Saturday, April 18, 2015

And So It Begins: Another Year of Mowing...

Yes, and so it begins...another year: Me & the Mower vs. The Lawn

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Interview with Bookends on Kitt-TV

Hey Folks,

A short while back I spent a little time with Sue from Around About Books for her program, Bookends.

I had a great time as we talked about science fiction and fantasy, writing, publishing and more. Click on over and even see me search several times for a word or two. :)

Link: Kitt-TV Bookends #6

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Five Strategies for Self-Editing: Guest Post at Australasian Christian Writers

If you have a moment, click on over to my article on Self-Editing Strategies. Hopefully it offers some different and useful ideas for writers to employ.

Link: Five Strategies for Self-Editing

Friday, March 27, 2015

Results of the Iron Druid Chronicles Wallpaper Contest

Well, my submission earned 18th place, out of 19 winners, in author Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles Wallpaper contest. 19th out of 70+ entries isn't too shabby, especially considering my neophyte Photoshop skills.

Entrants were to select a quote from one of the works in the Iron Druid Chronicles, and match it with artwork or a picture (if the contestant desired).

The first six places will be receiving a signed copy of Shattered. The next 13 will be getting a free copy from the publisher (no author signature).

For those who might be curious, here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place submissions:

As a reminder, here was my effort:

For my scene, I selected the Widow MacDonagh's porch (how I envisioned it), where she and the ancient druid, Atticus O'Sullivan, often shared conversation and a drink of Tullamore Dew after he finished mowing her lawn, and trimming the trees and bushes around her home.

If you haven't tried Kevin Hearne's fantasy series, I strongly recommend you do--either print, audio, or both.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Decades old Gloves

In addition to my Gauntlets of Fumbling, my other old pair of gloves date back to the mid 1980s. They still keep my hands warm and are pretty durable, shoveling and working outside in the snow and cold.

The finger tip was chewed off by one of my mother's dogs the same year I got them. I just sewed them up (I had a lot less money back then--and wouldn't have thrown them away even if I had).

My daughter once asked what happened to them and why I sewed the finger tip up (a good sewing job as it's lasted three decades). When I told them the a dog chewed the tip off, she wondered if my finger was in the glove when it happened. No, it wasn't. They were sitting by the furnace vent, drying off when they fell prey.

In any case, as Spring has arrived (in theory), they'll go back into the closet to await next winter--after Wednesday when we're looking at the possibility of snow. :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Submission to the Iron Druid Chronicles Wallpaper Contest

Kevin Hearne is running a contest for signed copies of his novel Shattered.

Entrants are to use a quote from one of his Iron Druid works (novel, novella or short story), mixed with pictures or images as they see fit. If you might be interested, you can find the details HERE.

In any case, below is my effort. I knew what quote I wanted to use--it's one of my favorites. After a little thought I knew what I wanted to do. Had some of the materials, but had to borrow someone's porch and chairs.

Then, after taking the picture, I had to stretch my Photoshop skills, getting the pic to the proper size and also learning how to insert text into an image. I could've resorted to creating the pic with text in PowerPoint, but the photo would've lost much of it's resolution.

We'll see what happens. Checking out Kevin Hearn's Facebook page, there's already a good number of entries...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ceres in the News and also in Relic Rescue

Photo: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Before the dwarf planet Ceres was in the news, it appeared in the first draft of Relic Rescue (working title), the second novel in the Crax War Chronicles.

About a year ago, I needed an appropriate location in the asteroid belt of our solar system, and Ceres fit the need.

The chapters that takes place near the dwarf planet have been written, but any new information discovered will be incorporated to keep my SF novel as scientifically accurate as possible.

Link to relevant article:
Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres Now in the Spotlight