What dragon on the spine?

I was down at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore yesterday, signing the next load of Silk and Song, and Julie said how much she liked the dragon on the spine. I said what dragon on the spine?

dragon on spine

This dragon on the spine!

No one has ever built me a book like this before so it never occurred to me to remove the cover and look at what might be on the actual book. My mistake.

Although the cover is gorgeous, too, like this gold leaf image of North Wind on the cover spine.

North Wind on spine

Not quite all of these books are sold yet.

Dana w:S&S

But all of them are signed.

S&S signed

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or for that special reader in your life.
It would make a great Christmas gift. She whispered seductively…

Gallery

Corsets, 4-inch heels, and foot binding.

I hiked the Chilkoot Trail in 2000. When I was writing about it for Alaska magazine, somehow I stumbled across the information that women in that time, 1898-1899, wore on average forty pounds of clothes.

Can you imagine hiking up that

in forty pounds of clothes? That’s, what, like eight 5-pound chickens, or one three-year old child.

Now imagine that part of that forty pounds is a corset

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Rugs, ropes and rivets.

What do you want? Need? Make? Sell? Buy? Whatever your answer is, the Silk Road’s oasis towns have a market with your name on it.

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The guy below? He’s making rivets out of tiny pieces of metal he has cut into triangles. He pushes one corner of the triangle into a hole in the mold he’s holding and bangs on it with that hammer. The corner becomes the shaft of the rivet and the rest of the triangle the head. And then he uses the rivets to finish one of the buckets you see sitting next to him.

And he was just across the street from the dentist, and right around the corner from the mule shoer. (Have I mentioned how much I love markets?)

Rivet maker

(Soundtrack to this and all Silk and Song market posts.)

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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It’s a deal.

It's a deal - Kashgar

In the Kashgar livestock market. The guy in the tall hat is the broker, the guys on either side the seller and buyer. The tallest guy is always the broker, we were told. And evidently, if they aren’t tall enough the hat can make up the difference.

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

Once you get in, you’ll never get out.

Teklamakan 1

The Taklamakan Desert.

Some sources claim it means “Place of No Return”, more commonly interpreted as “once you get in, you’ll never get out.”

Teklamakan 2

And you can see why.

Teklamakan 3

 

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

It’s all about product placement on the Silk Road.

Coal and stovepipes copy

Coal and stovepipes in the Kuche market. Hey, buy one, gotta buy the other.

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

Shoe a mule or fill a cavity–your choice at the Kuche market.

Shoeing a reluctant mule

So you can get your mule shoed…

 

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…and ten feet to your left see this sign…

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…so while you’re waiting on your mule you can go in and get that pesky cavity in your second lower left molar filled. I sent this photo to my dentist and he reported that that that dentist had pretty modern equipment. I regret to this day not asking our guide to ask how much it would cost to get that cavity filled.

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.