Photo 365 #177

It’s been a day full of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  The marathon has been lovely, but it’s also left me a bit inspiration-less when it comes to my blog.


With that in mind, I hope you enjoy this pretty, pretty sunset.  It was lingering in my archives, just begging to be shared.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Authors to Watch


If you haven’t heard of it already, Authors to Watch is a fantastic blog run by the lovely and talented Tricia Drammeh. She features author interviews, book recommendations, and all sorts of other writerly awesomeness. And today she’s featuring me!

We talk about poetry, writing, and inspirations, and I’d love it if you’d head on over and check it out. But don’t just read my interview – check out the others as well! Tricia’s interviewed loads of brilliant authors, and I’m sure she – and they – would love it if you stopped by. Who knows? You might find a new favorite book or a new favorite author! 🙂

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Photo Friday: Birthday throwback edition!

Today’s throwback post is interesting in its age.  See, I took these pictures last night – they’re my birthday gifts.  But they both hail from the ’90s (literally, in the case of the one), so I feel justified in calling them throwbacks:

I LOVED *NSYNC when I was younger.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I still love them.  When it came time to pick between Team *NSYNC and Team BSB, I was the one in the middle clutching my posters of JC and Nick and pleading for both of them.  Even today, I still can’t decide which group I like better.  So when my sister gave me this poster-cube-thingy, I couldn’t help laughing and then grinning like an idiot all the way home.

Buffy was – apparently – the continuation of a trend.  We watched the 1992 movie on Monday night, followed by The Lost Boys on Tuesday night.  The whole vampire thing started me thinking about Angel, the box set of which lives in the bottom of one of our DVD cabinets, and I decided I’d rather like to watch it.  Except that I didn’t watch Buffy when it originally aired (I didn’t get the channel *sigh*), and I wondered how much backstory I’d be missing if I watched Angel without having seen Buffy.

Seymour to the rescue!  We watched the first two episodes of Buffy last night and have a marathon planned for the weekend.  Good times, great oldies. 🙂

I think I’ve written about how we celebrate birthdays in my family before – what do you do?

Don’t forget to stop by Charnele’s blog and check out her fabulous throwback post!

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Photo 365 #176

Since yesterday was my birthday, I decided to treat myself by going out to lunch.  It was positively divine to get a break from the ramen I’ve been scarfing for far too long.


It was nice to get out and about, but it didn’t work so well for my writing.  Between the noise from my fellow diners and the soap opera playing on TV, I had trouble focusing on what I was trying to write.  Despite all that, and the similar challenges I faced at lunch today, I actually got quite a bit done and feel rather pleased with myself.

The project in the picture is my latest short story, commissioned by Miss Tadpole.  I’ve been working on it for a couple of months – rhyming is haaard, yo – and I hope to have it finished by the time she comes home on Monday.  I don’t know if I’ll reach my goal or not, but I feel like I’m finally gaining ground with this story, and I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.  It’s set in Lokana, but long before the time of my novels.

And now, on to the next thing!  Have a great Friday, everybody!

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Photo 365 #175

Last night, the sun set on my thirtieth year.  And what a glorious sunset it was!


See?  Toldja it was pretty. 🙂

It’s been a great birthday today, even if it has left me thinking a lot about my mom.  I’m now the same age she was when she died (or at least I will be come August), and it’s got me thoughtful.  Luckily, I’ve got some great friends who’ve done a fantastic job of keeping my spirits high today, and I want to share the happy with you all.

So!  I’m running a special on Tuesday Daydreams.  From now through Monday, you can pick up a copy (if you don’t have one already) for $1.50 (regular price is $2.99).  Just go to Smashwords and enter coupon code FE67Z at checkout.  You can also pick up a copy at Amazon.

I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday.  See ya back here tomorrow! 🙂

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Photo 365 #174

Once again, it’s a pretty leaf picture:

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It’s been a busy couple of days at work, and my brain’s a little fried, so once again, I’ve got very little to share.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be a little more with it.

Happy Hump Day! 🙂

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Photo 365 #173

The snow we got over the weekend is now almost entirely gone, but that didn’t keep me from waking up to another white morning.  Once again, the ground was covered in frost when I left for work, and once again, I found some pretty leaves to take pictures of:

I was surprised (in a good way) how well the frost crystals popped out in these pictures.  These are the best of the dozen or so I snapped this morning after dropping my kids off at daycare, and I’m pretty tickled with them.

What’s tickled you lately?

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Photo 365 #172

I’ve got nothing today – my brain appears to have shut down.  Perhaps it still thinks it’s the weekend?


All in all, it’s just another brick in the wall.


So with that in mind, I hope you’ll enjoy this artsy picture of some of the bricks that make up a local courthouse.  See you back here tomorrow, when hopefully I’ll have more on my mind than Pink Floyd.

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Photo 365 #171

Miss Tadpole and Bubbles had a 4-H meeting this afternoon and it was their turn to give the presentations.  Naturally, they left them till the last minute, because who needs to prepare?


Since our ISP switch, though, we only have internet access on one computer – Seymour’s.  It’s an inconvenience for sure, and when Miss Tadpole wanted to use the internet to look up information about the history of cats, we told her to look at the encyclopedia.

Her response?

“That doesn’t have history in it.”


So I gave her a whirlwind introduction to the encyclopedia.  Again.  (Sadly, this is not the first time this conversation has happened in my house.)  I showed her the index, explaining that it was “like Google, before Google was a thing.”  Then I demonstrated how to use it to check out different keywords in her search (she wanted information on cats in ancient Egypt).  Unfortunately, our encyclopedia was a bit lacking when it came to ancient Egyptian cats, but hopefully she learned that she doesn’t have to rely on the internet for everything.

And no, I’m not holding my breath that that particular lesson actually soaked in.

Still, it was a lot of fun looking through that old encyclopedia.  Some of my most treasured memories involve summer afternoons at the library reading The World Book Encyclopedia.

Do you have any fun memories involving reference books of yore?  Share ’em below – let’s reminisce! 🙂

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Photo 365 #170

The grass yesterday morning crunched beneath my feet.  Like snow.  It was…interesting.

It was also quite pretty, so naturally, I took some pictures.  Today it’s in the forties, so the ground is turning soggy.  Mud’s just not as pretty as frost.

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