Organs and Organ Music

The pipe organ is the “queen of instruments.” And the name comes not just from the fact that the instruments can be temperamental and demanding of their player, as well as each having a separate personality and sound, depending on the style of the instrument, the place where it is installed, and the time when it was built. Although associated with Christian houses of worship, organs can be found in department stores and concert halls. In fact, most of the largest instruments are in department stores and concert halls. The smallest instruments can be found tucked away in corners of museums and in private homes. Playing them requires technical skill and a knowledge of history, which makes them great instruments for odd people. Especially if you don’t like to be seen performing in public (or imprinted on a certain scene in Disney’s movie of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.)
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Book News

I finished the draft of Language of the Land today. At 93K words it’s the longest novel thus far, and I suspect that will increase as I go back and revise it, especially the first ten chapters or so. According to the writing books, it is not Steampunk, because there are no automata or created beings in it, but instead it is “Gaslamp Fantasy.” Which is news to me, because it doesn’t look anything like the Girl Genius stories, but OK, whatever. They can explain the difference to the magic-enhanced steam engine that shows up in the next-to-last chapter. Her name is Fiona. And no, I had no idea she was coming either. Totally fluffs up the magical system I had developed, too.

The cover art for Peaks of Grace is well underway and, barring bad life rolls, the book should be ready in a few weeks. That should allow me to move release of Circuits and Crises, which takes place about 100 years before Elizabeth of Starland, into late March.