Reality Skimming

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Amel in spell checker ...
Okal Rel Legacies author Krysia Anderson, who is working on a novella about half-Vrellish Demish-raised Victoria of Princess Reach, reports the following amusing fact, by texting ...

"Amel in spell checker. Suggestions: camels, males, axels


Sunday, August 16, 2009
Krysia Rocks at the PGX
Krysia Anderson on stage at the P.G. Exhibition 2009
Krysia Anderson, author of an Okal Rel story in the 2nd anthology (Opus 2), is the one in the middle, performing at the P.G. Exhibition.


Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday Morning Reading May 9, 2009
Saturday morning reading at the Lott home May 9 2009.

Saturday morning reading at the Lott home. David captured this time! He's working ten days straight sometimes lately, and long hours, so we were especially pleased to have him May 9, 2009. Seen here in his favorite pose, surrounded by young women: Krysia on his right and Catherine on his left. Catherine is working her way through Part 4: Throne Price for the first time. I must go check out her comments to me in private chat on facebook. Amel appreciates her protective instincts toward him ... although he's embarrassed his really bad days are getting to be so public. :-) A slice of Angela is visible to the right. She's re-reading Part 1: The Courtesan Prince. Honey the cat failed to pose very attractively behind them, on the couch. Also in attendance were Holly, who read the next installment in Artemis Fowl where a fairy swat squad unwisely goes up against Fowl castle in a flubbed attempt to rescue her namesake, LEP officer Holly Short; and Tegan who was in her pajamas. The girls made breakfast this time as a Mother's Day treat for me. Interesting crep-cakes Ang. :-) Sort of crepes, sort of pancakes. Holly made the whipped cream as usual. Everyone helped. I read the penultimate chapter of Part 6: Avim's Oath. Many thanks to all for the squeals of delight over Oleander's dreadful proposal and Luthan's bid for getting educated by a hobbling Amel, for Angie's spontaneous squeal: "This is the best book yet!" and to Krysia for wanting to finish it off right now! Looking forward to delivering the final chapter next Saturday after my visit to Terrace. Thanks to Angie taking over the kitchen this morning, I also got good licks in on Part 7: Healer's Sword.

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Saturday, February 09, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
Lynda Williams with Steph St. Laurent and Michelle Cyr-Whiting at Prince George launch for Okal Rel Anthology 2

Last but not least, click the picture for a link to a page of picture taken by my husband David Lott at the Prince George launch for Okal Rel Universe Anthology 2, Jan 29 2008. He didn't put up all the shots he took! So I've added this one from the set, here, to feature Stephen St. Laurent and Michelle Cry-Whiting who spiced up the proceedings with their media presence. Big thank-you, as well, to Citizen reporter Paul Strickland for coming out. Betsy Trumpener put in an appearance with family as a member of the audience. I was also delighted to have fellow SF author Nathalie Mallet in the audience.

Big thank you, as well, to the readers: Krysia Anderson (who did a great job of reading from her story "Ladylike" in the 2nd Anthology), Paul Strickland (who read the Horth as a child at Amel's genotyping reception scene from Righteous Anger), Hal Friesen (who read from his forthcoming story for the 3rd anthology featuring a run in with Di Mon), and Gareth of the UNBC Fencing Club (who read the lead up to the fight in the arena on SanHome from Righteous Anger).

In costume for the event, we had Mel and Kailey as Di Mon and Ranar, and Tegan as a Golden Demish princess. I wore my red velvet cloak which I think of as Vretla Vrel's "dress up" attire for Demish receptions. On the table at the back of the roome, for show and tell, we had samples of braid worked in thread which a few members of the audience had fun playing with after the main event. I am in the debt of helpers Angela, Tegan, Mel and Kailey for helping with set up. And, of course, my husband David Lott too the pictures and helped with nearly everything from picking up treats to driving us to the event. Angela Lott made me the little sign behind the chocolates which read "Do not eat if you are Vrellish". Mel Farrow created the braid worn by herself (as Di Mon) and by Tegan (as a Demish princess). The chart explaining which colors went with which house was also created by Mel for the event. Art for the third anthology, by Richard Bartrop, was on display as a poster. I also gave away a commemorative postcard, to readers and others doing presentations, which featured the 3rd anthology artwork. Also on display was the ORU plaque given to me for Xmas by Lisa O. After the readings and costume presentations we had a fencing demonstration by the UNBC Freeblades Fencing Club, MC'd by their president Gareth Hopkins.

Much thanks to all participants and attendees! And if you weren't there this time, plan to do something for the next launch (Book #3: Pretenders in the fall) or to come out and see what other people come up with.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008
Michelle Cyr-Whiting article on launch for the 2nd anthology Jan 29 2008

Much thanks to Opinion 250 reporter Michelle Cyr-Whiting for her article, on Opinion 250, about the launch for Okal Rel Univese Anthology 2 at the PG Public Library Jan 29, 2008. I particular appreciate the chats she had with participants and the quotes from anthology contributors Krysia Anderson (anthology 2) and Hal Friesen (anthology 3).

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Saturday, February 02, 2008
Launch for Anthology 2 Jan - 29
Detail from notice of launch Jan 29 - Okal Rel
Belatedly (my excuse is I was working on Pretenders for editor Richard Jenzen) here's a detail from the four page invitation I whipped up for the launch of Okal Rel Universe Anthology 2 in Prince George, Jan 29.

Click for PDF of Invitation

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Thursday, May 31, 2007
Sketch of Amel in envoy period by Krysia colorized by Lynda Williams Click the image for larger version in the gallery.

Krysia sketched this tribute to Amel at school during a break. Lynda added color and the decorative elements on Amel's vest. The multi-colored embroidery on the neck of his vest is an attempt at his braid - blue for Blue Demish, Gold for Golden, Red for Vrellish and just a dab of brown in it for Lorel. (He is about a third each Blue Demish, Golden Demish and Vrellish.) The fern on his vest is the symbol he wears while flying as Royal Envoy for Ameron. The brown fern is the symbol of House Lor'Vrel. Krysia is Amel's first big fan and the author of the story "Ladylike" in Okal Rel Anthology 2, a collection of stories written by new contributors to the Okal Rel Universe and edited by John Preet. (As of May 31 2007 that book is at the proof-reading stage.)

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