Sunday, June 06, 2010

Of Scrolls and Scribes

The latest scroll.

The design is based on the Oseberg ship burial.

As many of you known, scrolls are given by the Society for Creative Anachronism for meritous service; the scrolls themselves are created by volunteer members, in this case my daughter.

The runic legend on the ship reads thus in English:

Thorolfr inn Smithr Silent and steady
Your longship of service Rides high in the waves
Lapstraked with offices Riveted with modesty
Through winters of counsel And summers of action

Quilliam intrepid Dagmar, most kindly
Make you a fine gift Heart of a maiden
Born from the sky jewel Wed to the swan's path
Heralds your conquests Safeguards your sailings
Award of the Maiden's Heart, etc.

You can now download the first chapter (or prologue) from each and every novel released this launch month by Carina Press, including Dark and Disorderly.

And as a relief from the my book-me-me-my book blog flogs I've inflicted on you recently, tomorrow fiendishly clever Steven Parrish will be my guest blogger, discussing "The Art of Language."

Steve is the author of the just-released thriller/mystery The Tavernier Stones from Midnight Ink ( a Llewellyn Publications imprint).
P.S. You know you have been on the internet too long when, on your phone, you try to punch in the dash for the number you are calling.


Anonymous said...

The scroll is so cool. A mix of sharp detail and stylized water.

As for your novel, I want it all. Waiting to add it to our new Nook!

BernardL said...

Embracing the chore of marketing is a grueling task.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jason!

She's been experimenting with design outside the traditional.

~interested expression~
(Don't take this wrong, please, it's merely word play.)
So, writers may be playing "nookie" with readers?

It is for me, Bernard, since I'm shy and rather dim about marketing.

laughingwolf said...

continued commendations to daughter for her excellent creative works :)

lol@bernita and the 'nookie notion' ;)

Lana Gramlich said...

Congrats to your daughter. As for typing in the space on your phone, don't feel bad. I was once stopped, waiting at a red light...when it was clear for me to continue walking!

Charles Gramlich said...

Lovely Scroll. I once intended to join the SCA but I had so little time between work and writing. Now I think I probably will go through life without being a member, even though I admire what they do.

Bernita said...

Thank you, LW. I'll be sure to tell her!

Thank you, Lana. These little disconnects...!!!

It can be time consuming, Charles, with the events, the teaching of workshops, often the travel time as well. It's not just parading around in period costume.
We're all glad that you chose to write instead.

raine said...

The scroll is lovely. Much talent there.

And yes, marketing can be...uncomfortable?

Must try to download first chapter on old computer today--not sure I can wait for the release. :)

Gabriele C. said...

Lovely scroll. And it has runes, too. Makes this geek happy. :)

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I tend to mix typing styles between the blackberry and the laptop. Annoying.

Purty scroll.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Raine. She's been experimenting with a silver gaouche ( I may have spelled that wrong though.)

Especially uncomfortable when one has the feeling they don't know what t'hell they are doing!

Thank you, Gabriele. She likes runes.

I can imagine, Betsy! Thank you.

laughingwolf said...

for a long time, i've been attracted to the elder futhark runes... the others don't do it for me

Barbara Martin said...

Runes and scrolls are one of my favourites.

Bernita, your first chapter is fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the story.

This post reminded me of something I had left out of my WIP which will be amended post haste. Yes, I have scrolls and scribes within it.

Bernita said...

I think she prefers them too, LW.

Barbara, thank you!
Your WIP sounds inviting.
Don't you just love it when something seen casually helps an MS?