January 14th, 2010



Love, death and war…

The Morrigan goddess represented all three to the ancient Celts. Journey with our authors as they tell stories of love, war, hatred, revenge and mortality - each featuring the Morrigan in her many guises.

Re-visit the world of Deverry, and of Nevyn, with a previously unpublished tale by Katharine Kerr, watch the Norse gods meet their Celtic counterparts with Elaine Cunningham, meet a druid who dances for the dead with C.E. Murphy and follow the path of a Roman centurion with Anya Bast.

These are but a few offerings from the stories collection in The Phantom Queen Awakes. If you are searching for a rich blend of dark fantasy, then this is a collection perfect for you.

The Phantom Queen Awakes stories:
Rising Tide: Ruth Shelton
Kiss of the Morrigan: Anya Bast
I Guard Your Death: Lynne Lumsden Green
Gifts of the Morrigan: Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
Cairn Dancer: C. E. Murphy
Washerwoman: Jennifer Lawrence
The Raven’s Curse: Sharon Kae Reamer
Ravens: Mari Ness
The Lass from Far Away: Katharine Kerr
The Trinket: Peter Bell
The Dying Gaul: Michael Bailey
The Children of Badb Catha: James Lecky
The Plain of Pillars: L. J. Hayward
The Silver Branch: Linda Donahue
The Good and Faithful Servant: Martyn Taylor
The White Heifer of Fearchair: T. A. Moore
She Who is Becoming: Elaine Cunningham

N.B.: The Phantom Queen Awakes will be released 14th February 2010 in the US.

UK, Australian and European release dates to follow.

US: $20 + shipping

(x-posted from the essential kit)

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The sidewalks are clear again (except in our estate), and the world once more accessible. At least for today. It’s clear right now, so it may get cold enough to freeze the moisture on the roads and turn everything to black ice again tomorrow morning. Hope not, though.

I am thinking tiny shy thoughts about swimming a little more than a kilometer a day next week. Dunno. Possibly that would just make me sleep all day, which would be a bother.

Low writing day, only 1200 words. Finished up a chapter, though, which in *theory* puts me in a position to just write a chapter a day 5 days a week until the book is done. They’re short chapters, mostly around 2600 words, so this is not an insurmountable task. I really should pursue it. It’d make everything much easier.

I do not know how much money individual Americans have thus far donated to the Haitian earthquake relief funds, but this story says the median donation from American citizens for tsunami relief was $50. I don’t know if that’s of people who donated alone, or the amount spread out amongst every American (though I think that would be the average amount, not the median amount), and I’m sure some of those were phenomenally large donations by extremely wealthy individuals. But that’s not the point. The point is, don’t get me wrong, I am glad and grateful that every single person who has donated has done so, but I cannot understand the hypocrisy of a nation which willlingly opens its pockets for aid in the face of a crisis, but cannot be convinced to implement a national health care system in order to improve the quality of life of its own citizens, and who as a whole apparently regard such a beast as an impingement on their own happiness. Ted says it’s that Americans (and perhaps people in general) don’t see beyond their own front door very often, and that Americans in particular have been indoctrinated to believe that you are to fail or succeed on your own, with no support from the state or indeed the community; that you are, in a nutshell, Somebody Else’s Problem. I don’t know what it is. All I know is that I just flat out, fundamentally do not understand it.

And that damned climate change trilogy is niggling at me again. I need a two-year time out, please. Where’s the Doctor and his Tardis when you need them?

The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 41
ytd km swum: 9
ytd wordcount: 22,400

(x-posted from the essential kit)