Thursday, September 23, 2010

We are His Masterpiece

A very talented  potter, Rebecca Barthelmess, with a sweet spirit, did a painting like this at the women's retreat I attended with my Mom last weekend. I hope you'll take the time to watch this. You will be blessed if you do.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Me, wordless? I've lots to share, but am busy trimming my finished novel to send to the editor in a few days. So for now, I leave you with these cool pictures. I fear that someday I might end up looking rather like them. Would it be such a bad thing? Books are a beautiful thing.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sticky Note: Tears

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
~ Robert Frost

Monday, September 6, 2010

The View from Here

I've been hiding in my writing cave all weekend, chiseling away at my novel. I'm in the 3rd act now nearing the home stretch. With your face in such proximity to the screen it can sometimes feel claustrophobic.

Though, inside the cave there can be many passageways and tunnels for the imagination to explore. Often it is a beautiful place.

But I prefer to be where there is a view outside of the cave, especially when I'm writing for hours on end.
I love to read and write outdoors whenever possible. Although it's hard to tell, on my Mom's balcony I can see the sun sparkling on the lake across the dirt road. A nice rest for my eyes, and my brain. And, yes, that is Eliana and Yiska (my heroine and hero) on my laptop - more inspiration for my writing.
But when I'm home and need to get away from my computer in my writing studio, I position myself in front of a window, with plenty of fresh air flowing in, and enjoy the beauty of a view beyond.  This is the view from my bedroom, where I've been reclining with my laptop. Beyond the treeline is the river, and though I can't see it, I am refreshed by its sound. A steeple is also centered in the distance (difficult to see from this photo), but it reminds me to keep my focus when my attention is drawn away too long.

How do you keep yourself from getting lost in your own writing cave?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Shore Read

Even in Maine it's in the 90's. So I thought it would be nice to share a little refreshment with you. Last weekend I had a chance to relax on Thomas Pond in Maine (at my parent's home). It was a nice respite after the stress of recent days and I took a nice dip in the water to cool off on the hot summer afternoon. I brought the book I was reading and it seemed quite fitting that I read it on the shore of this beautiful lake, although the ocean shore would have been even better.  But with the brisk summer breeze there were many waves this day and my imagination swept me away - thanks to the intriguing high seas adventure written by Kaye Dacus.
Ransome's Crossing, the second book in The Ransome Trilogy, continues where Ransome's Honor left off.  The regency England setting launches the story and carries the newly married Commodore William Ransome and his wife, Julia, daughter of an admiral and heiress to a carribean sugar plantation, across the ocean to her home of Tierra Dulce, Jamaica. As William and Julia navigate the seas of a new life together a secret threatens to capsize their relationship. Captain Ned Cochrane, who has been appointed to a sister ship in the convoy following a deadly attack by pirates, confides to Julia that he discovered that William's younger sister, Charlotte, has been disguising herself as midshipman "Charles Lott" on his ship. Charlotte, desperate to meet her secret fiance, put herself at great risk to do so, but soon finds herself in more harm's way than she ever thought possible.

Kaye's writing had me turning the pages with excitement to the very end. I highly recommend The Ransome Trilogy, and especially enjoyed Ransome's Crossing. The surprise ending has me eager to read the next book in the series, Ransome's Quest (coming in 2011).

For more information about the series visit Kaye Dacus online.