Month: September 2013

  • Mistake? No Problem: Or, How to Embrace Mistakes

    Sometimes, it feels like nothing you do is right, starting out with the initial idea to start. This is completely untrue. It isn’t a mistake unless you decide it is. Besides being a writer, I also love crafts of all varieties, especially miniatures and dollshouses. Which is why I had the “brilliant idea” to make…

  • Escape to the Regency: 10 Reasons I wish I could escape through time

    It’s been one of those weeks / months, and I’ve been thinking about running away. I’ll let you know whether that’s a literal escape, or a figurative one. And while the Regency period, and in fact, most periods of any context (including our own) have both their qualities and dark underbellies, I’m ignoring the dark…

  • Lodestone: Show Me The Way!

    This lumpy little piece of rock is my lodestone. I bought it because I like the idea of the lodestone leading you where you need to go and attracting good fortune to my life. And I thought, hey, for $1, why not? The name “lodestone” goes back to Middle English, and means “course stone” or…

  • To Plan or Embrace Spontaneity?

    I am not, in normal life, a spontaneous person. As much as I complain about the trudge of the usual ruts life settles into, there is comfort in familiarity. So this past weekend was planned much the same: clean up around the yard preparing for autumn, have an overdue dinner-party with friends, and fit in…

  • Rewrites and Upholstery: Some Projects Can “Look” Done

    In my house, nothing says normal other than half-a-dozen projects that I have planned, on the go, or good intentions about. For example, because we have a wedding in December, I’ve been working hard at getting Christmas presents (I make them) done early. Or at least, I WAS making good progress … until I stopped.…

  • One of Those Days

    I’ve been having “one of those days” – or maybe at this point, it’s one of those weeks. You know, where it totally slipped my mind I needed to post something for Friday. Or I had plans to submit things for contests, and the date passed. So today, instead of the paranormal, I’m considering unexpected…

  • Eager to Start Something New

    You know when you’ve been working away at rewrites, and the whole time, like creamy, calorie-filled desserts when you’re dieting, a new story keeps teasing and tempting you to stray? Then suddenly you’re done, and holy honk, you have no idea what the heck to start with? That’s almost where I am right now. The…

  • Medieval and Ancient Monsters

    Wow! I wish I could have taken this class. Sounds like fun! I have some monsters for you. 😉 I happened upon this website: List of Medieval and Ancient Monsters. Here be dragons! And glowing bird. (See Ercinee) And humorous monsters (see Gryllus). Or white feathery people (see Hsien — ooh! They’re calling for a…

  • Rewrites: 5 Reasons it’s Worth Sticking with them

    Yes, my post is late. Again. And I plead rewrites.  I’ve probably used that excuse at least once, but there it is. I could go for plague, but then you might be a bit surprised if I ever wrote again. Anyway, I am FINALLY nearing the end of an epic round of rewrites. I have…

  • The Pig-Faced Woman: Found it!

    Have you ever found a little tidbit of research only to completely forget where or when you saw it? What you have here has eluded me for months. I originally read of this legend in Captain Rees Howell Gronow’s reminiscences. Behold: The pig-faced lady.  I finally found word of it (and was jumping up and…