The Power of Math and Pink

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

Sitting in the 7th slot in the Table of Contents is “Jelly and the D-Machine”


I’ve always believed in multiple dimensions where countless versions of “Suzanne” likely exist and are living (perhaps) similar lives to mine.

I’ve also taken just enough physics to superficially understand the double-slit experiment, which is referenced in Jelly and the D-Machine.

I am a mathie–not a physicist–so forgive me if I get the science a bit wrong. I earned a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) degree in Operations Research (now called Mathematical Optimization) from the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, which, according to their website, “…has the largest concentration of mathematical and computer science talent in the world.”

pink-tieSo when people say, “Do the math,” in most cases, I can actually do it!

The symbol for the Mathematics Faculty is a Pink Tie. Cue the pink segue…

In Jelly and the D-Machine  I explore teen sexuality, multiple dimensions, and bullying. And even though bullying is one of those words that gets over-used to the point where it doesn’t have much weight, I believe that all teenagers have a profound and thorough understanding of bullying.

Always have.

Always will.

Unfortunately, I doubt that we as a collective society will ever be able to eliminate bullying. But I am pleased that in Canada we continue the dialogue, and have so many initiatives, including:

Pink Shirt Day

and

Kids Help Phone

to continue the struggle to if not eliminate bullying, at least lessen its power.

Rock on, PINK! You have the power to do the math and reduce bullying. That’s an amazing skill for a colour.

rubber-chickensFun Fact

For years I super-volunteered for my sons’ elementary school councils. One of the events I helped to plan was an annual Fun Fair.

And yes, we actually had a rubber-chicken target-toss game, and we re-used the wooden toss-board every year for the Fun Fair. We even kept a supply of rubber chickens on hand.

Seriously. Rubber chickens. I kid you not!

Lucky for our committee, the school allotted us a lockable closet where we stored all of the equipment for the fair from year to year. So if Austin from Jelly and the D-Machine  had been my son, he wouldn’t have access to the chicken-toss-board in my basement and who knows what would’ve become of him.


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How One Radioactive Monkey Found his Feet

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

Sitting in the 6th slot in the Table of Contents is: “Hot Furball on a Cold Morning”


doorwaysissue6coverYears ago, I was scoping out Ralan.com in search of markets for my fiction when I stumbled across a call for submissions to the anthology:

Requiem for the Radioactive Monkeys.

The market didn’t pay much, but the maximum length was 500 words. I figured I could write a story in an hour about a radioactive monkey.

Bam! The first version of Hot Furball on a Cold Morning  flew into existence in record time.

Unfortunately, the editor, John Weagly, didn’t pick up my story.

The big problem with any themed anthology is that after the stories are purchased and the rejections go out, suddenly a glut of stories with similar themes run the magazine and anthology circuits. I couldn’t possible sell my radioactive monkey story right away! I’d have to sit on it for a while.

coldmorningA couple of years later, I took a workshop run by the incomparable Mort Castle at World Horror Convention in Toronto.

Wind time ahead some more, and Mort Castle assisted in founding a new horror magazine called Doorways.

I reworked the story, filling in some details I didn’t have room for with the original 500 word cap, and sold Hot Furball on a Cold Morning to Doorways.

Fun Fact

One of the other students in attendance at the Mort Castle workshop, Ken Lillie-Paetz illustrated my story. Didn’t he draw a fantastic sad little monkey?


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“What Becomes a Legend Most” – Introduction by Sandra Kasturi

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

The “Introduction” for a book sets up the reader for the prose that follows. In this post, I thank Sandra Kasturi for writing the Introduction: “What Becomes a Legend Most”


I am honoured that Sandra Kasturi wrote the introduction What Becomes a Legend Most  for ELEMENTS.

sandra-as-ElvisSandra Kasturi is Co-Publisher at ChiZine Publications, AKA CZP. She’s an award winning poet, a short story writer, and an editor.

If all of those credentials aren’t enough, she’s also a friend.

Sandra and I met years ago, but I can’t recall exactly where or when. If held at gunpoint, I’d probably guess we met at Ad Astra, a convention in Toronto.

When my publisher at EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing requested a short list of people who might write the introduction, Sandra was the first person I emailed. She’s pretty much the first person I email whenever I have any complex questions about publishing.

As I mention in the Acknowledgements, she is a member of my girl-posse. If you’ve had the opportunity to read the final story “Soul-Hungry” from ELEMENTS  then you might have a greater appreciation of the status of such a designation.

