Hello Bloglandia! Even though the sizzling temps this week in Portland are making it feel more like it's still August, it is indeed September. And that means it's time for re-evaluating a few things. In normal times, it would be time to head back to school and this period is known as la rentrée by … Continue reading Mrs. Morris Meets Death…for free
Hey Bloglandia! Before I deliver the one-two punch of today's post, I just wanted to give a big ol' heap of THANKS to Jonny over on the Jaunts & Haunts blog for his recent absolutely humbling reviews of my short stories "Space Walk," "Testing the Waters," and "A Feast for Sight." You can read the … Continue reading Stepping Into the Boxing Ring with “Champ”
That's right The Bonds of Osteria: Book Four of the Osteria Chronicles is DONE!! Okay, not "done" done, but done enough to celebrate with all kinds of happy dancing and hoppy libations because it was a major struggle getting to this point. The Troubles I wrote the bare bones of Bonds as I was reworking … Continue reading Clearing the Hurdle of Book Four, aka “Bonds is DONE!”
It's the solstice and that means today's the day those of us in the northern hemisphere walk around humming, "Here Comes the Sun." I can't stand being cold so I hate winter, but I do LOVE that the first day of winter means the return of more daylight hours! And, since I do all my art … Continue reading Happy Solstice Everyone!!!
As I mentioned last time, winter has arrived a bit early here in Portland. Luckily, our power is still on (so far), but we had no need of television or Internet to supply our entertainment Wednesday night since just outside our door was a live show of the Winter Wonderland Smash Up Derby. Now. before … Continue reading Winter Wonderland Smash Up Derby!
So, it turns out that the results from Tuesday's election weren't just some super-vivid and super-scary nightmare. Damn it. I was really hoping my overactive imagination had gotten the better of me and that I would wake up to a sane world. So much for hope. I know today's should be given over to the … Continue reading I’m Still Angry…And I Plan to Stay That Way
I have so much of my own (good) news to tell you that yesterday at this time I was dithering over what to share with you first. But after the nightmare of an election last night, today is too gloomy a day to do anything but apologize for what the U.S. has done. I truly, … Continue reading Embarrassed and Ashamed
With a three-week long trip to France looming in my near future, I've been cramming my head full of French grammar, French vocabulary, French idioms, and French verb conjugations (eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a few French language novels and study guides amongst my thirty-five pounds of library book sale treasures). I love learning languages. … Continue reading Vous Me Comprenez!!!
Over this past weekend was an event that never fails to send my bibliophile heart into palpitations of excitement: The Annual Book Sale at my local library! And unlike in years past, I had a book-loving Beastie to share in the fun. The result of three wonderful days of stocking up on oodles of bargain priced … Continue reading Finn McSpool Tackles Thirty-Five Pounds of Books