07/13 My first reprint is out! "Following Seas", formerly printed as a Sam's Dot Publishing chapbook, is available in the
new publication Outposts of Beyond by Alban Lake Publishing.
10/12 Information about the centaur homeland as shown in The
Herd Lord can be found at this site: Centaurspace. This is a fun project, and though it's still under
construction, I've been enjoying it immensely.
08/12 My short story "A Trip to Moonpark" is now out in the October 2012
issue of Beyond
Centauri. I wrote this story with Alex in mind, wondering what would capture
a kid's imagination. I know the sorts of things that captured
06/12 My short story "Fair Trade" is out in the June 2012
issue of Aoife's
Kiss (I got the wrong
info on when and where it would appear). This is a story inspired by
the question -- "is there another alternative?"
06/11 My novella The
Herd Lord is now
available at Sam's Dot Publishing! For some reason the blurb doesn't
exactly match the plot, but hopefully people will like it
10/10 Playing around online, I found a review of Kaleidotrope
from April 2009, which includes a brief and favorable review of
A new year, a fresh start! At the moment, I'm floating three stories, "The Felling of Wystwood", "Green Thumb", and "Wind Child"
to different publications, and have temporarily retired "The Bone Box" while I take another look at a re-write on it. Hope to also
get to re-writes of my older pieces "The Medallion" and "Adjudication", and am in the middle of writing another new one, "The Night
City". So things seem to be hopping on the short story front, at least as far as writing goes.
, Issue #1, Alban Lake Publishing, July 2013 (revision/reprint)
In addition, "Guardian", though
it did not win, was nominated for a James B. Baker ("James")
award (announced in the March 2004 edition of Sam's Dot Publishing's
"Expressions") at Sam's Dot Publishing for the best short
story published by their company in 2003! It's definitely cool to
have this happen for my first published story!
"This manuscript of yours that has
just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don't
consider it rejected. Consider that you've addressed it 'to the
editor who can appreciate my work' and it has simply come back
stamped 'Not at this address'. Just keep looking for the right
address." -- Barbara Kingsolver
Me: I’m actually a writer and a
mom. I’m primarily interested in writing fantasy novels, but I also write short stories. My current project is a novel entitled
Etched in Fire. I’ve got a finished novel (which needs
serious rewriting) on the back shelf, The Roots of Healing,
and am also revising a fantasy trilogy to send out for publication.
I'm working on changes for the first book, Winterweave, and
hopefully will soon get around to revisions for Coldsong and
Winter's Fire, as well as a continuation of this story,
entitled Golden Rose. Well, to be fair, they’re not my
first novels -- they’re my first novels I’ll let anyone
see. When I was in junior high I wrote a really bad one (with two
revisions taking it into my college years), and when I was in
college I wrote one which might someday see the light of day, but
which will be hacked to bits and reassembled first.
This is a picture of Traedis,
the main character of my trilogy (the artwork is by Ed
Heil, a very talented artist and a good friend). (Check him out
in the "Links to Friends" at the bottom of this page).
occasionally enjoy designing a few simple graphics. Here are some
initial letters available for free downloading. Take as many as you
want! Some are better than others.
I am a survivor of physical, emotional and
sexual abuse (not all from the same source). The poems "Afterword"
and "Survivor" listed above are about this, and I also
have a number of links for various survivor resources at the bottom
of this page. However, I've realized that people weren't reading
what I most wanted them to down below, probably because they're
skipping over my lists of links, so I'm going to place this up here
instead. This is my own experience, and I really want people to read
is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential
is invisible to the eye." -- Antoine de St. Exupery, The
I started college with the idea of becoming
an astronomer, but rapidly decided that physics just wasn’t my
idea of a happy fun time, and switched to Linguistics, with a minor
in English (almost accidental -- I discovered before my last
semester that I only needed one more class for an English minor, so
I dived into Shakespeare. The reading was fun, but the class itself
was comparable to a visit to the dentist.) I also had a brief stint
in a graduate program in Anthropology, which ended when I was told
that even though the department didn’t require an
undergraduate degree in the same, I was expected to have one anyway.
I got a 4.0 out of pure irritation and quit the program.
