Author In the Wild

Illustration of a futuristic computer table, and the words "PLANS 2024"

Plans for 2024 Most years, but not all (looking at you, horrible COVID year!), it’s fun to look ahead. I come from a long line of folks who are rather bad at looking back, so that section will be brief. The more interesting sections — to me, at any rate — are plans for 2024.  […]

Author Carol Van Natta standing in front of a shiny sculpture in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in Sydney, Australia

Great Aussie Adventure, Part 4 I recently visited the Land of Oz, otherwise known as Australia, and had a blast. I took so, so many shareable photos that I had to break this down into four posts. This the last post about my Great Aussie Adventure, Part 4. (Click the images to see larger versions.) […]

Wide landscape photo of sunrise and Kata Tjuta in Australia. Taken as part of the great Aussie adventure.

Great Aussie Adventure, Part 3 I recently visited the Land of Oz, otherwise known as Australia. I took a gazillion photos on this trip of a lifetime, so I’m breaking them down into four parts. This is my Great Aussie Adventure, Part 3. (Click the images to see larger versions.) Melbourne (Part 1) • Cairns […]

Carol's Great Aussie Adventure 2023 - Signing books in Melbourne

Great Aussie Adventure, Part 2 I recently visited the Land of Oz, otherwise known as Australia. I took a gazillion photos on this trip of a lifetime, so I’m breaking them down into four parts. This is my Great Aussie Adventure, Part 2. (Click the images to see larger versions.) Melbourne (Part 1) • Cairns […]

Carol's Great Aussie Adventure 2023 - Signing books in Melbourne

Great Aussie Adventure, Part 1 Lucky me! I went on the trip of a lifetime to visit the Land of Oz, otherwise known as Australia. I took a bazillion photos, so I’m breaking them down into four parts. Once I’ve published all the posts, I’ll update them with links so you can see them everything. […]

Travel Bucket List Updated, with a photo of a U.S. passport cover and an airline ticket

Travel Bucket List, Updated Oh, my, but I had such thrilling plans at the start of 2020. The places I’d go, the people I’d meet, the things I’d see! Regrettably, the Calamity Fairies so enjoyed causing worldwide havoc that year that they decided to stick around for the next year, too. But I’m a forward-looking, […]

Woman standing in the surf with magical sparks from her staff and in the sky

Looking Forward to New Beginnings I’m not generally introspective, but recent changes in my life, some planned and some quite unexpectedly sudden, have me reflecting a bit. Mostly, I’m looking forward to new beginnings. Previous New Beginnings I began my solo author career in 2014 with the publication of Overload Flux, book 1 in my […]

Let your hearts -- and pets -- be light. Happy Holidays! Photos of a dog and a cat wearing holiday lights.

Hope for the Holidays I love the spirit of the holidays. The music, the food, festive lights, and all the good will. Okay, maybe not the thundersnow. And this year, even though we still have more dark days ahead of us, we have hope for the holidays. Not one, but two vaccines are already winging […]

Things I Learned at Whimsy Con

Things I Learned at Whimsy Con Whimsy Con in Denver was a delight. It’s the second year for the convention, which is an inheritor of the equally delightful but no-longer extant Anomaly Con. These are some things I learned at Whimsy Con. It’s All About the Corset It’s billed as a steampunk and costuming convention, […]