My Writer's Journal

Rainbow and Reflection

September 22, 2011

And another one....

September 22, 2011

Finished the ILIAD, now reading the ODYSSEY. I really did get sick of all the killing; fights over women were allegedly the instigation for all the guttings and dismemberments, but they were just an excuse, not a reason.

Opting for a more peaceful view of the world, I've snapped a couple of pictures with my iPhone: a rainbow over the mountains and (above) a reflection of Downtown in a print of Japanese koi (left).

Change of Seasons

September 13, 2011

Achilles with his shield and sword, ready to fight--as usual.
I'm reading Homer's ILIAD, which I haven't cracked since college. "Sing, goddess, the wrath of Achilles." What a bloodthirsty bunch those ancient Greeks were!

Summer ends in another week or so. It's dark when I wake up in the mornings, and I need a jacket. City lights come up earlier in the evenings, and it's too cool to sit out on the balcony for very long, watching the Rail Runner pull into the station. Change is in the air. Something new is about to happen. I'm waiting to see what that is.

Fiction for Young Adults

Fiction for Young Adults
Dowdy Peggy White reinvents herself as a glamorous photographer, capturing memorable images during the 1930s Depression and 1940s World War II
Three gutsy girls go looking for adventure in the West in the 1920's
Anastasia and her three sisters are the privileged daughters of the richest man in the world, until their world begins to crumble.
YA Historical Fiction
What's it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world? When Helen of Troy elopes with Paris, her daughter, Hermione, stows away on a Greek ship in search of her mother, hoping to bring her home--and perhaps to find a love of her own.
The future queen of England lives a life of privilege, but privilege comes with a steep price of isolation and loneliness--until she meets Albert.
She leaves Scotland as a child, is sent to France to marry the future king, returns to Scotland as a young woman to rule; a wild queen in a wild country.
First published in 1992, my first historical novel, has been reissued with a new cover.
Cleopatra has been chosen to be the next queen of Egypt, but she faces ruthless competition from her sisters. (Watch a video of Carolyn on this page)
The dizzying rise and horrific downfall of the last queen of France. Young Royals series
Who would not fall in love with--or at least have a mad crush on--young Will!
Marie van Goethen was a dancer in 19th century Paris and modeled for Degas's famous sculpture.
A fictionalized account of the early life of Charles Darwin, narrated by Charley himself.
Mozart's talented sister, Nannerl, struggles to achieve life she deserves--in music as well as in love.
Contemporary YA
Four characters, four big issues, four compelling stories: BECAUSE OF LISSA; THE PROBLEM WITH SIDNEY; GILLIAN'S CHOICE; THE TWO FACES OF ADAM

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