Cornucopia I

Widder With a Glint in her Eye

Widder With a Glint in her Eye

This Sunday 9th December, 7pm ET (4pm my time!) I am the guest author at The Writers Chatroom.

Please drop by, say, “Hi”, and join in the fun.

This link will take you right to The Writers Chatroom log in page. Enter a username, and click on ‘sign in’. You don’t need a password. Every Sunday there’s a guest author and every Wednesday is a writerly themed open chat.

And … I’ve been a little distracted from my writing of late so, rather than stress about producing half-assed work I’ve put my writing projects into stassis until after Winter Solstice, 21st December. This includes ‘Identical’, my blog serial. It’ll start up again on 1st February, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

The Solstice is when the New Year begins for me, and with it comes a blast of energy that I plan to tap into.



I don’t know a lot about Rubens as an artist, (apart from what I just read in his Wikipedia entry)  except that he tended to paint women with flesh on their bones. For that alone he gets my admiration!


The Goddess Abundantia with a Cornucopia by Rubens

The Goddess Abundantia with a Cornucopia by Rubens

Cornucopia, also known as the Horn of Plenty, symbolises abundance, in all things.

I visualise it as another realm of existence, where all things exist simultaneously. All we, here on this Mortal/Physical Realm need to do is discover the skills to manifest here with us. Dead easy, right?


Anyway, ‘cos this post is about a whole lotta stuff, whose only connection to each other is that they caught my attention, I decided to go with ‘Cornucopia’ as a title, rather than, ‘Whole Lotta Stuff’!


First up: My publisher Eternal Press, is having a sale. 25% off any eBook, until 31st December. Use this code at the checkout: 129BHMVNZH1F … Formats available: epub (Nook compatible, pdf, mobi (Kindle compatible), lit (Microsoft Reader), and pdb (Palm)


Next: If you’d like to make any sense of what happened in the publishing world over the last little while Anne R. Allen has a wonderful post from an indie/self publishers Point of View with the fabulous title: Indie Publishing in 2013: Why We Can’t party Like It’s 2009 … Well worth a read.


Thirdly: Women And Words  is having a ’12 Day Hootenanny’ starting on 12th December. All you have to do is leave a comment and you go into a draw for books by the Authors listed at the bottom of the post.


Nextly: For WordPress Blogistas, WPbeginner has posted about very cool plugin where you can draw doodles or add drawings when you comment on WordPress blogs,strangely enough titled, ‘How to Allow Users to Add Drawing or Doodles in WordPress Comments’!


Lastest: An alternate ending for The Wizard of Oz.  Take it away Dorothy …


“After all, to the well organised mind, death is the next great adventure” Albus Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone   by J.K. Rowling



But first … a newsflash:

My publisher, Eternal Press is having a sale! Until 1st January you can get 25% off your order. Just Input this coupon code, 12AR0CYRCSTY at the check out. … which, incidentally, would bring the ‘e’ version of my book down to about $5.25


… on with the show …

Some song lyrics,

“She tied you to a kitchen chair. She broke your throne and she cut your hair”

And this bit:

“But all I’ve ever learned from love, was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you”

I love my local radio station. They play songs from the 40’s to somewhere in the middle 70’s, with a selection of newer songs thrown into the mix.

They did irk me somewhat when they started playing Christmas carols, that cycled a list of regulars every few hours or so, in the middle of November …

… November? …

Just on principle I switched to CBC. (Canada’s version of Australia’s ABC, or England’s BBC). Along came December and I forgave them.

Today is washing day. I’m up and down the elevator and stairs to the laundry room in the basement. (we live on the third floor – down the stairs, and up in the elevator – it’s easier on the much surgery-ed Widdershins knee that way) I’m also busy on the first draft of Book 2 of my series, so the radio, caroling along, is very much in the background of my consciousness.

Suddenly … I hear this song with the lyrics I copied at the top of this post. It’s a beautiful song by one of my favourite singers. Two hours later I hear it again. Just like the carols.

Curious, I think to myself. Curious says, ‘meh’ and sends me back to work. But the song bugs me, in a good way, ‘cos I like it, then I remember that I’ve been hearing it a whole lot since about … hm-m? … the middle of November.

Then it hits me! Someone thinks it’s a Christmas carol! … just because it has the word ‘hallelujah’ in it!

Have you guessed what it is? Here’s another clue. It was written by Leonard Cohen.

Then another thought hits me. What if the person who’s creating the playlist knows what the song is about and knows that most folk would assume that it’s a carol (because of the ‘hallelujah’ thing, and decides to play it anyway?

How subversive is that?

Art has always been used to send messages that Emperors, Kings and Queens, despots, Prime Ministers, Presidents, and bureaucrats, don’t want the masses to know.

In the 60’s, the folk trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary released a seemingly innocent song called, ‘I Dig Rock-n-Roll Music’, with the very telling lyric, “But if I really say it, the radio won’t play it, unless I lay it between the lines.” – Subversive!

My song is ‘Hallelujah’, sung by k.d.lang – 2005 Juno Awards

and …


“Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn’t really have judgement in it’s purest form. So just go, just go”k. d. lang 


Which Midnight?

Mortal Instinct goes live tonight at one minute past midnight!!!!

“Which midnight?” I asked myself before I finished reading my publishers email …

Canada has nine time zones – and therefore nine midnights –  and the US (where my publisher is) has four.

So, I looked up Eternal Press’s mailing address and concluded that it will be Midnight (plus one minute) Pacific Standard Time (they’re in California) for eBook versions except Kindle. Kindle will be 24 hours later – I don’t know why. One of Life’s Mysteries I suspect.

Then I finished reading my publishers email! … yep, there it was in black and white – ‘12.01 PST’   –  –  – (insert sound of cricket chirping)  –   –  –  


This is the link to Mortal Instinct at Eternal Press. And this is my Author Page there.  It needs my ‘Author pic’ but we’re working on that.

Mortal Instinct will be available in print form in about a week. I’ll let you know when and where as soon as I know, as well as all sorts of other places to get the e-version.


“For several days after my first book was published, I carried it about in my pocket and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded”

James M. Barrie,  Scottish author, dramatist and creator of Peter Pan (Played with charming understatement by Johnny Depp in ‘Finding Neverland‘)