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 »

Pieces of My Journey

The more time I spend in France, the more determined I become to spend more time in France. I keep telling myself, “When I have time, I’m going to learn French,” but I think I need to admit that I’ll never have time. What I’m going to have to do is MAKE time. Have you… Read more »

Madrid Miscellany

¡Hola amigos! Here’s something I saw written on a wall inside a building today in Madrid: I have sometimes dreamt that when the Day of Judgement dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewards — their crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marble — the Almighty… Read more »

In Paris, Remembering Bologna

Is it possible that Bologna was only a week ago? The following photos were taken by Federico Borella, who kindly gave me permission to display them on my blog. Thank you, Federico! (And click the pictures to enbiggen.) The sword-fighting took place in a courtyard adjacent to the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna’s center. Sword-fighting experts… Read more »

Paris Fo Shizzle

Fire cover for the French YA edition, published by Hachette Jeunesse (click to enbiggen) ———–> Hi everyone! It’s my third country in a week and my third language adjustment. Luckily, I never managed to learn much Dutch, so my Dutch is not interfering with my mangled attempts at French the way my Italian is. Do… Read more »