Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday

Today's Wink and A Nod recipient is Lee at Kitchen Connection.
Lee is an Aussie who always has an enjoyable tale to tell and delicious recipes to go with it. She is interested in current affairs, music, cooking and much more.  Lee has lived a fascinating life and is kind enough to share her stories.

Wink, wink, Lee.

So many blogs. So little time.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wacky Wednesday


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

We're Back

The HH and baby boy took their annual pilgrimage to the Cubs game that was being held in Baltimore. Since the baby girl and son-in-law were hooking up with them, I tagged along.
It was quite exciting on many levels, both good and bad.
A. The Cubs won all three games they played this weekend.
 B.  The hotel we stayed at the first night.....YIKES.  I imagine there are better  'no tells' out there.
The first thing I noticed: The door didn't lock. Got that squared away, which only left:
A broken toilet seat
Used soap still in the tub
No internet
No coffee maker
No coffee
No tissues
No hairdryer
A dog in a nearby room that yapped all night.(Of course this didn't bother the HH since he'd taken his hearing aids out.)  Needless to say we moved down the strip the following morning.

C. Major gridlock traveling.

D. While the HH and baby boy were at the game, the baby girl and delightful son-in-law took me to a wonderful restaurant.  We had a lovely evening, great food, great company.

Saturday we went to the National Aquarium   which was crowded but still all sorts of fun.Below are pics of the Jellies. This was probably the best section of the aquarium because it's hidden behind the cafe and harder to find, i.e.less crowded.


More pics to come....You've been warned.
Thanks for leaving the light on for me.  It guided me home.
What's everyone been doing in my absence? This inquiring mind wants to know.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wacky Wednesday

Thanks for sharing, EC.


I'm going to be offline for a few days.  Behave and have fun.  And if you can't do both have fun:)
As CJ would say, leave the light on for me.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Mercury Rising

Remember this one? I hadn't seen it since it came out in the theater in 1998. I'd forgotten what a great, on the edge-of-your-seat movie it is. Bruce Willis always delivers but the actor that really amazed me was Miko Hughes who played the autistic savant little boy. I'm still trying to figure out he managed to keep his eyes rolled to the side of his head. All in all a good movie for date night.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday

Today's Wink and Nod Recipient is Andrew at High Riser.
Andrew is from Melbourne Australia and lives in a--you guessed it--highrise. One of his interest's is old buildings and he frequently shows shots of older architecture and talks about its history. He also gives information on public transport and sometimes just life events.

Wink, wink Andrew.

So many blogs. So little time.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Optional July 5th Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?  Wow.  This is a great question isn't it? There's such a wide range of topics to choose from: critique groups, beta readers, advertising, the writing process, agents, etc.
 I'm going to  focus  on publication options. Trad. Small press. Indy. Hybrid.  I'm currently a hybrid. I have published both sides of the fence. I have publishers and am publishing as an Indie.  There are pros and cons to both.  With a publisher you get a cover artist and an editor and some advertising. There are a lot of wonderful publishing companies out there. Our own Diane Wolfe's Dancing Lemurs being one of the best and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. On the negative side: if you want your rights back, some publishers make it difficult. If they are struggling financially they don't always pay your royalties. 
With Indie:  You're responsible for everything: writing, editing, cover art, publishing, and marketing. 
After having been on both sides of the fence, my personal lesson learned is I prefer Indie. I can invest as little or as much time as I want on all of the above. I can also invest a lot or a little financially on advertising, editing and cover art. And while my books are up against millions of others, my attention is focused on mine, where as a publisher must focus on all his/her ducklings.  And sometimes, depending on the size of the publisher, those ducklings run in the hundreds. 
Indy versus a publisher is just a matter of choice.  What works for me may not work for someone else and what works for them may not work for me.
What about you? What's your preference?
As for personal news. I have my rights back  and have re-released Silverhills. If you can help me get the word out via blog, FB or Twitter, just give me a shout out.

 In the 1870s Brandon Wade is driving a herd of longhorns over the Chisholm Trail when a youth appears out of nowhere riding a magnificent black stallion and packing a deadly looking six-gun. In need of trail hands, Brandon hires the young man. Not until weeks later, during the middle of a terrible stampede, does Brandon learn that his young sharpshooter is a beautiful woman. A woman full of fire and passion who he burns to possess. A woman steeped in mystery who refuses to disclose her past.

Alexandria O'Malley is on the run and must be able to disappear at a moment's notice. When she hires on to the cattle drive, she doesn't expect the powerful attraction between herself and her trail boss or the response of her treacherous body.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Fourth

The Fourth of July--also known as Independence Day--is when Americans celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776.
Hope yours is wondrous.

  Long may she wave.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pitbull Saves Woman

We're heading out to watch the fireworks tonight. What about you?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wink and A Nod Thursday

Today's Wink and A Nod Recipient is Truedessa at True Wanderings.
If you enjoy poetry, you'll appreciate True's blog.  Her writing style is delicate and her imagery wonderful. True writes to 'entertain her inner muse' and in the process entertains the rest of us as well.

Wink, wink, True.

So many blogs. So little time.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wacky Wednesday

Thanks, Val:)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In Joy Or Sadness, Flowers~ K.Okakura

If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.~Marcus Tulius Cicero

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. ~Doug Larson

Garden as though you will live forever.~William Kent

Flowers are happy things~P.G. Wodehouse

I must have flowers, always, and always~Claude Monet

A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.~Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Monday, June 26, 2017

Guy Plays Piano For His Rescued Cats

Thanks, Rye.

And a big thank you to Robert for his lovely post. For those of you who love Sci Fi, there's even gift short story links for you.

Thanks to Lon Anderson for the follow.

If you've followed recently and I haven't mentioned it, let me know so I can give you a shout out.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday's Wink and a Nod

Today's Wink and a Nod recipient is Robert Bennett.
Robert is an amazing wordsmith.  He frequently has wonderful flash and short stories on his blog. He does both freelance writing and editing. If you haven't visited his blog and like horror and or sci-fi  you're in for a treat.

Wink, wink, Robert.

So many blogs, so little time.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wacky Wednesday

'Borrowed' from CJ
Thanks, Val.