On Revising: Embrace Tedium, Embrace Chaos

Note: Now that Bitterblue has been out for over a year, I’ve (finally!) updated my Awards and Reviews page to reflect it. Possibly my mother is the only person who will find this interesting, but after all, that’s reason enough for me to link to it 🙂 On to the matter at hand. Tedium is… Read more »

Paris Stuff

I’m just going to post a jumble of pics now and then — whenever I’ve got a decent-sized collection. In Cimetière du Père Lachaise. (Again.) On rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine. On the Champs-Élysées in the rain. The floor of Sainte-Chapelle. Columns in Sainte-Chapelle. An iPhone just can’t do this room justice, but — window detail,… Read more »

Paris: The Flower Markets on the Île de la Cité

There’s a daily flower market in Paris, right near Notre Dame.(Daily except for Sunday, when I understand that it’s a market for birds instead!) The House of the Orchid. Guess who was very happy in the House of the Orchid?  I followed this lady out of the markets. It delighted me that she was calmly carrying… Read more »

Paris: The Museum of the Hunt

The Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is an odd little place in Paris, a museum that combines historic weaponry and taxidermied animals with art from various periods, some of it contemporary. It’s macabre, creepy, bizarre — and in some parts, quite beautiful. Not a real owl. We asked.  From what we could… Read more »

Épinal: Scenes Around Town

Épinal is in eastern France on the Moselle River. An old broken-down castle looms over the town. If you climb ALL THE STEPS, you can get a closer view. (The city is pretty cute from up there, too.) Details from Épinal’s cathedral. Apropos of nothing… people bring their dogs to the restaurants. On a cloudy… Read more »

These Photos Speak for Themselves

An alternative title to this post is “France is Yummy: Miscellany.” These are not all my meals. My companions — fellow authors, publishing folk and interpreters — became accustomed to me leaning over their shoulders with my iPhone. Please forgive me for the fact that in some cases, I can’t remember what these dishes were,… Read more »

Saint-Malo: Walled City by the Sea

You know, Épinal is becoming one of my favorite festivals. This festival – dedicated to fantasy/sci-fi literature and art – has such a wonderful personality, and I just love spending time with the people here. Maybe I’ll have a few pictures and some things to say, when I have more time. This is my last… Read more »