At Last! soon as I wrote that title, I of course thought of the great Etta James and the terrible news this week of her now terminal condition. In the news reports this week, they naturally mentioned a couple of her most popular songs, but in the reports I read, at least, not the one I'd consider my favourite of hers - "I'd Rather Go Blind." If you're not familiar with it, I'd strongly encourage you to check it out. Is there a more gut-wrenching lyric than "I'd rather go blind than see you walk away from me"?

And sadly today, we learned of the passing of Cesaria Evora. I got into her music back in the early 90s and it really sort of defined much of that time for me. Check out this song if you're not familiar with her. Such beautiful melancholy. Rest in peace, Cesaria, and thank you.

But the "At Last" in the title of this post refers to the fact that at last I have a cover for my upcoming short story A Stunning Confession. It's been the hardest cover to lock down, and I'm so glad I now have something I'm pleased with. I hope you like it. If you sense something androgynous about it, even better :)


  1. Thank you for the videos. Cesaria Evora had a stunning voice. I think I like her Besame Mucho more than any other version I've heard.

    Great cover. I think it is a man, but it is very haunting.

    Now you just have to worry about the anthology title. Meditate on it. :)

  2. I'd have to agree with you on her version of Besame Mucho, Jeanne. I was lucky enough to see her perform live a few years back - just amazing.

    You're observation on the cover is JUST what I wanted to hear! Thank you!!!

    As for the Anthology title, I think I've cracked that, too. "Strange Tales of the Curiously Uncommon" is the simple but effective (I hope) title. But that's just between you, me and the internet :)

    That said, I'm going to start a meditation routine very soon! I never imagined I could do it until I read your interview. Thank you so much!


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