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. Plus, coming soon: e-books: Yvgenie, and books from Jane.



At Miscon 2013, around Memorial Day, Missoula MT, At SoonerCon, in OKC, around June 15, also Spokon in Spokane, in July/August, Beyond that, we aren't sure.
August 2014
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Well, I survived Spocon…barely. They were so sweet. I was so out of it…

It was a lovely convention—and everybody was very nice to me: they had a kind of special do for me as GOH and people said very nice things and Michael Whelan sent me a very special gift. Wiishu was ‘Doll Guest of Honor’ and Jane and Nina had a good time.
Unfortunately I’d sprained my knee out whacking weeds beforehand, and was walking with a cane, in a very long, strungout hotel…and it just got worse and worse, until on Saturday, I caught my foot on a microscopic rise of carpet between the tile bathroom and the outside, and sprained my sprained knee—again. Only worse. A doc at the convention advised me how much Advil I could safely take, and I did. And to put the compression wrap on spiraling up from the ankle, which also helped.

The Advil meant I was a little less than focussed. When I got home from the con on Sunday night, I went to bed, with the leg propped, and I’ve been mostly sleeping, on high doses of Advil, for 48 hours, leg elevated, which has done a number on my lower back, but it is getting better.

Anyway, I’m still a little groggy, but sitting up. I’ll tell you, after 3 days where every step hurt like hell, I am now walking without the cane, with occasional twinges. And I am sitting up again, in my regular working chair, which is a recliner with a footrest, thank goodness.

I have now done a thorough scout-out of the Shejicon hotel, and I can definitively say the hotel offers a very nice breakfast/buffet—but advise the waitress if you are allergic to onions (they will have the omelet cook use a different pan)—and do not expect the chef at Spencers (the hotel lunch/dinner restaurant) to have ANYTHING without onions, garlic, leeks, or shallots…the chef manages to put onion couli onto no-onion dishes, and is devout in his desire to have onions in every dish. If you like onion, you will be perfectly safe. But it’s a pricey restaurant. Azteca, the Mexican restaurant across the street, is less oniony than Spencers. And there is Chili’s, the chain, across the street (I made it once, Saturday night—I was getting desperate for food and had people to help me!—) Chili’s has one really excellent dish so far as I’m concerned: the baby back ribs—it never fails, they never screw it up, and half a rack is not a bad supper, for me. Their restaurant seating is bad and noisy and they make you wait. We almost never wait at a Chili’s, because we just ask if there’s seats in the bar, which is self-seating, and we get a nice comfy place with no waiting at all. This works at very many places that have bars. The bar is more comfortable because they want you to stay and drink and drink; the restaurant chairs are crap because they want you to eat and move on so they can seat another party. Rule of thumb at many establishments.

Writing the start of the outline for the next book…which…

…I hope to write faster than this one!

I am also shoveling through the office.
Answering 2 month old correspondence.
Finding OMGs in same…when we were on the road we had our mail held, and when we got back, we were snowed under and desperate.
I’m getting round tuits everywhere.
We have a house guest arriving just before the con—Nina Kiriki Hoffman is coming in. And we’re so hoping the kittehs behave!

A price break on the Guild Wars software…

…which enables online play for free, unlimited. You just install, on a reasonably modern computer with a reasonably modern internet connection…and you never have to spend another dime, unless you absolutely *lust* after a mini-me figure to follow you about or other things you really don’t need to play well. I play on an i-5 level computer on a Comcast connection and it blazes along. I don’t know what the bottom end is, but you can scale back detail. Good deeds in the game win you spendable points with karma merchants, where you can get good armor and weapons; and you also ‘find’ loot. I’d recommend, as with any game, you read reviews and look at screen shots to see if it’s for you. I will say—a) there is no dying and going clear back to the beginning of the map. Another player will ‘heal’ you or you can boomf to a nearby point and run back into the fight. b) There’s no game charge for armor repair. c) And there is no ‘friendly fire’ possible. I’ve seen some games so futzy about positioning to avoid encroachments, that that feature itself becomes unreal. Just assume your hero and his/her allies are not going to shoot each other. And because there’s a cooperative feature, you will get help from other players if you’ve ventured into in a tight spot. Here’s the link. It’s at half price right GW2

