Month: June 2004

Letter from Kathleen

Letter from Kathleen

*nodding head to fan Harry Potter music*

Um. Okay since there seem to be a lot of asking writing related questions I figured I’d jump on the band wagon.

I’m writing my own little original thing but what is driving me nuts is since my head is way ahead of my hands I keep throwing in this character or changing that scene to make it better but makes it so much longer. I’m already working on six or seven years into the future of the story when the actual written part only spans about two months. Is this a good or bad thing?


Welcome to one of the many writer’s distractions! Instead of actually writing what’s in front of you, you’re being distracted by what you’ll write next.

It happens to everyone. Sometimes it’s a sign that you need to move on, sometimes it’s a sign of insecurity, sometimes it’s just the way your brain is working — sometimes it’s exactly what you need to realize something important that you have to stick into what you’re writing now to make it work later. And no one, but you, will be able to figure out which one it is (you’ll find that you get better at guessing which it is the more you write).

Good luck!

Letter from Bats

Letter from Bats

Is the follow-up to Dragon’s Kin is it Dragon’s Blood?

And inside the cover of Dragon’s Kin,there is a list of of your Mothers’s books,are they in the right order, some I have found seem to be different, as I’m being a good Little Bat as I’m putting my Books in order, and big thoughts of what Books to give to the Libary.

At the moment I’m reading a Aussie Writer, Kate Forsyth. Have you read her books? Her Dragons are pretty powerful.


No, Dragonsblood is an adult novel which starts fourteen Turns after Dragon’s Kin ends. All the same, Dragonsblood will feature several characters first met in Dragon’s Kin.

The sequels to Dragon’s Kin have yet to be written — but we’re getting started on them!

The version of Dragon’s Kin you’re referring to is the Transworld edition, right? I had a quick look at the list of books. It seems to be pretty much an “in order of publication” list. Reading orders vary. Some people want to read the series in chronological order (starting with “Survery P.E.R.N.”), others want to read them in the order they were written (and published). The chronological list I have is here.

I haven’t read any of Kate Forsyth’s works. I’m glad to hear you enjoy her dragons.


Letter from Teannette

Letter from Teannette


How cool you were able to see the launch of SpaceshipOne!!!!! We are on our way to what so many people have known and been able to read about through such great authors for many, many years! It is great to be able to look at the people who thought I was a dork for so many years when I tried to explain about your mum’s work, including the Pegasus series and Pern of course! (I didn’t realize I was a nerd until I was 30!! It was quite a shock!!! lol) Some people just don’t get it or don’t want to.

And, boy, do I know about the kiddo thing. While we want to share so much, they rule the roost at that age. I have a granddaughter now, almost a year old and one of the first things I got for her was “A Gift of Dragons” which I look forward to having your mum sign for me at my second ever Con this fall in Atlanta.

Thanks again, and I can’t wait for your next work to come out!!!


Hi Teanette!

I’m looking forward (waaayyy forward) to grandkids. I tease my daughter that I’ll be sure to send them lots of loud toys.

I sure hope we’re on our way. I can’t help but remember that Robert Heinlein labelled this century “The Crazy Years” — and so far (sadly) they are living up to the appellation.

Thanks for the encouragement and I hope to see you at Dragon*con.


Anne McCaffrey Booksignings — Los Angeles, August 2004

Anne McCaffrey Booksignings — Los Angeles, August 2004

As a member of The Writers of the Future Awards Committee, Anne McCaffrey will be signing at the Borders bookstore in Hollywood on Sunset and Vine – August 21st, 2004, 1 – 3 p.m.

Mum has also agreed to some book signings at local bookstores while she is in LA this summer:

Mystery And Imagination – Glendale CA – August 24th, 2004, 7.30 – 10 p.m.

Barnes&Noble, Encino CA – August 25th, 2004, 7.30 – 10 p.m.

Barnes&Noble, Huntington Beach CA – August 27th, 2004, 7.00-9.30 p.m.

Dangerous Visions – August 28th, 2004, 3-5.30 p.m.

Mum regrets that she can only sign two books per person but at the hale age of 78, her hands give out too quickly.

She’ll be signing along with me (she insists).

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