All posts by Robin Lythgoe

A Drift of Quills: Under the Influence

Stories uncovered! Secrets revealed! Sounds like an article straight out of the tabloids, right? This first-Friday A Drift of Quills are looking at the way people, news stories, or current events play a role in our works. Are we under the influence of current events? How do we use it?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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Use people? And places? And stories?? I’m innocent!

Well… mostly innocent.

Maybe “unconscious” would be a better word, because while I don’t (usually) intend to put current happenings and humans in my stories, I’ve had people point out that this is like that, or Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Under the Influence

Survey Says! (Reader Poll Results)

Aren’t surveys fun to take? Well, it turns out they’re fun to read, too, and I have some fun things to share with you about what my current on-going survey says. Do you know, for instance, the name of the conductor?

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One of my fabulous readers took seriously my invitation to ask me anything. One of his fabulous questions was:

“If 2 trains leave Chicago at the same time, what’s the conductor’s name?”

I had to include it my poll, just for a little comic relief—and wow, has it been fun. Let me give you a sampling of some of the answers I’ve received:

  • Bob (10)
  • Fred (8)
  • Cheech and Chong
  • Pete & Repete
  • Conductor can’t be on two trains at the same time! LOL
  • Vinny
  • Huh? / I don’t know (22)
  • Are you telling me a story? I’m liking it 😉
  • Conroy Gundersnark
  • Skitzo Frenik

Clearly, some folks thought it was a serious question… But I’m thinking “Conroy Gundersnark” should receive a role in one of my books, right?

Looking at the Numbers

Let’s actually get serious for just a minute and look at some of the statistics. Continue reading Survey Says! (Reader Poll Results)

Book Review: The Portrait of Géraldine Germaine, by E.M. Epps

Book Review: The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine by E.M. Epps

Have you read The Portrait of Geraldine Gérmaine by E.M. Epps? You should. Really.

I enjoy some fantastic chats with some of my readers—folks who have taken to heart the invitation to recommend books that might be suitable for my Flinch-Free Fantasy reads. I got a wonderfully long list from Dorkas (hi, Dorkas!), who went above and beyond the call of duty when she saw one of her favorite authors had all their work for free on Amazon and quickly emailed me to let me know.

Dorkas said this particular story “fascinates me because of its charm and because I never thought a non-French could capture the French lightness and charm (or what I THINK is the French lightness and charm). It’s a wonderful book to lift you up.”

A peek at the “Look Inside” finished convincing me to download this marvelous novelette. I danced through The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine last night and went to bed smiling. Continue reading Book Review: The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine by E.M. Epps

It’s Been a Busy Week!

Hello, faithful readers!

This is not the post I’d planned for today, nor the time I meant to post it (oops! I’m late!), but it’s been a busy week, so what I have for you is a quick update.

On May 21, grandchild #3 came into our lives. We are smitten. He is adorable.

Then, on June 7, grandchild #4 appeared. She, too, is adorable and instantly melted our hearts. We have such cute grandchildren! (No, really!)

Between those two amazing events we began a super-sized yard makeover: taking out a big chunk of sod in the back yard and putting in a flower bed, a little patio, (hopefully) a big patio (but we’re still waiting on the Patio Dudes), and repairing the insane sprinkling system we inherited when we bought our house. (Who puts sprinkler heads meant for the entire yard behind trees? Three out of four across the back fence, and don’t get me started on the rest!)

AND… it suddenly became summer here. We’re having temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s, which would be great if we were sipping cool drinks on the patio, enjoying the new scenery, but it is not very fun to work in!

Backyard Makeover 2017
The west corner of the back yard… and it looks pretty much the same all the way to the east corner, so I’ll spare you more pictures. For now…

Wish us luck! And stay tuned for more interesting things to read soon… Er… eventually?!

A Drift of Quills: Where Do You List Your (Book) Loot?

A Drift of Quills: Where Do You List Your (Book) Loot?

