Tuesday, December 22, 2015

News for December!!!

It's been a fun year for my writing.

Most recently:

I have a poem up on the Asimov's magazine website here.

Also, a very nice review of my vampire-fairy novel "Lace" appears here. On that same blog, I also have a guest post and interview. Both appeared this month, December 2015. Thank you to Molly Lolly for having me!

Eldritch Press which published my most recent book of poems this year, "Turn Left at November," went belly up. The book immediately went out of print. So I took it back and re-released it through Eye Scry Publications with a new cover and a much better, more professional interior layout. I am so happy with it. It was only ever available as a paperback. Now it is available as a Kindle and in paper from Amazon. The cover is exactly the feeling I wanted and conveys the themes of the poems within. I couldn't be more pleased.

I also participated in the November NaNoWriMo. For those who don't know what that is, it is a writing challenge where you commit to writing a minimum 1667 words a day to complete a 50k word novel in one month. I managed to finish my new novel "The Moonling Prince" while participating in that challenge. I then discovered that I was not done with those characters, so I am currently in the middle of writing the sequel. That novel has come back (favorably!) from two beta-readers and is now awaiting my final edits. I hope to have it out some time in January 2016, with the sequel to follow shortly after that. Fingers crossed.

I am also putting together a brand new poetry collection of all my newer, more science fiction themed poetry. Working title: Dead Starships. I will have that out in the new year as well.
Winter is here. I am very inspired by the seasons of autumn/winter, so more writing is sure to come!

Happy holidays to all!

a tree heavy with candles
the lavender snowflakes

Wendy Rathbone

Sunday, September 20, 2015

New Books!

I've had one of the busiest summers ever. I never mean to neglect my blog, but it happens.

I was doing a ton of traveling for my business, but also doing guest blogs for a blog tour as part of the upcoming GayRomanceLit Conference I'm attending in San Diego this October. I did a guest blog for Prism Book Alliance which went live in August, and a guest post for Love Bytes (that post is due to go up Sept. 26.) I also did a new flashfic (a 1000 word original story) as part of the deal for Prism Book Alliance, and I will link to that in a future post when that goes up.

I also did a guest blog for Molly Lolly's blog, which will go up in November, and I'll let everyone know when it goes live.

The biggest news is the release, back to back, of my two newest romance books, Scoundrel, and Lace. I'm so excited that these books are out now. They are up on Amazon in paper and ebook.

Scoundrel is a book I wrote in May in a fever of inspiration. It tells the tale of a sex slave, Antares, facing an abrupt life change and a run-in with the pirate Slate. This story takes place in the far distant future in a galaxy where starships swarm like bees and thousands of worlds are colonized. It contains a lot of eroticism which I love to write. It is a m/m romance.

Lace is a different kind of vampire novel. The vampire is actually more of a fairy-being, so I call him a vampire fairy. In this story it is the less powerful character who is the rescuer, and I get to explore the bond between a mortal and an immortal in detail. Lots of twists are thrown into this one. I expect I'll be writing a sequel to it very soon.

In other writing news:

I have a poem "The Fallen Months" upcoming in the brand new issue of Mythic Delirium.

I have a poem "Build a Rocketship Contest" coming out in an upcoming issue of Asimov's SF.

Lately, I have been trying my hand at writing flashfic. I have 10 new flashfics of fantasy and science fiction that I am submitting one at a time to Daily Science Fiction, with one rejection so far. If any of them sell to that market, I'll definitely post the news here.

So despite being very busy this summer, I'm doing my best to stay in the writing game.

I plan on participating full on for November's NaNoWriMo. I will be writing on my new novel, The Moonling Prince. My goal is to finish that novel during NaNo and get it out to customers before the end of the year. We'll see. I have wonderful beta readers and editors, and it's only a question of how quickly they get back to me. Once they get back to me, I am NOT a procrastinator. I will work on a book until it's fixed for long hours and long into the winter nights. (It's so wonderful to have a seasonal business that gives me the winters off.)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Author Interview: John Philip Johnson

I'm pleased to publish another author interview. A warm welcome to author/poet John Philip Johnson!

