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NaNo Wrap-up and IWSG Day!

ational Novel Writing Month is over!

Here's another snip from The Antipodean Time:
The DJ segues into a couple of other French-language hits, then spins back to the '90s. People come and go in our group. Then our new-found friends say they have to leave, and wish us goodnight, and suddenly, we're alone among groups of strangers on the dance floor.
Simon's a good dancer, loose and fluid, and not afraid to be silly. He takes my hand a lot and we jump around probably more than necessary. But it turns out I picked the exact right dress for this; it's got a bit of a flare, and I twirl about as often as I can.
Then a slow song comes on, an old one by a band I love from New Zealand. We wrap our arms around each other and start swaying. There's that spearmint and pine scent again, where I've got my cheek against Simon's shoulder. His hands are low on my waist, then he moves one to cup my cheek, and I look up, and he lowers his head, and we kiss. Briefly, and tenta…

A New Vacation Read!

new read!

Rising Heat: A contemporary summer romance anthology of short stories

"Dreaming of summer lovin’?
Take your mind on a summer vacation with seven standalone, contemporary romance, short stories from these new authors.
Sweets come first (like every good meal!) and the hottest are saved for last.
There’s a little something for everyone with MF, MM and MMF pairings – and guides at the start of each story to let you know what’s coming.
No cliff hangers and an HEA every time.

HAPPY TRAILS by Laura Wolf
What’s in a name?
Divorced. Jobless. Homeless. Katherine’s at a crossroads, with a name she hasn’t worn since she was nineteen. Her solution? To follow the advice of her long-deceased mother to ‘find herself in the wilderness’. But when Katherine, an under prepared wannabe explorer comes across the attractive and much more experienced hiker Grayson, the wilderness gives her more than she bargained for.

STARLIT SHORES by Emmy-Lou James
Abbie Gregory has a secret, and it’s one she’s …

New Relase from Kait Nolan and NaNoWriMo

ational Novel Writing Month continues!

But I've also had fun reading a couple of ARCs this week.

I'll feature the second next week; today we have:

Bring It On Home by Kait Nolan
"'That girl who got knocked up in high school.'

Maggie Reynolds went all the way to Los Angeles to escape that label, but she hears the whispers every time she comes home to Eden's Ridge, Tennessee. She's been burning the candle at both ends for the last twelve years, trying to make something of her herself, trying to give people something else to say about her.

Porter Ingram prides himself on being a steady man, a good friend, but he's none too steady when he flies off to California because Maggie's collapsed from exhaustion and she doesn't want her sister, Pru, to worry. Not when Pru's about to have a baby any minute. What Maggie doesn't know is that she's more than just a good friend to Porter. It's an open secret he's been wearing on his sleeve fo…

Eight Things OR How to Procrastinate, a NaNoWriMo update

ight Things!

I filled out this questionnaire nearly a decade ago: 9 lots of 8 things about me.

It's fun to see what's changed and what hasn't!

9 lots of 8 things about me:

8 projects I'm working on
1. sorting all the finished novels into order of priority for editing
2. finding an agent for The Charm of Time
3. editing a short story for a contest
4. knitting projects: a blanket, a pair of leg warmers, a tuque and other projects not yet begun
5. thinking of compiling short stories for an anthology (and thinking of short stories featuring Kedi)
6. school!
7. NaNoWriMo!
8. long-term plans for the blog

8 TV shows I watch (I don't watch many new shows, only old shows I like; this is based on last year)
1. Last of the Summer Wine
2. Father Ted
3. Fawlty Towers
4. Glitch
5. Breaking Bad
6. Seinfeld
7. various comedians filmed live
8. Doctor Who

8 favourite places to eat and drink
1. at home
2. Turkey - yup, anywhere in the country [this hasn't changed]
3. at the pub
4. at…

IWSG Day, NaNoWriMo, and Research Lists Consolidated

o much to do! School and NaNoWriMo and more.

But first...

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

"Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. ...

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!"The awesome co-hosts for the
November 6 posting of the IWSG
are Sadira Stone,Patricia…

ROW80, Intimidating Books, and NaNoWriMo

op ten list of intimidating books!

I first posted about intimidating books back in 2013.

My list at the time was as follows:

War and PeaceCrime and Punishment (but I've read other books by Dostoyevsky)Anna KareninaOrhan Pamuk's Istanbul in Turkish and/or Turkish translation of Diana Gabaldon's OutlanderGerman translation of Gabaldon's Drums of Autumnanother French book -- I asked for suggestionsLe Morte d'Arthur"numbers 8, 9, 10 and higher up belong to... anything on an ereader! So far I've only read one ebook in its entirety, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. I read it on my phone, and while the experience wasn't a bad one, I just can't seem to settle down to regular e-reading. Meanwhile, the books are piling up - 50 of them last time I checked my Kindle for iPad!"
How things have changed since then!

I still haven't read the first two, but not only have I read Anna Karenina, I read it on the Kindle app on my phone!

Looking at the app now, I se…

Today's ROW80 Update Brought to You By...


They have sheep grazing at the Palais des Nations, as part of environmentally friendly gardening practices:

This is post 1200 on my blog! No time now to run a contest or other celebration, but maybe I'll host one around Christmas, as part of my Annual Books Read post.

As for ROW80, I've been keeping up with schoolwork, and haven't written in a little while. I'm starting to feel the lack of story. NaNoWriMo can't come soon enough! Two of my assignments should be submitted by then, giving me some wiggle room.

Chestnut tree

Field near our house

View from the United Nations rooftop
What's your favourite way to celebrate blogging milestones?

NaNoWriMo 2019 and New Knitting No. 2!

ational Novel Writing Month is coming!

The website is acting up at the moment, so I'm having some trouble entering this year's project:

The Antipodean Time, a contemporary romance featuring new character Kimberley Hamilton, and Simon Chevalley MacDonald, who had cameos in The Charm of Time and The Handful of Time.

I also can't seem to see any of my buddies at the moment. But if you're on there, let's join up!

In the meantime, I've squeezed in another knitting project, which wasn't part of my stated ROW80 goals, and which didn't turn out to be quite the right size...

Baby hat
At least the model is cute!
Next project is a secret gift for a friend!

Thanks to Knitty for the pattern. I'm going to try to do it properly this time, which means experimenting first and then knitting the actual gift, rather than simply diving in and hoping for the best.

Hmm, maybe that should be my NaNoWriMo approach, too -- plan first, write after. It'll be a twist on my usu…

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