Monday Mumbles: Hobbies

It’s Monday. I’m feeling chatty.

Oh, you want more than that, huh? Hmm…ok. We need a subject. I’ve babbled at you about some of my favorite authors and my love of conventions. I’ve had to put aside my intense love of Halloween since I’m now in an apartment with no yard to call my own and a balcony the size of a postage stamp. So…how about hobbies? Most folks have one. Some have several. Mine tend to rise and fall like the waves of the ocean (though, a few have stuck around like an octopus on my face). Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Hobbies”

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Tuesday Tidbit: Awakening

Before the weather reminded me that I now in the PNW and spring can be both picture-postcard pretty and a misty, chilly grey, I took a notebook to my favorite table at Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike Place Market, sat in the sun, and wrote whatever came to mind. It was as much to see if I could get anything accomplished while at a public venue as it was to enjoy the sunshine. I got a few things written down, not as much as I’d like, but I work better on a computer than a notebook. This is one of the things I jotted down. Continue reading “Tuesday Tidbit: Awakening”

Rec a Series: The Owen Archer Mysteries

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. Here’s a genre I haven’t recommended yet: Mystery! And not just any mystery series. Nope, this one is set in England during the 14th century, during the Hundred Year’s War and just after the ravages of the Black Death. The lead detective is a Welshman, Owen Archer, so named for his skill with the bow during the war. An injury costing him his eye sends him back to England to learn a new role: spymaster for the Archbishop of York. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Owen Archer Mysteries”

Flash Fiction: The Blood Lottery

Defiance at the Blood Lottery takes an unexpected turn.

It’s been ages since I’ve participated in one of Chuck Wendig‘s flash prompts, but this week tossed a baited hook into the ol’ brain pond and trapped a rabid plot bunny. Last week Chuck asked his readers to give him titles. This week, he chose ten that struck his fancy, posted them up, and asked that we choose one and take it for a spin. This title hooked me hard and it was difficult not to go into a lot more detail than I did. This was a mean, vicious, evil plot bunny that I intend to nurture…er, no, no, I mean, lock away forever and ever. After this short. Yeah. That’s it. Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Blood Lottery”

Rec a Series: London Steampunk

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I’ve bounced around quite a bit on these series—romance, fantasy, paranormal—and this one is no different. We’re diving into romantic speculative fiction of an historical nature. Steampunk! Airships, automatons, Victorian fashions, vampires, werewolves…wait…what? This time, I’m rec’ing the London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster. Continue reading “Rec a Series: London Steampunk”

ECCC 2016 – A Recap

Ah, spring. Baseball, fickle weather, beautiful flowers, allergies…and conventions! Washington has outdone itself over the past month with some gorgeous weather. It almost seemed a shame to spend the weekend ensconced indoors, but there were people to see, money to spend, and Cards Against Humanity cards to collect from some of my favorite authors and artists as well as a few new-to-me ones. Here’s a rambling recap of our debut attendance of Emerald City ComiCon. Continue reading “ECCC 2016 – A Recap”

Rec a Series: The Codex Alera

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. Last month, I recommended a newer urban fantasy/paranormal romance series set in an alternate dimension. This month, while wandering around AnomalyCon and with Emerald City ComicCon looming on the horizon, I’ll stick with pure fantasy. Let’s talk about the bet that became a best-selling series. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Codex Alera”