Words For Wednesday Time!



It’s my final turn in the ‘WFW’ blog hop. I took on November, and here we are at the final Wednesday for November already! Where did the time go?

Without any further delay then, here are our words.

  • merkin
  • kibbe
  • truck
  • supernatural
  • sozzled
  • chubasco
  • whiskey
  • sunshine

As always, you are welcome to leave your microfiction or poetry either in the comments here or on our own blog. If you  put your contribution on your blog, please leave the link here so we can all come, haunt your blog and bask in your literary splendor.

Thank you so much for sticking with me, It’s been a fun ride!

As I understand it, we head over to The Daily Gaggle for next month’s installments of WFW!

Words For Wednesday

Here they are, a few hours early!

  • complicated
  • rodent
  • humor
  • theology
  • nature
  • sarcastic

As always, if you’d like to leave your fiction or poetry comprised of these words in our comments, we’d love to see them! If you’d prefer to put it on your blog, just leave the URL in the comments.

Have fun!

Teaser Tuesday!


I thought today I might tease you with a bit of an excerpt from my upcoming novel, ‘Infinite Worlds’

Across the vehicle, Devi stole a glance at Coriander before returning her own gaze out her window. She had confidence in the multiverse device, despite the fact it had been months since she’d used it. Just before she had met Coriander, Devi had made a short hop to the closest atmospheric-similar world she knew of. It had performed as expected then and there was no reason to think it would fail now. Especially if they tapped into the power of the energy pylons. She had faith in the technology, it was what awaited them that gave her cause to worry.

I’m nearly a quarter of the way through the first draft and getting more excited with every chapter. I hope today’s teaser left you wanting to know more.

What do you think, should I make Tuesday Teasers a regular feature here? Let me know in the comments section.

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If You Could Have A Chat With…

If you could sit and have a coffee/tea/beer/hot cocoa with any fictional character, who would you choose?

Why them?

What would you ask them?


In answer to my own question, there are so many folks I’d love to sit and have a drink with…who to choose…

One person would be Sylvia Compson, from the ‘Quilter’s Apprentice’ series. I’m not sure if I would ask quilting questions first (I love handmade quilts!) or questions about her family’s history!



Share your answers in the comments section and let us know who fascinates you. Then let another reader know about this post and encourage them to stop by!


Words For Wednesday…Only Green

Apologies for late Words For Wednesday this week, I am sicker than a dog. In the hopes you don’t catch whatever it is I have, here are some words to play with. As always, you can leave your fiction or poetry in the comments here, or on your own blog. If you choose to post to your own blog, please leave address here so we can check it out.

Many thanks, and apologies.

  • starship
  • unicorns
  • dogs
  • life
  • coma
  • stroke
  • fiction
  • award

The Skeleton Of A Story Revealed


When I find myself stuck on a plot point, I find taking a walk helps. Something about the pine trees and clean air helps me focus, or blows the cobwebs out maybe. Either way…

I’ve decided with the cold weather coming on, and the accompanying grey skies, I’m not going to be wanting to walk as often. I have a hard enough time with seasonal affective disorder, I don’t want writer’s block on top of that! So I’m taking a page from the legendary Sue Grafton, and starting a story journal.

I want to use the journal as a way to share bits of my writing process, giving some insight into how I name my characters or locales for example. Working out ‘get to know you’ interviews with both protagonists and antagonists should be both enlightening and fun, and the odd foray into underlying themes might be entertaining. Maybe even use the space to hammer on potential titles until I find one that feels right. I hope I can, in the journal pages, work out plot points and character motivations, and maybe even create some alternative science that doesn’t sound like I got it from a Cracker Jack box. In other words, reveal the skeleton of my fiction. I’m hoping to give my blog readers insight into my fictional world, and if I can work out enough of a plot, perhaps even come up with a sequel or two within the ‘Infinite Worlds’ ‘verse as well.

