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ROW80 and Story Snip from Captive of the Sea

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nip day!

In honour of today being KissPitch, on Twitter, hosted by All The Kissing.

On the other hand, the snip I'm about to share isn't from the story I'll be pitching. Instead, this is a sort of fairy tale synopsis of Santiago and Magdalena's story, Captive of the Sea. It is a love story, though!

I reread it recently for the first time in a couple of years, and it wasn't so bad. Of course the final action scenes and the ending, as always happens with me, need a lot of work. But it's next on the editing list, after The Handful of Time and the World War Two story (which really needs a proper title. I can't keep calling it Mystery at Bertram's Hotel, as if it was an Agatha Christie retelling).

Of all of my ROW80 goals, though, the crafts are currently at the forefront, as there's a deadline for them! And school, of course. I'm hoping to get back into editing more intensely in April. And I'm trying to decide whether I can manage the A to Z Blo…

IWSG Day and Lara Lacombe's Latest!

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oday is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!


Really exciting question for this month: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?


What's not to love? I love writing romance for many reasons, but mostly because I get to explore that spark between two characters who meet and fall in love. Not only do they get to start learning about each other, but they also resolve some of their own issues in the process -- and there's always a happily ever after!

Speaking of romance, I've just read the latest by Lara Lacombe, Colton K-9 Bodyguard, part of the Coltons of Red Ridge series (with each book written by a different author, and a mystery that carries on throughout the series).


"This protector broke her heart and is back to save her

K-9 officer Micah Shaw never thought tracking a serial killer would lead him to discover the woman he once loved near death. Vulnerable and under siege, Bea Colton needs him now more than ever. Their relationship didn’t succeed ye…

New Books by Kait Nolan and TL Watson!

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ew books!





Baby It's Cold Outside by Kait Nolan An Eden's Ridge / Misfit Inn Novella A runaway author

Ivy Blake is on a deadline. Actually, she’s past the deadline and desperate to find some peace, quiet, and inspiration to get her book back on track. She doesn’t plan on a Tennessee blizzard or the bear that causes her to crash.

A grumpy lumberjack

Harrison Wilkes isn’t actually a lumberjack, but he’s doing his best impression during this week away from real life. He needs to rest, recharge, and stay the hell away from people, while he makes some major life decisions. He doesn’t plan to be executing a snowbound rescue.

Is it getting hot in here?

When Winter Stormageddon traps Ivy and Harrison together, suddenly his one-man cabin feels more cramped than cozy. As more than the fireplace heats things up, Harrison’s starting to think the interruption to his solitude might be worth it. Will the grumpy lumberjack prove to be inspiration or distraction?

Last Call by TL Watson
Newly-single attor…

A Poem and a Few Songs for Burns Night, and ROW80, Including Knitting

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urns Night is coming up!

I've had some posts on this topic over the years.

There was one in which I waxed poetic about discovering lost manuscripts, another in which I shared a photo of Allan Scott-Douglas, who plays Jamie in Outlander the musical, another with Andy Stewart singing Johnny Cope, and one in which I mentioned listening to an LP of Burns' poetry. We left all our records behind when we moved, sadly.

This year I have a poem I just discovered, Winter Evening by Archibald Lampman.


And I've got lots of music!

I've got playlists for two Scottish bands:

Runrig

Idlewild

I've got a few other Scottish artists scattered throughout my playlists, including Big Country, Nazareth, The Vaselines, Orange Juice, Simple Minds, and Donovan.

But I also recently went back to a band I've liked for years, and just discovered that they have a new album out!

Cousteau
This is the tracklisting from the promotional EP through which I first discovered them. YouTube is helpful when I…

Hodge Podge No. 4, RIP Dolores O'Riordan, and Recipes

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odge podge, number four in a series.

My last hodge podge post, full of little tit bits, was back in July.


First, my ROW80 goals:

enter handwritten edits to The Handful of Time (working title) and reread: first part, done! Now to start the rereadquery Druid's Moon: not done yetquery The Charm of Time: started! I've got a draft query letter and synopsiskeep editing Mystery at Bertram's Hotel (working title) on paper: done! Now to enter all these changes...back to school!: must do this week's homework!
Second, my 30 Things I Want To Do list.
I'm not going to update the list just yet, but I will note that of the bands I wanted to see, I had a chance to see The Divine Comedy last year, and have a chance to see Runrig this year, and I didn't attend last year and may not attend this year.
Is it bad to want to go back in time and see bands when they were touring the albums you loved? To not be as excited by their new songs?
I really wanted to see the Manic Street Preach…

Year-End Knitting Round Up, ROW80, and Winter Photos

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nitting round-up for year's end!

Last year my goals were to knit some wee hats and booties to go with the baby blankets I'd made.

I never actually did this. My other goals were:


"1. Finish knitting three more cowls
2. Think about buying expensive wool to make, slowly, methodically, and properly, a gorgeous design by Kate Davies
3. Organise all our photos and print a few, especially for our grandparents
4. Bake more!"

Number 1 never happened. I still dream about number 2. I sort of did number 3, especially as I didn't mean "our" grandparents, I meant our daughter's grandparents. I made two photobooks, but it's already time for the next one. Number 4 sort of happened, except that I haven't really tried any new recipes, but stuck to old favourites.

I posted a brief update in March, that I'd started a baby hat for a gift. Later, I shared the photo, as I actually finished it!

Some of my other posts throughout the year:

Photos from Mont Blanc, …

Tolkien Birthday Toast, ROW80, and IWSG

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oday is the day to toast Tolkien!

Here's the info from the Tolkien Society:

"To celebrate Tolkien’s twelfty-sixth (126th) birthday on 3 January 2018, The Tolkien Society invites all Tolkien fans to raise a toast to the Professor.

Let everyone know what you’ll be drinking and where in the comments below, and share your pictures on social media using #TolkienBirthdayToast.

The Toast

After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo toasted his uncle’s birthday each year on 22 September.

J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein on 3 January 1892, and we invite you to celebrate the birthday of this much loved author by raising a glass at 9pm your local time.

The toast is simply:

The Professor!

All you need to do is stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words “The Professor” before taking a sip (or swig, if that’s more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink."

Today is also…

Annual Books Read Statistics and End of ROW80

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ere it is: The Annual Books Read Statistics and Thoughts post!

Here are the statistics for 201620152014201320122011 (and the list), 20102009 (and the list).


Books Read: 268, including the following (roughly):
49 novels
45 board books, although the railway books by Rev. Awry and the Beatrix Potter collection total 49 books (which involve ongoing rereads, including the board books from last year)
27 essays and non-fiction and comics
24 short stories and scripts, counting the stories read in anthologies as one since I didn’t read all the stories
17 poems
13 YA/MG books

2016: 168 novels and MG/YA and essays, etc., 45 board books and over 30 books in the Folio Society collected works of Beatrix Potter, 28 short stories, and 25 poems; Journal of Inklings Studies and Tolkien Society’s Amon Hen and Mallorn issues (also counted as one)
2015: 91 novels and MG/YA and essays, etc., 29 board books, and 12 poems 2014: 111 novels and short stories (plus essay collections, comics, and poetry)
2013: 1…