Lustrum Review

Those of you who have read my novels, Changer and Changer’s Daughter (aka Legends Walking),know that once every five years, the immortal athanor gather to catch up both on business and with old (in some cases, very, very old) friends.  These meetings are called lustrum reviews –  lustrum being a period of five years, as a decade is ten.

Five years!!!

Five years!!!

Five years ago, I started writing the Wednesday Wanderings.  Since then, the same site has come to include the Thursday Tangents (co-written with award-winning New Zealand reviewer, Alan Robson) and, just this past year, the Friday Fragments, an informal look at what I’ve read the previous week.

The Wednesday Wanderings are also directly responsible for my most recent book, the non-fiction, Wanderings on Writing, which is a collection of and expansion upon those pieces I’ve written about the art and craft of writing – with a bit of advice about how to fit writing into your day-to-day routine added in for good measure.

The Wednesday Wanderings are the best place to learn what’s going on in the world of Jane Lindskold.  Not only will you find out about evolving projects, release dates, appearances, reviews, and contests, you’ll also get a look behind the scenes at how stories evolve, since very often some issue related to what I’m working on at a given moment triggers that week’s essay.

I’ll also talk about other stuff, completely unrelated to writing, like my garden, craft projects, and role-playing game.

Sometimes I bring questions to the readers of the Wednesday Wandering, such as last February’s discussion of what should the title be for the second book in my “Artemis Awakening” series.  The final decision – Artemis Invaded (due for release June of 2015) was directly influenced by reader feedback.

Another area where the readers of the Wednesday Wanderings were able to provide valuable feedback was regarding whether I should put some time into a re-release of one of my out-of-print novels, or put together a short story collection.  The short story collection “won” resoundingly, and is now over half-completed, including – at your request – original afterpieces about each story.

Reader comments sometimes provide the seed that grows into a later Wednesday Wandering column.  A recent example is “What English Professors Love” (WW 1-07-15), which grew out of a question asked by Chad Merkely.  I welcome questions, as well as suggestions as to topics you might enjoy hearing about.

Too shy to comment on the site?  An e-mail to will reach me.  Your ghosthood will be respected!

Yes.  I do post to Twitter but, if you’re looking for more than a quick news flash, the Wednesday Wanderings are the place to be.

This coming year, there’s a lot to look forward to…  In addition to the promised short fiction collection, there will be the release of Artemis Awakening in mass market paperback, Artemis Invaded in hard cover (and e-book), and several new short stories.

I’m also planning to expand the author interview series I started late last year, so that every month or so, without ever going anywhere else, you’ll be able to “meet” other authors and hear about their works.  My promise to myself and my guests is that I’ll try to come up with unusual questions, firmly based in their works, rather than the generic one-size fits all so common on the web.

And, of course, you’ll be among the first to learn about new developments.

Over five years, the Wednesday Wanderings community has expanded into a friendly, interesting place to be.  Whether you’re a new arrival or a regular reader, I hope you’ll not only hang around, but invite your friends to join us!

9 Responses to “Lustrum Review”

  1. Tori Says:

    Wow, 5 years already?? My, how time flies.

  2. Melissa Says:

    Congratulations on 5 years!! That’s amazing. I can hardly believe it’s been that long.

  3. Paul Says:

    Me either. But I like the serendipity of the time period coinciding with that of the athanor gatherings.

  4. Heteromeles Says:

    Congratulations on the first five years!

  5. Louis Robinson Says:

    What time does the Dance begin?

    • Jane Lindskold Says:

      Whenever you find a fiddler who strings the bow with the light of a new moon.

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        I’ll put out the word. Will let you know when we have someone booked.

        Don’t seem to be getting a lot of hits…

  6. Paul Genesse Says:

    Congratulations on posting for FIVE YEARS! Wow!

  7. Jane Lindskold Says:

    Thanks, all. It’s definitely been a journey of self-discovery.

    Please remember, I’m very open to suggestions for topics! Even if I can’t get to them right away, I keep a list and then use them for weeks when my brain is refusing to come up with something — often when I’m writing like crazy on something else.

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