About Writing on Wednesdays: Will Be Friday

On another blog.

Sue Santore asked me to visit and write a guest post on her blog. She told me the post will be up this Friday on October 14, 2011. Yay! I’m thrilled and hope she’ll return the favor to me in the near future.

We met through How to Think Sideways and started to follow each other on Twitter. She posts on two blogs, her own and another called Independent Bookworm with some other writers. Sue plays a mountain dulcimer and she quilts. Oh, man that’s awesome. Maybe she’ll talk about one or both of these subjects for us.

You know this is my first guest post. Yikes. Talk about nervous. My first thought after saying yes was, are you crazy? What are you going to write about? Then I read the Daily Literary Quote I subscribe to.

I’m beginning to wonder about them. They seem to have a good deal of foresight where my writing and life is concerned or vice versa. Either way they seem to come up with something good for me every time I need it. A quote by Ursula K. Le Guin inspired the post I did for Sue.

Hope to see y’all on Friday.

Oh, and since I’m in the mood here’s a music video inspired by the Steampunk genre in a Halloween sort of way.




Have You Ever Borrowed Something?

And  you know, kept it? Yeah, I’m afraid so. I borrowed something and somehow it kept showing back up in my bathroom when I technically no longer need it. I blame the gremlins.

Here’s the scoop. My comb went missing for about a day. This is serious as anyone with frizzy and/or curly hair can testify to. I’ve had it for years; how the heck could it go missing? I looked high and low for it as my hair got more knotted and more tangled. 

My husband looked with no luck and after searching most of the day I gave up. My daughter kindly agreed to let me use her old Suave brush. No good deed goes unpunished.

It’s been years since I used a brush because I always preferred to use a comb. My thought was that combs work tangles better and they’re easier to carry. That may be true but a comb does not make your scalp or hair feel the way a good brushing does.

What was wrong with me? I love, love brushing my hair; long, deep strokes. After a good brush my scalp tingles, my hair is shiny and soft with just a few ripples to make it interesting. I’m afraid I’m addicted.

I found the comb stuck in some laundry. How’d it get there? Shrug. Could have been the gremlins, I guess. Don’t know but it explains how a large neon-orange comb can go missing.

Tracey tried to take her brush back but I…er the gremlins kept sneaking into her bathroom and take it back. Sigh. I knew I needed to buy one but I liked hers and it was fun…umm I mean I fussed about those gremlins moving her brush around.

It is not always a good thing to lose something. If it’s your wallet or purse it’s a disaster. At best it’s usually an inconvenience but in this particular case if I had not lost the comb I would not have discovered the simple joy of brushing my hair. Better late than never.

I did go buy another brush. It’s a Goody brand that is supposed to help keep the frizz down. I’m told it isn’t working. Oh, well.

Tracey let me keep her brush, too. I like it because of the size. Thanks, Tracey! Now I’ve got back up in case those gremlins get active again.

Which do you prefer, brushing or combing? What positive experience began with a negative one? Do gremlins live in your home?


P.S. Don’t forget the devil may care happenings this Tuesday, June 21 over at #DevilColony on Twitter. Jenny Hansen has been working hard for the party to end all parties. Check out the latest happenings here.

Other devil may care parties to visit: Damian Trasler, Shellie Sakai, Tiffany A. White, Writers In The Storm, and Jen Grayson.


Freaky on Fridays: Freaking Over James Rollins


On Tuesday, June 21st 2011 James Rollins is releasing his seventh book in the Sigma series. A description from Amazon:

From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a novel of boundless imagination and meticulous research, a book that dares to answer a frightening question at the heart of America: Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of an impossibility, a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. A place known only as The Devil Colony

Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery—hundreds of mummified bodies—stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts about the bodies’ origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.

 During a riot at the dig site, an anthropologist dies horribly, burned to ashes in a fiery explosion in plain view of television cameras. All evidence points to a radical group of Native Americans, including one agitator, a teenage firebrand who escapes with a vital clue to the murder and calls on the one person who might help—her uncle, Painter Crowe, Director of Sigma Force.

 To protect his niece and uncover the truth, Painter will ignite a war among the nation’s most powerful intelligence agencies. Yet an even greater threat looms as events in the Rocky Mountains have set in motion a frightening chain reaction, a geological meltdown that threatens the entire western half of the U.S.

 From the volcanic peaks of Iceland to the blistering deserts of the American Southwest, from the gold vaults of Fort Knox to the bubbling geysers of Yellowstone, Painter Crowe joins forces with Commander Gray Pierce to penetrate the shadowy heart of a dark cabal, one that has been manipulating American history since the founding of the thirteen colonies. 

But can Painter discover the truth—one that could topple governments—before it destroys all he holds dear?


Curio’s Past, Shhh.