Why do you write what you do?

Why I write anything at all comes from a pretty deep place within. I’ve written a lot since I was 17, and in periods when I don’t write much, I start feeling shallow and confused. Besides that, writing helps me feel connected with other people at a significant level.

As to why I write genre work, I finally admitted to myself a few years ago that I deeply love science fiction, and that the literary scene is kind of dreary. For one thing, you don’t have as much freedom with literary work; the voice is pretty constricted into post-modern orthodoxy. And literary poetry has lost its readership except for other poets. SF poetry, on the other hand, is still read by people who read it because they love it. They read for the joy of it, and I really enjoy writing it.

How does your writing process work?

Something strikes me, or I have some intriguing image or feeling, and it just feels complex or rich. Usually I mull it over until a first sentence hits me. Then I’m off to the races. I had dinner with SF writer Sheila Finch, and she said it’s exactly that way for her, too. The idea precipitates a first sentence. Sometimes I cut it later, but that’s how it starts.

And then sometimes, after that first sentence, the feeling peters out and nothing comes of it. Other times the force of thought carries through all the way to the end. When it does, I feel like a Russian gymnast dismounting the parallel bars. Arms up, chin out! I love that feeling of nailing it! I think that’s a huge motivator for all of us writers. Going back to your first question, that’s a big reason we do it, don’t you think? The joy of nailing it.

What are you working on now?

Working on promoting my comic book, which turned out really cool, with Marvel Comics legend Bob Hall and others. I hope your readers all go look at the free sample, and love it, and buy the whole comic. Forgive the shameless self-promotion! Otherwise, I’m doing more science fiction short stories. One is about memory augmentation and Alzheimer’s. I hope I can nail it. I want to write some more novels, but when you write a bad novel, you lose about a year. I’ve written a few bad novels. That’s one of the reasons I write short stuff. If you write a bad poem, what do you lose, like, an afternoon or two, right?

How does your work differ from others in the genre?

Most writers in the genre use more filigree and deflection, and I tend to write plain, direct sentences. Maybe that comes from being a Nebraskan. I was trained by Bill Kloefkorn, Hilda Raz, Ted Kooser, and Greg Kuzma, great Nebraska poets, and they all have a fairly plain style. I think it’s part of living on the Great Plains.  

Also, I’m a Catholic, so my worldview is a little different than a lot of SF writers. It gives me a certain optimism. The standard old-guard SF voice, which is still quite powerful, is the nihilistic hipster voice, like Harlan Ellison through the ages. The Fantasy writers are more optimistic—Tolkein was Catholic, after all, and kind of defined the genre—but I prefer writing SF, so I’m a bit against the grain. But I have great Christian role models in the field, like Gene Wolf, Darlene Hartman, and Connie Willis.

Thanks again for asking me these questions! If anyone is interested in checking out the coolio comic book, with graphic versions of poems originally published Rattle, Strange Horizons, the Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere, head over to my website, www.johnphilipjohnson.com. Free review copies to bloggers, paper or digital. And I’m always glad to hear from people for whatever reason.


I'd like to add that John Philip Johnson has a brand new poem, "Selenites," in The Pedestal Magazine #76.

Thanks to John Philip Johnson, and thank you for reading!

Wendy Rathbone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Marathon Writing

Earlier this month I did a marathon writing session. It was a lot of fun. I put in the hours and effort and in a week (yes, 7 days,) I did a 40,000 word novel. Some people say that is writing fast. It is not. I wrote every hour at my usual pace. I simply put in 3 to 4 times the usual hours and writing deep into the night until exhaustion forced me to stop. The writing pace was the same. My dedication to the words and story was the same. (Which is why I don’t understand why critics say NaNo is bad for writing. All NaNo asks is you put in more hours to get the minimum word count every day.)

