult to fix a story if no one knows how it’s supposed to go.

The Good:

Alicia Wright is a master of satire. Very much like Eggs, Butter, Sugar, and Disaster, this volume reads like a Young Adult mashup of PG Wodeouse, Terry Pratchett, and JK Rowling. It’s a self-conscious sort of humor, genre-savvy, not at all geared toward the lowest common denominator. It’s clever humor, reliant on the reader’s cultural awareness, a vast pile of tropes both revered and ridiculed. The characters are believable; even the villain has his own endearing quirks. Rosie is my favorite, though: a no-nonsense witch who keeps her vampire boyfriend on her magic mirror’s speed-dial.

I also love Wright’s explanation of where vampires come from. It’s a well-considered and highly detailed internal mythology that makes perfect sense in context. Dig it.

The Bad:

Hmm. If I had to pick something, I’d say that Lucinda doesn’t seem to have much of a real life beyond her parents and the friends she’s saving to visit. I imagine there should be some kind of change in the way she relates to school and daily chores and all the humdrum tedium of Earth life. Real life, though, seems to vanish when she discovers that stories are real. Considering that the book is about the things going on in the Otherworlds, details about the things going on back on Earth aren’t really necessary, but it was a layer that might have been added and felt a bit missing.

In Conclusion:

Brilliant as always for Wright. Pick up a copy.

Blogger Book Fair! Meet Emma Weylin!

Greetings, book people! Are you ready for the Blogger Book Fair? If you’re not familiar with the event, click on the ticket above to go to the official website. Essentially, it’s a festival of literature of all sorts – the current week is devoted to speculative fiction, and I have the distinct honor of hosting five marvelous authors for the next five days.

Today, I would like you to meet  Emma Weylin, author of Bring Me to Life and the Time Walkers series.

 

Bring Me To Life (Time Walkers – Book 1)

Supernatural/Paranormal |Adult

They say love can conquer all … but Vincent’s been dead for two hundred years, and Bryna is the one who killed him! Ominous warnings, time travel, love, revenge, vampires, demons, and so much more … Emma Weylin presents Bring Me to Life, Book 1 of her amazing new paranormal romance series, Time Walkers.

Being dead sucks, or so Vincent Asher believes. He’s spent the last two hundred years of his death battling vampires because his boss won’t let him kill demons. Known as a force called the Wraith, Vincent has become bored with preventing the apocalypse. When he hopes his boss will give him a more exciting assignment, he gets the shock of his afterlife. He must protect the woman who killed him.

Bryna Wildrose accidently killed the only man she ever loved. In a self-imposed death sentence, she’s spent the last ten years of her life trying to get herself killed. She never meant to kill Vincent, and the guilt is eating her alive. A vampire gives her a dire warning. The Wraith is coming for her. She can run, or she can let death take her.

Given no choice, Vincent goes back in time to find the one woman he loved more than life itself, but when he expected to torment her for causing his death, he learns nothing is what he believed it to be. Real love never dies, but Vincent’s power might not be enough to keep Bryna alive.

Content Notes: Spicy, Graphic Violence, Paranormal, Vampires, Time Travel, Spirits, Demons, Fantasy, Suspense

 

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Bring Me To Life Excerpt

Being dead sucks, or so Vincent Asher believes. He’s spent the last two hundred years of his death battling vampires because his boss won’t let him kill demons. Known as a force called the Wraith, Vincent has become bored with preventing the apocalypse. When he hopes his boss will give him a more exciting assignment, he gets the shock of his afterlife. He must protect the woman who killed him.

Bryna Wildrose accidently killed the one man she ever loved. In a self-imposed death sentence, she’s spent the last ten years of her life trying to get herself killed. She never meant to kill Vincent, and the guilt is eating her alive. A vampire gives her a dire warning. The Wraith is coming for her. She can run, or she can let death take her.

Given no choice, Vincent goes back in time to find the one woman he loved more than life itself, but when he expected to torment her for causing his death, he learns nothing is what he believed it to be. Real love never dies, but Vincent’s power might not be enough to keep Bryna alive.

 

Author Bio:

 

Emma Weylin fell in love with the written word as a child. She loves to create her own worlds full of magic and wonder. One of her favorite things is populating those worlds with interesting and true-to-life characters who experience everything from epic love and heartrending battles to seriously silly or embarrassing “duh” moments. She believes love can and does conquer all things. When she’s not writing, she enjoys her family and has a copious yarn addiction.

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Interview with Emma Weylin

 

When did you start writing?

When I was in high school.

 

What inspires your writing?

Everything around me. Strange bits of my life, things you wouldn’t expect, end up in my novels. Something seemingly innocuous rotates and twists in my brain until it morphs into this strange new world I must explore.

 

What is the best part of being a writer?

Writing is my stress relief.

 

Is there something special or unique about you or your book you’d like to tell us about?

I am dyslexic. Which sucks when it’s time to edit.