NaNoWriMo: The Day After Hangover

Did we really just do that? Did we really just sit down and attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days? Did we worry about making our daily word count? Did we sneak in writing time whenever we could, including a few places that we would normally never consider? Welcome... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 30

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.” — Napoleon Bonaparte Word counts are due to the NaNo site tonight by 11:59 PM your time zone. Do yourself a favor and get them posted early because the site will see some heavy traffic as midnight starts to... read more

NaNoWrimo Inspiration: Day 29

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead Two days left. Come Tuesday morning, NaNoWriMo 2015 will be behind us, win or lose. Today, though, we write.... read more

Caro Kinkead

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something or the other and finished my first “novel” at the age of eight (five pages, which my mother still has and threatens to sell to the National Enquirer when I make the NYT bestseller list). I have the usual collection of adolescent bad poetry and purple prose, much of which has thankfully disappeared — though I recently unearthed the first romance novel I completed. :: shudders ::

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What I Write

These days, I’m focused on a contemporary romance series set in the fictional town of Henry’s Mills, close enough to New York and Boston to enjoy their amenities — but far enough away that urbanites wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle can deem it “rural.” The residents have cannily embraced this designation for tourism purposes.

The first book is in editing, while the second was drafted during NaNoWriMo 2015. With luck, both will be published in 2016. Of course, that’s not to say something shiny and new won’t come along to catch my attention at any moment…

What You'll Find Here

At this point, I’m sharing my thoughts, knitting projects, general geekiness, and whatever else might fall out of my brain. Current media obsessions are The Flash, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Blindspot, and comics in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular.

An Invocation for Beginnings

Ze Frank’s Invocation for Beginnings has becoming something of a ritual for me when I’m trying to get moving, but especially today, as the madness of NaNoWriMo starts. Yes, I am constantly writing and November isn’t the only time of the year... read more

:: Blows the Dust Away ::

I am not a programmer, nor do I play one on TV. Trust me, if I were, say, Felicity Smoak, I wouldn’t have had so much trouble with my CSS. All that is (mostly) fixed now. I promised myself I’d get this fixed before NaNoWriMo started and here we are. Ignore the piles of building material still tucked away in the corner. Speaking of which…

The bathroom is almost done! It’s impossibly small, so it’s difficult to get a full picture, we have to wait at least another week for the custom glass shower enclosure (gad, those things are expensive), the heat lamp in the fan is not working and they had to go through the wall in the small hallway that runs from the master bedroom to the bathroom to re-seat the spigots because they were too far back so couldn’t turn, and the hand-held portion of the shower head is just fine for my husband but too tall for me. However, in the meantime, we have the toilet and sink back, so there are no longer three adults sharing the front bathroom for everything.

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From the Ground Up

I currently do not have a functional master bathroom.

We discovered a problem with water damage on the walls outside the shower. Our first thought was that this was caused due to a leak in the caulking between the shower door frame and the tile, which had happened on the other side. We found the leak and were getting ready to take care of that when my father-in-law (who lives with us and still owns the house) decided he’d rather have a handyman/contractor come in and do it on the supposition it would be done faster than I or my husband could on the weekends/evenings. The irony is that we actually could have had it done by the time we managed to get someone to come in and give us an estimate for what we thought was a pretty small job.

Of course, that means we wouldn’t have found the mold or discovered the crack in the shower pan until things were much worse.

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Let’s Not Continue As We Began

There’s a cheery post about resolutions sitting in the draft file at this point. It was supposed to go up a couple of days before New Year’s — but work got a little insane and I put in more overtime than planned. Then I got sick on New Year’s... read more

Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New

May blessings and joy be in abudance for you and yours in the next twelve months. May you find your goals within your grasp. And may we all meet again next year to raise a toast once... read more

Gifts of the Heart

I awoke to kudos this morning. The notification was from Archive of Our Own, known by folk who enjoy Fan Fic as AO3, and it was for a short piece — less than a thousand words — that I’d written several years ago and just moved to the site. It... read more

Wishing You…

Welcome to Henry’s Mills, a place where life moves at a different pace from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, the residents enjoy the festivals and traditions that are the heart-blood of the community and hold out a hand of welcome to those weary souls... read more

Bits and Bobs

I have two longer posts that I need to finish up, but I’m trying to post every few days and since it’s been, oh, five, I thought I’d do a brief list of what’s happening. I have solved my yarn problem. Out of the few stashes that actually had... read more

Frustration

I have been working on my Evenstar shawl. Been working on it steadily since Thanksgiving weekend with only one brief trip into a side project and last night I realized the end was nigh. Unfortunately, the end was the end of my yarn, not completing the pattern. I have... read more

TCM Remembers 2014

I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “highlight” but one item I treasure each year is the annual TCM Remembers video. We know the big names, but there is always a number of those whose faces we recognize, even if we don’t know the name, as well as... read more

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