Writers Chatting: Beach Read 3

We all seem to be in agreement that summer is time to kick back and relax a bit. So with that in mind, here is the next in our summer’s Writers Chatting open threads.

Besides writing the next great beach read, what is your favorite beach read? A few of mine, in no particular order: Jaws, One for the Money, Jurassic Park, To Kill a Mocking Bird and as a youngster, the first three Trixie Belden books.

Have at it!



Writers Chatting: Beach Read 2

We all seem to be in agreement that summer is time to kick back and relax a bit. So with that in mind, here is the next in our summer’s Writers Chatting open threads.

Enjoy!



Writers Chatting: Beach Read 1

We all seem to be in agreement that summer is time to kick back and relax a bit. So with that in mind, here is the first of the summer’s Writers Chatting open threads.

Enjoy!



Open Thread and Writing Group Update

This little guy is stuck in a dark corner of my yard. I was going to let it go, because I inherited 12 or 13 peonies already, but then it bloomed and convinced me I should save it. I will find a sunnier spot for it.

Gardening is in full swing, which brings me to the writing group update. I think I’ll have to put a pin in the posts until late August, because my plan for the next couple of months is to be outdoors as much as possible. And I will also be traveling. I have several nice pieces saved from BJ writers that I will hold till then and Wiley Cash is scheduled for October as a guest when his third novel is published. I hope you all understand.

Here are some puppies to smooth things over.

Bixby does love his tall grass. Open thread.



Writers Chatting: Chapter 7

I spent most of yesterday transplanting roses from the backyard (where nothing is safe!) to the front yard. These roses are from my friend’s garden and I’m looking forward to making my own bouquets this summer. I have an unbelievable variety and many, many plants.

For today’s writing thread, I’m digging into my email basket and highlighting a nice piece from WereBear on creating a web presence to promote yourself.

From WereBear:

You’ve written a wonderful book. Now what? That was the position I was in when I listened to all the friends who urged me to “write a book” about the cat insights I had developed through years of running an amateur cat rescue. So I did.

I could not get an agent or publisher. Angry and exasperated at the process, I took it to the virtual streets. I started my own website, Way of Cats, with blog posts based on everything I had organized and crafted into the book. Was the publishing industry right, or was I right?  Read more



Writing Group Update and Open Thread

I’ve been debating a writer’s thread this weekend and YES won out. So there will be an one at the usual time,  12:30/11:30/10:30/9:30.

Two things caught my eye today:

For our New England friends, the Tall Ships are coming.

There is a great slideshow at the link.

And this adorable video, love the kid giving CPR to the mascot. Thrilled he knows how!

My day is off to a very slow start. How are you getting through your Friday?

Open thread.








Puppy and Writing Group Updates

Bixby blocking the door when he realized we were going out to lunch without him.

There will be a Writers Chatting post tomorrow – 12:30/11:30/10:30/9:30. Hope you can pop in. I also am in contact with our favorite Wiley Cash about doing another chat – for sure when his new book comes out, but maybe I can persuade him to pop in before that date.

Sad puppeh is sad.

I spent time with LFern’s foster puppies on Wednesday (original photos here) and I’m afraid I didn’t have a chance to take any photos. Mostly because I spent a great deal of time with 8 snuggly, fluffy puppies sleeping on me. I can’t tell you how completely relaxing that was and it was difficult to tear myself away. Lolly, the mom, has really stolen my heart and her adoptive people will surely get much scrutiny from myself and Lfern’s entire family. She’s a keeper.

They all had a vet visit late this week and I’m waiting to hear how that went. Lolly is horribly thin (think Walter, RIP, thin and still feeding her pups) because she and another mom were locked in an abandoned house with 15 pups. And still, she is the sweetest thing who totally loves people and wants nothing more than to sit in your lap and be rubbed all over.

Just as I was about ready to leave, we decided the weather had cleared enough to bring them all outside and romp around. Which completely killed another 45 minutes with fun. Despite their rough start, these are a smart, social and sweet bunch and will make great pets for some very lucky people.

We are all suspecting that maybe, possibly, the litters got mixed up – most of the pups have some resemblance to Lolly, except two – who look suspiciously like their dad was part Chihuahua. Especially Scout, who I renamed Scooby, because he looks so much like a tiny Scooby-Doo when he’s running around on his short Chihuahua legs.

If I have the chance to visit them again before they are placed, promise I’ll get photos.

Open thread.