Destination Human

Destination Human

A recent reader of Destination Human commented that his favorite part of the book was Chloe painting a sunrise. The story’s narrator, Welkin, is a non-physical being temporarily inhabiting Chloe’s body and it’s Welkin’s observations we hear. I’d like to share that scene here:

Chloe picks up a brush, dips it into vibrant orange and strokes paint onto the white rectangle. A long wavy line of orange appears. She dips the brush again, picks up a yellow, and swiftly adds this to the orange. The colors merge together and where they meet, a third color appears.

            Again and again, Chloe applies color to the rectangle. Sometimes she uses a fatter brush, and swirls it through the colors. They blend into ever more shades, some light, and some dark. The white background disappears swiftly, and then I realize something astonishing.

            Chloe is creating! She is making something altogether unique!

She pauses and lays down the brush. We move into a tiny room lined with shelves. “It’s the supply closet, Welks,” she whispers.

            “Why are we here?” I ask. “I want to watch the creation.”

            “You know…” her voice trails away and she’s quiet for a moment. Then she sighs and says, “I never thought of it quite like that. I just thought I was painting a memory of a sunrise I once saw.”

            “Painting a memory?” This is a stunning concept. “You’re attempting to make thought physical?”

            “I guess.”

            “Incredible,” I say. I have a strange urge to shake our head but Rule One says I can’t operate our body.

            Chloe laughs softly and shakes our head for us. “Do you still think we’re primitives?”

            “Uh. Hmm. Maybe not so much. Universals can only share memory through thought transfer.” I wonder if I’ll be able to transfer my memory of Chloe. “Is this painting exactly like your memory?”

            “Not exactly, no,” she replies. “It’s an abstract. More like the feeling of my memory.”

            “I understand,” I say.

            “Don’t lie, Welkin. But tell me this. Do you still think art serves no purpose?”

I am of course delighted that our species creates art—through music, dance, painting, writing and more. I think we’re all creative whether in the way we put together clothing or meals, thoughts or movement, musical notes or people in a photo… the myriad ways in which we create are astonishing. May all of us find joy in the process. ~ K.L. Denman


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IMG_4910There is a tree in our back yard, a Pacific Dogwood, and after an annual flash of stunning  spring beauty it invariably becomes exceedingly drab. Or so I thought. My desk sits at a window overlooking this tree and when the words for my current work in progress are being dodgy, I look out—and see.

The numerous twigs that litter the spring lawn beneath it? While our compulsively fetch crazy terrier is thrilled with the ready stick supply, I believed them to be careless cast-offs, rather like dirty clothing accumulating on the floor of a neglected bedroom. That was before I noticed the crows diligently snapping off branches and choosing only the best (I have no solid understanding of crow/ stick criteria) to carry off to their boudoir.

Summer drought brings a shedding of leaves barely surpassed by fall’s main event, but fewer leaves to support when water is scarce is undeniably wise. And it was in summer as the sun dappled through that dwindling canopy that I caught this picture of the trunk ~ small wonder the crows are fond of this tree.
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Fall brings another view. While the foliage doesn’t glow with blazing colour, the Dogwood’s fruit ripens and the feathered and the furred gather to feast and squirrel away the bounty. As it gives to all comers, this tree seems more alive in its dying away than in any other season.

Winter and the bare tree offers one last pleasure; I find again the view beyond.



Me, Myself and Ike ~ Korean Style

Me, Myself and Ike has been translated into Korean and here is the new cover. Very cool!



A character voices concerns…

Destination Human has just been released and already there’s trouble.


Destination Human ~ Available September 2013

My 10th book with Orca Book Publishers will be released this fall!

Destination Human

ISBN: 9781459803718 Publisher: Orca Book Publishers Pub Date: September/01/2013

As if girls aren’t alien enough already.
Chloe thinks of herself as a normal teenage girl—if there’s any such thing—until a formless alien being inhabits her body. The being is named Welkin and claims to be a Universal. Welkin has entered Chloe’s body as part of a school project. Chloe agrees to let this weirdo observe her life for three days as long as Welkin doesn’t interfere. Welkin tries to respect the non-interference portion of the agreement. But Welkin’s stream of alien commentary as Chloe deals with boys, her coach and math homework has a comic, and sometimes enlightening, impact on Chloe’s life.

The Walking Read ~ Fundraiser for Vancouver Children’s Hospital

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New Audio Book

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