Welcome, again!

Welcome to the new Bluebonnet Equinox! After neglecting this blog shamefully for three years … ouch! … I’m relaunching it with a new design and a new commitment to keep it going.

I hope you’ll register so you can get notified when I post. And, I hope you’ll comment on anything that strikes you!

By the way, in case you’re wondering about the site name—it’s kind of a long story, but the phrase, which I came up with years ago, was influenced by my 14 years living in central Texas. The wildflowers blooming in spring there, especially the bluebonnets, were an amazing and joy-bringing sight. People would often bring their families out in Easter finery to take pictures among the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush and little pink and yellow flowers whose names I don’t know.

Equinox joined the title just because I liked the way it sounded with the word bluebonnet. I sometimes write that way, especially when writing poetry. I have emotional reactions to certain words and groups of words. Equinox is also a cool word because it has science-y aspects and ancient religion-y aspects. See what a wordsmith I am!

Right now I’m serving as editor of the 2016 Dwarf Stars anthology, a product of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. The anthology is  both a showcase of short-form speculative poetry and a voting tool for the SFPA members to choose the best speculative poetry under 10 lines from 2016. The selection process is very hard work, but wonderful, wonderful!

Check out the SFPA website sometime and learn a little about speculative poetry. You might be surprised.

Just getting started

Well, I’ve decided to redo hieran.com as a WordPress site, centered around a blog. The idea is that someone or someones out there will actually be interested in things I have to say. Ha!

Why “Bluebonnet Equinox”? I’m not completely sure. I just came up with the phrase at some point a few years ago. The main reason for it is that I absolutely love the wildflowers that bloom along the highways in central and eastern Texas at this time of the year. Most of them are bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush, which make such a beautiful color combination. I miss seeing them, and I often try to make my occasional visits to Texas happen during the spring so I can get a glimpse.

This year, it looks like my vay-cay will be going to MediaWest Con in Lansing, Michigan, over Memorial Day Weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing my buddies Amy, Carol, Lynda and Anne, and we’re hoping Kris will make it, too.

That’s it for now. I’m planning to bring in some old blog posts here to fill up the space, and I’m still playing with the layout and widgets and all that stuff WordPress offers. If you have a comment, please do leave it below. I want to know whether anyone is reading!