WIND

WIND

Sighing
Soughing
Shrieking
Crying
Gusting
Ripping
Tearing
Bending
Buffeting
Pummeling
Ruining
Flattening

Cooling
Caressing
Stroking
Soothing
Embracing
Lifting
Soaring
Bearing
Clearing
Cleansing
Calming
Power.

February 2020

Image by Lynette Stebner, Poem (written on the painting) by A.M.Offenwanger

Acrylic, Canvas and Ink on Deep Exhibition Cradle Board | 18 x 24″ 

Available for sale by contacting Lynette @ https://lynettestebner.com/

Enchanted Conversation: “The Case of the Missing Kiss”

An article by Yours Truly just went up on Enchanted Conversation Magazine. Those of you who’ve been reading my ramblings for a while might recognize it: I wrote it in the course of my grad school research and posted it on Quillandqwerty; now EC has kindly republished it.

THE CASE OF THE MISSING KISS

I’ve been studying Frog Prince tales. You know the ones: princess meets frog, he does her a service, in return he asks for a kiss, she kisses him, and hey presto, he’s turned into a handsome prince. Right? Wrong. If you look at the Grimms’ version—tale #1 in the CHILDREN’S AND HOUSEHOLD TALES—you’re doing okay until you get to the kissing part. It’s not there. It quite simply doesn’t exist. The act that gets the prince unfroggified is one of gross violence: the princess chucks the frog against her bedroom wall (in the 1812 version, with a lovely onomatopoeic “Splat!”). That’s right, attempted murder. When he falls down from the wall—I’ve always had trouble visualising that bit—he’s a handsome prince with “friendly eyes,” and the princess happily goes to bed with him.

That’s fine, you say. There are other versions of that story that have the kiss in it, aren’t there? Well, not that I can find, at least in the old tales…

To continue reading, go here

Life, the Universe, and The Case of the Missing Kiss. The things you find out…

E.L.Bates: Diamonds to Dust Published

Louise’s new book is out!! Go get your copy!

StarDance Press

No time to waste on fancy intros–let’s get right to the heart of the matter.

What starts as an intriguing puzzle soon takes a more sinister turn when a dead body shows up. When all of the clues only make matters more murky, how can Pauline Gray make sense of it all? This case will take all her wits and investigative ability to solve … but the body count is growing …Horace Van Camp, of Clayton, NY, is dead, and his wealth has been divided among strangers. Arabella Warren cannot understand why she should have inherited a diamond necklace from a man she never met, and she asks Pauline Gray to look into the matter. Eager for a new challenge, Pauline takes the case. The deeper she explores, the more complicated matters become. Why was Van Camp’s great-nephew disinherited? Did the pompous lawyer have anything to do with it? How…

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So This Just Happened…

My very good friend E. L. Bates (aka Louise) advertised my books on Tumblr to someone who was looking for Domestic Fantasy (because she’s that kind of friend). And they went and bought them.

And then they MADE FAN ART ABOUT THEM.

I might have just burst into tears when I saw this… I love it so much.

So of course I had to join Tumblr in order to comment. I’m still kind of lost on that site, but I do think you can click on the image above to go straight to the artist’s page (I didn’t copy and paste, these are just the links to the Tumblr page).

Incidentally, one of the things I love about it is that they made Cat brown-skinned. I hadn’t thought of her that way, but she totally could be. In fact, I think she is.

This is a scene from the end of Cat and Mouse – if you haven’t read it, go check it out.

And here’s another one: Bibby.

Yes, indeed, isn’t Bibby adorable? And aren’t those sketches wonderful?

That’s Life, the Universe, and My Very Own Fan Art. I just can’t get over it.