My fellow writing buddy Christina E. Pilz
was there to give me encouragement and inspire me to keep it up. She’s a wonderful writer herself (check out her blog.) She and I have different ways of approaching writing (pantser vs. plotter; everyone who knows me knows I’m allergic to outlines,) but when we do the work we have similar mindsets and work ethics and we find we can share and understand frustrations and achievements. So while writing is a lonely game, having an email friend on the same page is priceless when you need a breath of air or an outside voice that says, “I get it.”

Another helpful voice in my sidelines is my ever-present partner, Della Van Hise, also a great writer. (Check out her blog.) Della is also the driving force in my cover designs and getting my books up on Amazon. Without her I would be so much less.

Things I noted while doing this self-made challenge:

  1. I really do enjoy being in the writing mode and in the middle of a project. It’s just damn fun. A lot of writers like the feeling of “having written” but not the actual writing part of it. I am the opposite. After I finish I feel a high followed sometimes by some amount of grief. This grief comes when I have had so much fun playing in my universe that when I’m done I am almost reminded of when I was a child and my mom called me in for the night after a day of fun playtime. End of playtime means back to a routine. Ho hum.

  1. I was writing so much every day that I had the time and was able to write everything that came flooding into my mind from the deepest thoughts (which often occur at just the right moment with no amount of planning on my part) to quick dialog. I didn’t have to wait until I “found some spare time” to write a scene or a line or a note. Everything just went into it. Some scenes and lines came out of order but that was fine because they quickly found their order. Because I was able to get everything in my mind into the novel quickly, without losing energy and momentum and the original muse for the thought, I felt my writing became brighter and more emotional and authentic.

  1. Even though I do this for fun and for myself nowadays, I still have darker thoughts, just like anyone. I will think I am wasting my time. I will ponder that the genres I choose to write in (science fiction, vampire, gay romance) are still considered “gutter” genres by and large. Forget the fact that Anne Rice can write, back to back, “Prince Lestat” (dandified vampires) and “Beauty’s Kingdom” (b/d, bisexual explicit erotica) and make the NYT Bestseller’s list. Even though I would categorize my stuff as closer to her ilk than any other bestseller writer I can think of, and I am no amateur, my mind keeps reminding me I am unread, unloved even though those who have read my stuff come away loving it. But when I sell only 1 to 10 books a month (across all my titles) it does feel as if I am running in place. So I wrestle with the dark thoughts, set them aside and keep going because once, years ago, I did stop writing for 9 years, and stopping guarantees a no-win. All this did occur to me during the marathon but I successfully squelched the thoughts and focused only on the fun of writing.

Writing ups and downs always occur. Disappointments seem legion. But in the end I have such a good time, and this is my heart talking. How can I deny my heart?

I do have real life work to pay the bills, but when I have the time again, I will do another marathon writing week or month. Mark my words!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Writing Updates and My Views on Writing for NaNo

Spring and summer are my busiest seasons for my business. I travel a lot and it's so hard to write while I am away from home.

And yet, I have still gotten a lot of writing done in-between running around.

I just finished my fairy-vampire novel, the first in a trilogy. The novel is called "Lace" and came in at just over 65,000 words. Camp NaNo (like November's NaNoWriMo wherein you write every day for a month) in April helped me finally get the damned thing done! I'm thinking of the subtitle, "Book One: The Fairy-Vampire Trilogy." But why limit myself? It could be a "series" and then I can write 2 or 10 books in that universe. Still thinking.

I wrote lots of new poetry in April as well.

A wonderful review came out for my latest novel: The Lostling.

Another wonderful review just came out for my brand new poetry book: Turn Left at November.

I also sold a poem to Asimov's SF Magazine called "Build a Rocketship Contest: Alternative Class A Instructions and Suggestions."

