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Fantasy Faire 2016 Literary Festival

In a beautiful crystal pavilion in a richly enchanted land, there will be a special place for literary events as Fantasy Faire celebrates the power of words with its second Literary Festival. Here we shall stage readings, workshops, story-telling sessions and discussion groups, all around the theme of Fantasy.

Down The Tubes Cover Reveal

It's been a good day for your intrepid author. I completed NaNoWriMo this morning, submitting a 50,488 word document for validation. It's chock full of future short stories, vignettes, a holiday tale and a cookbook, all set in Industralia! More on these projects as they near publication.

But there's something else happening, too! A little cat is starting to crawl out of the bag... or is that a rat? Well! Let's keep the bookwriting fun going a little longer today... how about a COVER REVEAL?

Do Clockworks Dream of Gear-Toothed Sheep?

A dear, dear friend's dream just became a reality. As we all know, the best dreams come true not so much from sleeping as from hard work. This author has put in the work. An epic fantasy that echoes some of the most beloved classic children's tales of all time, E. P. Isaacs's Do Clockworks Dream of Gear-Toothed Sheep? inspires children to see themselves for who they truly are—and never let go.

Schroedinger’s Rat Lives!

I wrote the first draft of Down The Tubes in November of 2013, for NaNoWriMo. I had such a great time, too! I loved my concept, utterly and completely. I've always been fascinated by pneumatic mail systems and had a great time hauling them into my universe. I felt so very clever, and especially enjoyed launching the adventure by killing a rat.

Now, approaching two years and two drafts later, that initial thrill has worn off, and I'm seeing the manuscript through more critical eyes.

In Which My Memory Goes Down The Tubes

Have you ever written a bit of fiction, a poem, or perhaps lyrics, and then set it aside for a while, only to come back and feel as if someone else wrote the words? I'm working through rewrites and editing of book two of The Brassbright Chronicles, Down The Tubes, and I've stumbled across a passage I have absolutely no recollection of writing! There should be a word for that, right? It's like reverse deja vu for manuscripts.

Nano’ing Down The Tubes

I Nano. Do you Nano? Do you know what it is? In a nut house shell, I commit to devoting the month of November to writing a novel (50,000 words being the Nano definition of a novel.)

My first attempt was in November of 2003. I had SUCH lofty dreams. I had the most amazing concept ever! Or so I thought.