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Coming next week!

Coming next week!

Hi Folks,

Besides dealing with a broken ankle, I’ve also been working like crazy on my new book, A New Look at Old Words. And guess what! It’s nearly ready to go! I’ll be firing up a new Kickstarter for it next week if all goes well with the video editing.

A New Look at Old Words is exactly that. It’s all your Pirate Words of the Day collected and organized into categories for you to peruse. I created it as a reference for historical fiction writers like myself, but I’ve also added illustrations, quotes and commentary to make it an interesting read for anyone who loves old words.

I can’t wait to share it with you!

Cathy Thrush

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Hi Folks,

Columbus, Ohio as a land of myth and magic.

Columbus, Ohio as a land of myth and magic.

Yup, this post has very few pirates in it. But it does have Buckeyes.

Besides being a writer and a pirate aficionado, I’m also an artist. A year or so ago, I drew a map of Silicon Valley in LotR style – Silidor Valley as I like to call it. My husband and I did a successful Kickstarter for the map, doubling what we were asking for!

During that campaign, one of the backers  commissioned me to do map of his home town, Columbus, Ohio. We spoke at length about his memories of Columbus and he was thrilled with the original art work I did for him.  Now we’re looking for backing to get prints made of my fantasy map of Columbourne, Ohigh-Oh.

So check it out

Columbourne, Ohigh-Oh a map of the magical realm we live in.

and please pass it on to your favorite Buckeyes. After all, are you really going to let Silicon Valley beat Columbus? We want to see this map get made!

And visit us at our website: http://www.urbanrealms.com/

Thanks!

Cathy Thrush

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Hi Folks,

Our new Kickstarter!

Our new Kickstarter!

It’s the last few hours of our Kickstarter and we’ve more than doubled our goal! How exciting is that!

I’m offering some of my artwork as well as three journals. Two of them are for long RPG campaigns and the other one is for recording your RPGs and boardgames at conventions.

If you’re into gaming, check it out, and tell your friends!

 

Cathy

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Hi Folks,

Our new Kickstarter!

Our new Kickstarter!

That’s right! My Kickstarter funded with 12 days left to go! I wish you could see my happy dance!

I’m offering some of my artwork as well as three journals. Two of them are for long RPG campaigns and the other one is for recording your RPGs and boardgames at conventions.

If you’re into gaming, check it out, and tell your friends!

 

Cathy

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Yup!

Yup!

Yeah! We’ve hit 4000 visits to the blog!

That might be small potatoes to some people, but it makes me very happy. Thanks everyone!!!!

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Hi Folks,

Our new Kickstarter!

Our new Kickstarter!

I’m very excited about my new Kickstarter! No, it’s not for publishing Lady Blade, although I am thinking about doing that in the next year or so.

This one is for a pair of journals that I designed specifically for people who play role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. Because my husband and I believe every epic adventure deserves to be preserved.

Tom and I have been players since way back. (Tom’s been playing D&D for well over 30 years.) We’ve collected a whole ton of dog-eared notebooks with fabulous adventures, and I decided I wanted something classier to keep our tales in. So I designed these on Createspace and now we’re hoping to get a bit of funding to print them out. Check out our Kickstarter here.

Our last Kickstarter project was a huge success! We doubled our funding goal and then some! Since then we’ve started a business called Urban Realms selling the maps of Silicon Valley/ Silidor Valley that I drew along with a bunch of other D&D stuff I designed. So, I’ve been a little busy lately with all the designing, selling, marketing…

But don’t worry, I’ve been working on Lady Blade as well. I haven’t forgotten about Francesca! I’ve been working on a prequel to Lady Blade, and when I get it finished, my plan is to serialized the prequel and hand out a chapter a week leading up to the Kickstarter for publishing Lady Blade. Never a dull moment around here!

Anywho, this is all by way of an apology for not writing more in-depth posts of late. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about you guys. I’ve just been a bit overwhelmed – in a good way. 🙂

 

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Map of Silidor Valley on Kickstarter

Map of Silidor Valley on Urban Realms

Hey Everyone!

Lots of excitement going on!

My new company, Urban Realms is on-line and already making sales of our Silidor Valley map. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a map of the San Francisco Bay Area done in Hobbit style. And to celebrate the opening of the Hobbit movie, I’m putting the maps and screensavers on sale. So stop by and pick up a map for the Hobbit lover in your life.

I’ve also been busy taking my map around to bookstores and gaming stores, and one of them has asked me to do a signing.

