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happy hallowe’en!

So tonight I was actually supposed to be in London but instead this afternoon I was virtually in London thanks to the wonderment that is Skype. It went fairly well even though it was very odd from my end because I couldn’t see the audience and Audrey was a lovely disembodied voice, though I suppose […]

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not in london

A little story about weather and travel: Last year on October 29th I was supposed to be flying from Toronto to New York and then there was a blizzard. I actually got on the plane which was supposed to land at 1pm, but instead circled and circled and was then diverted to Connecticut and then […]

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flax-golden tales: long fingers in dark shadows

long fingers in dark shadows They blend into the shadows but I can see their fingers. The fingers are easiest to spot, though they can be difficult to distinguish from the tree branches. I think that’s why they like the trees. Camouflage for limb-branches, gossamer-robe autumn leaves and long, curling finger-twigs. They rustle the dry […]

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pumpkin and also places i will be soon

This is the aforementioned fantastic pumpkin that I did not yet have a photograph of when it was mentioned afore, and now I do and you can see what a fantastic pumpkin it is. Also pictured are some pumpkiny friends and a very melty beeswax candle. The fantastic pumpkin may possibly become a jack-o-lantern but […]

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flax-golden tales: brain

brain The Brains didn’t bother me, probably because I knew what they were. But everyone else in town has zombies on the brain—so to speak—so I guess it’s not entirely surprising that everyone’s thoughts went in a brain-eating direction. Also, it’s October. I think October is prime zombie time. Paranormal creature season in general, even. […]

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here, there, everywhere (but not really in Chicago)

I keep unintentionally neglecting the blog because I have been a whirlwind of travel lately and spent most of last week not knowing what time it was. I went to Naperville, Illinois for a fantastic bookstore event, and then spent a day running around various nearby Illinois locations for Fox Valley Reads which was a […]

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flax-golden tales: the last sunflower

the last sunflower They put a fence around the sunflower because it was the last one. The point, I think, was to protect it so eventually there would be more sunflowers and when there were enough they would remove the fence but it’s been years now and there’s still only the one sunflower. It blooms […]

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portrait of the author levitating an apple

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flax-golden tales: watchdragon

watchdragon At first I thought it was a dog—a Pug, maybe—but now I’m pretty sure it’s a dragon. I tried asking when it first appeared by the gate but it doesn’t talk, it only growls and coughs. Every third cough or so results in a puff of dark smoke and once in a while the […]

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fall 2012 schedule

Since I am terrible about reminders regarding such things, here is my fall schedule of appearances: Friday October 5th, 2012 JP Reads One City One Book 7:00pm The Footlight Club, Jamaica Plain, MA Wednesday October 10th, 2012 7:00pm Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville/Reading & Signing 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, Illinois 60540 Thursday October 11th, 2012 7:00pm- […]

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