7 years, 2 months ago, in the evening
I keep saying I try not to double-up content between this page and my LJ, and for the most part I do a pretty good job … but this is too cool to remain contained to one post. Oh yes. Yes it is. Behold: cover art for book 3 in the Eden trilogy.
John Jude Palencar does it again.
If I ever meet this man in person I’m going to buy him the biggest drink in the bar.
7 years, 2 months ago, in the late evening
I just stumbled across an interview — conducted at DragonCon 2005, by my old friend Glas. Bless his heart, he tried so hard to do a serious, proper, reasonable podcast interview. But you see, he’d stolen me away from a party* and dragged me out to supper, and I was completely freaking goofy.
Check it out for yourself.
(edit: or go here, if you’d rather listen through another file format.)
I just sat and listened to this thing and I swear to God, I laughed so hard that the cat wandered into the living room to see what all the fuss was about. Oh Lord. Oh heavens. Oh merciful sweet baby Jesus riding shotgun in a cop car. I had completely forgotten about this interview. Heh. Heh heh heh.
[There is an excellent chance that I'm going to come to my senses in an hour and take this down, so listen while the listening is good.]
* HE PRACTICALLY TOOK THE DRINK RIGHT OUT OF MY HAND!
7 years, 3 months ago, in the late afternoon
One of the nerve-wracking horrors of writing a historical fiction (if this is not usually your working genre) is the deep-seated fear of leaving lurking anachronisms lying about. I mean, you try to kill them all, but things have a way of sneaking through; and this has been one of my longstanding fears re: Dreadful Skin. While I’m a big fan of Victoriana* and I’ve read enough to choke a field of cows, in fact I am not a historical fiction master and I’ve been very much worried about Doing Wrong Things … especially because I know I’ve played fast and loose with a few 19th century tropes.
But now that this guy has given me the thumbs up?
I officially cease my worrying.
“A werewolf-hunting nun, characters portrayed with empathy and skill, Gorey-esque illustrations, flawless historical recreation, high adventure and pathos â€“- thereâ€™s nothing to dislike about Dreadful Skin. Absolutely nothing.”
Thanks again, Jess.
* Aric says that DS is less “Victoriana” than noir, though. Setting/time period aside, I think he might be right.