Sesskia’s Diary, part 21

25 Senessay (continued) Despite what they’d said, I wasn’t surprised to find Sai Aleynten in the cavern, looking through the books on the shelves. He was dressed in a plain brown shirt with an abstract pattern in black embroidered around the neck and cuffs and brown trousers of a different shade than the shirt, so…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 21

Sesskia’s Diary, part 20

25 Senessay Rest day. I was planning to begin studying the pouvra in earnest, but Sovrin barged into my room without knocking and said, “Put the book down and get out of bed, Sesskia, or I’ll drop you in the pool wearing all your clothes.” She’s big enough that I think she could do it,…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 20

Sesskia’s Diary, part 19

Later, same day Sai Aleynten went so completely expressionless when I told him what I’d learned that I thought he’d had some kind of seizure. Eventually, he said, “How sure are you of this?” “I can’t be sure until I’ve studied it more,” I said. “But every book I’ve ever read that taught about pouvrin…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 19

Sesskia’s Diary, part 18

22 Senessay More reading. Another argument with Sai Aleynten, short-lived and completely my fault this time, and I managed to suppress my dislike of him long enough to apologize genuinely. No time to read the pouvra book, no time to write anything longer. Very tired. 23 Senessay See above, except without the argument. I think—I…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 18

Sesskia’s Diary, part 17

21 Senessay (continued again) When I wasn’t bitching about Sai Aleynten, I had all sorts of questions about the Eddon book. I stayed up far too late reading it, but aside from not wanting to give it to Terrael without finishing it, I was fascinated by it. The short version: Eddon was a king of…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 17

Young adult fiction doesn’t equal safe

A few months ago I published my second book, THE SMOKE-SCENTED GIRL, and immediately noticed something interesting: a number of reviewers seemed to think it was a young adult book. It was a little disconcerting. I wrote it as an adult novel, with adults who have adult concerns–I suppose it could be called New Adult,…Continue reading Young adult fiction doesn’t equal safe

Sesskia’s Diary, part 16

21 Senessay (continued) Sovrin and Audryn both had plain green dressing gowns to wear, but I had to put on my own clothes for the walk back to Sovrin’s room, and I couldn’t believe how filthy they felt now I was clean. I don’t think I’ve ever been this clean in my whole life. Sovrin’s…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 16

Sesskia’s Diary, part 15

21 Senessay I had a bath this morning, and I’m trying hard not to feel totally humiliated about it. I do have a sense of personal hygiene, it’s just that sometimes I go days or even, once, weeks with no more chance to bathe than a couple of quick swipes in strategic places. And I’m…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 15

Sesskia’s Diary, part 14

20 Senessay (evening) I just finished reading over what I wrote above and it makes me cringe to see how petulant I sound. Once again it turns out I was wrong in a lot of my assumptions. In my defense, Sai Aleynten was definitely at fault, too, but I probably shouldn’t have given in to…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 14