I don't know about you, but I can't believe this year is almost at an end! Got a snack and a beverage? Good, because I have some fun stuff lined up for you! It’s time for a nomination AND a party…

Nomination and a Party—Come on Over!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe this year is almost at an end. The weather has been amaaaazing—until the last few days. On Sunday Hubby and I went outside to sit on our new-this-year swing and enjoy 60°F weather. In December. Wow! Sunny skies, birdies tweeting. It was gorgeous.

By Monday the temps had taken a dive, and today I’m taking full advantage of my snuggly electric shearling blanket while I strive to avoid going out into the newly arrived winter: It’s 34°F right now. Someone else can get the mail, right? Brrrr!

Luckily, I have some good stuff lined up for you. Continue reading Nomination and a Party—Come on Over!

A Drift of Quills: Bookish Gift Ideas

Who better to come up with some nifty bookish gift ideas than A Drift of Quills? Being bonafide readers and writers ourselves, we know about this stuff. We are, after all, not the only literary types in our worlds. (That made sense, right?) To save you time, spark your imagination, and hint broadly, we’ve set out to track down some of the coolest, funnest, funkiest, interesting ideas for your Christmas (or otherwise) gifting…

Bookish Gift Ideas for You and Everyone Else on Your List

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Bookish gift ideas are nice to have any time of the year, right? We all know people who love to read and write, and there are many gifting occasions throughout the year.

But it’s December already, and although we have the same twelve months every year in which to prepare ourselves, we’e running behind again. And if you are one of those Miracle Early Shoppers, you’re probably still looking for a few last minute ideas for stockings, or office parties, or… all that jazz.

So put on your party hats, queue up the holiday tunes, and let’s do this! Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Bookish Gift Ideas

Five Good Things: I discovered that the world is full of cool at a really young age. At age eight or so, I'd found heaven—And now our ability to learn wonderful (and sometimes weird) things is limitless: we have the internet! I sometimes stand in severe danger of walking in and never coming out again. The world is full of cool.

Five Good Things #10 (The World is Full of Cool)

I discovered that the world is full of cool at a really young age. My mom had several sets of encyclopedias from different decades. They were rich in coolness. It breaks my heart that they disappeared, but I can understand her not wanting to tote them around as she moved from one place to another.

I can remember sitting on the landing at the top of the stairs when I was elementary-school age. One wall had a bookshelf built in, and I would perch there beside it and browse through those encyclopedias and the scores of other books living there.

At age eight or so, I’d found heaven.

And now our ability to learn wonderful (and sometimes weird) things is limitless: we have the internet! I sometimes stand in severe danger of walking in and never coming out again. Except for food. I like food. Continue reading Five Good Things #10 (The World is Full of Cool)

The Great NaNoWriMo Rebellion of 2017

Long live the rebellion! I love that the good folks at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) have embraced those of us who already have a work in progress. The cameraderie of the challenge—not to mention the awesome pep talks, fun badges, helpful (and frequently funny) forums—are hugely inspirational.

I could use some inspiration.

I have a lot of writing to do!

So here I am, using the NaNo cattle prod to pump out some volume, rebelliously attacking a current work in progress.

NaNoWriMo Rebellion badge

I never really think of myself as a rebel, but in this case I apparently qualify. I even have a badge to prove it. “You believe rules are meant to be broken. On November 1, you’ll start writing anything but a brand new novel.

On the bright side, I’m closer to typing those magical words, “the end,” than I thought I was, so maybe I’ll get  a chance to work on the Brand New Thing, too. Who knows?

Want to help out? Join my cheering squad by emailing me, tweeting me, messaging me! I love hearing from you—and it helps a lot.

 

 

A Drift of Quills: Picture This (#4)

It’s time to “Picture This!” Every first Friday of the month, A Drift of Quills gets together to chat about reading and/or writing. Writers often collect images to help them envision people, places, and things as they write. For this feature we’re sharing pictures and snippets about one of our works, giving you a sneak peek into our worlds!

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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It’s time to “Picture This!” Every first Friday of the month, A Drift of Quills gets together to chat about reading and/or writing. Writers often collect images to help them envision people, places, and things as they write. For this feature we’re sharing pictures and snippets about one of our works, giving you a sneak peek into our worlds!
Elran = Model Gustav Morstad, Adam Katz Sinding, via le21eme.com

I have a huuuuge collection of images and will never run out of inspiration from that quarter! I write primarily fantasy, but that doesn’t stop me from seeing a science fiction style image and diving off the cliff of “What If…” That happened recently with the short story “Sixes” that I wrote for the Quills’ flash fiction challenge.

