Gemstone Cowgirl

the lore of gems and stones * life in the sonora * and having your first novel out there

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Quick disclaimer: I'm not a cowgirl. I'm a writer and an editor, and though I live in Tucson, the only creatures I've herded are cats. [My record is three at once.] But I've had a lifelong interest in gems, stones, and their lore, especially the way they turn up in myths and folktales. All of this fed my first fantasy novel, A Rumor of Gems, which Tor published in June 2005. So I'm currently writing the sequel, and I'd like this blog to be a place to discuss stones and the beliefs connected with them--everything from Vedic and Egyptian lore to shamanic and current metaphysical beliefs. I welcome any lore or stone stories that readers are willing to share. For an idea of the sort of research I've been immersed in, check out the essay on Gemlore that I wrote for the Endicott Studio for Mythic arts: www.endicott-studio.com, where you can find it under Spring Journal 2005. And there's lots of information on the book, sources of inspiration, and the stones themselves on my website: ellensteiber.com. I hope you'll check it out.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Space Rocks for Katrina

I haven't posted for a while, mostly due to a deadline. But also due to the situation in the Gulf. Tragedies of that magnitude seem to reduce almost everything else -- including writing about gems -- to absurdity, at least for a while. But tonight I feel fortunate to be able to combine sending aid to Katrina with an appreciation of rocks.

Geoff Notkin, the artist /photographer/ designer who designed my website, is also a hunter and collector of meteorites. He's used his contacts in the international meteorite community to put together a raffle of donated space rocks and meteorite-related items. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Among the prizes are a guided meteorite hunting expedition, rare and wonderful books on the space rocks and, of course, many fabulous specimens.

The tickets are only $10 a piece and they've already raised $5,000.

The website for the raffle is: http://www.aerolite.org/meteorite-raffle.htm

Have a look, buy a ticket, and best of luck -- to you and all of those affected by Katrina!

Muchas gracias,

E.