Friday, December 16, 2005

Winter is here!

Winter is fluctuating strangely from the snow and ice to the unseasonably warm. Here are a few early pictures from my yard. We feed the birds. Yesterday we spotted a Northern Harrier. He was sitting above a ground feeding station. Needless to say, the other birds and animals all hid from the raptor. He wouldn't pose for photos. I guess he was shy.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Falling into Winter

In my little corner of the world, I'm surrounded by inspiration all the time. Although I have come to love other parts of the world, I would miss this. I love the fiery colors against the blue of lake and sky. The deep shadows across the lawn. The Japanese Maple tree in my yard is always splendid but shows off a bit more when it's fall. This is my calm when nothing else in the world is. Here I write and dream and wake to write again.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Colors of Fall

This year the colors were late in coming to Connecticut. I took this photo at my cousin’s house.

However, I am still finding inspiration and while I write, the colors may grow brighter. It snowed here in the middle of the night but was gone without a trace by morning. But the smell of snow is still in the air.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Autumn Falls

The vibrant colors of autumn always inspire me in a huge way. The fire goes right through me down to my fingertips. Watch this site. I will be posting photos of the colors of New England.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

More photos from Glasgow

This photo is of Dan, me, and Sean McMullen.

Here's Sean's website

Here's Diane and I in downtown Glasgow. The architecture is wonderful.

Here Dan and I are standing outside the Armadillo, which is part of the convention center called the SECC. It's equally amazing inside.

The picture to my left is me on the left with James Swallow in the middle and Sally Mayer on the right for the Star Trek panel. Such a wonderful room of people--I enjoyed it immensely.

Here is a photo of an after panel chat concerning setting your fiction in Scotland.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Stopping at Iceland

The photos here are of the landscape of Iceland as you leave the airport and end up at the Blue Lagoon, which is a geothermal spa. In other words, you are swimming in a lagoon heated by a volcanic spring or geyser. Very hot!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Continuing Adventures at Worldcon in Glasgow

Susan and some new SFWA friends. The River Clyde in Glasgow

Susan on a panel on setting your fiction in Scotland with Deborah J. Miller on the right and Paul Cockburn on the left.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

More on Glasgow

This is a photo of Glasgow taken from an upper street. Sections of the city are very hilly. It's a large city with amazing architecture. One photo is of science fiction writer Dan Hall and me in what I remember as the Princess Street Mall. It's an extremely lovely mall.

Friday, August 12, 2005

I'm back from Worldcon.

I'm back from Worldcon in Scotland and had a few hours to play in Iceland. I'm going to begin posting pictures here.

In the first photo, I am on the left and to the right is Diane Turnshek, science fiction author and astronomer. We are standing in front of the Argyll Hotel in Glasgow, which has a wonderful comfy atmosphere and its restaurant The Suntherlands has great food.

I'm still trying to get the hang of composing on this site. Please, bear with me. More photos will appear as the week goes on. Thanks for visiting.

Friday, July 29, 2005

I will be in Scotland soon and am looking forward to meeting the other science fiction and fantasy writers in the world. I'm also looking forward to eating Haggis.

Sometimes you take a journey for reasons you don't entirely understand. I have waited for three years to return to Scotland. I was there once before but it was a bit of a blur tour. This time will be different.

You'll know I'm back when you see the photos start showing up here. I'm off now to prepare for the adventure.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Packing for a Con--Don't forget the Umbrella

I love science fiction and fantasy cons (conventions). Once you're there, they're lovely with lots of things to do and lots of people to meet. What you do is totally up to you.

I'm preparing to go to Worldcon in Scotland and am going through the usual: I've made sure my passport is up to date and have prepacked a folder with my hotel reservation, my con membership, my airplane tickets, and such. I'm also trying to figure out clothes as right now I'm experiencing a heat wave at home. The last time I looked at the weather in Scotland it said in the 60s F. So I'll bring along some sweaters and a jacket. Oh, and an umbrella.

I was looking at the program online and trying to plan what I'd like to attend. I saw Light Saber Making, but was disappointed that I'm not young enough to be part of the youth program and make my own light saber. Actually I have one--I got it as a mother's day gift. I think everyone should have a light saber, an hour or so of light saber practice and you'll feel better about everything.

I am going to keep a Con Journal and will be posting when I can to tell you all about my adventures at Worldcon. I'm also planning to take some pictures and share them here.

Ta ta


Friday, July 15, 2005

Welcome to The Writing House!

"Writing is the breathe of my life. I write because not to write means not to live. It is the truest and bravest expression of freedom in the world. "
- Susan Hanniford Crowley

I invite you to express your truest feelings about writing. We can discuss writing for a healthier self, writing for freedom, writing to get published and the publishing world, how to cope with rejection, etc. I could go on and on. Please, don't post anything you're not willing to give away. This is a venue for discussion and not publication. And please, please, keep it clean and be thoughtful of the others that share this blog with you.

Thank you and welcome!