A Current Endeavor – Lucky Seven

July 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm (Elliot, Links, Royce, Sam, writing) (, , , , )


I just finished up Chapter 13 and it’s “Lucky Seven” time again. So I’m doing my part before I start into Chapter 14.

I was tagged by Bruce Blake. Thanks, Bruce.

The rules: Go to page 7, 70, or 170, of a current WIP or recently published book. Copy the first paragraph or seven lines. Tag 7 more authors to do the same.


From my WIP ‘Endeavor”:

“Can I come out yet?”

    Sam had been so distracted by Elaine being in Providence and the fuss over Leo and Faith that he had almost forgotten Three, still stranded in the hover. Elliot had not given him the okay to show himself yet. They wanted a chance to prepare everyone who had not yet met Three for what was to come. Sam hoped the fact that Royce and Elliot were willing to vouch for the Little-gone-wrong meant the others would find the wherewithal to view the mutant in a positive light, despite past clashes and appearances.

    “Wait. Give Elliot a moment. Nobody here has ever met anyone quite like you.”


Tag, you’re it: Jay Wilburn, Joseph Eastwood, Suzie Lockhart, T. Fox Dunham, Tim Marquitz, Thorgil Ragnarrsson, Ren Garcia

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Genre for the Holidays – Celebrating 2012!

December 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm (dark fantasy, fantasy, Links, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

The Blog of The Year Award

I am grateful to receive The Blog Of 2012 Award from a fantastic blogger/storyteller, Cheryl Moore. Cheryl is an amazing artist and a fascinating raconteur and you can find her brilliant work on her site, Unbound Boxes Limping Gods. I will now award this to three very deserving recipients, who are all talented and prolific.. Their names will be revealed after the rules.

1. Select another blog or other blogs who deserve the ‘blog of the Year 2012′ Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/
and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘join’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

7. There are stars to collect! Yes, there are stars to collect! Unlike other awards, which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different! When you begin you will receive the 1 star award, and every time you are given the award by another blog, you can add another star!

8. There are a total of 6 stars to collect. At which time your “badge” will look like this:

You can check out your favourite blogs, and even if someone else has already given them the award, you can still award them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Now for my nominations and the criteria for my decision:

To go with my genre theme, and because I think he deserves all 6 stars, I’m voting for Ren Garcia, who writes the best steampunk space fantasy out there (IMHO). His blog, The Temple of the Exploding Head, offers details from his well-integrated world-building and samples of the artwork from his books. A must see!

I’m also voting for the blog of the talented Bruce Blake who writes incredible fantasy and urban fantasy (although he grabbed me with his short stories – wicked good). He’s heavily involved in the indie writing scene and celebrates writing and genre fiction on his blog.

Lastly is Blood Skies, the blog of Steven Montano. He is a fellow creative accountant who also writes dystopian dark fantasy. He has some holiday content from December 8 – another way he fits my theme. Maybe it’s something in the water that makes us this way…

Anyway – I highly suggest check their blogs out. If you do, you’re in for a treat.

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Adventures in Hal-Con-land (my prelude to Adventures in NaNo-land)

November 1, 2012 at 11:50 pm (fantasy, writing) (, , , , , , , , , )

Since my “Favourite Monsters” postings have come to an end, and I’m entering the 30 days of harried writing that is NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d take a pause to talk about the one and only fantasy and science fiction convention in my area. I got to attend Hal-Con this year (thanks to my self-sacrificing hubby) and this time I wasn’t tied to a table so I actually got to explore all the nooks and crannies of the convention. There were drawbacks to that. I’m a horrible schmoozer so unless it’s a forced thing (like standing on exhibit where people will ogle, poke and prod you – like last Hal-Con) I generally don’t do it. I did hand out a few business cards, but honestly, in the shadow of folks like Brandon Sanderson, R.A. Salvatore and Rachel Caine, I didn’t have the gumption to talk myself up. I just can’t deal with the vacant “why-would-I-care?” stares, or the “talk-to-me-when-you-are-somebody-I-might-have-heard-of” grimaces.

Nevertheless, I had a blast at the con, and I went with an unplanned “wing it” mentality. There was a panel starting just as I arrived, one on gothic and superhero themes in the history of science fiction and fantasy, a great lecture with some interesting Q & A. I sat drawing my way through the lecture – but that’s the way I get the most out of talks, and how I aced several of my classes in university. I did a quick tour of the society booths and artists’ row before bumping into a friend who invited me along to the costume contest. It was incredible, and the winner of the Master category, a working replica of Dr. Lovelace from Wild, Wild West was almost beyond belief. You’ll see my artwork from that event on tomorrow’s post.

A round of the lower floor merchant area brought me to another friend, who was headed to an X-files discussion panel. I tagged along, and I was glad I did, because in addition to an amusing discussion, a writing lecture followed presented by Brandon Sanderson. He’s an excellent speaker, and I definitely recommend him to any and all of my writer friends. The drawing I finished during these talks is above.

That was day one for me (day two of the con), and well worth the early bird fee. I had just as much fun the second day, but with a different spin. I attended a wonderful lecture on astronomy at the start of the day and then spent the rest of my time, after a short jaunt around the con again, playing Agricola and Furstenfeld in the gaming room (I was beaten by one point at Agricola and I won Furstenfeld.) It was fun, relaxing and just what a stressed-out accountant/author wannabe needed. Oh, and I finished this drawing here.

I’m grateful for all of the volunteers who make the con both entertaining and time well-spent (a learning experience too.) While I didn’t spend much attention on the celebrities, I got to spend twenty minutes talking to Rachel Caine about writing and indulged in Sanderson’s wisdom. I also got within spitting distance of John Rhys Davies and Rene Auberjenois (sp?) – don’t worry, I didn’t spit. Considering location and our limited population, Hal-Con was very impressive, as I know the hosts from the Space channel would agree. Next year, I hope to bring my daughter along for the ride (she’ll be twelve.) I hope to see you there. J

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