November 2008


I’ve been stuck for a couple of days with Summermoon Fire, on a knotty problem of time travel (don’t you just hate those?) and the identification of a certain child.  I’d thought I would be able to use paternity testing, but it turns out it wasn’t at all reliable in the 1950’s.  In fact, only with modern DNA analysis methods did paternity testing become a sure bet.  In the 50’s accuracy was estimated at 30%.  I found out most of this on Wikipedia, which continues to be my first source for arcane but useful bits of information.

But now I have another way round my difficulties, I hope.  You will be able to tell by whether or not the word counter moves!


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Here in sunny Dunedin, we have Thanksgiving on the Sunday before or after the American holiday, because no one gets the day off, and there is no football to watch.  No turkey either.  I baulk at spending $60 for a ten pound bird, which is what they cost here.  We had a couple of roast chickens instead, not quite as nice, but much, much more affordable.  Also baked sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping, green beans with bacon, a whole pan full of sausage and bread stuffing, regular potatoes and a green salad.  There were eleven of us sitting down to dinner, and not a lot left over at the end.  Except for dirty dishes of course.  🙂

I love Thanksgiving though.  It is definitely my favorite occasion of the year!  All the fun of a family get together, without the hassle of trying to find presents for everyone.

Just finished chapter 2 of Summermoon Fire, and will start Ch 3 tomorrow once my son goes off to school.  I am looking forward to a little peace and quiet after having a house full of people today.

Beyond the GyreBeyond the Gyre has now hit the aether, available from Fictionwise, Amazon and all the other people on the side bar. For more details, check out the tab at the top of my blog!

Its always exciting (and nerve-wracking) for me when a new work is released. Especially this one, because there have been a few hang-ups and delays. This officially closes the book (ha ha bad pun I know) on Arkafina, and lends a sense of urgency to my latest writing. I had quite a big back log when I got my publishing contract, so I wasn’t too worried about production. But now I have only one book ready, and a single chapter of another.

Time to get busy!

I know it’s hard to tell, but my word counter has moved! Yesterday I was laying about, feeling awful from a runny nose/sore throat/cold thingy, when inspiration struck…

I figured out where to go with Summermoon Fire, and I managed to synopsize eighteen chapters before the end of the day.

Gotta love it!


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The last book of Song of the Arkafina will be out November 17th, all being well with Fictionwise.  This has taken a long time to happen, and I am pleased.  I am not sure which direction I am heading in at the moment.  I have recently started on Summermoon Fire, but haven’t gotten to the point where I felt I could update the progress bar.  I am still in the planning/synopses stage basically, and I am having trouble bringing the two parts of the story in line with each other.  It deals with the same characters, Suvi in the past and Tessa in the present.  Both will face new danger and heartache.  But whereas Tessa’s story will span just a few months, Suvi’s story covers many years.  Kind of difficult to integrate.

I am working on a couple of ideas though.  🙂



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Check out my blogging buddy Andy’s NaNoWriMo blogvel entitled I Am Not A Terrorist, which is off to a rousing start here.

Last year’s blogvel was amazing, so we will see if Andy can repeat his success this year.

You can also have a look at his regular, far less violent blog here.

This is one of the days, along with Thanksgiving and July 4th, that I really miss being in America.  But it is a wonderful experience, even looking from afar, to see so many people involved in the political process.  If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to get out and vote for the candidate of your choice!