Thursday, June 21, 2018

Writer Writing~ Summer Solstice



Playing on the iPod~ Hozier 
 
Current Read~
New~ The Harry Harrison Collection

Current Fav TV, Movie~ The Lost Boys

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy ~  October Release!!!


Today marks the Summer Solstice and welcomes the first day of summer.



















Oh yea, it's also National Selfie day- so strike a pose. Unless you have a unwilling companion. Lol, took the picture anyway.




“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald  
  





Saturday, May 19, 2018

Writer Writing~ and... editing.






 Playing on the iPod~ Chris Stapleton
 
Current Read~
The New Mammoth Book Of Pulp Fiction

Current Fav TV, Movie~ Does playing Pandora on the TV count? ;)

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy ~ October Release!!!


May rushed forward and now I'm sitting in the middle of the month. How does that happen? Where is the year going?


I hit the road, drove along the Sierra Nevada mountains, and traveled to Northern California. I logged 1400 miles, worked on edits to my urban fantasy novel  (with views of the mountains and several cups of coffee), and maxed out the memory card in my camera (that's always a great feeling). Along the way, I captured Dogwoods, rivers, sunsets, rain clouds, cabins, barns, and wrote notes. Love the odds and ends scrawled in my tattered notebook . Of course, there was sitting back and relaxing with wine, a fire, and the great company of family and friends. Almost made a side track to Tahoe- but my girl, (sassy German Shepard and traveling companion) wanted to head home. So we did.











Forced back to reality- it's time to send out chapters to my victims, umm.. beta readers, hunt for a book cover, and edit the photos.  Hello coffee. Cause editing with wine, while humorous, isn't effective. Not that I know from experience. After all that- I can't forget to clean the pine needles, leaves, and mud out of my truck. That can wait, lol!

Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.  ~ John Muir ~


Until next time.











Friday, April 13, 2018

Writer Writer ~ Friday the 13th




Playing on the iPod~ Zac Brown Band
 
Current Read~
A collection of Pulp Fiction

Current Fav TV, Movie~ iZombie

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy ~ Summer Release



                                      Happy Friday the 13th
 
      Like the character in the old radio show- The Shadow, just mentioning Friday the 13th strikes fear in the hearts of men. So, where did the fear of Friday the 13th come from? Like so many other superstitions it has a past riddled with theories.
     One of the possibilities comes from Norse Mythology,  the fear of Friday the Thirteenth is called, friggatriskaidekaphobia, try saying that five times fast, wait- just try and say it once! While triskaidekaphobia, means fear of the number thirteen. (Try and say it, you know you want to).
     Friday is named for Frigga, a Norse Goddess- and that's where the trouble started. The Norse tribes started converting to Christianity and in doing so turned their backs on their gods.Wanting to go big, they didn't simply ignore their gods, no- that wasn't good enough. They cast Frigga out saying she was a witch and sent her to a mountaintop. Not liking the idea of being cast out, nothing like a woman scorned, she plotted her revenge. Of course, why would she keep all the fun to herself when she could invite friends? Making it a party, Frigga and eleven other witches, and the devil, met on Friday. Thus a gathering of thirteen. The thirteen of them conspired against the Norse people planning an ill fated week. At least they saved it for the week, no point in ruining a good weekend. For centuries the Scandinavian people refereed to Friday the Thirteenth as the Witches' Sabbath.
      
     Thou art mad now, Loki,      and reft of mind,-
             Why, Loki, leav'st thou not off? 
     Frigg, methinks,     is wise in all fates,
             Though herself say them not!       
The Prose Edda ---  Snorri Sturluson

     The greatest addition to Friday the 13th, is Friday the 13th! The franchise created a whole new reason to fear the weekend, the number, camping, being a teenager (as if that wasn't enough), mothers, and well... being anywhere near water.

Friday the 13th (1980)
Jason: [in flashback] Help me! Help! Help, Mommy! Help! Help, Mommy! Mommy, help!
Mrs. Voorhees: I am, Jason. I am. 


    Not so fun fact-
     If you have 13 letters in your name you will have the devils luck. Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names. 


 After you're finished counting the letters of your name (I'm clear) enjoy your day!











Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Writer Writing ~


Playing on the iPod~ Soundtrack to Phantom of the Opera
 
Current Read~
A collection of Pulp Fiction

Current Fav TV, Movie~ Myths and Monsters ~ Netflix

Current WIP~
Urban Fantasy ~ Summer Release


     I celebrated the first day of Spring with a completed novel and rain. As much as I love sunshine, (perfect weather for writing outside) I guess the desert needs the water. Sooo....the completed novel, so exciting! Bone Chimes should see the world late Summer. You know- if everything goes as planned, and we all know how smoothly things go when they're planned. I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)  
    This year has already been busy, and doesn't show signs of slowing. With several projects in the works, and trips planned, it makes the days short and time shorter. I know I'll be saying 'Where did the year go?' a lot.
     Oh those road trips- since I find travel and photography incredible inspirations for my writing, I try to visit new places... like Amboy, Ca (old route 66) and Death Valley, Ca, and old places like Lone Pine, Ca (movie museum- has props from the movie Tremors :)) OK, OK... and anywhere along the highway 395 heading north. 
Where will I end up-  the mountains of Northern California- (might be bias, I'm from there) where I'll lose myself as I jot down names, places, people, and a dozen other little details. Besides the gems that will end up in a story or two for your reading pleasure, I'll be busy taking photographs. Love pictures! 


   



     Oh look- This is going to surprise everyone- I just returned from a trip from those mountains and I have pictures! I know, so not like me.



                I absolutely believe inspiration can be found anywhere.




One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. 
~ William Penn ~




Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ~ John Muir ~







Passion is a sort of fever in the mind, which ever leaves us weaker than it found us.
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BONE CHIMES
2018 SUMMER RELEASE

     Bones, muscle tissue, and hair hung from various places, as if they had been stuck into whatever crevices would hold them. Her stomach heaved with the sight while her skin grew cold with fear. 
     "You noticed our advent calendar." Flint boasted. He walked to its side and stared at the carved face. "They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. If I were to look at you, what would I see in your soul?"