Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sylvia and her other great hobby

Over the past few months, I've gotten to know Sylvia Kelso, a fellow Juno Author and the author of Amberlight. At first glance, it would seem as if we have very little in common. The main commonality seems to be that both our books are so odd and hard-to-describe. Wind Follower is folkloric fantasy with a Christian multicultural twist and Amberlight is operatic literary feminist fantasy about a matriarchal society. She's in the Australia outback and I'm in an upstate New York suburban hood. I'm black and she's white. (Not that that should matter.) Anyways, we've been emailing back and forth.

We've discovered that we have a whole lotta stuff in common. For instance, we both are avid music lovers and we both play the violin. Okay, I USED to play the violin. That's Sylvia in the middle.

My computer is becoming filled up with photos of Ms Sylvia busking and arvoing and doing all kinds of folkie stuff in cafes, street festivals etc. The woman also fiddles around (::smile::) with moviemaker software. So, for your viewing pleasure.

And, by the way, please check out Amberlight! It's a great book. Poetic, powerful, literary, grand and operatic.


Tia Nevitt said...

Hey! I play the violin. Well, kinda. I started playing this past year after a fifteen year lapse. Piano too. Not ready for playing in a group, like Sylvia does. But it looks fun!

CaroleMcDonnell said...

Okay, then I've got to buy another violin. I've been playing piano again though...after the great lapse. Trying to teach younger son, who looooves music. -C

Sylvia Kelso said...

Glad to see others have gone back to or up to playing the infernal machine like moi, though mine is a first time. Gotta finally say, though, CMcD, that writing ain't exactly my first great "hobby" - I may not live off it, but it's an essential part of my life, and has been since before I cd. actually write stuff down...

CFN, somewhat apologetically