by Lillian Csernica on April 23, 2019
Most writers I know keep meaningful items on their desks, keepsakes associated with inspiration, good luck, or some method of coaxing the Muse into delivering the day’s word quota. While these may not be talismans in the classic sense of rings or pendants of precious stone inscribed with mystic words, these keepsakes are talismanic in that they stir up our imaginations in positive and productive ways.
My most treasured talismans include:
The inkwell given to me at my first book signing by the owner of the store.
The Mixy Award given to me by Steve Mix at BayCon 2015.
The enamel pin showing the main building of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto which I bought from the gift shop when I visited the palace.
A note sent to me by the parents of a little girl whose letter to Santa Claus I answered, thanking me for keeping their daughter’s “dream and belief” alive.
The clay pendant bearing my name in cuneiform made for me by a dealer at WorldCon 75 in Finland, brought all the way home to me by my best friend, Patricia H. MacEwen. I would show you the pendant itself, but I’m fine-tuning my wire wrap jewelry skills so I can wear the piece at BayCon next month!
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by Lillian Csernica on April 20, 2019
Once upon a time, I had the pleasure of meeting Roger Zelazny, author of The Chronicles of Amber and creator of Dilvish the Damned. I love his writing style. It’s dense and rich and such a pleasure, much like flourless chocolate cake.
Mr. Zelazny had a book signing scheduled at one of my favorite local indie bookstores. Quite a few people turned up. I was in line for an hour or so. I spent the time thinking over the one question I most wanted to ask this Grand Master.
At last my turn came. This is the question I asked:
“When you do your daily writing, what method to you use to reach your target?”
Mr. Zelazny put down his pen and mulled that over. His reply:
“I sit down at my desk four times, and each time I write at least three sentences.” He smiled. “Something usually catches fire.”
I have kept this in mind, especially on the days when the words just will not flow. Keep at it. This is not an all or nothing situation. If you have to take a break, walk away, drink more coffee, whatever, then do it. Then come back and try again.
Keep it up until the daily quota is met. You never know when something will catch fire.
by Lillian Csernica on October 8, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I am delighted to announce that I am now able to provide you with an ebook signature!
If you will look to your right, you will see the line of blue text just above the cover for Ship of Dreams. Click on the blue text and you will be taken to authorgraph.com, where you can get my electronic signature for a variety of e-readers. You can also send me a brief message, and I can send you one as well.