More about Camp NaNo: I love these challenges because I think it's so important for a writer to write every day if they can. I don't do that myself (because of the traveling and such) but I believe in it, and even without writing every day, I do an awful lot of it when I am home and in my off-seasons (I finished one novel in Dec. and one in April NOT writing every day.) Writing every day for a month during the NaNo challenges teaches that it can be done and the writing does not have to suffer for it. In fact, the writing becomes better and better as you push through blocks and hurdles to get it done. It's simple: you just write the next sentence. And then one more. And then one more. A daily pushing through various humps along the novel road is the answer to so many writerly troubles, and I have found that "writer's block" is just a myth, an excuse, a whine-time, something I did not know when I was a much younger writer who believed in all the writer myths and used them as excuses.

I never do messy writing or messy first drafts, though a lot of critics say NaNo is the worst thing for writers because it concentrates on word count and therefore quality MUST suffer. Others who approve of NaNo still say, "Allow yourself to write badly. Make a bad first draft file." Uh, no. I feel that's a total waste of time and there is no reason for that attitude! I am the kind of person who does my best as I go while daring myself to go out on limbs and take chances, but I never start out to "write badly." Not ever. Good writing or bad writing, either way, it's just a matter of sitting in the chair and typing and having a fun time. Why not sit there and do it the best you possibly can?

I have had days of over 2000 words of some of my best writing ever, so there is another myth squashed: that writing slow produces better writing. In fact, slow writing allows way too much of the critic's voice to come into play, and that is the great destroyer of the muse, as any artist in any field from singing to acting to painting can tell you. The critical voice inside every writer wants that writer to fail even if it's saying "rewrite so you can be better." Don't listen! This is a critical lie and it destroys internal "voice" and stunts all natural storytelling. The critical voice wants to browbeat you until you give up, and then it can say, "I told you so; you're not good enough." This critical voice must be bound and gagged and sent off to a deep, dark dungeon.

I research on the fly so everything is new and fresh and stimulating. That's just me. Others do it differently. There is no right way. But for me, I have a ton of experience, so it's fairly easy to trust that my subconscious mind knows what it wants to do and how to do it. I let it loose to play and that works for me amazingly well in ways I could not see when I was so young. Trusting the subconscious mind to know what it's doing might sound crazy, but seriously, it produces the best results. It does not ever let me down. Maybe I can do it without qualms because I write so much poetry, and poetry is for me like dreaming, but I honestly think it's a method that can work for anyone. Staunch the critical voice and let go. It's like fairy magic!

So my first drafts come out pretty polished. Thus, writing every day only hones my skills. I do not turn out fluff just for word count. I concentrate and work hard and do my best writing this way. Goofing off, playing around, writing just one paragraph for the day-- that's when my writing suffers. So I do recommend this course of action. Of course, these are just suggestions! Everyone is different.

I leave off with a new poem for today.

in the middle of the night road
a swaying lantern
but no ghost

-- Wendy  Rathbone

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Rush

I'm gearing up for April! I'm participating in Camp NaNo for the entire month, (it's like NaNoWriMo but instead of November it's in April.) I will be writing a minimum 1637 words a day (I hope.) I might miss some days because I vend at two fairs the last two weekends of April, but we'll see what happens. The goal for me is to use April to finish my vampire-fairy novel, "Lace."

I hope to post updates on my daily progress right here on my blog.
April is also National Poetry Month. In honor of that, I hope to write a poem a day. I did that last year and enjoyed it so much I ended up doing the poetry thing all the way through spring and into the summer. I love to just "go for it!" The result is about 80 percent of my new poetry collection "Turn Left at November." The rest in that collection are reprints.

My newest poem is below. I posted it on Facebook yesterday so I apologize if you've already read it. It is my "anti" ode to spring.

spring rush

by the new-leaf trees that web the sky
wind ruffles wind
lost grimoires and wild orange flowers
litter their wise and sugar fragrances
with flaking eyes a china doll
stares disapproving through the window
it is wrong in spring when even the stars melt
when cold shadows shrink under rocks
left behind to the white days
somewhere mist is still luminous
my books by the fireplace collect paper markers
smell of the ink of December

Saturday, March 14, 2015

New Poetry Book!!!

