Friday, February 19, 2010

Flash: Hell Just Froze Over


My eldest daughter designs and illuminates award scrolls for the Kingdom of Eldomere of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

This scroll's motifs are drawn from St. Patricks's Bell shrine, an 11th century house reliquary, and the enamel medallions from the 7th century Ardagh Chalice. The runic calligraphy uses the Elder Futhark.

As most of you know, my current urban fantasy novel also maintains an incidental Celtic continuum by upgrading certain creatures from Irish legend -- a Crom Dubh, who drives a black SUV, a bean sidhe who frequents a local laundromat, and the suggestion of a Leannan sidhe, a fairy sweetheart.

Yesterday, an editor phoned me. I cried all over her. So much for proper, professional composure.

If I am not in the middle of a Midwinter's Night Dream -- and barring all those cautionary proverbs about counting chickens/ cups, slips and lips that were dinned into me as a child -- I will have a formal announcement to make in a week or so.

38 comments:

fairyhedgehog said...

How exciting! I can't wait to hear all the details.

Lovely art work too.

laughingwolf said...

excellent all round, bernita... daughter, like mother, is chock full of talent!

can i wait that long to learn more? ;) lol

btw - the elder futhark is the only one i follow, and have for more than 30 years :)

laughingwolf said...

oooops, forgot... the sca in this area is no more.... :(

Bernita said...

Thank you, Fairy.
My scanner doesn't do it justice.

LW, thank you.
She makes marvellous period costume too.

SzélsőFa said...

i have to know more about this 'elder futhark' - some of the runes look similar or excatly the same as old Hungarian ones.
i have the code for the Hungarian one (know most of it by heart), and i'll return to see if they have any meaning in my language.

damn, wv: pasive

raine said...

I will have a formal announcement to make in a week or so.

Squeee!!!
Oh geez--how am I going to wait a whole week?! But if it got such a reaction from you, it'll be worth it. :)
I am excited. This is good. Have felt like ice-bound zombie for a few weeks now.

And that design is lovely.

Bernita said...

SzelsoFa, I imagine google will provide better answers than I can.

Oh Raine! I don't dare be more specific. I wonder if I should have said even this much.If things fall through - as they sometimes can - it will be such an embarrassment!

Whirlochre said...

Tears aside, this all sounds terribly exciting.

Can't wait.

Natasha Fondren said...

No falling through. I'm wishing you all the good luck in the whole world! I'm hoping to hear good news for you in a week with everything I've got!

Bernita said...

Whirl...I'm tighter than a top right now.

Thank you, Natasha.I can't really believe it until the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed!

StarvingWriteNow said...

!!!!!!!

Can't wait to hear!!

Peter Dudley said...

Thrilling almost-news! May the flowers that have germinated bloom wild and beautiful around you.

Angie said...

Keeping a set of virtual fingers crossed for you. :D

Also, I realize I've been out of Society for a long time (wow, about 25 years, actually) but where's Eldomere??

Angie, Chronicler of the Mists, lo these many years agone

Bernita said...

SWN,I just learned that fingernails are fattening.

Peter,I really appreciate that sweet wish. Coincidentally, a daughter just sent me a basket of tiny daffodils and hyacinths, w/butterflies and little birds!

Thank yo, Angie. I believe it's the general Toronto area.
"Chronicler of the Mists" - so lovely a title it gives me shivers.

BernardL said...

Very nice design. Blame the behavior on cabin fever. :)

jason evans said...

*Rubbing hands together for the news.*

sylvia said...

Holding my breath and waiting to hear!

Don't let me turn blue...

Bernita said...

I just hope it's not all a fever dream, Bernard.

Jason, I do love you!

Turning blue with you, Sylvia.

writtenwyrdd said...

Oh, wow, Bernita. Can you email me with details, pretty pretty please?

Your daughter's artwork is gorgeous.

Bernita said...

Written, if this goes, you get an acknowledgement.

She's doing a workshop in Ohio this weekend - I'll tell her when she gets back!

Ric said...

What wonderful news - or the breathless anticipation of same -

New York? Times Square? All atingle.

Bernita said...

Dearest Ric...you know I thought of that and you after I calmed down.
I will have to e-mail my beloved Miss Snark if all goes well.

Chris Eldin said...

*Looking around/jumping around*
Has it been a week yet?
Yes, it has! Tell us, tell us!
I can't wait to hear! And ditto LW...talent flows through your entire family.
:-)

hampshireflyer said...

Oh wow! Good luck with the thing we don't know what to wish more specific good luck for :P

SzélsőFa said...

oh, I didn't mean to impose my questions on you at all Bernita - sorry if my enthusiasm read that way.
of course i will turn to google :)
i have found some information and tried to translate this text, but not to much success :(
although some runes are similar/same, their frequency and occurrance in this text doesn't make it Hungarian.
i'll have to do a post on the subject some other day - rather than flooding your blog :)))
nice picture, anyway!

Bernita said...

Chris, you cutie, you always make me laugh!

I suppose I shouldn't have hinted, Alex, but, dayum, I needed so much to have some good news to share.

BTW, Ric has resumed his career as journalist/columnist. Meant to congratulate you, Ric!

Bernita said...

No problem, SzelsoFa.
I cropped the scroll so only a couple of top lines from two columns show, so you don't have much of a sample in any event.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

I'm so excited for you, Bernita and can't wait to hear the details. I will be checking in every day for the announcement.

Szanne

Rick said...

Congratulations, Bernita!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Suzanne and Rick.

(pleasepleaseplease let it not be a dream)

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!

Bernita said...

Wooosh, Betsy! Bless you!
It's not THAT big a deal - just BIG for me.

Demon Hunter said...

Congratulations, Bernita!!! I cannot wait to hear your news!!! ;-)

Bernita said...

Thank you, Demon dear.

Frank Baron said...

Ooooo...a cliffhanger.

Fingers crossed here.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Frank!

Carla said...

Congratulations in advance!

Bernita said...

Carla, thank you!