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    Guest Post for Tina Gayle: Scottish Castles

    TESTING 1, 2… Hi Tina and Tina Gale fans!  Thanks so much for having me today, I’m going to dive into one of my favorite subjects, Scotland. The weather has begun to turn Fall-like for most of us and for me it makes me think of misty cliffs and highland whisk(e)y. Scotland is the home of the highlands, haggis, Hebrides and castles! Not in a red kilt, but close! :0) [via] When we think of Scotland (and we’ve enjoyed a romance novel or two!) we often times think of an image evoking a 16th century strapping highland Scotsmen swathed in a blood red kilt. And depending on your imagination’s enthusiasm…

  • pregnancy,  wasting time,  writing life

    A Writer’s Life: Pretty Nails

    Holiday matching is of utmost importance. Being a starving artist makes for interesting shopping. When I was laden with money while working as a marketing exec I wouldn’t bother buying nail polish, I’d have someone do my nails. If I had the time. I was known for keeping them short and unobtrusive so that they didn’t clash with my work outfits or make typing a pain in the ass. I didn’t realize what joy I was missing. Now, being an uber thrift – a quality I inherited from my grandfather and a skill I exploited in my teens – I’m addicted to little joys. Like nail polish. It’s a cheap…

  • pregnancy,  writing life

    It’s a Hard-Knock Life

    My brain is on an involuntary vacation. Most likely here in Bora Bora. Being pregnant has made me think of many things – mainly because the progesterone/HCG/estrogen cocktail the baby creates makes one’s mind explode. Take, for example, the current rumination: going to work for someone else. I remember the days when all I did was go to work, give my blood, sweat and tears to then have, twice a month, a fat chunk of change get deposited into my account. I’d only work for maybe 8 or 9 hours a day and later just 4 or 5. Those checks still rolled in and with my rose colored glasses on…

  • garden,  writing life

    Writing Writers Write Right Now

    My new flag pole. I was going to hang a Fall flag but 100 degree days deemed it inappropriate. :0) Someone said it’s Fall, and I say WHERE?! Right now my office is a chilly 72 degrees but outside my window it is soaring upward toward 100 degrees. Now, before you say, “So what, same with the rest of the world.” Let me add that it’s Oregon. Here in Oregon we assume that Summer starts July 5th and lasts (if we’re lucky) through Sept. 20. Short, sweet and it gets the sun out of the way in one nice neat jaunt so we can get back to our regularly scheduled…