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Hodge Podge No. 9: Moose and Eagles, Tolkien, ROW80, WRiTE Club, Baking and Knitting

odge Podge again!

First, the webcams, which are so interesting and soothing:

The moose migration in Sweden!
It's over for this year, but happens annually.
The eagles in Decorah!
Now in its tenth year!

The Tolkien Society has been hosting weekly quizzes, which are like mini-cryptic crosswords. Here's the latest one:
A bit tricky...

ROW80: I've changed up my goals a bit, as I'm not getting any editing or research done on captive of the Sea. Instead, I'm writing a piece in the style of National Geographic for school, and completing the 500-word short story exercise at!

WRiTE Club is on! Drop by DL Hammons' blog to vote in the bouts!

"How about a little WRiTE CLUB history? The virtual contest started off as a modest competition loosely derived from the movie FIGHT CLUB, and from there it has grown into a writing community sensation. There are other versions (usually LIVE face-to-face events), but they are nothing like how we do it here. What sets i…

Music by Decade, Social Networks, RiP Max von Sydow, Betsy Byars and Maj Sjöwall

ore music!

A while back, Matthew shared a post on Facebook that asked players to choose one song per decade of their life. One song? I can't narrow it down, so I've tweaked the categories a bit:

Some of my favourite songs from the number 1 chart for the year in which I was born:
"Heart of Glass" Blondie
"Don't Stop Me Now" Queen
"Sultans of Swing" Dire Straits
"The Logical Song" Supertramp
"I Don't Like Mondays" The Boomtown Rats
"My Sharona" The Knack
"Breakfast in America" Supertramp
"Cars" Gary Numan
"Message in a Bottle" The Police
"Video Killed the Radio Star" The Buggles
"Tusk" Fleetwood Mac
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Queen
"The Eton Rifles" The Jam
"One Step Beyond..." Madness
"Walking on the Moon" The Police
"Confusion"/"Last Train to London" Electric Light Orchestra
"Another Brick i…

IWSG, ROW80, and Isolation Music and Poetry

oday is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is: Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE?
Care to share?

If given the space, I definitely do!

I need a latte in a bottomless mug, my favourite pen, a lovely notebook, some music...

However, I usually have very limited time to write. This is not a problem when working on the first draft, because then it's not work; the ideas simply flow and I'm eager to get writing. But for all the subsequent editing stages, I have to squeeze them into the daily round whenever I can.

The best thing for me is to have a goal or deadline, or both, usually in the form of a contest I'd like to enter or an open call from a publisher with a firm end date.

Which reminds me, WRiTE Club is starting soon!

As for ROW80, I've been caught up with work and distance learning and so on, and haven't really progressed on research for Captive of the Sea. But our printer is finally working,…