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Everybody's doing it, so you can do it too

1. Where is your cell phone? on the counter like a good little cell phone
2. Where is your significant other? working in his shop
3. Your hair color? blond
4. Your mother? about an hour away at home
5. Your father? with Mom
6. Your favorite thing? my home library
7. Your dream last night? don't remember
8. Your dream/goal? have many ... write more novels, travel, pet a bear ...
9. The room you’re in? dining room
10. Your hobby? gardening, beading
11. Your fear? Alzheimer's
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? climbing mountains
13. Where were you last night? home
14. What you’re not? self-confident, disciplined
15. One of your wish-list items? a dog (but my tamed wild-cats may not like this)
16. Where you grew up? Washington State
17. The last thing you did? fed the fish
18. What are you wearing? sweats, t-shirt, and vest
19. Your TV? on (NCIS reruns)
20. Your pet? cats, telling me it's time for their dinner
21. Your computer? Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop
22. Your mood? relaxed
23. Missing someone? not at the moment
24. Your car? red Sable
25. Something you’re not wearing? shoes (have slippers on)
26. Favorite store? most any bookstore
27. Your summer? can't wait
28. Love someone? yes
29. Your favorite color? red
30. When is the last time you laughed? chuckled just a bit ago at goofy cat
31. Last time you cried? week and a half ago

trying new stuff...

A photo from a couple of years ago, taken along Snoqualmie Pass.

...wheeee, it works. I can now post photos!


A Darkness Forged In Fire...

This is a shout-out to remind everyone that my friend and fellow writer, chris_r_evans's first novel debuts tomorrow. It's a terrific fantasy read, one that kept me turning pages and not because Chris is a friend, but because he *is* a storyteller and the story is that enjoyable.

my state of the union ...

... or maybe just a catch up post to ring in the death of the first month of a new year. Er, that sounds morbid, or depressing or ... something. Especially when you're old and years go all too fast enough as is. Sigh.

It's been a while since I have posted. Typical me. I may try to do one of these at the end of each month, but please don't hold me to it, I am such a rebel :-)


Twilight now has another completed chapter. Why it took me all month I haven't a clue, chapters don't normally take that long. I can so do better than that (proveitproveit, my muse sayeth). The novel itself is just shy of 30K, and I did find with that chapter that I am still working out details. Still no reason in my mind why the writing shouldn't go much faster, however.

The huge stack of papers that is Hunter's Moon sits on my desk and collects dust. I am still overwhelmed just by looking at the stack. For my first major revision/renovation/rewrite of a novel, I sure know how to write one that's simple (not).

EastWest Herbology Course

After initially being totally overwhelmed with the amount of work and complexity of the subject, I finally reminded myself that, like writing a novel, you take bites at a time over a long period of time (this hasn't translated to HM yet, unfortunately). The introduction is done, I've finished reading the first lesson, working on the homework (which isn't sent in this lesson) and am into the second lesson.

Healthy eating, exercise

I let the holidays mess up my routine. After several good months of racking up the walking miles - 50 to 70 miles a month - I really dropped off during the last couple of months of December and January - 30 and 20 miles respectively. Argh. I also let myself indulge in a lot of the wrong things in the food department. I began changing that over the last couple of weeks. I do miss the walks outside. Cold temps I can handle, but rain keeps me inside and because of that I was having a hard time switching back to using the treadmill. When you live in a wet state, however, you've no choice, so I think I've finally resigned myself back to the treadmill. The food is, for the most part, back on track too. Gaining a couple of pounds after having just worked hard to lose them ... gives good incentive.

So my state of the union ... and you thought it'd be interesting, fooled ya!

Birthday Greetings!

Happy Birthday, chris_r_evans May you have a spectacular day and an even better year this coming year than the last, which was mighty awesome in itself! :)


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And because I should be doing other things, here's another meme...

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Summer has finally struck!

We now have true blue skies ... as opposed to those wimpy blah white ones. And along with that mid-upper 80 degree heat. Summer is finally here!

...which means I'll probably be crying and moaning for cooler weather soon. My typical M.O. :-)

So, an update:


Twilight toddles along. I'm still working on the plot and background, and sneaking in a scene here and there. A new revelation yelled howdy the other day, so I took to pondering it. Bit of a surprise, it was, but I like surprises. We'll see if it sticks.


Research List:

Shooter, The Autobiography of The Top-Ranked Marine Sniper
Touching the Rock, An Experience of Blindness
The Psychic Battlefield
Blood Brothers, Among the Soldiers of Ward 57
Living With a Below-Knee Amputation


I read by whim, so my personal TBR pile is the whole house and local library and bookstores. I grab whatever fiction is calling me at the moment. My current read is the next book by Craig Johnson, Death Without Company.

Grand thought for the day

There's only so much time in life and there's only so many novels one can write within that time; not writing mean less time left to write those novels you want to write. So why waste time not writing when it's what you want to do, and why waste time on a story you have no heart for. Just sayin'

...mostly to myself.