Sandra is a force of nature. Her poems have been collected in several volumes including:

animal_bridegroom-COVERcome lateCome Late to the Love of Birds

and

The Animal Bridegroom with an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

I cannot thank Sandra enough for her wisdom, advice, and friendship. Most of all, I am grateful that she has shared so many poignant and truthful words with the world.

More ways to connect with Sandra Kasturi:

Follow Sandra on Twitter.

Find Sandra on Facebook.

Read and/or review Sandra’s books on Goodreads.

Read her full biography at ChiZinePub.com.


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Interview: Steve Vernon

Steve V photo miniGrowing up in Northern Ontario, Steve Vernon learned the storytelling tradition from his grandfather. Steve’s regional books include The Lunenburg Werewolf, Maritime Murder, Haunted Harbors, Wicked Woods, the children’s picture book Maritime Monsters, and the YA novel Sinking Deeper – or my questionable (possibly heroic) decision to invent a sea monster – a novel which begins with a jailbreak, seguing into an impromptu Main Street midnight caber toss leading to the invention of a sea monster, a gumbooted dragon dance, a couple of ghosts and an inadvertent assassination attempt on David Suzuki himself.


In addition to his regional books Steve has released over thirty independently published e-books including Hammurabi Road – a tale of Northern Ontario redneck noir revenge and Long Horn, Big Shaggy – a tale of Wild West Terror and Reanimated Buffalo.

Yes, Steve Vernon loves his subtitles.


Suzanne Church: You refer to yourself as a storyteller. Did this moniker grow organically from writing primarily for young people – or is there more to your story?

Steve Vernon: Actually I am an oral tradition storyteller, telling stories from audiences ranging between 5 to 5000 spectators. I re-tell old legends and ghost stories and fables and pretty much anything worth re-telling. The funny thing is – up until about the age of thirty – I was as quiet as a duct-tape-gagged mouse. I grew up painfully shy. It took a year or so in Toastmasters to bring me out of that whole shy stage in my life and I have not shut up since.

My very first regional collection – Haunted Harbours: Ghost Stories from Old Nova Scotia (Nimbus Publishing 2006) originated from my storytelling background. I first met with the publisher at a Word On The Street Festival in 2004 when I took part in the very first Pitch the Publisher session in which – they tell me – that my pitched story collection was the ONLY book to make it through the pitching session and into publication that year.

SC: You’ve written SEVEN regional books with supernatural elements between 2006 and 2011. Are there any more regional books in the works?

SV: I’d LOVE to write something else for Nimbus Publishing. They’ve been great to work with and have approached me for another novel. Although I have embraced the indie publishing revolution I still enjoy writing for the traditional market – primarily because Nimbus can get my book into an awful lot of bookstores across the Maritimes and even across Canada itself.

SC: Since you’ve embraced the mysterious abyss that is the world of e-book publishing, tell us about your experience with publishing Uncle Bob’s Red Flannel Bible Camp, Flash Virus, and Sudden Death Overtime.

SV: Well – to tell you the truth I am still figuring out the whole digital publishing business. I make money at it every month but not enough for my liking. Don’t think of me as being greedy, you understand. It is just that writing – to me – has ALWAYS had a practical side. I don’t write JUST for the money – but it certainly is an important measure of an author’s success. Some may argue the point – but the way I see it, an artist ought to be able to justify his acts of creation. Besides, I’ve got bills to pay – LOTS of them.

Don’t think of me as a money grubber, though. The fact is, if I had wanted to get into something JUST for the money I probably would have got into dentistry or maybe even politics.

SC: If your characters were real people, which one would you choose to interview first on your blog? Why?

Sudden Death Overtime miniSV: I think I’d have to interview Sprague Deacon – one of the toughest old-time hockey players who ever skated upon a backyard rink of hand-poured ice. Sprague was born and raised and he expects to die someday on the shores of Northern Labrador. Sprague is one of my favorite characters because of his tough old-school no-nonsense style. He is a man who does not know how to back down from a fight – so when a tour bus full of vampires pulls into his town and begins lowering the population level one corpse at a time it is no surprise that Sprague and his buddies decide to go toe-to-toe with the bloodsuckers in a no-holds-barred game of hockey.

Sprague appears in my indie-published novella Sudden Death Overtime – a book that is just SCREAMING out to be made into a Canadian independent horror flick. I think he is one of my best efforts at capturing the unique timbre of the voice of the Atlantic Maritime storyteller.


Tesseracts17-110-100dpi-RGB-c8SC: You and Colleen Anderson co-edited Tesseracts Seventeen – Speculating Canada Coast to Coast to Coast for EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing – the publisher of my own collection Elements. What was the hardest lesson you learned during the editorial process?

