Sakura are here again

Hello darlings! I hope you had a lovely week since I saw you last. I got lots of good work done before the long weekend, and aim to dive back in tomorrow. Revising is so much more enjoyable than composing, I can’t even tell you. It was hard to have to stop what I was doing and take the long weekend off.

Here in the most secular corner of a pretty secular country, we still take a four-day Easter Weekend. My in-laws came up from the States and we had a nice time, wandering around Gastown in the sunshine – sunshine! – and going to the Sakura Festival at the VanDusen Gardens. We’ve had a cool spring (unlike the rest of the continent) and so the sakura weren’t quite in full bloom yet, but the magnolias and the early rhododendrons were gorgeous.

One amusing book-related thing that happened over the weekend was that the voice actress for the audiobook called me and we went over the pronunciation of names in the book. It had never occurred to me that this was something that would have to be done, but of course it does. I’ve written an enormous fantasy novel; there are a LOT of names. The book will be read by Mandy Williams, an English actress, and she was great to talk to. I can’t wait to hear it!

Here’s a nice review at Bibliopunkk that I found over the weekend. I’m planning to work my sorry behind off again this week, so I’ll probably be keeping my head down again. The sequel is improving by leaps and bounds, though, so it’s all for a good cause. Get out there and enjoy the spring weather for me!


2 Comments on “Sakura are here again”

  1. Mike DeSanto says:

    I’m sure Lloyd Alexander would have felt the same way about names. Why would anyone have a problem pronouncing Fflewddur Fflam?

  2. Laura (the sister) says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m reading it now and wondering about many pronunciations. Can’t wait to hear the audiobook. So glad she checked with you, so we’ll have the “real” pronunciations!


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