Boston, Paul Laffoley, & Me

Back in the mists of time, I examined the esoteric nooks of art and found some who particularly inspired me.  One among these was Paul Laffoley, an architect-visionary-painter with a unique style that blended rationality, subtlety, and the classical.  I found and obtained my first rare book, The Phenomenology of Revelation.  I also first purchased photographic prints of exhibit work over ebay.

On one of the photos I bought was written an address.

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(This address is dated to the production year of my truck, the Millenium Phoenix, also the year my parents immigrated to the USA.)  I sent a postcard to this address under one of my pseudonyms.  Artistically creepy, I hoped?

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I received a letter and a business card from the artist, still present at the same address!

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And I didn’t have the gumption or conception for any further dialogue… but I treasured that tiny exchange.  Until I was recently bound for Arisia 2017 Boston , when I thought, “Hey! I’d like to go see Paul Laffoley.”

Well bummer to discover that he died in November 2015.

But I made the pilgrimage.

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The Boston Visionary Cell is no longer to be found on the business list.

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There are lofts available in the building…

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But Mr. Laffoley’s old suite is now occupied by the pattern room of one Blank Label.

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I was pleased to note that his door was still open to me, even with no one inside.  His looks over the parking lot.

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Strangely, no one on my whole way in or out knew his name.  Like everyone left together.  Here’s to him.  Thanks for writing back.

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Book 1, 2nd Printing & 1st Print Autographs

Fire On All Sides, Bones of Starlight Book 1 in paperback is now in second printing! This means that certain innocuous errors have been corrected, and there are two new reviews in the front of the book.  ISBN is the same, it just comes with a different designation on the copyright info page.  Final floating first printings are hidden in select stores in Friday Harbor, WA, USA.  And the second paperback printing is shiny enough for gift giving!

The great new reviews:

“She makes the act of envisioning a universe, giving it life on paper, and making it accessible to her readers seem like a simple feat.  Though her writing charmed me with its luminous quality, much like LeGuin’s, Ms. Elasigue has her own voice. It is miraculous and full of warmth, and one to cherish.”
– Zeta Moore, Black Gate, World Fantasy Award-winning online periodical

“It’s really good.”
– Richard Chwedyk, Nebula Award-winning author of Bronte’s Egg

I’m retiring my copy of the paperback 1st printing, and here are the many wonderful people who have graced the pages with their eyes and signatures:

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Tanglewyst de Holloway, Tamora Pierce, Rachel Caine, Lauren Light

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David Levine, Emily St. John Mandel, Richard Chwedyk, Dino, Jacob Casella

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Marcus Justiss, Larry Niven, George R. R. Martin, Ayla Nereo, Mark Lakeman, Melinda Snodgrass

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SJ Tucker

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Journal Slice & Dive Into Worldbuilding

On Thursday 7/14/16, I discussed aspects of worldbuilding in the Bones of Starlight universe with an interview panel on Dive Into Worldbuilding .  Their listener’s inquiry kept topics rolling, and it was an enjoyable hour – I’m honored by the spotlight.  Look for the outcoming wrap-up and video on the website and youtube: http://dive-into-worldbuilding.blogspot.com/ .  Most recent special guests: Cat Rambo, Beasts of Tabat; Megan O’Keefe, Steal The Sky

As worlds turn and engines burn, the story spins itself.

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