Here we are, at the beginning of a new year. MaryAnn and I just wanted to slip in a hello and wish you all the very best for 2003.
For Christmas 2001, MaryAnn and I collaborated on a short crow girls story that we published only online. There are several new people on the list who mightn't have had the chance to read it, so I'm including the url for it once more:
This year promises to be a busy one for us, with lots of travel. We look forward to meeting some of you at the various conventions we'll be attending. These are confirmed:
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
World Fantasy Convention
Oct. 30-Nov. 2
Tor is also thinking of sending me on a short author tour (Western US and
Canada) in August for my next novel, Spirits in the Wires. For those of you who haven't seen the gorgeous Palencar cover art, here's a link to it:
In other book news, and based on many of your comments, we've agreed to let Subterranean Press print a second hardcover edition for Triskell Tales, because so many people missed out on the first one. There will also be simultaneous trade paperback at a lower price for readers who prefer less expensive books. Watch the Subterranean Press site for details or join their mailing list (see link at bottom of their Web page) to find out about upcoming projects.
These days I'm still working on Medicine Road for Subterranean Press. I have to keep reining myself in from making this a huge novel, which goes to show how much I'm enjoying myself with the story. Here's a link to the Sub Press page for Medicine Road.
After Medicine Road, I'll write a novel for the illustrious Sharyn November at Penguin Putnam. This will be marketed under her Firebird imprint for their young adult line, but I never "write down" to younger readers, so I hope it will have a readership beyond the YA field. Here's a link to the Firebird Web site:
Speaking of younger readers, I suspect my most exciting moment this year will come in June, when Viking releases A Circle of Cats, the picture book that I collaborated on with artist Charles Vess. I know I talked about this in my last newsletter, but Mr. Vess truly outdid himself with his artwork and I'm dying to see the final book. Here's a link to the cover art:
Aside from all the above, we still have plans to record a CD this year, and we both hope to paint more, as well as find time for writing more music.
Thank you all for your steadfast support. We love to hear from the many readers who tell us that they've been inspired to write, paint or otherwise create after reading my work. Or from those who've taken up volunteer work to help others in need. I can't imagine a greater honour than to have helped motivate acts of creativity or generosity, and I thank each and every one of you for sharing those stories.
That said, I beg the letter writers among you for patience in waiting for a (very brief) reply from me. As my readership has grown, so has my in-basket, and there are now some 900 e-mails awaiting reply. My apologies if yours is among them. I'm trying, but I can't seem to find adequate time to respond to all of those letters.
Finally, for the treasure-seekers among you, MaryAnn has her own mailing list for people who want to be told when she puts new baubles and books on eBay. She protects your privacy (no one else on the list sees your name and she doesn't share her list). When she starts a new auctions, she just sends a brief list of what she's listed and a link to her auctions. If you're interested, drop her a note at:
She has some wonderful mythic sculptures for sale at the moment. Her current auctions are at:
May your new year be filled with good health, steady love, flowing inspiration, endless hope and joy in abundance. World peace wouldn't hurt a bit, either.