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Lorgren Launch Party

Five and a half years ago I had my first Idhuan Launch Party for Lendhlay. My project was to write a short story and an ‘encyclopedia’ entry for each of the fourteen kingdoms of Idhua. Now, after 60 rejection letters and two acceptances, 3 different writing groups, dozens of rough …

White Gaspacho

Ocilla Launch Party

A few weeks ago I hosted my thirteenth short story launch party. I only have one more to go before I will have written a short story and an “encyclopedia” article for each kingdom in Idhua. This launch party was for Ocilla, a small, south-western country between Lorgress and Souvin. …

tent interior

Provarian Launch Party

Really, the main reason to have a costume party like the Provarian Launch Party is to build a grown-up sheet fort. I spent the afternoon on Sat hanging sheets around our living room and rigging up strings to hold up old theater curtains over the ceiling for a tent roof. …

Souvin Launch Party

As I went through my posts for last year, I realized that I never posted about the Launch Party for Souvin that I hosted last August. It was in the middle of a busy period of camping trips, new housemates, weddings, my mom visiting and general summer fun, so I …

Mushroom Stew

Donan Launch Party

The Donan launch party was slightly truncated due to the cold-and-flu season, however a good time was had by those who attended the scaled back version. We had gnocchi made with pâte à choux, served with a mushroom stew, cabbage rolls and cranberry relish. There was spiced pomegranate juice and …

Flowers and Lemonade

Avarran Launch Party

Phew – the end of May and most of June were a wild ride! First, I was down in California for a week attending my PhD graduation; then, barely after I had arrived home, we found a new house to move into. (We had barely started house-hunting – it was …

Vanovsk Launch Party

It was a wild two weeks. I decided at the last minute to entirely re-write my Vanovsk story – and proceeded to write 15,000 words in five days. Then I madly edited it and cooked up a storm.  However, the party went off very well and the new and improved …

Feta Nut Balls: A Hynovian Recipe

I promised I’d post the recipe for the Nut and Feta balls I made for the Hynovian Launch Party – and here it is.  One of the guests who asked me for it wanted to know if it was an easy recipe and I immediately said, “Oh, sure, it’s easy.”  Then I …

Hynovian Launch Party

The Hynovia Launch party was the perfect end of summer evening.  I’d had some trouble coming up with decorations, until I found some lovely Indian bedspreads in golds and reds and browns.  After that it was pretty easy to hang lanterns, pin up my sister’s sari fabric and transform our …