Barren Island Books interviews Anna Martoka!

Anná Artwork by Hazel Butler

Artwork by Hazel Butler

What’s new in the world of The Lokana Chronicles? Well, today Anna Martoka was interviewed as part of the Barren Island Books interview series that my wonderful friend and fellow author, A.F.E. Smith, runs on her blog. If you’d like to know which books Anna counts among her favorites, head on over and check out her interview!

And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out some of the other interviews. There’s loads of great books just waiting to be discovered at Barren Island Books!

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Photo 365 #77

There was another beautiful sunrise yesterday morning:


Normally I’m not up early enough to see things like this, but when the sun doesn’t come up till after 7:00 a.m., which is roughly when I have to be out of bed if I have any hope of making it to work on time, that makes it a little easier.  And with colors this beautiful, I should perhaps try to make it a habit to rise a bit earlier so I can catch more of them. 🙂

What’s your favorite part of rising early?

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Photo 365 #76

The trees at Pine Lake looked so beautiful Monday on my way home from work that I just had to stop and take their picture:


A friend of mine is lucky to commute through this beautiful area every day.  I think if I had to drive through there every day, I’d be late getting to work and late getting home, and my camera would have even more pictures of pretty trees than it already does. 🙂

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Photo 365 #74

One of the things I love about fall is the profusion of color.  From fiery reds to golden oranges, color abounds.


I found these late blooms among the changing leaves at the courthouse today as I ran errands at work.  I loved these flowers in the spring, when their golden yellow blooms were like little spots of sunshine on a cloudy day, and I couldn’t help thinking of them the same way today.  As beautiful as they are in the spring, when they pop against the deep green of their leaves, they were just as beautiful today against the backdrop of green and gold.

What’s your favorite part of fall?

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Photo 365 #73

We went to another Panther football game yesterday, and it was a lot of fun.  We tailgated in the afternoon before the game, we played a couple games of bean bag toss, and generally had a great time.


Of course, the real reason I go to football games (other than to hang out with great friends) is for the band.  Back in high school, I went to home games because I was in the band.  Now that my marching band days are well behind me, I go simply to enjoy the pregame and halftime performances.  Once a band geek, always a band geek. 🙂

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Photo 365 #72

Yesterday was rather a rough day. It started early, ended late, and grew steadily worse as the day wore on. But at least I have some pretty flowers to show for it:
Today has been so much better, despite getting off to a rough start. Hope your Saturday has been filled with fun! 🙂

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Photo 365 #71

Yep, it’s another beautiful sunset.  Last night’s sunset was magnificent; I could have watched it all night.


But this morning it was followed by an equally magnificent sunrise, which my hurried picture didn’t do justice:


The sun must be rising a little later, because it was dark when I woke up this morning.  I don’t like waking up before the sun because it’s awfully hard to leave my warm, cozy bed behind for the chilly darkness of early morn.

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Photo Friday: Endings!

endcornWho doesn’t love endings?  Well, okay, if it’s the end of a fantastic book, or if it’s the end of a particularly beloved character (still bitter), or if a relationship is ending, then I don’t like them.  As the great Jane Austen once said, “If a book is well-written, I always find it too short.”

But today’s ending is more in tune with the circle of life.  While it’s true that a circle really has no beginning and has no ending, life does (which makes “the circle of life” something of an oxymoron, doesn’t it?), and now that we’re well into fall, you can see endings everywhere.

Over the summer, my aunt took a picture of the kids standing in front of the corn that grows at the edge of our yard.  She wanted me to get another picture of the boys in front of the corn this fall, but I kept putting it off, and the weather recently didn’t help.

I came home from work one day and discovered that…

Photo 365 #69

Apparently, the front step has become the place to go for kitty pictures. Every morning, the boys dart outside and capture the kitties, usually Opal and sometimes Socks, too. Then it’s off to the front step, with shouts of, “Mommy, you should take my picture! Mommy, take a picture!”


Of course, when we get home in the evenings, it’s the same story – they dash out of the car, grab a kitty, and run off to pose for a picture. Opal seems to have resigned herself to the boys manhandling her, but Socks and Shadow are usually less than thrilled with these forced modeling sessions.

Still, they make some darn cute pictures. 🙂

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