Thursday, June 29, 2006

Faerie Sites

Here are two magical fairy sites I found glistening on the web: and Yeah, I know I am supposed to be working -- not flitting about in the Realm -- but I'm waiting for my soul to land. It always takes longer to arrive than my body. I think it likes gliding over the vast blue of the Atlantic.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Crash and Burn

Whoa. Got back yesterday some time in the morning after a six-hour delay in the Louis Armstrong International Airport at New Orleans (how great is that, an airport named after a jazz musician) due to bad weather in Newark, then a mad dash for my plane to Ireland, and a very comfortable flight back home. Got mum a bottle of Crown Royal Canadian whisky and Finn a bottle of DKNY perfume, duty free. Said hi to my bed and passed out for the day. Now I am wandering around like a zombie who's been hit by an articulated lorry (tractor-trailer for you non-Irish). Was that three of the most incredible weeks of my life? Yes. Am I still alive after it? No. When you've been on the mega-go 24/7, it is a serious shock to suddenly stop. Yesirree, it's crash and burn time.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

San Francisco

It was so strange. I stood in Union Square and had nostalgic feelings but didn't realise at first that I was in a place that I hung around when I was 18 years old. Back then, the square was all grass covered, now it is cement. Another great memory of this city is when I went into the huge library (now a museum) and despite the fact I was in my bare feet, the librarian let me sit down at a table and read all day. After months on the road, I was dying to read a book. So I read Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles from beginning to end. Yes, I did get the idea for the boggles in The Light-Bearer's Daughter to have eyes like gold coins from Bradbury's Martians. Hey, as James Joyce (or was it Brendan Behan?) said: artists don't borrow, they steal. And I say, if you are going to steal, you should do it from the best.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Soft Seattle Rain

It's Friday, so I must be in Seattle. Keep losing hours as I travel west. One hour disappeared in Chicago and two more by the time I got here. And there's so little time to blog. However, I have been sending my webmaster diary entries for the tour, so if you want to know what I am up to check out my website and click on the butterfly. Here's some tour trivia:
Best thing I ate: vegetarian burrito with veggies, cous cous, salsa and sour cream in little restaurant in Naperville.
Worst thing I ate: 'cheese and crackers' (chemical byproducts) on the airplane.
Best moment on the tour: okay, can't do that as so much good stuff has happened but I'd be lying if I didn't say that the Mythic Journeys Conference completely blew me away.
Worst moment: last night, when I arrived in Seattle late and starving, but had no energy to go look for food. Wanted to go home. Missed Finny, my cats, and R. Now I'm fine, so it was just one of those low moments. Gotta run. I've got a gig at All for Kids tonight but first Chauni is taking me for sea food. Oh, and Seattle is very cool. Ate breakfast in a real diner -- sat at the counter -- and there's art everywhere.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Blogger Community

Oh, meant to mention this neat blogger thing. One day I clicked on the blog next to me and went to Potfry which is a political satirical blog. Though it is right-wing and I'm unhappy with some of his targets e.g. PETA,I thought the writing was brilliant and the humour hilarious. So I commented on his blog and then he got back to me and we discovered we have some similarities including the fact that his wife was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada -- just like me! -- and he sent a photo of his gorgeous twin girls. Anyway, he lives in New Jersey and I told him about my appearance at Books of Wonder in NYC and he showed up and bought my books for his girls and we had a great chat. Here's the thing. He is definitely right-wing and some of the sites who approve of him are scary to me, yet we found common ground and a liking for each other. Is this not the essence of democracy? Is this not the truth we must embrace? That no matter how difficult it is we must be able to listen to each other and to seek out common ground. How else can we live together on this planet? We will never all agree with one way, one vision. Like Rumi says: Beyond the world of wrong and right there is a field. I will meet you there. Potfry and I met in that field and discovered that we could hear each other even if we did not agree, and not only that, we found that we could like each other.


Well here I am in Baltimore, just out of Atlanta and the Mythic Journeys Conference which was one of the most incredible experiences of my lifetime (peak experience as Maslow would say). You'll find more details on my site if you click on the USA Tour butterfly and go to the tour journal. Here's the short version - there were youth troops and magical workshops and I was in a performance flitting around the stage as Gwendolena, a dryad and wife of Merlin, and Deepak Chopra was reading Rumi with Coleman Barks while a cello and drum played behind them and there was a Mothers of Myth banquet with great Asian food and I got in a scrap with Ellen Kushner over JK Rowling when we were on a panel together but I really like her and we did this Jewish/Irish thing of really enjoying the scrap because that is a big similarity in our cultures and I danced all night to Emerald Rose and I cried in Gertrude Mueller Nelson's seminar about the fairy tale of the handless maiden because a woman talked about the death of her teenage daughter by heroin addiction - oh God, oh God, my heart broke -- and I cried when the young people of CREW (Conflict Resolution Group) spoke their monologues. Yes, really I was a basket case but in a wonderful way.

Monday, June 05, 2006


Well, here I am blogging a lot sooner than I th0ught I would! I'm in the New York Public Library where I am doing a reading at 4:00 p.m. today, the official beginning of the tour. So far, so great. The flight was good, my hotel is fantastic -- The Paramount -- would recommend it to anyone visiting NYC. Right smack dab in the middle of the Theatre District (i.e. Theater District as they spell it here). Weather? It's cooler here than in hot sunny Ireland, surprise, surprise. Jet-lag this way around is great. I woke up at 6:00 a.m. full of beans and ready for breakfast and a walk around the city. Meeting with my publishers today, then lunch with editor, then reading.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ready to Go

My bags are packed. I'm ready to go. I'm standing here on my big toe. Don't know if I'll have time to blog as I criss-cross the great America, but you never know. There could be an idle computer just sitting there waiting for me. If so, I will. Meanwhile my webmaster has set up a special tour page for me and he intends to add photos and other bits and bobs sent on by the bookstores I am visiting. Here's the link: Yes, I'm a bit nervous, but I am really more excited. It's going to be fantastic. The hard part about being a writer for a gregarious extraverted type like me is working on my ownio all the time. I do love to get out and meet and greet!