Friday, October 31, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
|night walk by elizabeth mcclung of SCREW BRONZE|
Doesn't sound like much of a news flash but if you were thinking of not going on Friday because you are not able to stay up (or out) late in the evening, this could make the difference in whether you go.
It's been decided to read Val's poems at the beginning of the evening rather than reserving them for the end, when the Open Mic usually occurs. So the info again is:
There will be a Tribute Gathering for Valerie with various performers at City Centre Library in Surrey, room 418, behind the Surrey Central SkyTrain station, on Friday, 24 October from 5:30-8:30 PM.
Thanks, Surrey Muse!
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Valerie beautifully launching Eileen Kernaghan's "Sophie, In Shadow" in the midst of her health challenges.|
We will be celebrating Valerie's life together
on Saturday, 8 November 2014
from 2 PM till 8 PM
Presentation at 3:30 PM
Presentation at 3:30 PM
1928 West Broadway
Near Maple (east of Arbutus)
We love you, Valerie! Thank you for being a Sunburst and a Loving Friend!
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Dear friend and writer Valerie B-Taylor died while we were having fun at VCon, unaware that, far from getting better during her stay at hospital, she was letting go of her life. It is a very sad parting, and I so wish I had had the chance to say goodbye.
Valerie was filled with humour and compassion. She was audacious and bold in her writing and her life; we called her seat in our writers group The Naughty Seat because of what she brought to it so many times. Yet she also brought encouragement, joy, deep sorrow, fierce protectiveness, and a wild intelligence that I will miss for years to come.
Goodbye, dear one. Thank you for your love and wisdom. Many blessings on your journey.
|Photo from New West Writers|
Valerie was, among other supportive roles in the writing community, the president of New West Writers. This is something she posted on their site:
Well, this is fun. Kristene Perron of SF Canada sent in this photo of me staffing the SFC table at VCon 39.
|Casey at the SFC Table at VCon 39. Photo courtesy Kristene Perron|
About SF Canada
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Survived the con, and a good time was had by all. Somehow I was always in a whirl--I still see tracks when I turn my head.
I especially hanging out with the kids--Frank, Jules, and Flora--and brother-in-law Nick, doing the Writers Workshop on Sunday, and the Turkey Readings shortly thereafter. Also enjoyable was reading with Eileen Kernaghan, she from her new novel Sophie, In Shadow, and me from "Posture of the Infinite", published in Red Tuque Books' Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Vol. IV.
Eileen won her third Prix Aurora Award on the weekend, to my (and I gather her) delight. From Wattle and Daub Books, who published her book of poetry:
Congratulations to Wattle and Daub Books author Eileen Kernaghan who this weekend won the 2014 Prix Aurora Award for Best Poem or Song in English for “Night Journey: West Coast”, published in Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, EDGE (2013).
For more of her excellent speculative poetry, her collection Tales of the Holograph Woods: Speculative Poetry can be ordered here.
Now, a little photographic evidence, and I'm back to the rest home.
|En Route to VCon 39|
|Rose and Her Companion|
|Best In Show! (And Man, Did She Deserve It.)|
Monday, September 22, 2014
One thing I am not pulling my weight on is getting good recent photos of me out there for the roaring fan-crowd to dream over. That, my friends, is about to change. I have taken
The Selfy Challenge!
First, something serious and arty:
Next, something gay and quirky:
|(Confession: Not Actually a Selfy)|
One showing my deep appreciation of nature:
And finally, an image that truly defines my personality:
|Self Portrait in Herbs|
My work here is done.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Here it is. My second venture into epublishing: the title story from my collection, Finding Creatures & Other Stories. Follow this link for a free download.
"Bernadette is a lonely little girl...until she meets Angel, a horse nobody else can see, a friend like she has never known before. But is she really the only one who can see Angel? Is she really Angel's only friend?"
|St Birgitta of Sweden|
A hedge of trees surrounds me, a blackbird’s lay sings to me, praise I shall not conceal,
Above my lined book the trilling of the birds sings to me.
A clear-voiced cuckoo sings to me in a gray cloak from the tops of bushes,
May the Lord save me from Judgement; well do I write under the greenwood.
Time to confess. I have been working on another writing blog.
It isn't meant to replace this one, exactly. The Den is still where I will post updates and so forth. But during a period when I was feeling out of sorts with the whole Promote Publish or Perish caterwaul, I realized I needed a peaceful place to take myself to think about writing, and to share writing, mine and others. It is still gestating, really, but I have a few elements there that I like, and I do, indeed, feel calm and happy when looking over the quite, lovely look of the place.
One thing I decided was that I wanted to share my stories rather than sell them—if not all, at least some. So one of the pages links to free fiction online, including to my first ebooks, both of which are short stories from Finding Creatures & Other Stories. Indeed, one of them, just published tonight, is "Finding Creatures" itself.
In addition there are woodcuts to admire and be inspired by, links to interviews of Eileen Kernaghan and Mike Coney, as well as interviews of me, reviews of some books I have read and loved, and a couple of peaceful poems.
I'm not sure where it will lead over time, but I do invite you to have a look and to say hello if you are so moved. Maybe there is a way that others can participate as well. I am interested in your suggestions.
I think we all need a peaceful place to retreat to at times, and the scriptorium is one that is filled with the love of the pen.
Please Visit Another Fine Day in the Scriptorium by Following This Link.