New Foreigner Book!


a few hardcovers and pbs available from Closed Circle, signed. Latest: Moonlover and the Fountain of Blood, Jane Fancher short story. Chernevog, part 2 of the Rusalka trilogy co-written by CJ and Jane; and Orion's Children, a tetralogy from Lynn.



Miscon in Missoula MT in May or June, often Radcon in the Tricities of WA. Spocon in Spokane WA,
November 2015
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We’re proceeding with the new flooring, which we were doing when the blackout hit…

Yesterday we leveled the floor in Jane’s bedroom. Two 50 lb bags of Quikrete leveling underlayment, and an ordinary power drill. Because we couldn’t use a 5 gallon bucket-type mixer, we divvied it into 5 pound lots with a kitchen scales, added 2 cups water, and mixed in a little bucket with a paint stirrer […]

Bit the bullet and ordered a generator.

The thought of what it would have been had this happened on the tail end of Convergence is pretty persuasive. I turned that book in literally on the deadline, with a lot riding on that date: miss your publishing ‘slot’ and a whole series can lose out, bigtime.

So…Black Friday sales, Home Depot…and a deal […]

Aaannnnnnnd…the kitchen faucet seems to have clogged on the hot water side…

Attempts just to clear the obvious filter have succeeded. But there seems to be another filter inside, inaccessible without special tools, and that is clogged. We are not pleased. It’s a pain to service, Jane has had it, and I am putting my foot down. We are getting a faucet AFTER the Black Friday sales, […]

Back on after 7 days, 12 hours with no electricity or hot water.

More later. Nastional news seems to have reported this as a 20,000 household power outage. We were hit with near hurricane force winds (71 mph) and trees went down on the power lines. ours stood, but the news services forgot a zero. It’s 200,000 people in Spokane, a city of 500,000, including police, fire, and […]

The pond is shivering this morning…

Strong wind from the east, unusual, on a very cold morning, makes the water surface shiver all up and down. It looks cold out there. The lotus pond had frozen yesterday morning. The large pond will lose heat fast with this wind blowing.

We have, several weeks ago, pulled the beautiful viewing bubble we were […]

Floor leveling 101

I swear there is nothing Jane can’t do. In this case, we decided the carpet had to go—allergies. So we took it up. The hardwood floor in Jane’s room —stopped—in favor of plywood about 10′ feet in.

But not just stopped. The plywood took a 3/4″ dip toward the closets. Think of a skateboard ramp. […]

3 am wakeup call…

So here I am dozing peacefully with the window open, 3 am, and Sei jumps up and runs to the window, tail bushed.

Now Shu, the Night Fury, our fierce black Bengal that no stranger should try to touch, is great at attacking people IN the house, and will defend a hotel room against all […]

The absolute kicker? We think we know what it may be.

We hate doing in mice, but we have to defend our stuff in the garage.

Jane ordered some flatpack anti-mouse stuff that should have arrived by now.

We think it is now mouseproofing the underside of our porch.

What else could possibly go wrong?

The postman left a large padded letter/envelope as well as a box leaning against our porch wall. Put the envelope behind the box.

Picking up the box caused the envelope to drop through a crack between our concrete porch and the brickwork, clear to the ground, because our porch is a massive, we think, […]

The server changed stuff, my password got blitzed, but we got it working—and the book—is in!

It is in New York. I do not even want to tell you all that happened trying to get this file to New York, usually a matter of seconds. But it is done, it is in! And we did it! With Jane’s suggestions, input, spellchecking, grammar-checking, reading, critiquing, agreeing and disagreeing and providing some brilliant […]