Wednesday, July 7, 2021

IWSG, ROW80, Lots of Photos, and My Book Review Contest!


nsecure Writer's Support Group Day is coming up!

And my book review contest is running all month!

Mine is going to be a photo post, mainly, as I'm running a contest all month!

This month's question is: What would make you quit writing?

Short answer: Nothing! I once had a serious case of writer's block that last over a year or two, and the idea that I might have lost that vital part of myself really frightened me. I was never so grateful as when I suddenly had a vision of a boy and a cat, walking backward through time, with the Aegean Sea following them to its location c. AD 43... Part of the reason I try to keep up regular writing habits is because I never want the well to dry up ever again!

Speaking of which, it's time for a new round of A Round of Words in 80 Days goals!

I have four main things on my plate:

Edit Druid's Moon (exciting news on this coming soon!)

Edit the new story and submit to SIWC

Copy-edit a short story collection (not mine!) prior to publication

Revise the query letter for The Charm of Time and send it out (I was pulled from a hat to be featured on Nathan Bransford's blog last week! He had a really pertinent critique to make, and I was also really excited by the comments! (I can't help but wonder if Nathan looked up my blog and posted a painting of a Swiss mountain on purpose!))

The awesome co-hosts for the July 7 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Victoria Marie Lees, and Louise – Fundy Blue!

And now, photos!

Brownies with homemade whipped cream!

Dinner and desserts!

Interesting carving

Flowers from around our house

Spot the butterfly!

The field across the way

The grapes are coming!

Hay bale!

These roses smell wonderful

River Greny

We have an apple!

Bulk item horse and cart!


Baby blanket!

Pide! A treat for myself on vaccination day

Writing a new short story!

Yoga at the beach...

...with ducks!


Have you reviewed any good books lately?

Please enter the contest!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hodge Podge No. 14: Crafts, Book Sale, and Sunshine

Summer hodge-podge!

I don't remember what my goals were for ROW80!

But I've got five irons in the fire at the moment:

a possible new publication to be announced (fingers crossed!)
hunting for agents for The Charm of Time (following more beta feedback on chapter 1)
new short story (possibly to enter in the SIWC contest)
editing a short story to submit to the upcoming IWSG anthology contest
editing a new collection of short stories by another author

I'm also leading the writing exercise on thelitforum this month! Come join us!

I've been trying some new cookie recipes...

These Levain cookies are giant!
The apricot cake doesn't look like much but it was delicious!

Various cookies...

Our haul...

Last Saturday was Worldwide Knit in Public Day!


My landlady's roses!

Have you been to a book sale recently?
Is the sun out where you are? I hope so!