‘Infinite Worlds’ is a sequel to ‘If It’s Easy’, and to ensure continuity, this morning (while it was still dark) I re-read ‘IIE’ (If It’s Easy), making note of certain details I already know I’ll need to carry over into future books. Devi’s multiverse transporter, for example. Good thing I did. I had changed the description of it too much in chapter five of ‘Infinite Worlds’. But as I was watching the supermoon through the window, I got the idea to have 3 multiverse transporters. Devi has one, and she’s unaware of the others, but the more I thought about it, the more I loved the idea. There is so much potential to the idea, it wouldn’t leave me alone.

So, where am I today in ‘Infinite Worlds’?

Devi & Coriander have found themselves in Ottawa at the (bungled) request of the Minister of Space. To serve his own political machinations, he needs them. See, there’s an asteroid headed for Earth, (there really is, Bennu, and it’s what gave me the initial crumb of the story), and humanity needs to find as many ways to get as many of us off Earth as possible. So the Minister gets a scientific team together and under a top secret umbrella, eventually another world is found. Through wondrous tech, which I go into in the book, a way to that world is found. The scientific team heads off to scout the new world that they’ve named Terra Germinus. But they miss their expected return date.

Because the government knows everything, the Minister of Space knows Devi has the skill set and fortitude required to go and find the initial expedition. He sends two people to retrieve her. Confusion and ass-kicking ensues, and eventually Devi and Coriander go off to Ottawa to meet with Minister Erikson.

I don’t want to give all the fun away, so I’ll skip over a lot here.

Suffice it to say, the girls have a few allies that each contribute what they can to aid in retrieving the expedition. Coriander (who prefers to be called Cori by everyone but Devi) says the expedition and their rescue is the worst kept secret she’s ever heard. It may be the worst kept secret in all of Ottawa.

As I write, they are only a few days away from leaving for Terra Germinus (which will have its own surprises in store), with a surly cartographer and a security specialist in tow. They’re going to get supplies for the trip and then they can be off. I have lots of action in store for them, interspersed with a healthy dose of political intrigue back on Earth that will eventually affect Devi, Coriander and a few other characters in future books. (I can see enough plotlines, drama and action for at least 3 books in this series)

I don’t think I’m going to succeed in winning NaNoWriMo with 50,000 words, but the whole idea has been useful to me, so it wasn’t a waste! Every day I find myself with more enthusiasm for the project…I just hope it finds readers when it’s done. I think when the day comes that I can declare it (IW) published, I’ll put If It’s Easy on permafree status. No, I won’t get rich, but as a reader, I enjoy getting hooked into a series with a freebie. Maybe someone else will too.


I’d love to hear what you think about what I’ve written. Share your thoughts in the comments!

Words For Wednesday!


Here’s today’s words for inspiration. Use as many as you can in a short piece of fiction, or poem. You can share your work in our comments below or on your own blog. If you choose to post them on your blog, please leave a link here so we can visit!

So without further delay,

  • boots
  • cross stitch
  • hospital
  • President
  • planet
  • fairy
  • skin
  • loved

Feeding the Imagination: Food in Fairy Tales

Lots of ideas here I hadn’t considered before, most especially food as a vehicle for transformation.

Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins

Feeding the Imagination: Food in Fairy TalesBy Derek Newman-Stille

“Change Within and Without” by Derek Newman-Stille

Food provides an important role in fairy tales and food frequently had transformative powers. Food is something that links people together. It is something that human beings share – a need to eat. We link food to celebrations that mark the passages of time. Food is frequently linked to our expression of our ethnicity and our culture. Food can also be a means of establishing difference and foods are frequently used as a way of expressing discrimination – for example, calling Germans “Krauts”, The French “Frogs”. Food can be a marker of discriminatory difference and what we enjoy eating is culturally defined.

Tales about fairies frequently feature food, with the caveat of warning that when people enter into the fairy realm, they should never eat fairy food, no matter how appetizing it seems to…

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Words For Wednesday!

I am so sorry this is late today, please don’t shoot paperclips at me.

Gummy bears are good shoot those.

Anyway, for those who are interested, here are today’s Words For Wednesday words. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. Feel free to either leave your tales in the comments, or leave us a link to your blog where we can find your stories!

  • stars
  • rain
  • smell
  • blood
  • moon shadow

Or, if you prefer, here’s a picture that you could use as inspiration if the words above don’t do anything for your creative juices!