33 photos of Hobbiton

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Hobbiton location in New Zealand, and 33 is the age where hobbits come of age, and I turn 33 at the end of this week, and so for these rather tenuous reasons here are 33 pictures of Hobbiton.

Essay on “Prince Lestat” [CONTAINS SPOILERS!]

A little girl protected and raised under the watchful eyes of Lestat and Louis finally has the chance to grow up.
Portrait of Claudia drawn by Ashley Marie Witter, artist of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story (image created for use by Mary Borsellino as a tattoo design)
Portrait of Claudia drawn by Ashley Marie Witter, artist of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story (image created for use by Mary Borsellino as a tattoo design)

Prince Lestat is, aptly for a book with the title of a royal heir in its name, a book about lineages. Of genetics, cultures, histories, wealth, secrets, knowledge. Parents and children, for better or for worse.  Over and over, Prince Lestat is a book about parents and children, and how children are heirs to the world their parents provide them.

 In Eric Diaz’s review of the book he notes that among all the reunions, resurrections, and second chances in the story, Claudia remains absent: “Some deaths, it seems, are sacred.” This is a particularly noteworthy observation for those who’ve read the interim Chronicles, where Claudia’s spectre has been conjured up in various roles by the narrative, a spirit that seems unable to stay quiet for very long over the series.

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Erotica collection

The Tastes of Dreams: Nine stories of imagination and desire
The Tastes of Dreams: Nine stories of imagination and desire

I’ve always used my real name for all of my writing in the past, and never felt the need for any kind of pseudonym. When you use your real name for your work, however, it can be difficult to separate your own self-worth from any negative comments thrown in your work’s direction, especially if your self-worth is on shaky ground to start with.

So over the past few months, as an experiment, I’ve been writing erotica under the name Isobel Dorian and publishing it to Amazon. It has been a fascinating experience with a very sharp learning curve.

Now, because of a bit of ill health, I have to take a break from the project for a little while, so I thought that meant it was as good a time as any to collect the first round of stories at put them up as a single book. Enjoy!

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