A New Look for EOLYN

I mentioned in an earlier post that I've commissioned new cover designs for The Silver Web Trilogy. Autumn M. Birt, ecologist, author, AND artist, is hard at work on the project now. I'm so excited about what she's put together! I can't help but give you a little hint of the new look - with … Continue reading A New Look for EOLYN

Free Read Fridays: Brothers in Magic

I'm testing the waters with some video content on my Instagram account. Called "Free Read Fridays," each episode will include a brief (1-minute) reading from a randomly selected page in my novel EOLYN. I will occasionally cross-post here, but the best way to catch Free Read Fridays is to follow me on Instagram. This week's … Continue reading Free Read Fridays: Brothers in Magic

Words of Courage, Comfort, and Contemplation

Prairie wildflowers brighten the summer months at Jerry Smith Park, Kansas City, MO There are small things I can point to as bright spots inside the pandemic. Among these, I've discovered the pleasure of podcasts. I know: I'm years behind on this one. I'd never listened to podcasts before March 2020, but being away from … Continue reading Words of Courage, Comfort, and Contemplation

Winter Solstice Reading

  Happy Winter Solstice! I'm celebrating this year by bringing back a tradition I let slide a while ago: my annual holiday reading. Technology has changed since the last time I did this, so it took some time to figure things out, but the recording is finished and uploaded - embedded below and available on … Continue reading Winter Solstice Reading

Radio Silence

I've been away from my blog and most things internet during July, enjoying a family vacation in Germany. By 'family,' I mean family in the broadest sense of the word. This was a very special trip, celebrating the 80th birthday of my father. We were able to bring together so many people over our three-week … Continue reading Radio Silence

Daughter of Aithne wins the OZMA Award

I'm very excited to report that Daughter of Aithne, Book Three of The Silver Web, has received the 2017 OZMA Award for fantasy fiction! A division of Chanticleer's International Book Awards, the OZMA Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works of fantasy. Winners were announced last weekend at Chanticleer's annual authors conference in Bellingham, Washington. It was a … Continue reading Daughter of Aithne wins the OZMA Award

Midwinter’s Eve

Happy Winter Solstice, Everyone! To accompany your midnight meditations, here's an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes in Eolyn; a glimpse into the revelry of Winter Solstice, as traditionally celebrated by the mages and magas of Eolyn's world: AS MIDNIGHT APPROACHED, the musicians quieted their instruments. Mage Corey’s guests convened in a circle at … Continue reading Midwinter’s Eve

The Witch

"She cannot be a witch, he tells himself. Witches do not study philosophy; witches do not practice scientia nova. She belongs to a new age, a future he longs to be a part of." - The Witch of Cologne, Tobsha Learner This week's post has a double purpose. It's a continuation of my Halloween reflections inspired by Tobsha Learner's … Continue reading The Witch

Sunset Over Summer

We are on the cusp of the new academic year. Emails to my Avila account have increased in frequency. The long parade of faculty and staff meetings that precedes the start of classes begins this week. An ever-greater sense of urgency accompanies my renewed attempts to finalize my syllabi and get ahead on some of … Continue reading Sunset Over Summer