Hello folks. Calling these few short paragraphs a "newsletter" is a bit of a stretch. Maybe "news flash"
would be better. Still, here we are, and I hope this finds you well.
After a long dreary winter (I seem to remember too much rain and grey skies and not enough days with the
sun gleaming on the crisp white snow), spring has finally arrived up here in the north. The flight patterns
of the crows have changed as they return to roost each evening, our little white cat spends each day
trying to get as muddy as possible, and the moles are poking their heads out of the ground, blinking in
the bright light and thinking they should say hello to the larger world beyond their underground burrows (that would be me).
Mostly, I'm writing to let you know about my latest project with Charles Vess. We're both so busy these
days that we don't get to work together as much as we'd like. I'm making progress on my next book for
Tor, and if you want to see what Mr. V.'s been up to, check out his Web site at
www.greenmanpress.com. But we did get to collaborate on
a piece for Realms of Fantasy, and I wanted to mention it to you while it's still on the newsstands.
It's called "Companions to the Moon," a story of mine based on a painting by himself. This is the first
of a series of collaborations. Subsequent offerings will feature stories by other authors, but the paintings
will all be Vess originals. Ours appears in the June 2007 issue, and I notice that retailers are asked to
display it until June 4th—which is why I thought I'd better get this out to you before it's
gone. (But with that said, you could always get a subscription. I mean, where else are you likely to
find a new Richard Parks story every few issues?)
Speaking of June, MaryAnn and I will be having our huge annual book and yard sale on Saturday the
9th. You can find all the info about it here, including a spiffy
new poster designed by MaryAnn and maps showing you how to get here.
We've been delighted to meet some far-travelling visitors at the sale, so if you're thinking of coming,
please take the time to say hello when you arrive. We'd love to meet you even if we seem busy.
What else? Well, the third CD by Rodrigo y Gabriela hasn't left my player in months. If you like acoustic
guitar music with a Spanish flavour, you really should check them out. Some other favs include the new
Brock Zeman album (www.brockzeman.com), which was recorded with
Dan Walsh (ex-Fred Eaglesmith band). Then there's the Detroit Cobras' Tied & True; a
new Feist (The Reminder); The Good, the Bad & the Queen (featuring the Clash's Paul Simonon);
an album of covers by Patti Smith (Twelve) and Alan Stivell has a new CD (Explore) with rhythms
that sound like he might have been exploring Jamaica.
I'll keep this brief because I'll be sending you another note shortly about other projects. For
the moment, I wanted to be sure you heard about "Companions to the Moon." Hope you can track it down.
Take care of each other and enjoy the spring!