Little Tempests

Posted on 02 August 2011

I received my first blurb for Living Arrangements today, and I couldn’t be happier. Kristin Ohlson, author of Stalking the Divine and co-author of Kabul Beauty School, writes:

Laura Maylene Walter’s first book is a collection of fine and finely unsettling stories. In these wonderfully written little tempests, the characters possess a keen but rarely bitter clarity about the losses and accommodations that life demands. I continue to marvel at the way will and intent mesh in them, long after I put the book down.

I am immensely flattered and thrilled that she had such good things to say about the book. And I love that she calls my stories “little tempests.”

Living Arrangements continues to march along the publication process. I should be able to post thoughts on cover design very soon. In unrelated news, did you know that searching for “tempest” on Flickr results in many photos of dolls? As in, dramatically posed dolls dressed in outlandish outfits? Check out these. I guess this is a thing.

While I am clearly uneducated in doll fashion/photography, at least I have a wonderful blurb for my book. Always look on the bright side, right?

Do you love the phrase “fine and finely unsettling” as much as I do? Is it creepy that I sort of want this doll’s outfit in adult-human size? What are you grateful for today?

Photo: shootingstargaze

15 responses to Little Tempests

  • Tricia says:

    The first car I ever owned was called a Tempest–I always liked that.
    Great quite for great stories.

  • Tricia says:

    Quote! Quite a quote!

  • Teri says:

    I’m so excited for you Laura! I can’t wait to read your book. And yes, this little doll has one cool outfit — I want one too. ;)

    P.S. I’m grateful today for something I can’t talk about for a few days. How’s that for Mystery?

  • j a zobair says:


    I do love it. But I love “the way will and intent mesh” as well!

    Looking forward to reading.

  • lizisilver says:

    Congrats Laura! I was leafing through an anthology of poems just before coming to you, thinking how much I love this poem and how I must post it when I get my first blurb. Since it’s years away, you can have it first :).

    I think you’ve won with “little tempests”.

  • Downith says:

    Ooh! Great blurb. I can’t wait to read your book – and to meet you on the UK reading tour!

    I love “little tempests” and I love “fine and finely unsettling”. Little Tempests would be a great title too!

    Congratulations again Laura.

  • Lyra says:

    A blurb! “Little tempests” is absolutely fantastic. You can use that for the title of your second collection. And when you find someone to make those outfits, I am SO in.
    Congratulations and love.

    • I have been known to buy outfits for my niece that I really want for myself. Once I bought her this purple sweater with rainbow trim (size: 3T) that I loved so much I was this close to contacting the manufacturer to see if they’d make me one.

      It’s probably a good thing I don’t have children of my own.

  • lisahgolden says:

    I love that! Little tempests and fine and finely unsettling. So creepy cool.

    Oh! I’m also finely unsettled that you weren’t involved in the blogger/cat thing. We must rectify that.

  • amyg says:

    i’m grateful to have friends who get blurbs from authors like ohlson with phrases like, “…collection of fine and finely unsettling.” (which by the way would make for a great dinner party as well, don’t you think? “…a collection of fine and finely unsettling guests.)

    congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

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