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!

Chocolate Fix: Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie

Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie sounds weird, right? Don’t run away yet! I tried it on my hubby, and I thought he was going to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

Then I sprang it on my daughter and her husband when she needed someone to make them a meal. (Dontcha hate being stuck in bed? But then people bring you food, and things might be okay after all!) Here’s what she had to say:

“The pie! So smooth and scrumptious! Hubby liked it, too. We both liked your Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie more than we thought we would. It was amazing! I also like that it’s not too rich. I could probably eat the whole pie…”

It’s slightly less decadent than the last pie I shared, but the texture is to die for. I revamped a  recipe by Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. The original recipe uses real maple syrup—which I love, but I wasn’t fond of it with chocolate and avocados! So I rebelled and used sugar. So sue me! You could probably Continue reading Chocolate Fix: Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie

Celebrate Reading (Drop Everything and READ!)

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

The author of the beloved Ramona Quimby books turns 101 years old today. A hundred and one! I’m sure she had no idea when she wrote Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that she would start a literary revolution.

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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - by Beverly ClearyInspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. In the book, Ramona’s teacher introduces the children in her class to D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read). It could have been “Sustained Silent Reading,” but how much more fun is it with a title like that? I love clever teachers (and writers) who know how to engage their students and make learning an adventure.

Drop Everything and Read has become “a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.” (Drop Everything and Read)

Did you know that reading Continue reading Celebrate Reading (Drop Everything and READ!)

A Drift of Quills: TV We Love #1

A Drift of Quills: What’s Poppin’ our Peepers?

Hello, and Happy Spring! The daffodils are blooming, the trees are budding (in the northern hemisphere, anyway!), and A Drift of Quills are branching out. We usually talk about bookish things, but this month we’re exploring a different format of entertainment: television. What programs do you think grab our interest and get our brains working overtime?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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I remember going through a period of time several years ago when I was bored with television. Oh, sure, there were some decent dramas to watch, and maybe few good action programs, but my speculative fiction soul positively yearned for fantasy and science fiction and the pickin’s were extremely slim.

So-called “reality” tv is definitely speculative—and certainly beyond belief—but I’d rather clean house than subject myself to watching those… Continue reading A Drift of Quills: What’s Poppin’ our Peepers?

What Are the Chances? And What if It’s Free?

I’ve got a little story for you from the weird, wacky world of Coincidence: A Tale of Two Georgias.

I’ve been getting some lovely emails from my readers—good news, funny news, encouraging words, and all flavors of What’s Going On in Your World. I love it. (Email me!)

Yesterday, I had the surreal experience of hearing from two delightful readers named Georgia. Yup, both of them. [Hi, Georgia(s)!]

These peaches are named Georgia—Welcome to their slightly surreal story.I received an email from one at 7:16 PM on Wednesday, and from the other at 7:18 PM. On Wednesday. Both of them lamented that the link for downloading their thank you gift didn’t work. (Did you know you, too, could get a free short story? All you have to do is sign up for my email list. I don’t mail very often!)

They both wanted the mobi version of the story.

I checked the page and the links. They worked, but I am forever suspicious of ether gremlins running amok. I had to ask if perhaps one person had signed up for two email lists? (Still, why would one person need two copies of one little short story?? I know it’s good, but is it that good? 😄)

So I emailed them both with a copy. One kindly mentioned she was from Colorado. The other volunteered that she came from Alabama. Coincidentally, I didn’t ask either of them…

And then today, just to round things out, I happened to read an article written by—you guessed it—another woman named Georgia.

They’re all peaches. 😉

More Peachiness with FREE Books

And here’s another coincidence: More free books for you! (I love sharing these sources. Who doesn’t love free books?) Below you’ll find all the latest Instafreebie giveaways I’m involved in. There are lots of free sci-fi and fantasy books in return for signing up to author newsletters. My Kindle is beginning to burst at the seams!

Fantasy Feast: Free fantasy books for hungry bookworms

Main Feast Table:
http://benjamindescovich.com/fantasyfeast/

Feast Favourites Table:
http://benjamindescovich.com/fantasyfeastfavs/

SFF Book Bonanza

Over 100 SciFi and Fantasy books!
http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

Melanie Tomlin's PROLIFIC READER: a huuuuge list of free books from every genre.

Melanie goes above and beyond with a huuuuge list of books from every genre.
https://melanietomlin.com/tpr- freebies/

Science Fiction and Fantasy Instafreebie Giveaway Mar 21-31. Over 60 books!

This one is upcoming. We’re spreading the reading out over the whole month!
https://www.lincolncole.net/freebies

Read with joy, my friends!

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What Are the Chances? A short journey into the surreal AND some free books for you!
Five Good Things (#7): In which we talk about The Handmaid’s Tale Takes to TV / Creative Writers Retreats / How Big is Your Vocabulary? / A Tiny House Village for Vets / Fantasy e-Book Reader Poll

Five Good Things #7

I love this digital age. There is so much information to discover: history, technological progress, people being cool to each other, and… well, books, of course! Welcome to another installment of “Five Good Things”!

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The Handmaid’s Tale
, by Margaret Atwood
https://www.hulu.com/the-handmaids-tale

In the last installment of Five Good Things (#6) I talked about Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Very shortly after that, I saw that Hulu will be airing a mini-series based on the book. It goes without saying that I have reservations about watching it. Part of me is afraid of seeing the story too much changed. Part of me is eager to see how they handle it.

With a cast including Elisabeth Moss as Offred and Joseph Fiennes as the Commander, I think I’ll take my chances. Queue me up, Hulu!

Creative Writers Retreats
http://www.yourwritefulplace.com/#yourwritefulplace

I dream of going on a writer’s retreat. My sister keeps sending me links about writing retreats on cruise ships. Continue reading Five Good Things #7