Viva Las Vegas! Despite my affinity for the song*, few of the lyrics to "Viva Las Vegas" apply to my recent trip to Sin City. I gambled, not at all.  Of the thousand pretty women, I only saw a few fairly attractive faux show girls working their "Pictures with a Show Girl" schtick on the Strip. The … Continue reading Viva Las Vegas!

Magic Monday, 1/21/19

I'm a sucker for magic history, but I usually don't delve much farther back than the 1850s. Back in October, Mariano Tomatis gave a lecture about where the Gothic and stage magic sometimes intersect. If you don't have time to watch/listen to the lecture, it's also available at Tomatis' Blog of Wonder in post … Continue reading Magic Monday, 1/21/19

Writing Update, 1/16/19

2018 ~ What Happened? 2018 was an interesting year. In 2017, I came away from WesterCon with a bunch of creative energy. Unfortunately, by the end of the year, I had ground out on the novel I was working on* and was feeling pretty dismal again. Eventually, I switched gears to work on a project … Continue reading Writing Update, 1/16/19

#AMonthOfFaves ~ These are a few of my favorite things…

For December 3rd the prompt is: [The 2018 Favorites Edition] – e.g. to eat, drink, wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best purchases, most used gift received, most used purchases, favorite concert, outdoor activity, place visited, most squee worthy moment of the year, etc. You know that song "My Favorite Things"? When I was a kid, … Continue reading #AMonthOfFaves ~ These are a few of my favorite things…

December 2018 TBR Between #NonFicNov and #NaNoWriMo, November so busy around here that I can't believe it's December already, despite Christmas trees and seasonal music.But December it is. I have a pretty good line-up of books ready to go and for the first time I'll be participating in #AMonthOfFaves. Should be fun! An ARC that was preempted … Continue reading December 2018 TBR

The End of #NaNoWriMo 2018

The problem with falling behind, but having a make-up plan, is that if you fall behind on the make-up plan, you're kind of screwed. And partially, that's what happened to me. I tapped out of NaNoWriMo last week with 32,907 words written.But also I was at a point where my plot had shifted around a … Continue reading The End of #NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Update

Today is the 15th—the halfway mark for NaNoWriMo—so I figured I'd do an update.* So, how has it been going? Word-count-wise, good. I had planned 25 days of writing 2000 words/day with five days off. I haven't taken any days completely off, but I've definitely had a couple of (four) days of sub 1666s days. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018 Update