My new poetry book is out! Turn Left at November contains 53 poems, most of which are brand new, written in 2014. I'm so happy with the look and feel of the book. Much thanks to Eldritch Press for a job well-done in the execution of this project. It can be purchased from different distributors at what I think is a very reasonable price. $5.99 paper, $2.99 ebook. Here's the link for Amazon:

Turn Left at November

You may notice I use the term "left" somewhat often. The title of this blog is "From the Left Dimension." Well, left has always seemed "right" to me so given a choice I turn all my ships hard to port. Maybe it's because I'm left-handed.

Also in poetry news, my poem "Layover" is in the brand new April/May double issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. If it's not on news stands right now (March 14, 2015) it should be available within a couple days. Asimov's is also available as an e-subscription.

Upcoming for April will be a new issue of Mythic Delirium which includes my poem "Time Travel Autumn." I'll post here when it goes live. This will be an e-issue only, not available in print.

I'm also in the newest issue, #100, of Dreams and Nightmares Magazine.

That's my news for now. Thanks for reading!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wherein I Defend "50 Shades of Grey" as One More Harmless Erotic Romance

I have seen a ton of spiteful, mean and hateful crap on FB about 50 Shades of Grey. The vitriol, criticism... outright HATE. It is past rational. I guess a lot of people have very strong feelings, but to me they are going way too far out for me to agree even on the middle ground. In fact, while it's not my cuppa, and I have only read a few chapters of the second novel in the middle, I still believe it does not warrant such extremism. Nothing does, except maybe war and terrorists and politicians. Heh. I don't think the writing is THAT BAD. It's not great (if it means anything to you, I have a degree in Lit/Writing from one of the top schools in the U.S., UCSD,) but that does not mean unreadable. It is fiction and fantasy. It is not a real statement on how things "should be" between a man and a woman or a so-called 'proper' BDSM relationship or anything of the sort. It is not making any statement that I can see that "this is right." In fact, the chapters I read were all about Grey's damaged persona and past and how Ana feels she is strong enough (not weak, mind you!) to take him on and try to help him. (This scene would not be in the movie because this is the second book and you'll have to wait for the second movie to see this play out.) Whether or not that is right or wrong, that is the STORY. A story is going to have horrible things happen because a story has imperfect characters who need to figure things out to make the end of the story worth reaching and hopefully with a somewhat happy ending. The characters have hurdles to conquer, life-shit, love-shit, and personality shit. That includes all the abuse people are saying happen in the book. I don't want to read a book about perfect people with no issues and a story about love in which there aren't personal problems to be overcome. Abuse? If it is there, it is part of the "story." It is not a statement that abuse is okay.

I'm sick and tired of people thinking women need to be protected from their own fantasies, too. We are made to feel ashamed again and again for things men have had access to forever such as all kinds of porn from rape porn to BDSM to "Lolitas" to rough, sweet, and inbetween. Now women want it all and are people saying we are too weak to decide for ourselves that a fantasy can stay a fantasy and we might like it but not in real life? This is all the old criticism coming back and hitting me about writing adult fanfic and reading fanfic... that it was kinky, pervy and wrong and women should be good girls and not do it or otherwise we're somehow sick or twisted.

I don’t think it’s right for anyone, man or woman, to tell another what they should or should not do behind closed doors between consenting adults as if there is only one set of rules for an erotic relationship. But I think it’s even more insidious if one person dictates to another how their private, personal fantasies should be. Fantasy can involve things people don’t want in real life, but in fiction all constraints are off. That’s why it’s so wonderful. You can have a darker fantasy without the repercussions. It’s why we have such popular genres such as horror, murder mystery, even crazy action adventure that breaks all laws of physics and leaves a body count after much extreme violence. We can’t or don’t want it in real life, but it’s entertaining as a story which we can walk away from having enjoyed but not having had to live it. I feel erotica is one of those genres where self-expression is allowed to freely roam uninhibited and that’s a good thing because then we don’t have to have it all bottled up and combined with guilt and shame. Guilt and shame are what twist people, not stories, not fiction, not fantasy and not entertainment. All the “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts” of this world when involving personal thoughts and feelings that harm none only serve to screw people up.

