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Safari Photo of Polaris

Here’s the book sighting I was talking about in the previous post:
Polaris- A celebration of  Polar Science sighted in Cardston, Alberta

I asked if I could repost it somewhere public so that my fellow contributors could make use of it, and was told “Permission given. We are all very impressed with this book.” Feel free to link to it directly, I got plenty of bandwidth.

Maybe more like the zoo?

If your sister uploads a whole bunch of family reunion photos (from a family reunion that couldn’t make it to) and one of them shows your mother reading your book (or more precisely an anthology that has your story in it), does that count as an “in the wild” book sighting?

Does the fact that you did not give your mother a copy of the book and she (or someone else in the family) must have gone to an actual bookstore to get it, have an effect on whether or not it’s an “in the wild” sighting or not?

And would it count as an “in the wild” sighting for the *other* authors in the anthology?
(If so, I ought to check if that album is available to to the public so I know if I can share a link with them… but not right now, I’m off to Lissa’s next appointment.)

Polaris nominated for another award

Apparently, not only is Polaris (the anthology that contains my story “Frozen Witness”) on the ballot for an Aurora, it has also been short listed for the Canadian Science Writers’ Association Awards.

I remember being rather nervous about the fact that my story had to be vetted by a team of scientists before it could be published in this anthology. I guess this is what makes that extra bit of fingernail chewing worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Surprise in the mail

I got my copy of the Polaris Anthology today!
Yay! A real book, by a real publisher.

I also finished the tricky bit in Eyes where I had to make the story go from where it originally went, to where I decided three chapters later I should have made it to go. I had to rewrite that bit three times before I actually managed to get the story headed in the right direction.


… I completed Page 3 of Flag in Flames

It took me longer than I expected: It was a six panel page. the renders take a long time, and I ended up re-rendering every single one of them in full size at least twice. :sigh:

I've started setting up my renders and getting them going *before* doing my writing, so that I have a hope of finishing two on the same day.


Thank you very much for all the congrats and woohoos everyone.

I am always very happy to get to the end of a book, firstly for the joy of completion (yes, I know there are still revisions to be done, that's beside the point, there are always revisions to be done), and secondly because it means I'm allowed to switch to a different project. >:)

So long, elegant-and-witty-court-intrigue! Hello again action-oriented-space-opera-pastiche starring Bambi Wysorickovitz the barbie-doll-blonde investigator with purple eyes.

Kind of cool that I'll be back to working on this one just when the anthology with the related short story comes out. (So that no one coming in late will get confused, I am referring to “Frozen Witness” which will appear in stores as part of the POLARIS anthology shortly. The story is published as hard science fiction, and is not intended to be humorous, but nonetheless makes reference to a Dr. Wysorickovitz…)

Wrong picture

Pavane in Pearl and Emerald
Word Count: 77636

Apparently the cover image for the Polaris anthology I posted the link to (and put up on my website) is not what the book is going to look like. Marketing has decided Polaris needs a new cover. Why? Because it has been deemed as “having a broader appeal than first realized.” Aha! They finally figured out that my story is only masquerading as hard science fiction, its actually a murder mystery, and therefore the anthology is a shoe-in for a mystery cross-over audience.

Okay, maybe not.
Still, “broader audience” sounds kind of cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven't done any words today though, so I need to get back to that. I've been having a slow week, and I'd really like to break the 80 000 word mark by Saturday.

It's an elephant.

My husband and I have been working on the Cantata cover image, and think its ready for a big render. Which means that we need to get the pdf of the inside of the book ready, so that we know how thick the spine is, so that we know how big the big render needs to be, precisely.

Going over the proofs of Frozen Witness, comes first though.

Click on the icon to see a test render of the full wrap around cover image.

I guess I got away with it

The science team looking at my story “Frozen Witness” apparently had nothing to complain about except that I had one scientist a “leading expert” in two different fields. So she's now just an “expert”. :shrug:

As a bit of silliness…
I slapped together a script that would keep track of the phases of the moons on Ialfa for me. Having done that much work, I decided it would only take me a minute to add in an our world equivalency equation, so if you want to find out what your birthsigns are you can head over to:


The length of the day and the length of the year are different there, so the dates it gives you do NOT match up to our dates. I, with a birthday in February, was born in the house of the Monkey. So is one of my daughters, although her birthday is in August.

Maybe someday when I'm in a mood to do some more cat-vacuuming, I'll expand the script so that it can create actual horoscopes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Author's Note on the Cultivator Universe

I had created two fantasy worlds, and wanted to do a science fictional one. But I kept having problems. I could build a science fictional universe around a story (see Black Flag for an example of a universe built around a specific story) but to just build one that stood on it's own was for some reason giving me trouble. I finally realized that it was because I was tripping over the fact that science fiction universes are often seen as a continuation of ours: a possible future. My imagination was choking over my conviction that I was incapable of guessing what the future would be.

So instead of creating a possible future, I created an impossible one.

As soon as I had detached the universe I was building from the real world and real life, by centering it on a concept that was scientificly impossible, I was free to be as scientificly rigorous as I wanted to be in everything else. At the same time I remained free to ignore scientific realities when I thought they were getting in the way of a good yarn. The best aspects of both worlds were mine to play with.

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