Can you spot the difference between these two pictures?

Rosemary

Look closely, now….

Picture One:

Picture 1

Picture 1

And Picture Two:

Picture 2

 

Picture One is the little footbridge just outside my office, crossing over a branch of the Quinnipiac River.

Picture Two is the exact same footbridge,  improved by the presence of the other two members of the Fabulous Genrettes: Laurie J. Marks and Delia Sherman!

Yes, the Genrettes have met again, and for the first time it’s in my town. In, in fact, my actual office.

This made possible by the state of Connecticut finally realizing that if they want people to use public transportation more, there has to be more public transportation.  In the form of, say, trains.

We always had some trains coming by, and my town always had a train station; but the trains were few and inconveniently timed.  Now, we have much nicer train station, and more trains.  Enabling people from, say, New York City, and who don’t like to drive, to come to my town!  And go back on the same day.

It’s still a long ride, but Delia is a veteran train-traveler.   She used the time to good effect.  Working on her novel.

It was lovely to be able to host the Genrettes right in my own special creative space.  And coincidentally, I had just rearranged and reorganized it, to make it especially roomy and and comfortable.

Laurie J Marks, just hangin’ out.

Laurie has been here before, as she lives closer than Delia does.  And does not have to negotiate New York City traffic to get here.

But I hadn’t seen Delia since before the pandemic set in.   We are all completely vaccinated, so no masks, no distancing… Just three chums, catching up, eating sandwiches, drinking tea and coffee.  Talking books, and plots and ideas, and life in general.

I have to say, it was such a relief.  And a great lift to one’s spirits.

Delia also had the opportunity to admire Laurie’s artistic projects.

One big notebook, one smaller….Both full of wonderfulness.

Laurie’s been working hard on her nature drawing, and some of her pictures are just stunning.  They really strike me as the sort of drawings that a Steerswoman might do in the field, recording her observations and discoveries.  That sort of style and clarity.

You may click to embiggen. In fact, I urge you to do so.

 

It reminds me of the work of Hannah Hinchman, and her book, A Trail Through Leaves, which I have mentioned before

This is a book I love a lot.  Hinchman also has this Steerswomanly way of observing the natural world.

And in other news, Jo Walton has set up a Kickstarter to make an audiobook of her novel Lifelode.  The Kickstarter met its goal; I checked the page and it looked like they’d closed it to new contributions.  But it means that the audiobook is in the works, and that’s a good thing!

And by the way, the ebook version is currently priced at less than a cup of coffee.  I don’t know how long that will last…

Lifelode by [Jo Walton]

I really enjoyed the book when I first read it years ago; in fact, its time for a re-read.

And in other other news: some chores and obligations that I had have now been completed, and my time is my own again!  Whew.


5 Responses to “Can you spot the difference between these two pictures?”

  • Sean Says:

    What a beautiful illustration!

    On the Kickstarter, and without wishing to impose: have you considered a similar model for audiobooks for The Steerswoman series? I have some friends who I’m sure would love the books, but they mostly prefer audiobooks.

    • rosemary Says:

      I do want to do audiobooks, and paths exist to make that happen. But it’s not just a question of raising the money; there’s a lot of front-work involved, and at the moment I’m working on a project that needs most of my attention. Possibly I can consider approaching the audiobook idea sometime in mid-2022.

      • Sean Says:

        Thank you for the considerate reply. If you do create a Kickstarter for this (on whatever timeline works out), I will be there!

  • Naomi Says:

    I just wanted to say that it’s nice to see you posting again!

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