We are passionate, fiery, frail, strong, incomplete, loving, fierce and flawed as humans, all of us, both male and female. Good stories are about (to quote Harlan Ellison) “the human heart in conflict with itself.” Good characters arise out of that. Whether 50 Shades is good or bad is not the point. The point is that the characters have made an impact and people want to read/know about them even if you do not. Something here has reached millions. It started out as “word of mouth.” Why, if it wasn’t somehow intriguing on some level to a large group, did that word of mouth work so well until it was picked up by CNN and others as an "of interest" human story leading the book to sell millions?

I defend the book’s right to be and I passionately defend the rights of women to like it if they choose without shame and repercussion and hate and being accused of being anti-feminist or sick and "into" abuse. Does everyone who likes horror want to be a serial killer or the victim of a serial killer? I seriously think not!

Oh, and take all the characteristics that people say they hate about this movie version and tell me they don't exist in every single nominated Oscar movie this year!

That said, it’s no secret to those who know me I write erotica myself… and romance. I have two horror erotica stories in a couple of old Hot Blood anthologies (still in print.) I have written tons of vampire stories, many erotic in nature, many now unavailable in out-of-print antholgies. (I'm working on getting a collection of my vampire erotica together and on Amazon for this year.) And aside from my erotic male/male romance trilogy (The Foundling Trilogy) I also have a book of erotica short stories that covers all aspects of fantasy from sweet to rape, het, bi, gay, underage, group called My House is Full of Whispers.
It is very un-politically-correct. However, it is pure poetic fantasy and that’s all. Go take a peek. It’s actually quite tame in comparison to the constant violence in TV and movies, not to mention the constant Hollywood subjugation of women (I can’t count the hundreds of obligatory strip club scenes I have seen in 90 percent of movies and TV… all for the pleasure of men.) Turn-about is fair play. Whatever fantasy we want, men and women, we should be able to have… in fiction.

I completely defend the right of 50 Shades to exist without deciding it harms people, I am envious of E.L. James for being, on some level I must be unable to see, so fucking brilliant, and I hope this opens the door for more authors and readers, and better-written, more brilliant erotica to come.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Poem Sold, and Other Stuff

Writing news: I sold a poem to Star*Line magazine, a publication of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. It's actually a long one: 52 lines. Title: "The Coming Dark."

The new, special issue #100 of Dreams and Nightmares is out with a color cover. I have a poem therein entitled: "One Day."

I don't talk about my rejections here, only acceptances, but believe me, I do get rejected. All the time. I'm stating this because sometimes assumptions can be made that if a writer is rejected it means the piece is not good, or not good enough. On the contrary, while that can be the case sometimes, one person's rejection can be another person's gold. The point is not to quit, not to throw something aside as bad just because of a rejection. Editors are human. They have differing tastes, bad days, unconscious biases. You just never know until you try. And just do the best you can. Be impeccable. You know when you're not. We all do. We all know when we're taking short-cuts. Don't take short-cuts. Do your best. Keep submitting. Harry Potter was rejected 10 times. Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire was rejected 3 times (very cruelly, in fact, she reports.)

Another thing of note: writers can be terrible judges of their own work. The above poem that sold to Star*Line was one I "shelved" awhile back because I judged it very harshly as too narrative. But I got to thinking that that editor tends to like narrative, long story-poems, so I got it out and said, "What the heck?" I sent her four other pieces, but that long narrative one I'd shelved was the one she bought. So you can't always know. Again, you can only do your best and then let go.