Quest of the Faes

Catherine’s first book

Saturday, December 14th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Booksmart
in Historic Downtown Morgan Hill, CA

80 East 2nd St.
Corner of 2nd St. & Depot St.

Booksmart is now carrying, not only our map of Silidor Valley, but also my first book, Quest of the Faes which I wrote and illustrated at the age of 18. It’s a fantasy novel for children in the middle grades. I’ll have the original illustrations along too.

I’ll also be handing out free copies of my short story, My Brave Girl. Which is the story of my main character, Francesca DiCeasare’s birth. And because I’m just that sort of writer, it takes place during a pirate battle.

So stop by and say hi! I’ll be the one with elf ears…

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Map of Silidor Valley on Kickstarter

Map of Silidor Valley on Kickstarter

Once more, off topic, but very exciting!

Our Kickstarter project is over 200% funded! That’s right, we asked for $2000 to get our map printed and out to the public and backers have pledged over $4000! I’m blown away. And quite humbled by the reaction! It’s been a great experience.

Besides writing swashbucklers, I’m also an artist. So while I’ve been doing the marketing for Lady Blade and researching a prequel, I’ve also been working on a side project. It’s a map of my home, the San Francisco Bay Area, done in fantasy style.  A Map of Silidor Valley instead of Silicon Valley.

Our Kickstarter project concludes on October 25th, which happens to also be my birthday. What a great way to celebrate!

So if you love the Bay Area and see it as a land of wonder and possibility, like I do, come take a look.

A Map of Silidor Valley

C. J.

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Map of Silidor Valley on Kickstarter

Map of Silidor Valley on Kickstarter

This is off topic once again, but I’m too excited not to tell you what’s happened!

Besides being a historical fiction author, I’m also an artist – actually my degree is in Studio Art, which qualifies me to starve anywhere.

My husband and I have a Kickstarter art project going and two days ago it funded! That means that we’ve reached our goal of $2000. In fact we’ve gone well past our goal and we’re over $3000! Very exciting! Again, I feel very humbled and honored by the response. We’ve even got a backer for the highest level of rewards which mean I’ll be hand drawing the city of his choice in the same fantasy style!  I can’t wait!

Silidor Valley is up on Kickstarter until Oct. 25 – which happens to also be my birthday.  So you can still get a map, or cards, or hand-made bookmarks, or any of number items until the big day.

So if you love the Bay Area and see it as a land of wonder and possibility, like I do, come take a look.

A Map of Silidor Valley

C. J.

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I’m a writer, not a scientist or a politician, and usually I would stay as far away from politics as I can, but the craziness in Washington has gotten me thinking and I feel the need to point out something that I think many of us have forgotten.

Everything we do as human beings is a social experiment.

That’s how we’ve worked since we walked on two legs. We find a way to organize ourselves into a group, and if it works, we keep doing it. If it doesn’t work, we try something new. That’s the scientific method. We see a problem and say “hey, what if we did this instead?” we do it. And we see what happens and we learn from it.

The family was a social experiment. It stuck. For the most part it works, though nowadays we’re finding new ways to configure a family. That’s because the original social experiment wasn’t inclusive enough so it adapted and changed. We tried new things and they worked.

Every political system, from clans to kingship to democracy has been a social experiment. some have worked for a few people, like Kingships or Empires but they haven’t worked for the rest of the folk. They haven’t addressed the problems of human rights or poverty.  so we’ve tried other systems, like communism, socialism, democracy. Some don’t seem to work at all, some work partway. We haven’t yet come up with a system that works for everyone. That’s okay, we’re still experimenting. Someone will come up with another idea, and hopefully we won’t be too absorbed and attached to the current experiments to try the new one.

And it’s not just political systems. Political parties are a social experiment. Unions are a social experiment. Capitalism is a social experiment. Each one is an attempt to solve a problem and each goes some distance in that direction. But none are the end all be all. The experiments continue.

Law in general was a social experiment that stuck. Yet each new law we enact is another social experiment. Some work, some don’t. Prohibition seemed like a good idea at the time. But until you implement the experiment you can’t know. Certainly we try to guess and project what effect our experiments will have. But there is no way to know for sure. We don’t have a time machine, and people who do projections can be biased or just miss things. Even computer projections are only as good as the data entered. The only true way to find out is to run the experiment.

My point is that all this hoopla in Washington is about NOT trying a social experiment. Where is the point in that? Until you try you don’t know if it works. If it doesn’t, we get rid of it and try a new experiment. That’s what we do. That’s what makes us humans. And that is what will eventually find us the right answers.

Anyway, that’s my opinion. It’s free, and worth every penny.

C. J.

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