Photo 365 #350: Change is afoot

wpid-20150720_122623.jpgJust look at this sky.

*inhales deeply*

*exhales happily*

Isn’t it beautiful?  I snapped this picture on my way back from lunch on Monday.  This has been one heck of a crazy week, and as a result, I’m going to have to make some changes.

For starters, I think I’m going to let my Photo Friday feature go on hiatus for a while.  I completely forgot about it last week (and possibly the week before), and with trying to learn a new job, things are pretty hectic here right now, so the fewer things I have to worry about, the better.

This also means that once I finish my Photo 365 project, I’ll probably stop posting quite so frequently.  I want to be able to publish quality blog posts, and if I’m so zonked at the end of the day that I can barely string together a coherent sentence, there’s probably no way I can put together a coherent (to say nothing of entertaining) blog post.  I’ll try to post at least three times a week, but if I go silent for a couple days, try not to worry.

I’ll be Bach. :D

With that said, I’m pretty zonked right now, so I’m going to go hit up the caffeination station and pray it kicks in soon.  Have a great Thursday, everybody!

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Talking books with Laura Liddell Nolen

Happy Monday, everybody!  It’s a great Monday, isn’t it?

If you said no, then prepare to have your mind changed, because today I’ve got with me Laura Liddell Nolen, author of the fantastic book The Ark.  So kick back, relax, and let’s talk books!

KK: Tell us about yourself.

LauraLNolenLN: Hi! Thank you so much for having me! I do love your site. I’m a sci-fi/fantasy fangirl turned writer. I grew up in Mississippi, and I live in Texas now. The Ark is my first book.

KK: And The ArkWhat’s it all about?

Photo 365 #344

2015-07-17 11.59.53Patty melt, patty
Melt, you’re so fine!  A little
Taste of you just blows

My mind.  Oh, patty
Melt, I love your gooey cheese,
And your car’melized

Onions taste so sweet.
Add a side of fries and you
Make my life complete.

Pretty patty melt,
I’ll miss your toasty goodness,
But more than that, I’ll

Miss the fantastic
Service I always received
At the Weathered Wheel.

Okay, so that was definitely not my finest poem.  And it was more than a little cheesy (pun totally intended), especially since I forgot to ask for onions today.

Whoops.

The Weathered Wheel, like the Ahoy Fountain, is…

Photo 365 #340: Where everybody knows your name

Mmm, reuben and chips, omnomnom!

Mmm, reuben and chips, omnomnom!

Writing, of late, has been an odd sort of chore. I love to write – I yearn to write – but lately when I find myself alone with my thoughts and a pencil, I find that the words won’t come. They used to spill forth from my fingers like fat drops of rain from a heavy summer storm cloud.  They used to burst froth from my pencil like rushing floodwaters through a broken dam.

But now?

Now, I find myself extracting each precious word like a miner with a gem. Or, more accurately, like a  dentist with a particularly stubborn tooth. Bubbles’ first tooth, with its inch-long root and insistence on clinging to his lower gum, springs instantly to mind.

But that’s if the words come at all.

Today, for a change of pace…

Photo 365 #335

When I’m not busy running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I’m still hard at work on The Lokana Chronicles and, as writing has been on my mind quite a lot lately, today’s photo features a progress update:

2015-07-08 13.18.58

Do you leave notes for yourself in the margins of your WIPs?  I do it all the time – if I didn’t, I’d forget everything that crossed my mind while writing. *sigh*

In other news, I’m going to be doing my first book signing next week, and I’m kind of excited about it.  If you’re heading out to the Tama County Fair on Thursday the 16th, stop on over to Smith’s General Store and say hi!  I’ll be there from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., signing books and chatting with anyone who wanders in.  I’m planning a giveaway for those who subscribe to my mailing list (see the link in my sidebar – no spam, I promise!), and I know it’s going to be a ton of fun.

A metric ton, even. :)

Also, congratulations to Piper McDermott, the lucky winner of e-book copies of Tuesday Daydreams and A Song for All Seasons!

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Photo 365 #332: Independent

2015-07-04 09.19.46Birds sing gaily in
The trees, heedless of the kids
Running round the yard.

The summer sun shines
O’er a beautiful day in
The land of the free,

As “The Star-Spangled
Banner” drifts by on the breeze
And the flags gently

Wave on ev’ry street
In town. It’s a great day in
The home of the brave.

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