WRiTE Club 2019: Now It Can Be Revealed!

a da!

Now that the 2019 Edition of WRiTE Club has ended (congratulations to Wendy Cross and all the participants!), I can reveal my own input:

I wrote under the pen name Galadhon, and fought in bout 3!

Here's the scene I entered, the opening of Blackbird's Song:

The ghost appeared in the doorway.

I saw her from my cot, and thought it was Alice, in a Victorian dress of her grandmother’s, or some such fool thing. But Alice is no fool, and she has no business in Vimy field hospital anyway.

Five other cots in this tent, all occupied. But this was in the still, cold hour before dawn, and the other men slept, wounds buried beneath prickly wool. I’d also been asleep, and dreaming of Alice, on an icy winter morning at the skating rink in Westmount Park. I was showing off, recreating some of my best weaves and dodges from last season’s hockey matches, and in my cot I tried to turn, and the searing pain in my leg jolted me awake.

I was afraid I’d cried out, and kept motionless, as if evadin…

IWSG Day, ROW80 Goals, and the Library In English Geneva Book Sale

ooks, books, and more books!

I thought I'd do a recap of all of my visits to the Library in English in Geneva book sales from the time we arrived in Switzerland. I'm not sure I've captured all the blog posts, but here are the Twitter posts showing the stacks of books I've gotten each time!

Spring 2018 book sale

Spring 2017 book sale

Autumn 2016 book sale

Spring 2016 book sale
2016 Geneva Book Fair: meeting Joel Dicker

Autumn 2015 book sale
2015 Founex village fair

Spring 2015 book sale, and second haul
A to Z Challenge blog post on the library

Autumn 2014 book sale, and second haul

Spring 2014 book sale
Geneva book fair 2014: meeting Irvine Welsh

I seem to have set my ROW80 goals a bit early.

For this ROW80 round, I need to 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 Song. And finally get around to submitting Druid's Moon for an editorial review by Barbara Rogan.


Crafts! Bread and Cake and Knitting


Back in March, I promised an update on the fact that I've baked bread for the first time ever!

(Side note I: I was searching all bread-related posts on my blog, and came across the mention back in 2010 of one of my main characters, Austin, and how he got his surname of Cunnick. Rather apt, as the only writing I'm doing at the moment is a long, fun scene featuring Austin and his wife, which has no relation to any current WiPs.)

(Side note II: I was also reminded of this awesome beer bread recipe from Kait Nolan.)

Without further ado, here's the baking:

The recipe was based on Refrigerator Bread by Kelly Yandell.
450g flour
1 x 7g sachet of instant dried yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups warm water
Mix it all in a container. Let it sit for two hours. Put it in the fridge for two more, or until you're ready to use it (even overnight). Let it rise 40 minutes, then bake at 475 for 25 minutes, then another 10 without the lid.I used the same Le Creuset pot for the entire p…

Story Snips! and RIP Binyavanga Wainaina

wo snips!

I have an ongoing scene I'm slowly drafting for a different challenge (instead of focusing on edits of The Handful of Time, like I'm supposed to be doing), but besides that, the only substantial writing work I've done lately is the scenes for the April and May exercises on The Lit Forum.

April's exercise was as follows:

"For this challenge, the goal is to compose a complete short story (500 words or less) over the course of 5 weeks (we’ll slop into May a little bit). Each week you’ll be given six, randomly-generated prompt words, five of which are to be incorporated into that week’s submission of your story. (There will be a separate thread which will only be for the prompt words.) For each week’s submission, you can only add a maximum of 100 words, which includes the prompt words. The story structure of what to generate each week is as follows:
Week 1: Intro of setting/characters/inciting incident
Week 2: Act I - Rising action, development of conflict

ROW80 New Goals and Three Mystery Recommendations

hree great reads!

I've recently read -- devoured -- three really good mysteries, coincidentally by authors with an Mc in their names:

The Ashes of Berlin by Luke McCallin
Book 3 in the Gregor Reinhardt series "1947 and Gregor Reinhardt has been hired back onto Berlin's civilian police force. The city is divided among the victorious allied powers, tensions are growing, and the police are riven by internal rivalries as factions within it jockey for power and influence with Berlin's new masters.

When a man is found slain in a broken-down tenement, Reinhardt embarks on a gruesome investigation. It seems a serial killer is on the loose, and matters only escalate when it's discovered that one of the victims was the brother of a Nazi scientist.

Reinhardt's search for the truth takes him across the divided city and soon embroils him in a plot involving the Western Allies and the Soviets. And as he comes under the scrutiny of a group of Germans who want to continue the w…

IWSG Day: Writing Romance, and ROW80 Final Week

ow can it be June already?

The current round of ROW80 ends next week! I haven't been progressing much on my main goal, which is to edit The Handful of Time. I did keep up with both the April and May writing exercises on the lit forum, though! Looking forward to finding out what the June exercise will be.

It's another Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's IWSG Day Question: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

My favourite to write in is not the same as my favourite to read. I read widely in lots of genres, but my favourite to write in is romance! Back when I was dragging myself out of a dry well, I was working on an MG, and what I thought was a YA...

Here are a few ancient blogposts in which I explored the process of rediscovering my love of writing romance:

The Face of A Lion, my MG
Seeking a title for Austin's story
Still seeking a title
Found a title for Austin's story!
Explaining the title, The Face of A …

WRiTE Club Cage Bouts and Winter Shadows by Margaret Buffie

inter is coming.

I'm on the last book in A Song of Ice and Fire, can you tell?

Also, I hope I noted schoolwork as one of my ROW80 goals for this round, as I've been focused a lot on that, and haven't done any editing, unfortunately.

Over Christmastime, I read a lovely book called Winter Shadows, by Margaret Buffie.

It is the winter of 1856, and Beatrice Alexander has just returned from Upper Canada to her home on the Red River, in what is now Manitoba. Her father’s new wife is threatened by Beatrice and is driving a wedge into the family.

Five generations later, in the same house, Christmas promises to be a miserable time. Cass’s mother died of cancer and her father has remarried a woman with an attitude that’s very hardto take. Miraculously, when Cass discovers the star brooch belonging to Beatrice, her visions lead her to Beatrice’s diary. Is she really able to communicate with Beatrice across time, or is it all in her imagination?

"A breathtaking novel that is part…

Founex and United Nations Photos, and Sandwiches in Place of Men on A Game of Thrones


A lovely little village, in all four seasons.

And some photos of nearby villages, as well, and of the Palais des Nations, the grounds of the United Nations.