Fran Wilde at WSFA

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran WildeFran Wilde, the author of the acclaimed novel Updraft and its upcoming sequel, Cloudbound, visited the regular “First Friday” meeting of the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) on August 5th. She came down from Philadelphia to talk to the group, of which I’m a member, and to read from her new novella, The Jewel and Her Lapidary, which was just published by Tor.

She spoke for a while about herself, her background and what it was like to be a relatively newly published author. She mentioned that some of her inspiration for “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” came from her own experiences working in a jewelry shop, although she confided that she didn’t get to work with dangerous, magical jewels like the ones in her story. She was friendly and engaging, welcomed questions from the audience and even had a few giveaways.

All in all, a fun time.

Her new novella is about two young women, one the last surviving member of the ruling family of a valley defended by magical jewels and the other magically bound to obey her. Toss in a heartless betrayal and a ruthless invasion, and you have all of the elements of an engaging story.

By the way, Fran Wilde took the following picture of the whole WSFA crew. That’s me in the front row…

Fran Wilde Reading at WSFA  Photo Credit: Fran Wilde

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Torment Inflicted at Capclave 2015

This is me looking on as the attendees of my workshop, “Creating an Adaptive Setting,” work diligently on Exercise 3 of the workshop, October 10th at Capclave 2015. It’s always fun watching a group of people learning new skills and stretching writing muscles they didn’t even know that they had. It’s even more fun when you know that this is only the first hour of the two-hour workshop and there’s a serious left hook at the end that’s going to blow their minds.

Watching the Workshop Attendees

Photography: Martin Wilsey, author and workshop attendee.

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