Category Archive: Blog posts

Jan 14

Fateful Magic – Chapter 9

The girl in this photo is pretty happy about going to the ball. Emilia is definitely not happy about the party she’s attending. But the dress is kinda like I imagined, and the backdrop was just too cool to pass up. “No,” Emilia said. “Absolutely not.” Tiff lowered the gown she’d been displaying. The lace, …

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Jan 01

Fateful Magic – Chapter 8

Happy New Year! I’ve been getting some writing done over the holiday. I hope you’ve been enjoying yours! Trees rise all around Emilia, dim and blurred by fog, their tangy, resinous scent so rich she can almost taste it. The air is chill and grey with pre-dawn light. Water drips from dark evergreen needles with …

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Dec 17

Love Comes in Unexpected Packages

I saw this on The Passive Voice, a writer’s blog I read. Besides being way cool (LOVE Mrs. C’s red chopper!), it brought tears to my eyes. So nice and warm and gentle after all the ugliness of the election. Merry Christmas, joyous Yule, and happy holidays to you! Love, Kathy

Dec 09

Fateful Magic – Chapter 7

I’m pretty sure this is some famous person, although I’m going to betray my age and lack of interest in celebrities and admit I don’t know who she is. But she’s a lot like how I imagine Tiff. Emilia sits on the verandah. The soft, heavy air is alive with the sounds of night—the song …

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Nov 26

Fateful Magic – Chapter 6

I’ve been doing research into the mob business model. It actually boils down to what people have been doing for centuries– politics with a side of intimidation and bribery and a dash of murder and mayhem to make things come together properly. Yikes! Emilia is in WAY over her head. If you missed the beginning …

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Nov 24

When the Pig Came to School

Every once in a while, I think about posting a review for a book I’ve read. Like many good intentions, I never quite manage to get around to it, instead spending my writing time on my own books. Well, this time I’m finally putting thought into action. My stepmom, Ewa Carlsson, who designed my Flying …

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Nov 13

Fateful Magic – Chapter 5

Well, the election is finally over. Everyone seems variously shocked, panicked, horrified, elated or some combination. Certainly we’re on uncharted and uncertain ground, waiting to find out what happens next. I’d sure like Emilia’s ability to see the future! …or maybe not. For now, I’m finding solace in writing about my crime lord. I enjoy thinking …

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Nov 01

Fateful Magic – Chapter 4

I just noticed a big boo-boo with the chapters I’ve been posting. I completely skipped this one. So if you’ve been reading along and felt like you missed something… Well, you did. My bad. Sorry. Here’s the correct Chapter 4, in which Emilia tests the limits of her prison. Emilia awakened in a decadently soft bed. …

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Oct 30

Fateful Magic – Chapter 3

Here’s the latest installment of Fateful Magic. If you missed the beginning, you can read it here. It’s fun looking for images to go with the chapters. At first, I was going to include one of Tiff, but then I decided, no. It’s got to be Vadim Dragovich (pronounced vah-DEEM), the Dragon of Russia and the …

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Oct 15

Fateful Magic – Chapter 2

Well, the votes are in, and the title Fortunate Magic for the newest Land of Enchantment book got a thumbs-down. My personal favorite is Omenous Magic, but voter’s choice is Fateful Magic. So Fateful Magic it is for now. Here’s the next chapter. To read from the beginning, start here. Vadim pushed up from his chair …

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