I am still trying to work on my dollhouse
kit (the San Franciscan) but am going pretty slowly. It's exciting
-- if I can't have a real mansion, I'm going to have one that I
could fit into if I were 1/12 of my size! This one is a beauty, with
a tower and three stories plus an attic. I'm looking forward to
getting to it -- as soon as I finish the 30 other projects I have
Wheeler Family, September 2011 Wheeler Family, October 2005
My mom skills are still being honed and
tested. My oldest son, Dylan, is twenty-five years old (wow!), and
is a great young man -- gets along with almost anyone, and has a
core of close friends who are pretty cool people! He's currently
holding down a full-time job and going to college, but finds time for music, gaming, and
bowling. He loves theater, both technical and acting, and has
studied stage combat, and has gotten seriously seduced by
Shakespeare. He also loves the outdoors. He likes reading, RPGs,
plays the mandolin, the piano, and the guitar, and is the main
guitar/mandolin player for the small Celtic music group Silverthorn.
He's got a wonderful sense of humor (and timing!) but still asks
deep and serious questions about -- well, everything. He also just
bought his first home.
My second son, David, now nineteen, with a
shoe size of 13, started off his life by tying himself through his
umbilical cord, and proceeded on an active career of total havoc.
This year he is attending college, studying
Computer Science. He loves computer/video games, surfing the
Internet for extremely silly games, reading, jokes, fantasy novels,
and fantasy RPGs Recently he has gotten into Belegarth, a fantasy roleplaying
combat group, and is spending a lot of money on foam swords.
Our youngest, Alex, is thirteen years old.
And this kid loves to read! He's a natural speed reader, is
currently getting excited by Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, his e-tablet and as always, the animal
world. He draws obsessively, loves singing (and sings in perfect
tune), and plays piano. He still loves his stuffed "friends",
has an extraordinary vocabulary, and is a definite cuddler. He also
won his elementary school's Math Olympiads last spring.This fall he
is going to junior high, which is interesting, as
he has also been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (an
autism-spectrum disorder characterized by hyper-verbal ability, but
difficulty with non-verbal communication) and rampant ADHD. Still,
we're working with the challenge, and the school is with us on it,
so hopefully things will work out well.
Other interests, fascinations, and defining
I’m 1/8 Welsh -- my great grandfather
came from Llanfairfechan (I think that’s the spelling) and I
have always had a fascination with that country, even before I
learned that was where my most identifiable ancestry rested. I did
study medieval Welsh in a college course alongside my sister and
mother. One of the interesting things we learned was that the Welsh
joke that had been passed down through four generations was still
recognizably coherent and translatable. Of course, if I ever try
looking for the genealogy of that line, I’m going to have a
problem, since my great-grandfather’s name was John Williams.
I like to do various projects, though none
of them full-time. A few years ago I made some calendars of fantasy
art based on our gaming campaign for some friends of mine. I was
actually rather proud of them, so check them out! (The picture below
isn't a sample -- I just like the graphic.)
My two loves apart from the family and
writing, are music and reading. I’ve got a very good voice --
I’m a dramatic soprano with some training (my voice might be
professional quality, but I don't have that level of training). I
play a little piano -- I’d play better, but I never learned to
read music properly, since my teachers never realized that I was
memorizing my pieces. I’m self-taught on guitar, which means
I’m not all that bad, but don’t expect me to get up in
public; and I can eke out a tune on recorder, even if it squeaks
every third note. I'm currently still trying to learn the harp, and
feel really at home with it, surprisingly enough. I'm also learning
the three-stringed dulcimer, due to receiving a family heirloom
dulcimer this year. British folk music is my favorite type, though I
also enjoy classical, some rock, the occasional jazz, and a lot of
things that fall into the completely unidentifiable category. I’ve
also been writing filk music for a few years now. Samples of sorts
of music I like: Silly
Wizard, Andy M. Stewart,
Phil Cunningham, Pigyn
Clust, Sian James,
Jethro Tull, Loreena
McKennitt, Connie Dover,
The Alan Parsons Project,
Deller, The Tannahill
I am also an avid gamer and enjoy
role-playing games. I’m currently in a campaign world which
has been run by the GM for over thirty years, taking on amazing
depth and color. It’s one of my few “non-mom”
activities, and I relish my gaming nights. I’m semi-active in
science fiction and fantasy fandom, and love dragons (along with
half the rest of the known universe -- but at least I can say I was
a dragon fanatic a long time before the dragon craze started!)
If you’ve read this far, you probably
don’t have anything better to do. So drop
me a line!
Oh yes, does anyone want to buy a printing
And I suppose I should mention my business
page -- if you're interested in t-shirts, mugs, or mouse pads with
my artwork, check out:
An online store for
Beth's artwork on t-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, etc.