SV: That I needed better glasses? Four hundred odd manuscripts – and some of them were VERY odd indeed – was hard on the eyes.

That was a very tricky anthology to put together because we set up rules for ourselves to get at least one writer and one story from each of the provinces and territories. We had an AWFUL lot of Ontario submissions – but the other provinces and territories yielded very mixed results. The population base of Canada has NEVER hit an even balance.

But aside from just the struggle with the demographic limitations that a cross-Canada selection presents, I found that the work involved was incredibly daunting. Editing is a LOT harder than writing is.

SC: Describe two aspects about living in the Maritimes that’ve influenced your prose.

SV: We’re a quiet province. Almost a dying province – in spite of all the propaganda that the tourism offices produce. Our young people are moving west and south. Aside from Halifax, the rest of Nova Scotia is dwindling in population. The market here is intensely limited.

Still, there are benefits to be found here in Nova Scotia. We are definitely a province of storytellers. No one can spin a yarn like a Maritimer. The glitz and the glitter of the 21st century still hasn’t caught up with this province I live in. It is almost as if we live one step behind the rest of the country – and I like it that way.

Besides that, there is something intensely powerful and compelling about living so close to the deep Atlantic. I have hitchhiked from one end of this country to the other and there is nothing that can compare – not even the Pacific Ocean – to the deep and almost elemental call of the Atlantic waves. They are both lodestone and heartbeat and I can feel the tidal pull echoing deep within my veins.

SC: What are you working on now?

Uncle Bob's Red Flannel Bible Camp miniSV: I am currently working on the second book in a brand new series that I call Uncle Bob’s Red Flannel Bible Camp. The series retells the stories of the Old Testament in a more comfortable, countrified style. I wrote it thinking about the way that my grandfather and uncles would tell me some of the legends and tales and bible stories in their own unique fashion – rather than just reciting from the Bible.

You see, to me, those old boys – Adam and Moses and Abraham and Cain – were most likely folks like you or me. They didn’t REALLY know that they were supposed to be biblical. They were just trying to get on with their day and do the very best they could – just the same as you or me.


SC: Are you working on anything in the fantasy/horror genre?

Tesseracts16-110-100dpi-RGB-c8SV: As a matter of fact I am working on completing a new novel based on the ideas from my Sasquatch story “Three Thousand Miles of Cold Iron Tears” originally published in Tesseracts 16 – Parnassus Unbound, edited by my good buddy Mark Leslie Lefebvre. This novel entitled Big Hairy Deal should be completed within the next month or so and I look forward to launching it out into the world.

For the following flash questions, try to answer with the first idea that pops into your head.

SC: Imagine a prison of eternal misery. Is it hot or cold?

SV: It’s cold. Cold like the Canadian winter. Cold like the thousands of pounds of snow I have shoveled over my lifetime. As far as I’m concerned, paradise has got to have a beach and some serious sun-tanning weather involved.

SC: If you were only allowed to read ONE book more than once in your lifetime, what book would you choose?

SV: A big fat one.

SC: Scallops or lobster?

SV: Lobster is messier. I like pan-fried scallops – preferably wrapped in bacon.

SC: Stickers on your laptop or pure out-of-the-box plain?

SV: Laptop? I am old school. Laptops are way too dinky for my labor-enhanced meat hooks.

SC: Music while writing, or total silence? And if you chose music, name three inspirations.

SV: I usually like it quiet – but I have written to music before. I wrote one entire novella while listening to a collection of Godzilla soundtracks.

SC: Thanks to Steve Vernon for participating in this blog tour!

Courting Ice – Canadian Style

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

Sitting in the 5th slot in the Table of Contents is: “Courting Ice”


I live in Canada and my writing can’t help but be affected by our seasons, particularly winter.

“Courting Ice” takes place in the fictional Daslak. When I wrote the story, I imagined Daslak  as a remote area of Newfoundland. I’ve never visited the province, but I’ve longed to go. Who wouldn’t when so much of the province is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous?

Here’s a picture of Goose Cove that I downloaded from These things happen.

Newfoundland Iceberg

Nothing like the vista of rock-dominated landscape with a striking iceberg floating past the shoreline.

In the story, Faya is an ice courter. She uses her gift to coax icebergs to shore where the ice is carved into pieces that are used to preserve food.

This courting gift runs in Faya’s family. Her grandfather courted ice and her mother courted water.

Faya’s mother’s gift drew her to the sea. And as anyone who’s worked on the Atlantic in winter knows, the ocean can be a dangerous place to earn a living.