New subject: I have had a few people ask me why I don't go the route of traditional publishing for my novels. I am including here a link to a blog post that explains better than I can some of the reasons why. This does not mean I wouldn't take a trad pub contract if it appealed to me. I don't always see it as a black and white issue. And it does not address short story and poetry publication in magazines and anthologies, which I do believe are good ways to be pro published. But it does address a lot of issues in novel publishing I agree with, and why I am, so far, content to indie pub my books on Amazon.

I shall sign off now with a new short poem:

shadows are sacred
do not betray them
just because they are made

of shyness and rumors

Wendy Rathbone

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Poem in New Issue of Apex Magazine

I have a poem in the new issue (#68) of Apex Magazine which can be read for free on their website. Before My Father Vanished is a poem I wrote last spring and I sold it to the first place I submitted it to.

Also on the poetry front, Eldritch Press is working with me on the cover for my new poetry collection, Turn Left at November. Things are moving along quickly there and the book should be out soon both as an ebook and paperback. I'll keep everyone updated here and on Facebook.

More new poems will be out in various magazines this year, too.

Reality check: While I like to keep this blog mostly positive, I do get a ton of rejections, too. I don't usually report them, but a writer's life is made up of rejection. A lot of it. Never be fooled it's an easy path. The trick for me is to diversify and that is harder than it seems. I get used to certain markets. I get used to thinking of myself as writing science fiction/fantasy/horror/vampire when a lot of my work defies genre labels. It's easy to stay in comfortable territory and keep submitting to genre markets because they are what I know and often what I prefer.

I have branched out to some haiku sites. That is fun for me. I put up a couple of haiku here at tinywords.com for their current photo prompt. And I submitted poems to their new issue (haven't heard back yet.)

The most important thing to me about being a writer is to never forget to have fun. It's hard work, and there are a lot of business things writers need to be informed about (especially these days) but in the end, for me, it's about daydreaming on paper (or the computer screen.) That is what it's about. Telling a story/poem and using the best words I can find to do that. I write what I love so that I can love what I write. Most of the time, despite rejection, it works. It fulfills me personally. A triumph!

Wendy Rathbone

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Poem, and a Link to Part Two of my Interview

Christina E. Pilz was very kind to interview me on her blog. Here is a link to part two.

Now, for a treat, here is a poem.

Ten Things
A green door of rain.
Jars of crystals labeled: stars.
The twenty-thousand-voiced wind.
Swept by an evergreen broom, the unseen path.
On the porch, a swirl of withered leaves I forgot to describe.
A burnt Viking incense boat.
Dangling on a kite string, a marble planet.
Winter’s dripping light.
Tiny letters that spell love with the word: understanding.

Discarded spectacles on a mantle overseeing all.

Thanks for reading.

Wendy  Rathbone

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Novel on Kindle

Finally my new male/male romance novel, The Lostling: Alec's Story, book three in The Foundling trilogy, is out on Amazon Kindle. Within a week of this post, it will also be available in paper. You can click on the title above or the cover in the sidebar of this blog and it will take you to the Amazon page for ordering.

This novel answers a lot of questions left unresolved at the end of book one, The Foundling and book two, None Can Hold the Dark. If you have read these books, you will recall that Alec is found floating in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean on a raft, near death. He suffers from almost total amnesia. Finally, in book three, we learn about Alec's identity, what really happened to him, and why.

My wonderful friend and fellow writer, Christina E. Pilz, is running a two part interview with me on her blog. She asks me questions about writing The Lostling, and also about writing in general. I'm grateful to her for her help in promoting this book. Go here to read the interview.

I would also like to add that my significant other and fellow author, Della Van Hise, has a wonderful new blog entry about writing and promotion here.

On other topics of interest, I am still working on my vampire novel, Lace.

Here is a pretty snow picture of our yard from two days ago. It's exciting for me because we don't often get snow here in the high desert of southern California.

Until next time, good afternoon, good evening and good night.

Wendy Rathbone