We are a list-loving society, and for those of us who adore books, that means keeping some kind of inventory of what books we own, what we want to own, what we’ve read, what we want to read—and how well we liked what we read… Today A Drift of Quills delves into the subject of social cataloging for books—What do we use? What are some other options?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Where Do You List Your (Book) Loot?

Five Good Things #8: Pencils, books, a map, a quote, food…

Five Good Things #8: Pencils, books, a map, a quote, food…

Are you ready for Five Good Things #8? In Real Life, the Green Gomboo is sticking to me like glue. Luckily, there are more exciting things going on in the world than my slow-as-a-herd-of-snails recovery. Like pre-orders for Tad Williams’ new The Witchwood Crown, which comes out in June of this year. I am eager to return to Osten Ard! Have I got the first book in the new series yet? Well… no, but it’s on my wishlist!

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In the meantime, here are some recent good reads in the Blog World: Continue reading Five Good Things #8: Pencils, books, a map, a quote, food…

Of Ocean Breezes and Green Gomboo…

Original plans called for me going through vacation pictures and making witty captions to post about my recent vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. However… The Green Gomboo came along for the trip. I spent half my would-be gorgeous vacation in the sun and sand sick as a dog. (Ever wonder where that term came from? Me, too. Read about it at World Wide Words. Luckily, I am not sick as a cushion.)

 

My sister has a time-share in Myrtle Beach—and it’s Continue reading Of Ocean Breezes and Green Gomboo…

Today A Drift of Quills are looking at writerly things. We’re writers. It happens. I don’t know about you, but as a reader I love learning about how my favorite authors work and what they like to use. And read. And see. It makes them more whole in my mind’s eye (if that makes sense).

A Drift of Quills: Break Out the Toolbox and Write!

Today A Drift of Quills are looking at writerly things. We’re writers. It happens. We’re breaking out the ol’ writerly toolbox and taking a peek inside. I don’t know about you, but as a reader I love learning about how my favorite authors work and what they like to use. And read. And see. It makes them more whole in my mind’s eye (if that makes sense).

But I digress!

The question du jour is “what are our favorite ‘tools’ for writing”? And I quote, so the emphasis on “tools” got my mind dashing off on tangents. Read on to see where the three of us went on this expedition!

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

There are so incredibly many tools for a writer to use today. (Not like in the Old Days, when it was pen and paper, a set of encyclopedias if you were lucky, and the library!) What a wonderfully rich age we live in!

What are a few of my favorite things? Er… tools? Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Break Out the Toolbox and Write!

Cover Candy #08: The One with Dragons

Cover Candy #8 (The One with Dragons)

Are you ready for a little Cover Candy? Sometimes cover art is so yummy you just want to eat it up—and that’s a good thing!

Well, maybe not physically. There are better ways to get your fiber, and digital munching might be… electrifying.

But admit it: if the cover art on a book whets your appetite you’re much more likely to have a taste of what’s inside.

What do you say to these covers with dragons? Continue reading Cover Candy #8 (The One with Dragons)

It’s World Book Day—Party on, Bibliophiles!

Did you know that April 23rd is World Book Day?

It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. ~World Book Day

It’s like the world hears all of our birthday wishes and wishes-upon-a-star! BOOK celebrations everywhere! Party on, Bibliophiles!

Also known as International Day of the Book, this is an annual event celebrated every April 23rd since 1995. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the affair, using it to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

I love that!

Just to be quirky, the folks in the United Kingdom celebrate on the first Thursday in March. 😮

The Low-down on World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.I love finding out about stuff. When I was little and read something I didn’t know or understand, I would ask my mother. I’m not sure if it was an insidious plot to get me to leave her alone or if it was pure genius for waking my curiosity. Whatever the motivation, she would always tell me to go look it up.

The real problem with this was that I would get so distracted by all the other amazing things in the dictionary and/or encyclopedia (yeah, back in the dinosaur age) that I would forget what I was there for!

I did that today, too. Continue reading It’s World Book Day—Party on, Bibliophiles!