To an ice courter like Faya, all frozen water was uniquely magnificent, from the great bergs that floated past the cape to the thin skins on late autumn puddles. She adored her gift, for it allowed her a connection as splendid as the love she had once shared with her long dead mother. All her life the ice had proven pure and true, until the spring when she fell in love.

We Canadians consider it a national pastime to complain about winter, and I’ve done my fair share during this year’s particularly difficult winter in Ontario. But seriously, I can pretty much guarantee they’ve had it worse in Newfoundland.

Fun Fact

Newfoundland was the last province to join Canada on March 31, 1949 and on December 6, 2001 the Canadian Constitution was amended to change the official name of the province to Newfoundland and Labrador

As many of you know, I love hockey, and the best place to watch hockey is on Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) on the CBC. During the opening montage at the beginning of a HNIC broadcast, they play a clip from the late great Foster Hewitt. And when the clip was recorded, Newfoundland was not yet part of Canada, so he opens with:

Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland

.

Listen to the Foster Hewitt clip on YouTube.


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Storm Child – Putting a Fresh Face on a Timeless Myth

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

Sitting in the 4th slot in the Table of Contents is: “Storm Child”


cicada jul aug cover miniIn the summer of 2000, AKA “2K”, I attended my first writers’ workshop, taught by Ann C. Crispin and held at DragonCon.

At the end of the workshop, we students formed a writers group, which we named the “DC2K” writers. Since then, we still critique, share market listings, and provide support for one another’s work.

One of our group challenges was to write a short story based on a myth or folk story.

I decided to research myths outside of the ones I was already familiar with, and found The Hero with an African Face, Mythic Wisdom of Traditional Africa  by Clyde W. Ford (Bantam, 2000) at the Kitchener Public Library.

One of the myths was a Rwandan folk tale, and I loved the way it flowed and the atmosphere of the setting.

But the challenge from DC2K was to re-tell the myth, so I decided to set the story in the United States, a few years after the emancipation of the slaves.

Storm Child  was originally published in Cicada. The magazine is gorgeous. They included 7 illustrations by Walter Mendoza for the story. I must admit, the first time I saw them, they took my breath away!

Fun Fact

The main character in Storm Child  is named Wanda.

I took some flack from my writers group about the name, mostly that they felt it didn’t quite fit with the character.

Hear me, writers-to-be: I stuck with my gut on the name. Because I’d based the story on a Rwandan tale, and I thought using the name Wanda was my way of tipping my hat to the origins of the story.


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March of the Forgotten – The Origins of Sebbee

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

Sitting in the 3rd slot in the Table of Contents is: “March of the Forgotten”


Here’s the thing:

I spend at least half (if not more) of my writing time at Starbucks, because
(a) they allow me to linger as long as I like
(b) they have electrical outlets so I can plug in my laptop.

To do my part for the environment, I use travel mugs. (Why not save the ten cents?) One of my favourite mugs looks like this:

Sebbee Mug

So one day, while I was sitting in Starbucks trying to decide what to write about, I made up a story about my mug coming to life. Not a full-on Brave Little Toaster type of life, more like partial consciousness and mobility. Enough intelligence to be self-aware, and enough mobility to march in a circle as a form of entertainment.

In March of the Forgotten  lost objects march around the food court at the mall, in the hopes that their owners will notice and reclaim them. A high-tech lost-and-found.

Fun Fact

In the summer of 2004 I attended a short fiction writers’ workshop at the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, Kansas.

A bunch of the students used to make coffee runs to Starbucks, a place I’d previously NEVER bothered with because I thought they only sold coffee and I don’t drink coffee.

I’m sure, right now, you’re asking, What??

I know, I’m crazy, but I do love tea. (It’s probably a Canadian  thing.)

So I’m in Starbucks and I discover that they do sell other drinks like tea and frappuccinos. Oh, blessed is the strawberry frappuccino  especially with whipped cream topping.

My fellow students hooked me on Starbucks for life! And not only that, one of my pals had an awesome Starbucks mug, which miraculously didn’t leak  and kept my beverage warm for hours.

I bought the same mug. That mug was Sebbee’s predecessor!


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“The Wind and the Sky” – Backstory

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

Sitting in the 2nd slot in the Table of Contents is: “The Wind and the Sky”


neo-op five coverI wanted The Wind and the Sky  to read as a classic Science Fiction story.

So I created a space station, populated entirely with androids.

The station is originally built as a place to store the technological and scientific building blocks of Earth before a meteor hits the planet and destroys the ecosystem. The humans left on the surface build underground caves to keep the population alive until the surface is once again habitable.

