Promo, then music

TESS got a nice write up in Bustle yesterday: The 17 Best Books Coming in February that Make the Perfect Valentines Day Dates. The mention is down at the bottom of the page, since it’s coming out at the end of February — not quite in time for Valentines. The book is also a little more heartbreaking than I personally would want for Valentines, but that’s just me. Maybe it would be well-suited for when you’re crawling out of the rubble a couple weeks later, though.

All right, whew! It’s hard making myself do promotional stuff, and I always feel sorry making you sit through it, so here’s a song we’re thinking of singing this year at madrigals:

Based on how stuck it keeps getting in my head, I think it’s one of my most serious contenders (we choose our pieces based on which songs we’d be heartbroken if we didn’t sing, you see). This video, though, is also utterly charming. I’d love to know the story behind it. I played in a few youth orchestras in my day, but we never stood up and sang. I kind of wish we had.


Finally: February!

*blows dust off blog*


Hello friends! I know it’s been a ridiculously long time. Allow me to make it up to you with flowers:



I know they’re not the showiest, but they’re always one of the earliest, and they remind me that winter always ends. I’ve lived in this neighbourhood long enough that I know exactly which snowdrops bloom first; if you didn’t know to look behind a little low hedge, you might easily miss them.

I feel very lucky that they were there today when I went looking, because now I can share them with you.

I have a book coming out soon, you may recall. I’m at that stage of stomach-knotting anticipation. You’d think it would get easier, now that I’ve gone through it twice, but it doesn’t.

To keep myself from gnawing my nails to nubs, I’m going to be posting here. Our annual Morris Award Interviews go up next week, so that’s something to look forward to. I’m doing interviews and writing guest posts, and I’ll let you know when those go up. And of course, there will be a tour! Dates to go up very soon, so you can mark your calendars and plan your road trip, if necessary.

For now, though, let’s look at these snowdrops, take a deep breath, and dream of spring.