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Thor’s Day Joke #1

It’s that time of week again. Thor’s Day Joke Time! (That Thor was such a kidder!) And so, without further ado, here’s joke #1. I know just how this lady feels. I’ll bet you do, too. 😀

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Raise Your Hand…

…if you can identify with this! 🙂

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Spring Is In The Air!

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Actually, down here in central Florida, we’ve already had some days in the low 80’s, so you could say summer is in the air, too. But today is a cool, upper-60’s kind of day, so I’m calling it spring. The migrating goldfinches have shown up at my feeder, where they will consume vast quantities of thistle seed before molting into their bright yellow breeding plumage, and heading farther north to nest. Cardinals are already building this year’s homes, and I’ve even seen a black racer or two, venturing out to bask in the sunlight. 

And on other exciting fronts, I have finally finished my second novel, Swamp Ghosts, and it is in full edit, as I type. You might notice the header has changed to something appropriate for this news. 🙂

I love the editing process, through and through. Revising, cutting, sharpening, looking for better ways to say the same thing, or cleaner prose, or a funnier tidbit to insert. To me, it’s the icing on the cake, and the best part of writing. Hopefully, this book will be published by May 1. I’ll keep you posted on that.

And lastly, maybe the most fun of all, I have a bit more time to read again! I’ve missed it more than you can imagine, and I have some books to review, starting this very afternoon. Just finished Chloe Neill’s latest Chicagoland novel, for one, and a few other things I want to share with you. So stay tuned, folks. Things should be picking up here a bit more each day. Until I start novel #3, that is, and I’m already outlining it. 🙂

 

What Are You Reading?

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Yes, you guessed it! Time for another What Are You Reading post. Every now and then, I just have to know what some of you are reading. I find the best books that way. I am currently about halfway through Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, and enjoying it very much. This guy can do creepy and weird like nobody’s business. I have a little list where I add authors I have managed to ignore for way too long and am busy catching up with. The list includes Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, among others, and I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have read of each of them, already. Both make me wonder what took me so long to find them.

So what are YOU reading? And what’s next in your To Be Read pile?  Whose pages are you turning today, and what do you think of them so far?

New Poll

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. 

Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

–Groucho Marx

I thought it might be fun to set up some polls occasionally, so I spent awhile tonight learning how to do that, and voila!  My first poll is now open. (Scroll down, on the right.)  Please take a moment to vote for your favorite Literary genre.  I figured I’d start by seeing what kind of books my visitors enjoy reading the most.  I’ll try to think of some interesting subjects in the weeks ahead.  Hope you’ll enjoy taking part now and then.  Thanks!

Midnight Inspiration?

Why, oh why, do I succumb to the urge to write heartfelt, detailed reviews at midnight?  In the bright light of morning, I nearly always discover typos and other errors galore, and have to spend as long editing as I did writing the the whole thing!  GAH.  But sometimes, midnight is when the creative urge strikes, so what can I do but apologize to those early birds who read the posts before I’ve had a chance to clean them up.  My writing isn’t perfect at the best of times, but it definitely suffers  in those wee, small hours.

I HAVE learned not to close a book and rush straight over to review it before I’ve had time to think it through for a day or so.  I nearly always find that upon further reflection, the book is seldom as good…or as bad…as my immediate reaction suggested.  One lesson learned, at any rate.

Happy Reading, Folks!

A Newly Kindled Love

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To Kindle, or not to Kindle?  That is the question.  Buy MY question is, why is it an Either/Or idea for many people?  Surely, there is room in your library for both your favorite e-reader AND your favorite printed books?  I wouldn’t be without my Kindle, now that I have discovered the many pleasures it provides, but I also love my floor to ceiling library shelves, filled with my treasured books and magazines.  And isn’t it wonderful that I don’t have to choose between them?  Maybe you don’t, either.  Consider this… Read more…

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