Time passes. All the humans posted to the space station die off, leaving androids capable of self-replicating. They are charged with the task of protecting the Earth’s scientific treasures, and the long-dead humans programmed them to share the storehouse of wealth with the rebuilt human civilization once it’s deemed “ready”.

The androids consider themselves so superior that the humans on the surface are never deemed “ready.” The androids build in improvements with each successive generational upgrade. I named the various upgrades after elements in The Periodic Table.

In The Wind and the Sky  Polnine is a member of the 84th upgrade Polonium series of androids. His boss, Astfour (a member of the 85th Astatine series) is a typical corporate manager: big ego, no compassion, and always giving Polnine a hard time for paying more attention to his passions  than his job.

Polnine becomes so fascinated by the humans living on the surface that he decides to pay a visit to the surface. The story evolves as this technologically and scientifically superior android interacts with the hunter-gatherer humans on the surface who are scratching their way back to civilization.

Fun Fact

In an earlier draft of The Wind and the Sky  Polnine’s boss was Asttwo or “AST-2”. (Which in my mind, meant he was the second built of the Astatine series.) But when beta readers told me they thought it read as “AST-TWOW”, the dog with a speech impediment from The Jetsons. I changed his name immediately!


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“Coolies” – The Story Behind the Story

Elements LJ sizeBelow, dear reader, please find bonus content for Suzanne’s book: ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction.

This series of posts provides stories-behind-the-stories for each tale in ELEMENTS.

Sitting in the 1st slot in the Table of Contents is: “Coolies”


On Spec Coolies covCoolies  is the first story in ELEMENTS, and one of my personal favourites, probably because in it, Canada  is at war with the United States. Crazy, right? Why would the little guy take on their big neighbour to the south?

And here’s the kicker: we’re winning!

I wanted to explore the idea that our two countries would be so polarized on an issue that we would take up arms. In this case, the issue is the existence of stem cell factories where organs and other body parts are grown for surgical transplantation.

Near the Alberta/Montana border, we meet Marvin, a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Regiment who leads a coolies detail–soldiers responsible for harvesting organs in the battlefield.

Since our armed forces already make so many sacrifices for our country, I thought I’d push their sacrifice one level deeper. In the few minutes after their deaths, their bodies can be used to save their wounded comrades.

Fun Fact

Jack McD StarhawkBefore I finished writing Coolies  I read the first few pages aloud at Con*Stellation a convention in Huntsville, Alabama.

The amazing and talented Jack McDevitt was in the audience.

After we all finished our readings, Jack told me he loved the story and couldn’t wait to read the rest.

His enthusiasm gave me the drive to finish Coolies  and to not give up on submitting until I sold it to OnSpec.


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Table of Contents for Elements

I’ve always enjoyed learning how authors create the stories they publish, and I’m not alone. It’s no surprise that the most popular question authors hear is, “Where do you get your ideas?”

To answer that question in my own way, I’ve added extra content here on the blog as a bonus for my readers.

Elements  contains 21 short stories — 14 reprints and 7 new to the collection.

If you click on a story title, the link will take you to extra content!

Introduction “What Becomes a Legend Most” by Sandra Kasturi

Coolies
Originally appeared in On Spec, Volume 20, Number 4, #75

The Wind and the Sky
Originally appeared in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Issue 5

Elements-5.5x8.5-100dpi-c8March of the Forgotten
New to the collection

Storm Child
Originally appeared in Cicada, Volume 9, Number 6

Courting Ice
New to the collection

Hot Furball on a Cold Morning
Originally appeared in Doorways Magazine, Issue 6

Jelly and the D-Machine
New to the collection

Everyone Needs a Couch
Originally appeared in Oceans of the Mind, Fall 2003

Waste Management
Originally appeared in Challenging Destiny, #21

Fuzzy Green Monster Number Two
Originally appeared in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Issue 12

Destiny Lives in the Tattoo’s Needle
Originally appeared in Tesseracts Fourteen, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop
Originally appeared in Clarkesworld, Issue 68, May 2012

Tattoo Ink
Originally appeared in The Shadow Box e-Anthology, Brimstone Press

Gray Love
Originally appeared in Chimeraworld #2

The Tear Closet
Originally appeared in Tesseracts Thirteen, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

Hell’s Deadline
Originally appeared in Book of Dead Things, Twilight Tales

Mod Me Down
New to the collection

The Needle’s Eye
Originally appeared in Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell, Lewd I Did Live, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing

The Flower Gathering
New to the collection

Muffy and the Belfry
New to the collection

Soul-Hungry
New to the collection