The Winter Solstice brings us the longest night of the year in the Northern latitudes, but it is also the turn toward the light, the point at which the days begin to grow longer. Under the skin of our brightly-lit civilization with all the various cheery celebrations and busy-ness, there is still the silence and stillness of the longest night. If we weren’t so busy pushing back the darkness and quietness, what would it be like? Perhaps we could sink... Read More
I Thought I was Writing a Fantasy: Shocking Parallels between Dark Innocence and North Korean Reality
It breaks my heart to discover that the story I wrote (Dark Innocence) about a protagonist being born in such a terrible place that he knows only evil, obedience, and suffering, is actually happening to prisoners in North Korea now. Shin Dong-hyuk, now a human rights activist in South Korea, was born and raised in a North Korean prison camp (“total control zone”), where... Read More
An Inner View of Hallowe’en
Today many of us celebrate Hallowe’en (Hallowed Evening). Whether a bright fairy queen or a dark monster, on this one day of the year, we allow our Shadows to rise from the ‘dead’ and come out to play trick or treat. Others of us may celebrate the Day of the Dead, honoring departed loved ones, visiting cemeteries, making intriguing skeleton figures. It’s quite a celebration, either way.
Yet, in the ancient ways, this is the... Read More
Like An Elephant: Following Your Soul-Path
A new feeling came into me the other day, something I had never had more than glimpses of before. I felt solid all the way through, solidly myself, settled all the way in. Unlike my usual state of mind, there was no trace of the needs, thoughts or judgments of other people. There was only me being on my path, 100% focused on what I am here to do in this life.
Not in... Read More
Inner Views – Trusting Life
Looking up from my laptop, I see a green hummingbird sipping from the red flowers outside my window. She lives a path of joy and trust, relying on the flowers to bloom and provide the sweetness she needs. What makes it so hard for us to trust that Life will provide for our needs too? I’ve explored this question for years. What it comes down to for me is that we are beings of light... Read More
Getting My Feathers Ruffled – Or Not
Life is full of opposites, and they are always turning into each other. As I sit here on my peaceful deck, the breezy quietness turns into a huge uproar: a chipper/shredder, with a counterpoint of raucous objections from our local blue jays. I could object too, and move inside and slam the windows shut. I usually would. For once, though, I am in non-resistance to what is. As the saying goes, “It is... Read More
Meeting My Bright Shadow
OK, I have no more excuses. There’s a fantasy/sci-fi “con” (conference) practically next door, and a chance to do my very first public book reading as a part of a supportive group of women writers of sci-fi, fantasy & horror (Broad Universe). I have to sign up!
Now I’ve done it. I signed up, and I’m living with a heavy demon of dread lurking in the pit of my stomach. These brilliant, high-powered aliens from the... Read More
Months of going up the learning curve of social media and book publicity, plus caring for my 94 year old mother, left me in dire need of some fun. So my beloved husband and I headed north to visit old friends for a few days. This is a little story of my kind of fun. What’s yours?
On the way up, we joined “Rumi’s Caravan” for an evening of poetry and music. After a madly healthy Middle-Eastern feast, we and... Read More
When reading a story set in a fantasy world or time, do you find it odd when the characters’ names are old familiar ones from our everyday reality? I always wonder why people in a strange time/place would have names like Steven or Julia. Also, why would they use the same words to refer to time or distance that we do? Convenient for the writer perhaps, but too familiar for me as a reader wanting to immerse myself in a... Read More