Knitting and Baking and NaNo, oh my!


In between the work and the NaNoWriMo prep (come find me, I'm Denizb33 on the site!), I'm still knitting and baking a lot.

A fruit cake that turned into a crumble...

Vanilla icebox cookies dipped in chocolate!

A special birthday cake!

It took three tries, but I've nearly perfected these Sally's Baking Addiction chocolate chip cookies! Next step is to make them smaller, but just as yummy!

First snowfall on the Alps! September 2020

A baby blanket for a colleague!

All about knitting in Yorkshire, from Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess's books

A random flower that appeared in the pot in which the dill failed!

Morning yoga beside Lac Leman, bliss!

I'm thinking of tackling a murder mystery for the first time during NaNoWriMo. Not a suspense, not a romantic suspense, but an actual murder mystery... Nothing to lose, right? If it doesn't work out, I have the elements in place to switch it to a second-chance romance! All I need is the heroine's name...


Books and Reading Questionnaire from The New York Times


I picked this one from The New York Times interview with John Scalzi (I skipped the two questions about science fiction authors).

What books are on your nightstand?

I just cleared my nightstand! I read a bunch of new releases, mostly mysteries. Now I'm going to try to read a few books in French, and then start compiling a new list of 180 books to read (i.e. reading books I already own!).

What’s the last great book you read?

I'm not sure. I've quite enjoyed all the books I've read recently (ongoing list at the bottom of this page). But great as in classic? I don't know if I could pick one. Marilynne Robinson's language is delightful as usual. And I really enjoyed the look and feel of and wealth of information in The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien by John Garth.

Are there any classic novels that you only recently read for the first time?

I read War and Peace and Moby Dick a couple of years ago! And I read Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House a …

IWSG, ROW80, and New Releases

ooks, books, and more books!

I've recently read a bunch of new books:

The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

The Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

All The Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

Jack by Marilynne Robinson

Still Life by Val McDermid

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is: When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

Definitely a working writer! I think as long as you're writing all the time, reading, thinking of your stories, researching... You're a working writer! Never mind whether and where you've been published.

I think we're lucky in that nowadays there are so many places to share our writing with readers -- through blogs, in writing communi…

End of the AMA and A Visit to Prangins Museum

isit to a museum!

A few photos of a visit to the museum at Prangins, an old family manor, from many months ago:

The old school room!

I want this typewriter
And this desk!