Illuminated manuscript of monks burning books
Image of monks burning books, from the British Library

A quiet people practice their Gifts over long lifespans. Technologies augment these innate magicks, enabling travel between distant worlds on moon-sized vessels. Their worlds are by turns shiny and advanced, humble and agrarian. Their societies range from gentle sisters of faith to cruel slavers. Their werriours are strong. Their language retains old words from a forgotten homeworld's forests.

The vessels and worlds of the Sem are the settings for Legends of Spring. Projected to span multiple volumes, these books are refuges, alternatives to the dark distopian timeline we currently occupy. Let me try to speak of the first two books without giving overmuch away...


On a Sem vessel traveling its long orbit, a strange tree ripens and its crop is coaxed out. The first such harvest in generations, it brings unanticipated change to the small world. When a frightening enemy threatens, the treeborne and the Sem must use their skills, strengths, and Gifts to save themselves and their Goddess.

Treeborne has been the work (and rework) of years. It's almost there.


Strange people live on a rough Sem world avoided by the vessels. Partly animal, they're the prey and enemies of slavers. Other races live on the world in uneasy equilibrium. Through winter journeys and shared struggles, a few individuals learn to trust and rely on one another. I think you may like the Suhkarda.

Pack needs a bit of TLC. Once Treeborne's a thing, it's next.

Farther out...

The third volume in the series has a solid draft. Like fine wine, I'm letting it age. It's lively and strange. More volumes are drafted or outlined. Perhaps I'll live long enough to finish them. I hope they make for enjoyable reading.

Shortest possible description of the series:

Witches in space.