Today’s news

There’s a new interview and Seraphina giveaway up at Mostly Reviews today. Thanks, Veronica, for inviting me to do this!

In other news, I am working super hard, writing like a writing fiend, revising the sequel. I think it’s going well. I’m certainly enjoying it more than the first time through.

I will be at Calgary WordFest next week. Expect posting to be light.


I’ve been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award!

For the non-Canadians among you, that’s a Canadian award. The Governor General is the Queen’s representative in the Canadian government, a ceremonial and Constitutional position. Here’s the Wikipedia article, which explains the office in more depth than I’m prepared to.

Of course, my husband and I had a good deal of fun this morning imagining what would happen if I won. I’m still pretty new at being Canadian. I assume one dresses up to meet the GG, but then what? Do I curtsey? What if my latent southern accent pops out, as it sometimes does when I’m nervous? I almost feel like Seraphina herself, worried about my manners.

But! Let us not count chickens before they hatch! It is a huge honour just to be nominated, and I say that with gratitude and proper Canadian spelling.

My beautiful jigsaw puzzle!

Remember me mentioning that a friend had made a puzzle for me, laser-etched in black lucite? Well now it can be shown:

It’s even prettier in person. The black parts are all shiny.

The best part, though, is that the puzzle contains numerous custom-shaped pieces. My initials:

Musical instruments:

Crumhorn, drum, violin, lute

And two characters from my old comic series, Amy Unbounded:

That’s Lalo, the original dragon in human form, and Amy herself.

Pretty neat, huh?

Now, I need to make a little legal disclaimer here: this puzzle is not for sale. I did not buy it. It is a one-of-a-kind gift from a friend. He makes and sells all kinds of other interesting puzzles, and you should definitely check them out.

Thanks again, Pavel! It’s really beautiful.