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Photos for Swiss National Day, Carina Press, and The Charm of Time

retty, pretty! Thank you all for the title suggestions last week! It took a few days of throwing words together, shifting them around, testing out different syllables and imagery, before I ended up with five or six new ideas. It occurs to me that those fridge magnets with various words and letters would be very handy for this. One of the finalists was: A Wave of Summer Heat. Speaking of summer, and heat -- and the Swiss National Day next Tuesday (which is apparently also Yorkshire Day!), I have a few photos! Butterflies: Strawberry picking: Vineyards and the woods near the graves of Richard Burton and Alistair MacLean: Lake views and view from the top of the Dole, the highest point of the Jura mountain chain: ROW80 goals: things are moving! I'm ploughing through edits for The Charm of Time . I've written all the missing scenes, and have only major edits to do on the last few chapters. Then I have to go back and enter all m

Jaunt Round the Blogosphere! Also, I Need a Title!

blog, you blog, he/she/it blogs... I'm visiting blogs and bloggers today that I haven't had a chance to visit in weeks. Come with me! First we're off to see Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh ... And then over to Hilary in England... And Trisha in Australia! Then it's off to see: Taylor Tamara SP Shan ZanMarie The DMS Neurotic Workaholic Sonia Susan Crystal Michael Nick Karen DL Carol Tiffany For ROW80, I have a new goal this week -- I have to change the title of At Summer's End . Here's the blurb: Having completed her medical studies at home in Canada, Ayşe is visiting her grandparents in Istanbul for an extended break before throwing herself into residency work. Her vacation heats up a notch when she meets Hakan, who is working for Doctors Without Borders in southern Turkey. They share an intense afternoon on a sun-drenched, secluded rooftop -- and then he disappears. Just when Ayşe's decided to chalk u

Canadiana Part II: KnitTraders and A New Leah Mercer

nitting news! I haven't visited Kingston, Ontario, in a long time, but they have a great Little Yarn Shop, KnitTraders , and I love getting the KnitTraders newsletter in my inbox. It's always full of interesting news and ideas, and adds to my growing list of projects I'd like to start. Here's one, from a Canadian based yarn company, Spinrite: "a free, online Lookbook , filled with all manner of knit and crochet projects (like this EH! pillow) sure to please all Canucks." There's also this happening, which I really unfortunately just don't have time for this summer, but could maybe try over the winter! Summer  Shawl  Along with T risha for  Canada 150  Welcome to our second annual Summer KAL. This year we will be hosting a shawl knit-along that features  Canadian yarn  and  Canadian designers .  -Simply  pick a shawl pattern from a Canadian Designer. Can you believe it? There are over 700 patterns that fall into that category on  Ravelry alo

Goals for New Round of ROW80, IWSG Day, Canada Day! and RIP to Michael Bond, Frank Delaney, and John Freely

new month, with new goals! The next round of ROW80 is coming up. I didn't really do a recap of the last round (I did finish that Future Learn course -- turns out it was only two weeks long!), but here are my new goals: Enter scribbled edits for the short story The Tattoo and find some betas... Keep editing The Charm of Time on paper, including writing missing scenes (I wrote a long missing scene last week, and also uncovered a way to raise the stakes and make them more personal!) Finish the synopsis for The Charm of Time Submit Druid's Moon somewhere, perhaps a small press... Keep writing about Austin and Brother Arcturus for CampNaNo ! Clean everything in preparation for guests... Stop adding to the To Do pile! Catch up on blog comments! Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day ! IWSG Day Question:  What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing? Only one? I've learned so many! All about character