Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A trip begins

If you don't like blogs about places, then proceed no further. I'm blogging about our three week trip into the central districts of a state that is bigger than Texas, New Zealand, Japan and the British Isles combined, plus some.

Western Australia.
It's a BIG place.

And this was Day One:
Fremantle to Kalbarri. Over 600 kms.

We left before dawn...
Just south of Geraldton, the trees all lean away from the coast...
...like this one. That's the trunk on the lefthand side.
Lunch was a picnic north of Geraldton on the Chapman River
And this was our rig.
Some farming scenery north of Geraldton.
Still further north in the afternoon, the trees become bushes and the sky broadens and brightens...

And before nightfall, we were in Kalbarri. In the caravan park on the estuary.

And this was a Kalbarri sunset.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Revisiting the Inspiration for "The Aware"

Some of you will remember a village called Creed (if I remember correctly) in the first book of the Isles of Glory. The entire book was set on a sand spit called Gorthan Spit, and the village was built of blocks made of an accretion of tiny white shells, washed ashore, and then cemented by time...

Well, above and below is the quarry for just such blocks.
In the past, these blocks were used for every from gravestones of children or drowned sailors:
To Churches:
Houses or Restaurants:
With time, the white shells mellow, stained by the dust of red soils.
And so here I was this week, revisiting Denham, Shark Bay, Western Australia, where the germ of an idea originated and started a whole train of thought.
The result was The Aware.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The view...

The view from our caravan. 
Well, the view we had yesterday, anyway. Today it's raining. And blowing a gale. 
Which makes it a writing day...

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Inspiration from Havenstar

 Sometimes lovely things happen to writers, and this is one of them: when you find out that what you have written has inspired the creation of another art form.

Some of you may remember Havenstar, and the tainting that occurred to some of the people of that land when they crossed the areas of instability. 

Anastasiya Honchar, a Costume Design student, read and enjoyed Havenstar as a child. For a Foundation project, she designed the costume of a woman in Havenstar who "struggled through a doorway sideways because her skirts were too wide to enter any other way".

  Anastasiya says the reason she chose such an obscure character is "because I wanted to use my own imagination in terms of looks and personality, basing on your description of the world. I imagined she would be quite extravagant and ostentatious (hence the wide skirts). I thought that she could be tainted as a peacock, which would suit her personality..."

This artwork is the result. You can see more of Anastasiya's work here.

Thank you, Anastasiya. I think it's lovely, and holds true to the spirit of the book.


Tuesday, July 03, 2012


THIEFTAKER, by D. B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)

Province of Massachusetts Bay, 
August 26, 1765

Thieftaker is historical fantasy, set in Boston before the American Revolution...

Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker of some notoriety, and a conjurer of some skill, is hired by a murdered girl's father to find her killer. Soon he is swept up in a storm of intrigue and magic, politics and treachery.

David is one of my favourite authors... so check this one out!

Sample chapters here.