Why Books are Living Things

Originally posted on Myths of the Mirror:
Pixabay image – Arthur Rackham In contemplating what to write about today, I’ve decided to go a little off the deep end for the bewilderment of my readers. We writers can be a touch eccentric, and in order to perpetuate the characterization, I thought I’d chat about stuff…

Conflicting Ideas

In a mere 15 minutes things went from a normal drive home to near chaos. Not much fun when commuting, but absolutely critical when writing. Creating conflict – putting your characters in peril or moral dilemmas or perhaps threatening their relationships – is key to keeping pages turning. Miss Livingstone’s story has been entertaining to me…

Always…

I stand in the valley where I live, in the company of this great mountain, and gasp and sigh. Every day is extraordinary!

Tasty Tunes & All That Jazz

Emmet Cohen Trio’s stop in Snoqualmie Valley (North Bend) last week was a real treat. They brought some 1919 ragtime jazz in with modern phrasing and complex innovation. (Perhaps like Miss Livingstone showed up from 1910 Snoqualmie and walked into Piccola Cellars to sit at my table and jive with me that night!) Add to that, playful humor and…

Artful Journeys

The best tours are tours of the arts. The Sketchbook Project and its various cross-country tours brought adventures in creativity followed by whimsical and wonderful connections. Some friends and I started SnoBoot SketchCats to create together and to share some of our favorite Sketchbook finds when the tours came to and near our ‘neck of…

I’ve Got a Brand New Pair of Rollerskates

Well, alright, so they were brand new around 1905 or so. My character Miss Livingstone undoubtedly would have tried these if she could get her hands…or feet…on some. First thing I wondered is, ‘Where the heck are the brakes?” But I would have tried them too. Researching characters is such fun. You never know what…

Mt. Si – The Perfect Backdrop

Mt. Si is the perfect backdrop for a story. Its many moods and ever-changing beauty can be counted on to inspire the writer and readers. And if a reader happens to be in the area, it would be an amazing daytrip to visit Mt. Si and the other places in Snoqualmie Valley that appear in the Miss…

Yes, I Love Costumes & Mark Twain’s Wit and Wisdom

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” -Mark Twain I apparently love any chance to dress up and express myself with costumes and dramatic clothing…much to my mother’s dismay. I grew up in the era when you only got to wear fairy wings on…

1905 Boston – A Civilized Setting

I often find it easiest to get a sense of setting visually, so I love the online photo archives of the Library of Congress. Here are a couple of photos of the transportation options and look of the city where Miss Livingstone would have come of age. I was having trouble reading the date, but…

For the Record…

Yes, I have almost completed the manuscript for Miss Livingstone, Book II: Memory Key, and I did indeed win NaNoWriMo for my 9th year in a row, and my 10th time total. Hooray! and TGIO…lol. -Quinnleeeee