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Rachel Roberts’ Blog #11- Fall is here!

Rachel Roberts’ Blog #11- Fall is here!

Rachel Roberts’ Blog #11- Fall is here!
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Hello, mages!
I hope you guys all had a twigtastic summer! I know I did, with camping, hiking, and lots of writing.

First off, a great big thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit with me at the Comic Con in San Diego. It was a great show, and I had a blast meeting so many amazing Avalon readers-you guys are definitely a creative crowd! Good thing I packed extra gel pens. πŸ™‚

Special shout out to Serenity. Hoot hoot! Check out her awesome artwork.

But then it was time to get back to work, so I took a vacation. πŸ™‚

To tackle all the cool stuff going on at Avalon HQ, I needed research and inspiration. So with a backpack full of pens, notebooks, and granola bars (thanks Ozzie!) I hit the trail in the giant redwood forests not too far from where I grew up. Look how ginormous this tree is!

Park Rangers explained that during the winter storms, trees fall across the path. Before trails reopen, they go to work, removing brush, rocks, and sometimes very large trees, making sure hikers can enjoy wild places without disturbing the animals that live there.

Exploring meadows, woods, streams, and waterfalls, I spotted all kinds of wildlife, from birds and bunnies to hawks and banana slugs. And I’m pretty sure I saw a few brimbees hopping into a bush, and a flobbin flipper splashing in a stream.

Feeling the earth beneath my feet, sensing the forests all around me, breathing in the cool, fresh air, I felt like a mistwolf exploring magical places. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, the ideas started flowing.

And now I’m back at my desk, Attila and Raider in writing positions (that means scrunched on the chair), and ready to rock!

Book 10,Β Heart of AvalonΒ is in stores now. I’m sure Ozzie has more information about that plus all things Avalon on his blog. I had a lot of fun writing HoA and I’m so pleased Allison Storm drew the fantastic interior sketches.

I hope the new school year is off to a great start for everyone. Do good work and be kind to your friends – animal and human!

Your friend,

7 thoughts on “Rachel Roberts’ Blog #11- Fall is here!

  1. Wow. This blog really showed off Ms. Robert’s love for nature. But, I am disgusted that if she were an animal lover, she would know the truth behind white tigers. On they ‘Meet the Mages’ post, it was stated that Kara’s favorite animals were white Bengal Tigers, and that they ‘are so rare and need to be saved!’
    But that is wholly untrue. I’m going to go off on a tangent, so prepare yourselves.
    White tigers have a dark secret. The gene that causes the white colouration is called Leucism, and is a recessive gene. For those of you who haven’t done Punnett’s Square yet, it basically means that the parents must both have that gene… which means that all white tigers are severely inbred. The cost of beauty is often physical and mental disabilities, all for simply the pleasure of gazing upon them. They are becoming more and more common in the wild because loss of habitat, and thus, less genetic diversity. They do not have any conservative purpose, because the tigers need their natural black-and-orange colouration to survive.
    While it is true that tigers are on the brink of extinction, white tigers will forever stay, due to humanity purposely inbreeding them. I’m not saying that all of humanity is bad, but frequently, the less-than-reputable zoos will do so for more attraction.
    I know Ms. Roberts really cares for animals, but this is just something that enrages me so much, there are no words to describe it.

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