All posts by Robin Lythgoe

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.

 

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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)

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love #8 — A Drift of Quills adheres firmly to the adage that you can never have (or read) too many books. And here we are again, reading and sharing our finds in another installment of “Books We Love…”

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love #8

A Drift of Quills adheres firmly to the adage that you can never have (or read) too many books. “I add ‘Read Books’ to my to-do list every day so I know I’ll get at least one thing done.”

Here we are again, reading and sharing our finds in another installment of Books We Love

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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I really love chatting with my readers, and in a recent email exchange someone recommended a book for my Flinch-Free Fantasy list: The Dragon and the George, by Gordon R. Dickson.

Hey! I’ve read that!

About a million years ago…

I recall liking it, and the foggy memory tickled my brain until I had to pick up a copy and read it again. Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Books We Love #8

Five Good Things #9 (Recent Finds from the Ethersphere) from fantasy author Robin Lythgoe

Five Good Things #9 (Recent Finds from the Ethersphere)

The ethersphere is full of fantastic goodness—and by that I mean there are a lot of cool fantasy-type things and fantasy-seeming things out there for us to discover! Sometimes it’s hard limiting myself to just five pieces of awesomeness, but if I didn’t we’d all be down an endless rabbit hole.

Away from the ethersphere, I’ve been rubbing my hands together as I plot new tales — and toil away at the rewrites for book two of The Mage’s Gift. Watch this space for more news on those!

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In the meantime, here are some recent good reads from the Ethersphere: Continue reading Five Good Things #9 (Recent Finds from the Ethersphere)

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦

Book Spine Poetry… You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? It’s pretty simple, and anyone with a collection of books can become an artist. You just go to your bookshelf and pull out a handful of books with interesting titles, stack them in a logical (and hopefully musical) order, and take a picture. Voila! You’ve come up with something magical!

I have seen some truly lovely images and stirring words. #BookSpinePoetry on Twitter is a great source of inspiration, and I’ve even caught some on Instagram. After seeing so many I loved, I decided to give it a try—and invite my friends to join me.

Here’s what I came up with:

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist…

Works of Poetic Artistry by Friends

I asked for contributions on Facebook and Twitter, and I am delighted to present to you these masterpieces! Continue reading Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic