Welcome to the new look.

Posted July 30, 2015 By mashaholl

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And welcome to the renovation!

I must give credit for the creative push to Stasia Holl of stasiaholl.com who managed to sketch a layout in 30 seconds flat and give me a solid direction for the design.

Sometimes it takes a kick…start from one’s own daughter to get it done. The old design was getting, well, just old. It wasn’t me anymore.

Do I still like science fiction? Heck yes. I’m not getting rid of my paperback collection anytime soon. In fact, I need to add a few classics to it.

Do I still write romantic sci-fi? I sure hope so. It’s been a long dry spell, but the stories are still there.

But in a way, this iteration of the website is a return to my roots, and to my first passions, and even to passions that have never waned.tsarevna-Liagushka

Legends.

Folk tales.

Folk art and design.

Folk traditions and beliefs.

Folk dress and food and music and song and…

I think you get the idea.

I am, after all, a folklore scholar by training.

Therefore my site has taken on a Khokhloma look.AAKZGtPuS5Q

What is Khokhloma? It’s a style of decorative painting and also a painting technique applied to wooden utensils and tools. It’s colorful, gold and red and black and a little green. It’s flowers and berries and leaves and geometric patterns, with the occasional bird or so. And it deserves a post all of its own.