Transit of Mercury!

I actually got to see this Monday, thanks to a local astronomy club. I wrote it up on my livejournal and my author blog. Here’s the livejournal link, and here it is on my blog.


A couple more blog posts-

For all the writers out there, if you haven’t read Ursula LeGuin’s Steering the Craft, I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s not a book you can just sit down and read cover to cover. You have to work through it, think about it, live with it, share it – all those good things. I did a couple of exercises from it with the writing group in the library, and you can see the result on my livejournal, here. It’s also posted on my author page. As always, comments are welcome in any or all places. Enjoy!

Oh – I did say a couple of blog posts, didn’t I? I have a couple more new ones below this one and would love readers for those, too. ūüôā¬† Also, another Telakan recipe will appear there shortly.


A couple of random thoughts on DS9 episodes

So – having watched the show in its entirety, my sister (the lovely Deirdrea – deirdrej on livejournal) and I are watching episodes here and there, mostly from the fifth season. Among those we saw recently were “Dr. Bashir, I presume” and “The Begotten”.¬† And-

I really love Kukalaka! And here is why. It isn’t childishness that makes Dr. Bashir hang on to him; at least, not entirely. Little Jules stitched that bear together at the age of 6, as a small, slow, differently abled child. Kukalaka is concrete proof to the good doctor that the child he was is the person he is today. He’s still stubborn, determined, capable, and a healer, just as he was as a little boy. The best parts of him were things he already had long before anyone “fixed” him.

And then there’s the lovely grandfather/father/child dynamic in “The Begotten”. Warning – some spoilers ahead!




When the dying changeling child gives what it has and “heals” Odo, its foster-father, that act has major consequences. I mentioned, “It’s because of his compassion for the child that¬†Odo gets his abilities back, and this in turn allows him to heal his people and stop a war.”

Deirdrea commented, “The pity of Bilbo will rule the fate of many! It’s really quite Christian, isnt’ it?”

“Yes, it is”, I said. “But Bilbo is more so. The child is an innocent little child. Gollum is – well, Gollum!”

Still, the resonances with Tolkien are really neat! At least, I think so.

Books that influenced me.

This is a follow-up to one of my earliest posts on this blog, and I’ll be cross-posting it to my livejournal and author site. As I noted below, the books we love most passionately are often books we discover in late childhood or adolescence. Books we read at that age can have an enormous influence on us, too, can’t they? This isn’t a comprehensive list, by any means, but I’d just like to note down here a few books that influenced me.

The first couple of titles will be no surprise at all to anyone who knows me.

1. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Of course! I’m one of many thousands of people who have lived in Tolkien’s world in their imaginations. ¬†As to The Hobbit, I’d like to point to an extraordinary review on Goodreads . It is by Matt, who wrote it on August 26, 2008, and it beautifully sums up just how extraordinary a book¬†The Hobbit actually is. I hope you’ll be able to find Matt’s review and read it – I’ll link to it here if I can figure out how! Oh – here’s the link, thanks to a livejournal friend:¬†

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