• “Bookminder” inspiration and other ephemera

    • Where did Liara come from?

      My connections to the Milwaukee Croatian community played a big role in the germination of the 'Bookminder' story. And I credit a trip to Croatia in 1997 as the way in which I discovered the magic still present in that part of the world.

      To that end, Dvigrad is a real place.

      The ruins can be visited.

      Equally important is my time spent in the Collection Preservation Dept of U.W.-Madison's Memorial Library (and subsequent decision to become a degreed librarian.) It was in working amongst dilapidated materials wrecked by time and over-zealous researchers that I learned who Liara was and what she was doing around all those books.

      Follow M. K.'s board 'Liara and Nagarath' on Pinterest.
    • Special Thanks

      • The great folks at Xchyler Publishing (SKY-ler -- like some of the terms in my stories, they, too require a pronunciation guide) have made my writing career a reality. Thanks to the team there for seeing my stories as worthwhile. Also, check out some of the work by my fellow authors...

        Artist for the “Bookminder” cover -
        Supreme thanks to Egle Zioma for making it possible for everyone to see my imaginary friends! Find her art here.

        Credit where credit is due

        I chose a pre-fab theme to build my website because I wanted control over my design without also starting from scratch but I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to the lovely folks behind the basic design, FreeWebsiteTemplates.com (Thanks, guys. I broke your site six ways from Sunday and still got it to do what I wanted. Kudos!)

  • Ephemera

    Ephemera (“...transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved.” Wikipedia)

    I tend to write everything out long-hand before I do anything on the computer, save for when I have a research question that requires the internet. (e.g. What plants could feasibly grow in a garden in Istria in 1680?) This has given me some fun things to look back on as this project has grown.

  • Cviće moje

    Lastly, I mentioned above that my Croatian heritage is important to me. There's a song in Bookminder that I searched long and hard to find. Here is one splendid rendition of “Cviće moje” by Klapa Šušur In a terribly strange and wonderful coincidence, I was looking through old sheet music for some song lyrics and ran across the music for “Cvijeće moje”. Simply reading the sheet music had me realizing that this song was one directly from my past, though it is a slightly different version than I'd been working from in my research. Having digitized old Milwaukee CFU Tamburitzan concerts (shoutout to home videos!) I had the song ready to upload.