• books,  research,  writing,  writing life

    A Scottish Kind of Research

    My beautiful, beautiful research books arrived. They sailed across the Atlantic, spent time in customs then boarded a train, then truck and finished their journey being thrust into my mailbox. It was an excruciating three weeks to wait but it has been worth the wait. Currently, I’m knee deep in book two of Legend of Lady MacLaoch and it’s time to really get a handle on the forest types there in Skye. My town of Glentree maybe fictional but as a forestry major I’d be seriously letting myself down if I didn’t know each leaf, needle and drupe there was to know of my make-believe forest. And what is a Scottish forest…

  • #flowerfloozieMonday,  garden,  photography,  wasting time,  writing life

    Flower Floozie Monday

    Flower Floozie Monday isn’t a thing but wouldn’t it be nice if it were?? #flowerfloozieMonday I’m sadly lacking flowers this year. Several years back I owned a different home, a home in which my over exuberant 20-something self thought planting 120 flower plants in place of a front lawn would be a stellar idea. Now, I have a new home and more sense (and vastly less time) so I have two roses, a tomato (it’s in bloom) and sad dying hanging basket petunias. #flowerfloozieMonday will be a short run of just four plants. Though, the wild weeds along the path to our mailbox down the street has potential… Stay tuned!…

  • Uncategorized

    Hello world!

    We are currently undergoing a website remodel in preparation for the BIG remodel of my author site. This will let mobile users read and view the site much easier. Stay tuned!   The transition we are making is from blogger (with a www redirect) to a WordPress site. If you’re interested in doing the same thing, check out this great YouTube tutorial. He has very clear cut instructions and so far they’re working!

  • character development,  facial compilation,  fstoppers,  photoshop,  writing

    The Face

    In writing my trilogy The Legend of Lady MacLaoch I have found that returning after a several year hiatus has been hard on my character visuals. I know the feel of the characters but pegging the fine details that makes them unique fluctuates in my writing sections. I’d like to improve my writing so that my characters are tangible and readers are able to recognize them in the people they see in their day to day lives. And that means writing from a picture. The female lead was easy she’s very much like a character I’ve come across on TV, her mannerisms aren’t the same but the physical features are…

  • fonts,  graphics,  writing life

    My, What a Nice Typeface You Have

    It’s just a few months before the novel gets booted over to editing for it’s enslavement to the proper written word and I can’t help but start to play with advertising designs. Having good buttons for a novel so you can punt them out to paid services not only saves you time in the midst of a book release but it’s also fun. :0) I’m terrible at design. Art comes naturally for me but the finer points of creating something that doesn’t look like a monkey with a crayon created it escapes me. For the two ads I’ve created I had to do a lot of soul searching and tempering…

  • publishing,  writing life

    Lemme Give You Some Advice – Traditional Publish

    I got an email from my girl A (she’s my top reviewer and publishes her own book review blog) about a friend of her’s who knew a guy who wanted to know how to get his book published. It’s a question that is three times removed from me, I have no idea how good his book is (not sure that matters, really) or how committed he is to getting published but I responded nonetheless. I’m not a big wig author so getting this question is awesome. I slip on my professor glasses and happily climb up on my soap box and learn him some publishing things. In the course of…

  • pugs,  writing life

    PUGZ!

    You know what I love?The randomness of this blog. Take for example the last post, Babysitting! And today’s post? PUGZ! I love it. The update, BTW, on babysitter hunting? We caught one and she’s currently serving time at our house one day a week…. *BLISS* She’s here to help me, like today, so that I can accomplish those monumental tasks such as working making memes. Here’s the latest (I say that like I make them daily, not that I’ve only made four in the last four years): Happy Hump Day! Or should we say Slump Day for all those with Cinco de Mayo hangovers?

  • motherhood

    The Babysitter

    It’s begun. The epic trip into Having Someone Else Look After Your Child. The place every mother both dreads and looks forward to. I’ve realized early on that anything associated with children can be turned into a money making venture. Take for example cloth diapers. Cheapest thing on the planet right? No. There’s a company out there who (Ragababe) charges close to forty dollars a diaper and still can’t figure out a way to produce enough diapers so they don’t have shortages. Every. Single. Time. It’s sold out in seconds. They even have announcements on their Facebook page on when they’ll be selling, which feels like hype. Several years have…