Ari I would approve

memory revision for treatment of trauma

One of the medical advances I had in my teenaged fiction…

Because it’s such a need, for severe injury. Now they’ve invented it. Neat!
bone filler


Re Shejicon. Jane and I are setting up the schedule, making reservations, figuring out necessities, buying food!!!!, arranging tables, figuring out venues and rain plans, and thus far it all looks to be for 3 people besides Jane and me. I have problems with the interface at the Shejidan site, so if you are communicating there, do not assume you are in contact with me. If you cannot post on Wave, write to me as cj at

Today I need the following. Don’t be shy. Give us at least your screen name and whether or not you have a car, when you are arriving, departing, and whether you can help us transport our [so far 3] people, and how many of them. If I don’t hear from you, I will assume we have 3 people.

The book—is finished, except for some final touches.

I have rarely written a harder one, technically speaking. And I’m a month and a half late getting it in, but I’m sure it will make schedule for next April. The cover is already done.

Wedding dress—historic

historic wedding dress

Interesting to see how it changed over the years.

I’d think 2-piece (or more) gowns should find more traction, but you rarely see them. Tops and sleeves are most apt to be dated. If gowns were made, as in prior centuries, with lace-on attachments, for sleeves, bodices, etc, it would be very possible to pass them down to other generations.

Some very nice work, however.

Forms animal life can take—rangeomorphs.

early life

There ARE some organisms that somewhat resemble this ancient type: sea pens, and basket stars. Did these fronds have the ability to curl and move? If they were the first life, there was little to curl about. But inhale and respire and ‘eat’ what they respire?

To a certain extent, I suspect koi succeed so well because they eat what they breathe: even in water that can get pretty mucky green with algae, some of that algae must go into the gut as the water goes through the gills. In the case of these creatures, they could just sit and respire and consume basic rock chemicals directly from the water.

Learning how to utilize an excess of calcium was a biggie. Muscle and contractile tissue is calcium dependent. Skeleton develops because specialized tissue lays down calcium carbonate, a combo of carbon and calcium which is that chalky stuff on your shower. At vinegar ph, it dissolves.

When the early oceans hit a chemistry of 8.3 dkh alkalinity and ph about there (modern oceans about 7.9 ph); a dissolved magnesium level of 1200 and a dissolved calcium of 420, the oceanic chemistry at least locally entered a ‘lock’ of stability, in which as long as that magnesium stays 1200 or better, the calcium and alk will ride at about that level, given a supply of ‘fossil calcium’ or calcium water. H20′s use of calcium stays rock-steady at this reading, particularly as it can access old dead coral skeleton to dissolve it and keep the calcium up so living coral doesn’t deplete it. The early establishment of a calcium supply from, one supposes, dead rock, would enable marine organisms to establish a comfort-level existence in which a microbial population adapts to this situation—and the nature of mg/cal chemistry in water maintains the situation, so that the animal population can continue doing the same thing, generation after generation, and get better at it. There’s no saying that ALL ancient microbes were micro—-there may have been macrobes. Big squishy monocellular life, that at some point anchored successfully where the best food was and thereby got to the dinner trough first, and reliably. Big reliable supply means —it thrives. It divides. It multiplies.

In marine tanks, we hit that magic lock-point chemically, and snail shells stay hard, fish stay healthy, stony coral grows: the water at that ph dissolves just enough calcium out of old coral to keep that level…so long as the magnesium level stays steady at 1200 or a bit above.

Us walkabout on land types have somewhat the same needs: we lay down calcium for bones, our contractile tissues still use calcium as the driving force, and if we run short of magnesium our backs ache and our guts stop moving.

We and corals do have some things in common.

From a watcher, a REAL good reason why the red oak barrels leaked…this is neat.

Dry storage, yes. In a dry environment.