Jim Hines Guest Photos

Writing came first today, so I fiddled a bit with a couple of versions of the troll and police scene from the Troll story.

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We’ve gotten my computer talking to Bryon’s computer, so I wanted to post some pictures in my gallery of Jim Hines doing his Icon guest thing that are long overdue. Here’s that link.

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Also, while I was in transit to Florida, I finished The Mermaid’s Madness. Well done, Mr. Hines! My trouble with the first book in the Princess series was a problem many first books have. There was so much pipe to be laid about the main characters and the kind of adventures they had that the secondary characters seemed flat, and the book seemed shallow. I was disappointed in the male characters, because it seemed that they had become secondary to the woman characters, and while I agree that often the reverse happens, it is still a problem in either case. I like feeling that all the characters are there.

This is more than remedied in Mermaid. Characters of both genders are present and dimensional. The women characters exist not only to prove how tough and cool they are, but they exist also to solve a story. The men are very involved, even if they are not the movers and shakers. They have gone from being the token permission givers they seemed to be in the first book, and moved on to being a decent support cast.

I was happy with it, and I’m looking forward to Red Hood’s Revenge, the next installment.

Next, I have a few Decorah pictures to upload for troll book research from the summer.

The rest of your life begins today. I leave you with some Iowa autumn splendor, mostly because Jim and I are in the picture, but partly because it’s damned cold here today, and this reminds me what it *can* look like.

Catherine

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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