Okay, time to post.

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Isn’t that an inspiring title? I know.

But one can only procrastinate on blogging for so long.

So, hi! Okay, random updates/thoughts:

1) Depression has been tackled head-on. I finally gave in and asked for antidepressants, and wow – I wish I’d done that sooner. Life is feeling pretty darn good again!

2) Writing has been sporadic. I have episode 4 of Once a Fairy just about done – and it’s been so for at least a month. I’m being a total perfectionist about it, which the whole serial-fiction thing was supposed to help me get over. Oh, well. It is shaping up as a novel, so I think I just need to accept that, and stop it as a serial. On the upside, that means I’m about halfway through writing a novel! Sweet as, yo.

3) I finished my intermediate photography course at Visual Arts Center, and really miss it. I did enter a photography contest for next weekend, though, at Dominion RiverRock, so I’m looking forward to putting my camera to use!

4) While everyone else is planning their summer vacations, I’m planning my convention-hopping! I’m going to World Fantasy Convention in the fall. (Actually, I’m not, because the memberships have sold out. But I’m going to the hotel across the street and hanging out with my friends.) And Wizard World Comic-Con is coming to me in August. I’m hoping to volunteer this year!

Okay, that is a post.

I would say something like, real post coming soon, but that would be a lot of pressure.

An Interview with Tad Williams, part 4

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Marian:

collect all four!

Originally posted on Welcome to Osten Ard:

Like Tad Williams, we tried to keep it to three parts, but it ended up being four. Below is Part Four of OstenArd.com’s interview with internationally bestselling speculative fiction writer Tad Williams, author of the “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn”, “Otherland”, “Shadowmarch” and “Bobby Dollar” books, and who recently announced the completion of the first draft of The Witchwood Crown, the first volume of a series of sequel novels to his classic “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” trilogy, called “The Last King of Osten Ard“. The Witchwood Crown is tentatively slated for a Spring 2016 release.

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The below questions were asked by readers on the Tad Williams Message Board and by OstenArd.com contributors. In this part of the interview, we asked Williams about publication plans for print and audiobooks, plans for re-releases of the classic “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” books…

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An Interview with Tad Williams, part 3

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Originally posted on Welcome to Osten Ard:

Below is Part Three of OstenArd.com’s interview with speculative fiction writer Tad Williams, author of the “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn”, “Otherland”, “Shadowmarch” and “Bobby Dollar” books, and who recently announced the completion of the first draft of The Witchwood Crown, the first volume of a series of sequel novels to his classic “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” trilogy, called “The Last King of Osten Ard“. The Witchwood Crown is tentatively slated for a Spring 2016 release. Part One of the interview is here. Part Two is here.

The below questions were asked by readers on the Tad Williams Message Board and OstenArd.com contributors. In this part of the interview, we asked Williams how his main characters from Osten Ard compare to Bobby Dollar, if he has any plans to ever return to other worlds he built, and if he ever regrets his decision to wander…

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Seeds of Change

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So much has been happening.

A few months ago, I did a tarot card reading on myself. (As one does.) There was a lot in the layout about dashed dreams and disappointment (no surprise there), but there was also the card about planting seeds of change, followed by the message to be prepared because change would happen quickly.

As with any good prophecy, it has come to pass, but not as I expected/hoped.

Instead of selling millions of e-books on Amazon and retiring to the Bahamas, I’ve had major struggles with health (mental and physical), and came very close to flaming out on my job and going to be a secretary somewhere awful. (Actually, that was slightly outranked by the possibility of becoming a truck driver. If I didn’t have cats….)

Instead of quitting, however, I am going to start working part-time in two weeks. This is a huge relief, because I won’t have to adjust to a new workplace and I’ll still have my health benefits. I’ve never liked being shackled to a job only because of benefits, but there is a lot I love about this job. (And to be completely honest, there were very few jobs on Craigslist or Monster that match my skill set so well.) I’m worried about money, but I’ve lived on a lot less, and I’ll still be making more than I would be making in those secretarial jobs that were my escape plan.

So there’s that…. In the meantime, I finished the 6-week Introduction to Digital Photography course. Some of my photos are at 500px.com. I really loved it! And it makes the fears I talked about a few weeks ago seem so silly. I’ll be starting intermediate next week!

When Words Fail

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Marian:

This is really gorgeous. Beautifully said, and beautiful work. There are a million pictures of a convention this morning on Twitter, but none of them touch me the way these do. (The children make my heart ache a little, too.) Also, I think it is time to find the black-and-white setting on my DSLR!

Originally posted on Stardust and Melancholy:

I don’t really know if I’m setting out with a clear idea of where this blog post is going. We’ll just call it honest rambling?

I’ve been thinking a lot about why I like photography. For the longest time I actually wanted to be a writer. I toyed with the idea of photography in high school, but I always went back to writing. Words were the link between what I felt and the outside world; between my imagination and chaotic reality. I can’t tell you when exactly that changed, but it did. I don’t even know if it happened slowly, but it did happen. Suddenly words weren’t enough, or rather it felt like my words weren’t enough.

But photography, if I did it right, could say a thousand things in one frame. Photography could be as verbose or as understated as I wanted. All without an utterance.

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Photography

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Two weeks of my six-week photography course at the visual arts center are done, and the third is tomorrow. If you go to 500px.com/marianck , you can see this week’s assignment, and last summer’s roving.

I really enjoyed taking the panned motion shot!

It was very cold, but I decided the day before that getting a picture of a lone car going at a fairly even speed would only have it on a Saturday. And there is a place right next to my apartment complex where the cars are slowly coming to a stop light or away from a stop light. So I went there first.

Yes, I sat by the side of the road with my camera. (And a latte!) But I quickly realized I wasn’t close enough to the cars from my vantage point. So I crossed to the other side of the street and sat pretty much on a sidewalk near Cheswick Park, and took a bunch of pictures before I got the one linked to above.

I  thought it turned out really well. The instructor said that we needed  contrast between the subject and background, & I think I just got really lucky with that. :-)