IWSG Day and a Blog Hop with Chrys Fey!

oday is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

Ths month's question:
“Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don’t write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be.”
Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn’t planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

I have! I never thought I'd be writing contemporary stories, and suddenly, during the past few NaNoWriMos, I've written four of them!

Today is also a blog hop day for Chrys Fey!

Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to D…

Lac de Joux and Finished Blanket

eekend away!

Photos from a weekend jaunt, a couple of weekends ago, to Lac de Joux and the surrounding valley, up in the Jura mountains (home of absinthe, watchmaking, and the largest lake in Switzerland above 1000m):
The Alps, seen from the Jura:

Buffalo and bears at an animal park:

They also had goat and deer!

Lac de Joux, right outside our hotel room!


New Books by Kait Nolan and Leah Mercer

ore books!

Make You Feel My Love by Kait Nolan

"Will danger catapult these lifelong friends to lovers?

Autumn Buchanan has loved Judd all her life. Best friends since they were children, he’s been fulfilling her rescue fantasies for years. But years ago, her dreams of more ended in blood and a nightmare that nearly cost them both their lives. Now she’s ready to take the leap and profess all to the friend who’s stood by her through thick and thin. But before she can make her confession, their nightmare returns and secrets are revealed that threaten the very fabric of their lifelong friendship."

A Wishful suspense!

Having read all the Wishful books in order as they've been released, I feel like I know the town in that way you know a favourite childhood summer vacation destination. I love series where you catch glimpses of couples from earlier books, and hints at couples to be, along with all the other denizens of the town. Love the way everyone in this town stands up for ea…

Recipes! Knitting and Baking and Music Round-Up

ummy, yummy, yummy!

For a while there, I was knitting and baking practically every day.

Knitting in April

Baking and knitting in May

Baking and knitting and ice cream in May

Knitting in June

I didn't take photos of all my baking, but here are the main recipes I used.

I also have my grandmother's recipe for apple pie.

My version came out more as a crumble, and tasted really good, especially with tea (and would also be good with vanilla ice cream!).

My sister has previously translated the apple pie recipe on her Desserts and Drawings blog!

In other news, Tim's Twitter Listening Party is continuing apace! These are lots of fun, especially for the nostalgic albums.

Two other music-from-home events:

Mark Morriss of the Bluetones

Martin Rossiter of Gene

What's your go-to pie recipe?

ROW80 Goals, a Bedroom Scene, and Blogging

Round of Words in 80 Days, round 3!

My goals for this round: don't slack off! Edit something, anything.

Currently, I have four contender projects:

Captive of the Sea, research and yet another round of edits. Maybe on paper?!

Blackbird's Song, short story to be entered in the Surrey International Writer's Conference contest

At Bertram's Hotel (working title), WWII spy story to be edited on screen. I could at least fill in the missing scenes...

Rome, Rhymes, and Risk (or Verse, Venice, and Viziers): Possibly to become a screenplay?

And the July writing exercise will be posted on thelitforum soon...

June's exercise was bedroom scenes, in the dark.
Here's mine, featuring Christianne and Rory from The Charm of Time. This is Christianne's pov. She and Rory have been together for a couple of years and have an 8-month-old baby. Christianne is a three-year cancer survivor. (All this to explain some of the comments she makes.):

(Warning: They go all the way! I'll…

Insecure Writer's Support Group Day and Canada Day

oday is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

That's a difficult question to answer! Greater transparency in the financial aspects of publishing would be nice. Better ways of handling authors who are self-published and traditionally published at the same time.
Some way of providing a bit more commentary from agents to authors on rejections would be a bonus, especially for those rejections that are solely based on not having a current market or easily identifiable genre. It would be a great help to know whether one was being rejected based on marketing or on the writing quality!

The awesome co-hosts for the 1 July posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

Today is also Canada Day!

Just in time, Jemi Fraser has some new releases, coming on 21 July: the Bloo Moose romances!

A Whole Lotta Books!

whole lotta books!

Just for fun, here are all the books from the last week that I'm adding to my Books Read list below:

The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth by John Garth

White Nights by Dostoyevsky (reread)

Notes From Underground by Dostoyevsky (reread)

The Silmarillion: A Brief Account of the Book and Its Making by Christopher Tolkien (essay)

Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie (reread)

Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer (the UK edition)

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J Sobol (reread)

Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch by Donald J Sobol (reread)

Captain Scott's Biscuit by Thomas Keneally (essay about Antartica)

The Lovecraft Circle and the Inklings: The “Mythopoeic Gift” of H. P. Lovecraft by Dale Nelson (essay)

Muted: A short story in verse by Jessica Bell (poem, natch)

I also read The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton the week before last!