See if you can picture this: In my story, Elran’s Journey, the main character is the younger son of highly regarded and respected members of the Peerage. In the eyes of society, he has everything any boy could or should want.

 

Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Picture This (#4)

Chocolate Fix: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Autumn is pumpkin time — and time for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins! (I don’t actually discriminate against the season. Any time is a good time for pumpkin stuff!)

“Easy” is always usually a keyword when it comes to baking in my kitchen, and these gems are certainly that. And as an added way to get your vegetables, who can argue with muffins, especially when they are dotted with chocolate chips bursting with antioxidants? This particular recipe is pretty healthy, so it gets double points in my book. Continue reading Chocolate Fix: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

101 Reasons to Fall in Love with Lake Tahoe: Had a *glorious* week at Lake Tahoe. Such breathtaking scenery! And when I say “breathtaking,” I do so with all the words my thesaurus can list in mind: spectacular, awe-inspiring, magnificent, sensational, wondrous, and all the rest.

101 Reasons to Fall in Love with Lake Tahoe

I just spent a glorious week at Lake Tahoe.

Okay, I wasn’t that thrilled with the snow, but it was an overnight thing, soon melted, and it did make for some lovely scenery. Mostly, though, I prefer my snow in pictures.

My hubby and I arrived at Lake Tahoe right after most of the parks and historical sites shut down for the season (sad!), but just in time to enjoy all the breathtaking fall color—without the congestion of all the Summer Folk. And when I say “breathtaking,” I do so with all the words my thesaurus can list in mind: spectacular, awe-inspiring, magnificent, sensational, wondrous, and all the rest. Continue reading 101 Reasons to Fall in Love with Lake Tahoe

We’ve put our heads together and come up with a flash of inspiration. Fiction! One picture, three authors. Writing to a random theme is challenging. So is keeping the tale to a particular word count…

A Drift of Quills: Flash! (Department of Stories)

A Drift of Quills put their heads together and came up with a flash of inspiration. Fiction! Good for you, good for us. So we headed over to the Department of Stories, picked a picture to serve as our topic (subject to interpretation!), and got to work. Writing to a random theme is challenging. So is keeping the tale to a particular word count.

Behind closed doors we’ve each written our own bit of flash fiction. No sharing until today. Let’s go see how this exercise turned out, shall we?
A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

The marvelous (subject to opinion) picture we wrote to is called “Long Walk,” by the talented Jonathan Bach. There is some great artwork to see on his site. I wish there was more! Be sure to check it out.

"Long Walk," by Jonathan Bach
“Long Walk,” by Jonathan Bach

Let the stories begin… Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Flash! (Department of Stories)

Fantasy Oasis

Home garden and decorating magazines—and the fact that I live in a desert—long ago inspired in me a yearning for a fantasy oasis. Oh, nothing excessively artsy-fartsy, but I dreamed of a private, lush garden to relax in. Lots of greenery. Trees to enfold our little house and obscure those surrounding us. Perhaps a little artwork tucked away here and there to liven the view and add a little whimsy…

In the Beginning

When we moved into our new house three years ago, there was grass from the street all the way to the back fence. Luckily, there were three mature trees, too. Well, they were advertised as mature, but they were more like adolescents. Maybe I’m being a snob, but I think a mature tree should actually provide some shade! Where was my fantasy oasis? Continue reading Fantasy Oasis

Cover Candy #9 (Black and White and Re[a]d All Over)

Cover candy: tasty and calorie free! I collect book covers—okay, and books, too—like some people collect shoes. Naturally, being a fantasy author, my tastes run toward fantasy covers. But not always!

The theme for this installment is “Black and White and Red.” I know, the title was a dead giveaway, but doesn’t that particular combination just scream for attention? Modern or classic, fantasy or horror, black-white-and-red draws my attention like a magnet to lodestone. And fantasy books do it right!

(FYI, I don’t actually read much horror, but I do find horror covers sometimes appealing…)

In addition to being just plain attention-grabbing, black and white illustrate a stark contrast. Since the cover says “contrast,” it suggests an unmistakable contrast in the story. Nothing is ever as simple or as demanding as black-and-white (and red). Continue reading Cover Candy #9 (Black and White and Re[a]d All Over)