For My ROW80 Check In, A Scene With A Twist

quick check in for ROW80, especially as I didn't actually provide an update last week!

I've reprinted The Handful of Time to edit it all over again, but found myself at loose ends in general day-to-day editing tasks, so I've -- possibly foolishly -- sent out a few more queries for two of the other novels.

And I went back to Larksong for the month, in order to participate in the latest exercise on The Lit Forum, which might be called the flip...

"When we write, we paint a scene with our words. Some writers provide a sparse scene with their words, leaving it to the reader to fill the blanks with their own imagination while others add so many visuals aids (colours, smell, touch, etc) the reader can use those to make this more than just a scene, it become alive in a way.

However detailed, the end result is always that the reader has built up a mental picture of the scene, the surroundings, the character, and the reader is relying on this image to follow the story and t…

Some of My Favourite Ending Lines from Novels, and Belated IWSG Day

avourite ending lines from novels!

Here are some of mine, inspired by Malcolm Campbell's recent post, Some of my favorite ending lines from novels. I like especially his choice of Orwell, Milne, and Mitchell.

Joyce's Ulysses was also one of the first to leap to my mind (impossible to quote the whole sentence, of course):

"...and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."

I also thought of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and the line, "'God's in His heaven, all's right wi…

New Goals for ROW80, and Open for Guest Posts!

ew round of A Round of Words in 80 Days starts on 2 July!

"What Is ROW80?A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. We are all different and we all have different demands on our time.  Why should we all have the same goal?  The simple answer is that we shouldn’t.  If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances.  If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.  ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life. For more on why I started it, see this post.
So here’s the skinny:We have 4 rounds a year, each running 80 days.  Your goal can be anything you like as long as it is measurable (e.g. number of words/pages, specified amount of time to spend on writing per day/week, number of pages edited, etc.–for more on what makes a measurable goal, see this post).Once you have settled on a goal, you write it up on your blog (yes,…

ROW80 End of Round Wrap Up, and Visits to Yvoire (France) and Gruyeres, plus Photos from Vaud (Switzerland)

nd of another ROW80 round! I'm not ready!

My goals and progress seems to have gotten a bit scattered since the last round. The full set of goals and their various stages of completion look like this:

enter handwritten edits to The Handful of Time (working title) and reread: still trying to finish this

query Druid's Moon: haven't done this yet

query The Charm of Time: I did! No bites...

keep editing Mystery at Bertram's Hotel (working title) on paper: I finished this!

enter handwritten edits to Mystery at Bertram's Hotel: not started yet because --

enter handwritten edits to Captive of the Sea: a new goal, because Harlequin have put out a call for medieval romances

do required research for stories and come up with proper titles

back to school!: this is what took up most of my time. But I'm all done my first year!

think about short story anthology: I did a cover mock up. It needs work

I'm also really far behind in updating my list of books read (see below)...


Hodge Podge No. 5: Tolkien Exhibition, Editing Tips, and Johnny Marr

odge podge post!

It's been a while since I've written one of these hodge podge posts.

Thinking of ROW80 goals, I am still not where I'd like to be, editing-wise. This popped up as a timely reminder:

Things To Say While Doing Final Revisions To Meet A Deadline, from Dr Throop (on Twitter) On the other hand, I don't think I'd ever say no to more maps...

I need to finish entering that last round of edits for The Handful of Time, but I might shelve that for a few days to look over, again, Captive of the Sea. Harlequin has a call out for historical romance, including medieval ones!

My current earworms, from Johnny Marr:

In other news, the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth exhibition is now open at the Bodleian in Oxford.

"Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth explores Tolkien’s amazing legacy from his genius as an artist, poet, linguist, and author to his academic career and private life. The exhibition takes you on a journey through Tolkien’s famous works, The Hobbit and The…

Playlists, IWSG Day, Knitting in Public, and Elephants!


I made a playlist back when my characters hosted the writers' houseparty in Constantinople, but for some reason didn't make any other playlists until the houseparty in San Francisco.

Since then, I've made a playlist each time!

Given that our characters come from many different periods, with writers taking their inspiration from all kinds of music and musicians, they make very eclectic lists.


Constantinople, 1492

San Francisco, 1860

Grand Finale, Christmastime

Never Have I Ever

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

The title, I suppose. It takes a bit of research and some thought, as I try to come up with something symbolic to the story, never or hardly ever used before, and with an element of mystery. They're all working titles until they find a publisher, though!

I find both aspects lots of fun. Names usually come quickly, though they might…