On social media, I regularly run across posts from talented and competent women talking about feeling that they’re not good enough at whatever they do. I see this with writers who aren’t well known and ones who have won awards.
Although I recently wrote about loving my body, it occurred to me after I wrote that piece that I don’t always love myself as a whole. I tend to feel like I should have done more in my life, that I haven’t pushed hard enough, used my brains enough. Also, I am known to get upset because of stupid decisions I made in the past.
I mean, I know I’m smart. I’m very smart. With me the issue is not living up to my potential or beating myself up for making a wrong call. I should know all the legal stuff. I should be better at business. I should have a bigger reputation as both a writer and a martial artist. And I really should have written this or that umpteen years ago.
At the same time, I have noticed an abundance of white men, including obscure congressmen and business executives, who seem to think they should be president even though there are heaps of people with more reputation, not to mention more ability, already in the race. Of course, most of the good people in the race are women, so that probably explains it. Continue reading
Superheroes! Steampunk! High-stakes adventure! Cool characters fighting implacable enemies for the fate of the world while they’re battling their own demons!
If you like any or all of those things in your reading, Archangel: Ascensionhas it all. I was very pleased to have been asked to pen this novelization of Dave DiPietro’s script for the Archangel film. It was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve worked on to date.
What’s it about?
In a gritty steampunk world of 1893 London, Brenden Winter must fight a ruthless entity known as the Legion, who has framed him for the murder of Queen Victoria. He dons the mask and armor of a vigilante known as the Archangel and leads a growing resistance in order to take back England from a ruthless leader and his evil regime.
Written by NY Times Best-Selling author Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, this thrilling tale has been adapted from the motion picture screenplay for the upcoming film series.
I hope you’ll read Archangel: Ascension. And if you read it, and you enjoy reading it half as much as I did writing it, you’ll be looking forward to Book 2.
(I know I sure am!)
My friend and fellow writer, Book View Cafe co-founder, Vonda N. McIntyre, died last month. There were a bunch of obituaries, including mainstream papers like The New York Times
and The Guardian,
and many genre publications. Her friends have been gathering memories of her as well. It took me a while to put together my thoughts, but here they are:
I have been thinking what I could add to the wonderful stories about Vonda. She was one of the many amazing women writers who inspired my early career, but I didn’t meet her in person until 1994, when she came to Los Angeles (where I lived then) for a fellowship to the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project workshop. How could I resist the chance to meet her? I wrote to her, introduced myself, and received a warm reply. I picked her up and brought her home to my family. I remember her relaxing, being treated as a normal but quite fascinating person, away from the artificial, competitive environment of Hollywood. We got together a number of times during her sojourn, talking a little about writing but mostly life and food and the weather, just enjoying each other’s company. I remember her returning the favor when I was in Seattle for a convention and she took me out to the best salmon dinner I’ve had in my life. We found a lot to laugh about. Then when I joined Book View Cafe she was my mentor as well, endlessly patient and encouraging. (Plus I got to brag that she formatted my ebooks, how amazing!)
Crystal Magic 6
by Patricia Rice
Once a childhood TV star, now a tarot reader in the town of Hillvale–home of 325 people and countless ghosts–Amber Abercrombie is content now that she’s escaped the horror of her stage mother and the constant pressure to kill herself with dieting. Then her former teen-idol lover crashes into her tranquility, bringing with him the Death card.
High Stakes Trial
by Mindy Klasky
Vampires, sphinxes, a love triangle, and cupcakes–all against the backdrop of Washington, DC!
Sarah Anderson’s dream job at the vampire night court is turning into a nightmare. Working as the court clerk used to soothe her wild compulsions. But now she’s under indictment for murdering a vampire judge, and both her job and her freedom are on the line.
There’s something super-pagan about eggs. If you want to see a schism, get any two pagans into a room, but pretty much everyone except the strictest vegans go nuts for hard-boiled eggs, especially in Spring, when the world is mud-licious and we’re all considering removing another vest.
