Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Winter Solstice

Tonight is the longest night of the year here in the southern hemisphere, which makes it a wonderful night. Tomorrow our days start to get longer again - Yay!

For those of you in the northern hemisphere ... enjoy the warmth while you can, because we're ready to take it back!

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The Shortest Day

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.

- Susan Cooper
Author of The Dark is Rising novels

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who sent me birthday wishes via Facebook and email. Having all those messages streaming into my inbox really made me feel special and was the cherry on the top of a very pleasant day.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where I work - Part 2

This is the office where I spend most of my days. I don't get much writing done on the day job, but this is where I read blogs, do my research and email endlessly to all my wonderful writing friends.

I'm in the building on the left:


The offices are glass boxes with screeded concrete floors, so not the most pleasant place to be mid-winter!


And my current desk (we tend to play musical chairs, depending on which project we're working on at any given moment).