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Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop Tour

Thank you, Joyce Brown, for this fun invitation to blog about my writing process.

  1. What am I writing? Right now I am working on a contribution for a Thanksgiving themed anthology from DCL Publications. It is a historical that takes place in Newport, RI in 1914 and has a little bit about the women's suffrage movement. I am also currently working on projects with a local graphic designer writing and editing copy for an ad campaign.
  2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? I try to include a bit of fantasy or magic in my writing. My three Lochaber stories (Litha Dreams, Yuletide Destiny and The Beltaine Wager) all have a bit of magic in them as does my story Unfathomable in DIVE: A Quartet of Merfolk Tales. I also enjoy writing about places that I've visited so you will find a bit of local New England flavor in my more contemporary stories.
  3. Why do I write what I do? I enjoy using my imagination and working with possibilities. I love to entertain people and tell stories about relationships. I've had readers write that they became emotional and cried during one of the scenes in my World War 2 Novella, I'll Be Seeing You (DCL Publications Fourth of July Anthology). That to me is the greatest praise.
  4. How my writing process works: I'm a complete pantser. My goal is always 5000 words a week. As long as they get done, I'm happy. I have no set time that I write and I generally just let the feeling move me. Now that the warmer weather is here, I enjoy writing outside.

To learn more about my work, please visit my Amazon Author Page.

To find more great writers please visit these authors who have taken part in this blog hop:

Sandy Fairfax          Ilene Schneider     Amy M. Reade

Sunday, March 9, 2014

DCL Blog Tour

I've been interviewed for the DCL Publications Blog Tour. I answered some fun questions.
Please make a visit and say hello!

Join me on the blog

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Behind The Lens: Mobile Pelican

Mobile Pelican
February 22, 2014
Mobile, Alabama

This image was a long time in the making. I went to Mobile, Alabama on a day trip last July and while driving through the city and its outskirts I noticed a little cove where dozens of pelicans had gathered. This area was right between Interstate 10 and the causeway. These birds are pretty cool to look at and I wanted a picture! It was too hot to stop that day (around 100 with high humidity) so I put getting a picture of these birds on my photo wish list.
Finally the opportunity came to go through Mobile once more as we drove to Walt Disney World. We left MS very early that morning and were just getting into Mobile with the dawn. We made a quick stop at the cove and there were dozens of pelicans all roosting on the mooring posts. It was a cold morning (just about 35) and just awakening it seemed.
This bird was friendly enough and he gave me a few poses, but this is the one I liked best. The light, to me, was perfect at this moment. The sun had colored the horizon with the usual pinks and yellow-oranges before rising and lo and behold...I got my shot. One to cross off my wish list.

To see more of my photography please visit my Fine Art America site.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Behind the Lens: Annisquam Dawn

Annisquam Dawn
Taken January 2010
Wigwam Point, Gloucester, MA
The morning that this photo was taken was frigid! I had numerous layers on when I ventured out in the pre-dawn hours to get to the lighthouse in time for the sunrise. Despite the biting cold, the lighthouse and the area around it were peaceful. It is quite a simple lighthouse, not much fluff or decoration. I suppose that anything as practical as a lighthouse should speak to its job of being a pillar of safety for the boating community and Annisquam Light does just that. The beach area that surrounds the lighthouse is no longer open to the public, but in 2010 you could park quite close to the beach and explore.
I love the hint of pink at the horizon in this shot and the blue glow of the lighthouse itself. I aimed for memorializing the simplicity of this morning and I believe I captured that moment.
Please view more of my photography at my Fine Art America site.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Story Inspiraton for The Great North Woods Cupid

Good morning, friends! The anthology that includes my latest story The Great North Woods Cupid has been released. I thought I would give you a little background on the location of this story as Pittsburg, NH is a real place that I loved getting a chance to see and experience.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to this area of New Hampshire with a few like-minded friends with the plan to take pictures of the moose that this little town is known for. The moose population is higher than the people population. Well, the moose didn't cooperate, we saw NONE (and in a place called Moose Alley! False advertisement!) BUT the seed of a story took root. Kayla and Evan's story grew out of this trip.
Pittsburg is remote and the place that Kayla needed to go to sort herself out. Evan needed the rugged fun of snowmobiling to clear his head, too.
In my story, the character of Old Sally owns the local general store and while there is no real Old Sally, her store is a combination of the little stores that are scattered around town. The Buck Stops Here Pub that is mentioned in the story is based on an actual restaurant called The Buck Rub Pub. And Alley Moose Cabins are based on the beautiful Cabins at Lopstick that my group stayed at and enjoyed.
If you get a chance to go snowmobiling or do some of the fishing that this area is known for, I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did...and as much as Kayla and Evan!

Not One Moose Was Seen LOL!

The Canadian Border

A Snow Covered Route 3, inspiration for  a scene in the story.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Behind The Lens: Mississippi Welcome

Mississippi Welcome
December 31, 2013
Gulfport, Mississippi
This piece sold this week and I hope the buyer enjoys it as much as I did taking the picture!
I had just stepped off the plane on New Year's Eve and I had my camera ready. This sign had been on my list of things to photograph for a couple of months.
Spaces to park are scarce along the beach so I had to walk about a 1/4 mile to get to this spot on this unusually cold day in Mississippi. I passed Least Tern nesting areas on the way and though the day was overcast, enjoyed the beautiful beach. (The beaches in RI are mostly rocky and surely don't have palm trees there.)This was taken in the early afternoon just around lunchtime and I am quite happy now that there was no harsh light that day.
So, why do I like this picture? I'm not sure if the beauty of Southern Mississippi is known to many people that don't live there. I'm sure after the Gulf oil spill of 2010 people might imagine a coastline riddled with problems. The area still has spots that have not rebuilt from Hurricane Katrina but I think that once you set foot on the soft sand, you will appreciate the beauty that I have come to love.
Please visit my Fine Art America  page to see more of my photography.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The New Year Post

Wishing all of my readers and followers a Happy New Year!
It is one of my favorite times of the year because it is a time for fresh starts and planning (and I do love my planning!) The winds of change are blowing and with my Geminiacal need to reinvent and try new things, I am riding these winds with a vengeance! So exciting!
I spent New Year's week in Mississippi and explored a few new places that we hadn't been to. We had a great New Year's Eve lunch at the Beau Rivage and did some shopping. Interestingly, a Rhode Island casino company is buying the Hard Rock Hotel in Biloxi and I got excited about this other RI/MS connection. One thing I can say about both of the states that I call home is that they both have a super abundance of characters. Anyone from RI will fit in just fine *grin*
I'm looking forward to Season 4 of Downton Abbey starting tomorrow night (Jan 5) even though I have read spoilers. I bad...I cheated, but I know it's going to be a great season.
Speaking of British shows, Sean bought me the complete Keeping Up Appearances DVD set. We spent New Year's Eve watching and laughing. So happy I got the set.
I'm still waiting for the release date for the Valentine anthology that my story "The Great North Woods Cupid" is in. The next story after this book releases has a tentative release date in late April.
Hope all are enjoying the NFL playoffs....Go Patriots!!!!!