Chicago Library Seeks Hermione Granger

Chicago Library Seeks Hermione Granger

This would be Hermione Granger’s bliss. Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts Three texts dealing with charms, spirits, and all other manners of magical practice are now accessible online “You don’t need a Ph.D to transcribe,” Christopher Fletcher, coordinator of the project and a fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, tells Smithsonian.com. “[The initiative] is a great way to allow the general public to...

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Stobhach Gaelach and Soda Farls

Stobhach Gaelach and Soda Farls

  It’s a rare writer who doesn’t get seduced down many a research black hole in an effort to bring the very best story to her readers. And by black hole I mean information so fascinating, alarming, and/or delicious she just might keep clicking and reading and reading and clicking a teensy bit longer than the need for information might justify. And when food is involved? Yeah, count me guilty! Right now I’m doing final...

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Flashback! A Q&A With Pooks

Flashback! A Q&A With Pooks

  This is another blast from the past as I rebuild the site. It was Day Two of the blog tour for This Crumbling Pageant and I was given a really fun Q&A by Maureen McGowan over on Get Lost in a Story. GET TO KNOW PATRICIA MAUREEN:  Where do you most like to read and how often? PATRICIA:  I have a comfy chair with a ratty old footstool to put my feet on. It’s probably my favorite place to read, but you know what? I’m more likely to read...

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Madron Well in Cornwall

Madron Well in Cornwall

“I loved the healing wells in your book. Are they real?” A reader who prefers to be anonymous asked that question, and I love getting to respond to it. Though this is a repost republished as part of the great reclamation and rebuild post tragic incident of perfidious hackage, I don’t have its original post date and I have now added new contents, so I’m considering it new. Where to begin? First off, healing wells or holy...

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How Research Gave Me the Home I Didn’t Want and the World I Needed in Baddesley Clinton Manor

How Research Gave Me the Home I Didn’t Want and the World I Needed in Baddesley Clinton Manor

All I needed was a place for my magical family in This Crumbling Pageant to live. I knew it was a manor house of some sort, that they were wealthy, that they didn’t live in London. I’d never heard of Baddesley Clinton. The Fury family is known for its extraordinary music, its powerful magic, and its historic role as kingmakers. But the Furys have their secrets as well, none so dangerous as Persephone—the daughter whose Shadow magic spills...

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Of Research and Acquisitions

Of Research and Acquisitions

So. I found this wonderful image of a trickster who is the very essence of my Bardán Fury. Should I buy some of these cards for giveaways?Bardán Fury (of The Fury Triad) was a valued member of Henry VIII’s court, along with those of his offspring, and had the foresight to understand the need for the Magi–the magical people–to withdraw from the Ordinary world and create their own places between the seams of reality as we know...

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