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…
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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
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!
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… 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:
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
A Drift of Quills are talking to the Head Muse (Department of Music) to find out what—if anything—helps promote the mood to write or inspire scenes, moods, or any other parts of our imagination. What kind of tunes do you think we listen to? We share a lot of things in common; is music one of them?
Ten Tunes That Rock My Writing
I write better when there is music playing.
I dream better.
Thanks to my mom and older sisters, I grew up listening to a wonderful variety of music. Sadly, not a one of us can play any instrument but the stereo. It’s a shame, really. Music is powerful stuff. Being able to play music gives you an even better boost than listening to it, but listening can Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Muse (Department of Music)
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Someone in my family discovered the recipe for an easy, scrumptious deep dark chocolate cake.
I don’t know who it was or where they found it, but the flavor and texture were to die for. We made it a lot. It swiftly became the go-to chocolate cake recipe, but I have to warn you that it does not work for making cupcakes! A shame, but sacrifices must be made. I never liked making cupcakes anyway.
We had a little trouble with the middle caving in, but my son was still living at home at the time, and loved baking. He took it upon himself to experiment until beauty was achieved and the middle behaved.
Such a sacrifice… Continue reading Chocolate Fix: Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
If I were ever to find myself in a position to build my dream home (especially my dream library), I’d be in such trouble! I thought things were bad when I was limited to whatever my imagination could cook up, but then Pinterest came along and I am so doomed.
Let’s pretend for a minute that I’m more than a thousandaire (my husband’s term!).
Do I go Mediterranean? French? Japanese? Modern? I love all those styles—Clearly, “eclectic” is the way to go. Er… the way to continue. “Eclectic Tuscan” is the style du jour at my house, with emphasis on the eclectic part.
I love our little house, don’t get me wrong! It would take millionaire status to convince me to move, and then it would have to be to THE perfect house in THE perfect place.
I would also have to be able to hire a gardener and a maid. Possibly a butler, because Mr. Belvedere ruined me.
When I drool over look at house plans, I start in the garage to find out how hard it will be to get groceries from the car trunk to the pantry. (A pantry is a requirement!) Then I look for the place the library will go.
Let’s talk about that last item. I’ve built myself a substantial morgue file chock full of ideas. I might need more than one library… Continue reading All the Crannies and All the Nooks!
I read Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol via Amazon Kindle First reads, and since this was the only fantasy/sci-fi option, it was a no-brainer choice. AND it has a beautiful cover. (I do love me a beautiful cover!)
I found the book very like other popular dystopian books about teenage girls—almost to the point of not finishing the book. Select people get all the privileges, and the rest are basically slaves in need of a savior/hero.
Naturally, our protagonist is blessed with incredible fighting skills, she is reluctant to fill the hero position, and she doesn’t have any choice.
Neither, apparently, does she have any choice but to Continue reading Book Review: Secondborn, by Amy A. Bartol
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?
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
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?
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
- 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)
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