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Sinister Settings: ATALAYA

Atalaya Castle Side Shot

At first glance, the exterior of Atalaya looks like an abandoned fort.

Myrtle Beach has always been a favorite destination for me and my husband, and in June, 2013, we went down for a week for his family’s biannual reunion. I’d just been asked if I’d like to submit a story to an upcoming anthology, the theme of which was Mummies and Canopic Jars. An “Under the Boardwalk” setting seemed like an odd backdrop for a story about ancient Egyptian curses, but I was excited. A visit to a different place always gets my creative wheels turning.

Canopic Jars

A set of Canopic Jars, which the Egyptians used to store the innards someone who had been mummified (presumably so the individual had access to them in the afterlife). These happen to be very plain. There are some that are much more colorful and decorative.

Although we’d been there before—we even have a favorite Read the rest of this entry

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Talking it out…

Jarring Lucas Bristol Community College Honors English

Speaking to students about your work is a win-win: you get to inspire them, and you get learn things about your story you might not have seen or realized (yes, even though you wrote it—many things a writer puts into his pieces are subconscious; we’re not always aware!). Recently, I had the privilege of discussing “Jarring Lucas,” which appears in the Great Old Ones Publishing anthology CANOPIC JARS: TALES OF MUMMIES AND MUMMIFICATION with an Honors English class at Bristol Community College in Attleboro, Mass. Here we are!

What you missed on NaNoWriMo 2013: The Series this week!

Credit Card Bill

Week Two is normally the NaNo slump…worthless orange cones on the highway cause a jam-up, my husband is kicking my word-count ass, I cancel a weekend trip to Rhode Island because I’m overwhelmed, I finish (finally, seriously?) the Canopic Jars trailer, I find illiterate notes…and if you’ve ever wanted to get a peek at what writers REALLY do when they get together and party, now’s your chance: an inside look at AnthoCon 2013! Enjoy!

Day 8 – A Bunch of Orange Cones: 11/11/2013

Day 9 – A Serious Party: 11/12/2013

Day 10 – Good Morning, Karis: 11/12/2013

Day 11 – The Morning After: 11/12/2013

Day 12 – Up at 2 a.m.: 11/13/13

Day 13 – Healthy Competition (?): 11/14/2013

Day 14 – Yeah, THAT Didn’t Happen: 11/14/2013

Off to Anthocon…

Anthocon Logo

I’m off to Anthocon 2013! If you’re up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, come on by…it’s the official debut of the anthologies Wicked Seasons and Canopic Jars, which contain my stories “To Chance Tomorrow” and “Jarring Lucas,” respectively. Plus, it’s just a jumpin’ great time! Later!

 

“Jarring Lucas” to appear in Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification

Canopic Jar from Tomb of Imhotep

Canopic jars were used in ancient Egypt’s mummification process. They held the internal organs of the deceased. This one, from the tomb of Imhotep, is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but currently it is not for public viewing. To see more examples of canopic jars, start at the MMA’s website here: http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/555729?rpp=20&pg=2&ft=canopic+jars&pos=37

My newest short story, “Jarring Lucas,” will be appearing in Great Old One Publishing’s upcoming anthology Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification. The final Table of Contents hasn’t been set yet, but I’m thrilled to share one with such writers as Read the rest of this entry

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