29 Jun 2011, 6:43am
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Another Book

The third in the Veil of Magic series has an official go-ahead from Coteau.

This will be my fifth book, and I’m thrilled. I’m also panicking, as it’s coming out next spring. Editing will define my summer and fall, around renos and holidays and, I’m hoping, a writing week at the Banff Centre.

It should be fun.

Maureen

14 Jun 2011, 9:32am
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Cursed! Audio

After months of delays and distractions, the readings for Cursed! are finally up. My genius husband Mark Harding composed and performed the music, and took care of the production.

The delays began with composing original music. We needed a short clip, and that was almost the most difficult thing. How do you capture the right mood in just a few bars? And of course, the mood was in my head and the music in his, so it took a few tries to connect the two.

Then we were delayed by too many other things on the to-do list, like renovating the bathroom (still ongoing), and putting in the garden (all planted and thriving now).

We finally had a wet, quiet weekend to work through some of the less urgent items on the list. Finishing these recordings was, finally, the top priority.

Have a listen. Let me know what you think.

http://www.maureenbush.com/_book_cursed/

Maureen

17 Oct 2010, 11:49am
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Cursed! Launch

Cursed! is launched into the world, at a lovely launch attended by many of my favorite people. They energized me through a terrible cold.

The spirit man stood by my side, keeping everyone in line. And I sent them home with buttons to keep on spooking them. Just in time for Halloween.

Maureen

Cursed Launch

Orca has created lovely artwork for the launch poster, but for some reason I can’t upload it to this site. Instead, I’ll issue my own invitation:

If you can, please join me for the launch of Cursed!

Saturday, October 16, at 1:00

Monkeyshines Bookstore

113, 2215-33rd Ave. S.W.

Calgary

And check out the Cursed webpage on my website:

http://www.maureenbush.com/_book_cursed/

Maureen

Contest Time

It’s time to wrap up the spring contest on howweirdcanyouget.com. Kids were asked to submit magical ideas for Griffith the wizard to develop for his shop. We received wonderful entries from kids and even a few adults. It was difficult to choose, but here’s the list:

The Winner: Matthew, age 10

Shoes to Glue – the soles of your runners are sticky so you can walk on walls and ceilings.

(Simple magic with great usefulness is ideal, and rare, in magical design.  This is perfect.  ­– Griffith)

In development:

Griffith will also be experimenting with

Jessica’s spell that makes you transport to the other side of the world and back (tricky, but enormously useful);

Kelsi’s spell to duplicate yourself and be at however many places you want to be at, but you must be careful. You can get in trouble from using this spell. You just say “make me be at all places with a few suitcases” (very tricky, but remarkably useful);

Daniel’s spell to make a video game come to life (this could be tricky, but it’s appealing because of how much trouble it could cause.)

I was intrigued by the story potential in many of the ideas, including:

from Kailee: a mythical monster in the office because he got in trouble. (Wouldn’t that be a great scene in a school?)

Abigayle suggested a story in which a brother and sister move into a new house, find a door and fall into a magical world. And their mother thought they were just in their rooms unpacking. (I love inattentive parents!)

from Will: You say “hulaboo” and it turns cardboard into cows. (Imagine the chaos!)

and for pure creepiness, from Masooma:

Once there was an evil witch who wanted to cast a spell on the fairies so she could drain their magic and make them work for her. Here is the spell:

make it do

make it new

cast a spell on these fairies

and make them into evil witch’s stew!!!!!!!

HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!

Thanks to everyone who entered. It was wonderful reading all your ideas.

Maureen

PS: Evil hackers are attacking the host for my website, so they’ve taken precautions, like not allowing any access from outside the US. Therefore, we’ll be delayed in posting this at maureenbush.com.

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