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Wednesday Wake-up - Diamond Door

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Where does this door lead (if you can read German it probably helps)? Character, setting and one or two sentences about the plot line.

I'm Back

It has been a slow couple of weeks, let me tell you. Between twisted knees, plenty of snow, and writing for NaNoWriMo 2014, I haven't had much time to write on the website.

As one friend put it - "Being off her feet will help her write her next novel!"

She is, as you can tell, anxiously awaiting the sequel to Shamrocks of Stone. It is coming along, and once December hits, it will be the primary focus. Sometimes, I find after a long writing hiatus (such as this summer) National Novel Writing Month is a good way to jump start my writing juices again.

It's down to the last couple days, so I decided I'm going to push through and try to finish it by Thanksgiving, or at the very least, have it almost finished before Thanksgiving so I can enjoy the time with family.

By the way, for those concerned about the snow, it's gone for the most part. Three feet of snow has nothing on rain and mild temperatures. Of course, those in the flood-prone areas of Western NY have one…

Wednesday Wake-up - Old Rust

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Where does this door lead? Character, setting and one or two sentences about the plot line.

Snow Storm

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Some of you realize I live in Western NY, and if anyone wants to know, yes, I have snow outside. Where I live is at the tale end of the lake effect, but we still have quite a bit of snow.


A view from my window. It looks a little hazy because of the snow blowing. We're getting around 2"-3"an hour or so. Might be a little less, but I'm not certain.

For me, it's a lovely day to remain inside and write.

Wednesday Wake-up - Gray and Wood

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Where does this door lead? Character, setting and one or two sentences about the plot line.

Write, Write, Write

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It's been an interesting weekend for me. On Friday, while out for a walk, I ended up spraining both ankle and my knee. I slipped on some wet wood, if anyone wants to know. Thankfully, they're only badly sprained, but I'm off my leg for the remainder of the week.

Theoretically it gives me more time to write, but I'm realizing that sometimes having a limited amount of comfortable positions (I can't bend my knee very well) sometimes distracts me from my writing. Still, I'm a little under my halfway point on my NaNoWriMo novel.

It's been a good last couple of days as I progress through the newest book. Once I finish, I'll make certain that I send it out. The fun part of writing is creating the covers; why, I don't know, but it's fun. Have you ever created a cover for one of your novels? 

Wednesday Wake-Up - Red Star

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Where does this door lead (if you can read German it probably helps)? Character, setting and one or two sentences about the plot line.

Book Review: Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England

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I'll admit that the Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer is a few years old, but it's a handy book to have on your shelf, especially if you're writing historical fiction set between the Twelfth and Fourteenth Centuries. It's also handy if you write fantasy novels, and prefer your novels to be medieval in nature.

Once again, the book cover links you to Amazon's Kindle page, and when you click through, I do receive a little bit of money.

The book gives a good overview to what life was like during the Medieval Age of England. It's very good for England, but if you're looking outside England, whether Ireland or Scotland, it doesn't help quite as much. There would be regionally differences, but this gives you a good solid grounding in life.

He covers the world through a collection of themes much like a modern travel guide would do today: where to eat, what to wear, religious observances. He goes into some of the laws, the landscape a…