For some, the hard-boiled egg is symbol of the returning sun. For some it’s bunny-treasure to pop into a basket or under a bush.
Whatever your flavor, you can find a pickled egg to satisfy your metaphor. Plus, they taste good.
Pickled eggs are sinfully easy to make. They keep for weeks in the fridge. You can also devil the insides, for extra joy.
Today brings you three Di versus events, all of which, Di lost. Okay, the blackberries were a bit of a draw.
In a case of Di v. the dog harness:
Merlin rolled over on my foot while I was scratching his tummy, and he scraped a plastic buckle over the top of my surgical toe scar from November. It, uh, hurt. You know that paralyzing hurt where you can’t swear or do anything but hope it goes away before you pass out? Like that. Nerve pain sucks.
“I don’t understand why they just can’t accept it and get on with their lives.”
There are so many interpretations of this statement. Is it about divorce, a breakup, losing a job or money, being unable to make peace with a friend or family member, or being unable to change someone’s habits, point of view, way of living, addiction, etc etc?
No, this statement had nothing to do with any of these life challenges, as difficult and fruitless as they might seem.
I had the distinctly uncomfortable opportunity recently to be in a surgery waiting room. Basically all day. It wasn’t fun. And I didn’t stay there the entire time, either, because they give you a pager so that you can walk around the hospital—such fun that was—so that they may summon you back to the waiting area when the surgeon had completed work and wanted to tell you how well everything went.
I was alone, waiting. I prefer that, because when others—family or friends—are around there is no relaxing and they become a burdensome a distraction. Besides I was trying to work remotely on my laptop—at the least the hospital had excellent wifi reception—and I needed all the shreds of concentration I could weave together. I spent minimal time in the cafeteria and the most time in a nice, long, windowed walkway. But toward the end of my time, and expecting that surgery would be done soon, I went back to the waiting room to, well, wait.
Dutifully and cheerfully answering the call from Mystery Writers of America (NorCal Chapter) I will be among the authors signing and chatting at the Grand Opening of the brand new and very shiny Barnes & Noble at The Veranda shopping center in Concord.
I’ll be there from 6-8 PM on May 22nd, so do come by if you’re in the area and pick up a copy of my debut crime novel, THE ANTIQUITIES HUNTER (from Pegasus Crime), starring the inimitable Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko, PI, described by Booklistas “a unique series lead, but she sweeps across the pages like an adrenalin-fueled soul sister of Janet Evanovich’s flamboyant characters…”
According to Publisher’s Weekly, Gina’s “rich backstory and family life adds unusual depth to a fun story. Readers will want to see a lot more of Gina.”
And the story? Reviewers say it’s “a wild, breathless ride, a true pager turner. … full of exciting and unexpected turns,” and that it “breathes new life into the PI genre. Fast-paced, witty, and full of intrigue, it’s a layered mystery with a deeply complicated and memorable main character in Gina Miyoko. Such a terrific ride!” (My thanks to mystery writers John Copenhaver and William Boyle.)
What more can I say, except that I love writing Gina Miyoko and am thrilled that people seem to love reading about her, as well.
I hope to see you in Concord at the new Barnes & Noble!
Come marvel with Thor and me at the treasures of ancient culture on the island of Hippocrates and healer-god Asklepios.
NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.
Among the rich setting of ancient and Medieval sites woven into modern Kos Town, the small archeology museum is a special jewel. We were amazed at the range of offerings on display, and grateful that the museum had reopened after a period of closure (possibly due to a recent earthquake that had damaged and closed some other buildings in town). Many of the statues and mosaics reflected the island’s heritage as the birthplace of Hippocrates, “father of modern medicine,” who honored the healer-god Asklepios as he established healing sanctuaries and teaching centers. The mosaic above is from the Roman House of Asklepios, dating from around 250 AD, depicting the arrival of the god on Kos. He is greeted by a citizen of Kos, while Hippocrates is seated at left. Continue reading