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New Book by Leah Mercer and New Art by Jenny Dolfen

ew book and new art!

Leah Mercer has a new book out on 1 November – but you can get it earlier if you sign up for the Amazon First Reads newsletter!

(As far as I can tell this isn't one of those weird things where they trick you into paying for something you don't want every month (remember how mail order book clubs and cassette clubs used to do that unless you mailed back the NO form?), but simply a mailing list announcement of new releases for a discounted price.)

The Puzzle of You by Leah Mercer

She’s woken up in a life she doesn’t recognise – with a daughter she doesn’t remember.

When Charlotte McKay wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there, all she wants is to go back to the perfect London flat she shares with her husband, and the impressive career she’s worked so hard to build. But something’s not right. Her husband David is at her bedside – but so is a three-year-old girl, and she’s calling Charlotte ‘Mummy’...

Charlotte’s first instinct is panic. Wh…

IWSG Day, ROW80 Goals, New Knitting, and Diana Gabaldon's Rules for Writing

ew projects!

Somehow there's always time to do something you really want to do.

In between the usual busy-ness, I found time to knit something!

I sorely missed knitting, and my daughter needed new mittens...

I love Marianna's Toddler Mittens pattern because it's not only easy to knit, it's also easy to resize as needed. It took a bit of experimenting (one mitten came out slightly wonky on top, and I haven't shown that in the photos!), but not much time overall.

It always feels good to finish a quick project.

Particularly relevant, as it's time to set our goals for the next round of ROW80.

Mine are to:
keep up with (complete?!) The Antipodean Time for NaNoWriMosolve the plot hole in The Handful of Timekeep up with school and everything else (A corollary to this is that it's been about a year since I've actively commented on other blogs. I'm really hoping to remedy this and get back to regular visiting and commenting by next summer, once school is over…

Photos of Writing...and Food

writing-related photos!

These are all from the last couple of years... I bribe myself with food and coffee often, in order to get edits done.

Drafting doesn't take effort, but editing certainly does!

Hoping to virtually inspire myself -- and you who are reading this! -- before the next round of ROW80, and this year's NaNoWriMo.

What they call Cafe Gourmand -- mini desserts and coffee!
Whipped cream...
There are mountains in the distance...
This was just the entree!
Scribbling with my favourite pen
Swiss breakfast
Starbucks breakfast

The Auberge d'William Tell

ROW80 End of Round, RIP Ric Ocasek, and Random Photos


Random photos; a random, sprawling post.

For one thing, school has started in earnest, and things have gotten busier! I hadn't even realised we'd reached the end of the third round of A Round of Words in 80 Days.

I had three main writing goals:
Keep going on edits for The Handful of Time. I'm only on chapter 3!Otherwise, I could work some more on edits for my short story, Blackbird's SongAnd finally get around to submitting Druid's Moon for an editorial review by Barbara Rogan
I didn't do any of this, except for the bits of The Handful of Time that got revised while I was working on the monthly exercises for at thelitforum.

On the other hand, I drafted any number of scenes for this year's NaNoWriMo story, The Antipodean Time, during the Ask Me Anything exercise in August! All I really need is to figure out the timeline of the story itself, and then I'll be ready.

And this month's exercise, all about action scenes, has opened up a plot hole in

Four New Books!

ew books!

Four new and new-to-me books I've read this week:

Lock In by John Scalzi
"Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves 'locked in' - fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

1% doesn't seem like a lot. But in the US that's 1.7 million people 'locked in' ... including the President's wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, 'The Agora', where the locked-in can interact with other humans, whether locked-in ornot. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, …