Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Big Night | Sainsbury's Ad | Christmas 2018

I post the Sainsbury Christmas ad every year even though, as far as I  know, we don't have them in the US. But they're the best!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Garden Diaries

We didn't put out a garden this year because we had our roof replaced in June and I was afraid the guys would need to drive through the backyard; there was no point in planting anything if it was just going to get run over. But summer would be sad without some fresh green beans, so I decided to put a few plants in my flower bed. Since I got a late start, the seed packets were picked over by the time I went shopping. What I found was "asparagus" pole beans and I planted them next to the deck. They've started producing and we're on our second picking, so I'm going to call the experiment a success! Coupled with some volunteer tomatoes that came up, I've got all the garden I really want. This may be the way to go from now on!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Cocky Cockers

So I did a thing...err, I mean, I wrote a thing. A short story that got included in this anthology, specifically. It was fun, both the writing and simply being involved. Sometimes writing feels like I'm pulling myself from paragraph to paragraph, but the idea for this anthology popped up on Twitter (in response to #cockygate) and I thought "what the hey, I'll give it a try". Ten minutes of character planning turned into three days of writing. I think it's going to be a limited release, but I'm just glad I decided to do it. I used to never try because I was afraid of failing. I'm getting braver in my old age! 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Solstice!

I mean, any excuse to balance an egg. Right?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

It's a Cocky Old World

Romancelandia (or the writing world of Romance novels) has its share of drama. So much drama. I'm fairly new to the Author corner of Twitter, 3 years I think, and it seems like in the last year things have completely blown up. For a while, there would be something posted that had the feel of someone whining about a slight or a perceived slight. But as more and more people took notice and started sharing their stories, relieved that they weren't the only one or had imagined it, things have come to light of people misusing power or cheating the system in various ways.

A fair share of it isn't really of interest to the readers (although they may be affected without even realizing it) but there is something going on now that has far-reaching repercussions. An author is trying to trademark the word Cocky. On Twitter, this is referred to as #cockygate. At first glance, it deserves a snicker. Cocky? Really? But do a search for books with the word cocky in the title and it suddenly isn't so funny. Because after this became public, other people began to apply for trademarks on other common words. If this continues, even Bloggers (and you know who you are!) may start to be affected.

“All genres — whether it’s romance, mystery, thriller, SFF — repeat words in their titles and series names, especially as they apply to tropes that can help readers quickly identify what type of story they’re picking up,” said RWA spokesperson Jessie Edwards in an email to Vox. “Using these words is not unique and should not be proprietary.”
from Cockygate explained

I'm not going to go into all the details here--if you're interested, you can check out the article I've linked. It's a few weeks old now and the first trial date was this past Friday. An author bought the transcript and has posted it for anyone interested. I've read bits and pieces and I have to give kudos to the Judge. Rather no-nonsense, but you get the feeling he has a sense of humor. One has to wonder what he thinks of it all.

I'm sharing this because it's something that is slipping through the cracks. It seems so minor, the trademark of a single word. But really, it feels like a symptom of the times. I think everyone is going crazy!