Welcome to my first blog post on this Blue Thread site. It’s been 99 years since women got the right to vote in Oregonwell before the national victory in 1920. It’s about two months before the release of Blue Thread, my bit of historical fiction/fantasy that takes you back to Portland in 1912 and entwines you in a struggle for women’s rights said to have happened thousands of years earlier.
I took yearssomewhat fewer than 99to bring Blue Thread this far. Why did I bother? The short answer: A mega-dose of curiosity and a passion for making connections. Which is why I took this picture on my cell phone.
Here’s the scene. I’m rushing to get from here to there, whenSNAG! I meet this figurine of Buddha balanced with supreme serenity atop the OPEN HERE knob on a fire hydrant. My feet stop. My mind races. Curiosity-connection neurons go into overdrive. Who put Buddha here? Why? Suppose tranquility tokens started showing up everywhere? What if this figurine follows me home? Or takes me back to ancient Nepal? Who would walk my dog?
If you know the real deal behind the Buddha on the fire hydrant, please clue me in. And if I find out, I’ll let you know. With or without the ending to the Buddha story, I aim to connect with you and to satisfy your curiosity about:
- Every factual and fictional part of Blue Thread
- What happens to the characters after the book ends
- The real connection between Blue Thread and pursuing justice
- The next book in the Blue Thread series
- Almost anything else you ask
Thanks for stopping by.