Coming Soon…Can I Sleep First?

Yup, I was down to the wire, but met my Camp NaNoWriMo goal again in July. 3630 more minutes on Book II of The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone. I’m working hard to get it out to you this Fall! …but now it’s Nighty-night time. Zzzzzz

A Writer’s Life

A Writer’s Life…is awesome! I wouldn’t trade it for — almost anything. And yes, this is a sneak peek at a pivotal moment in The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone, Book II: Memory Key.

A Mad Dash

Here’s a snippet of the Beta version – Chapter 6 In Which Miss Livingstone Doesn’t See What’s Coming to Her…

“That was a sudden departure, Caprice,” Mr. Scott called as he offered his arm and glanced after the girl and her brother.

“Mr. Scott, please!” I looked up and down to see if anyone had observed his over-familiarity — most especially Abigale. But she was still busy marching off. Master Henry turned his head and shot me one more crooked grin.

L is for Livingstone

But of course looks aren’t everything and in books, they matter little at all. We all want to know her. Who is this young woman anyway? So here’s a passage from Book I – Journey Key, that introduces you well to the ‘witty’ Miss Livingstone on her first ‘unwitting’ journey:

H is for Hello!

I’m curious but not nosy, intellectual but not a brainiac, active but not an athlete, and an artist through and through. I’m definitely an introvert, but in the last several years I’ve come to appreciate community, and being a active part of one has helped me thrive. Blogging is much about community for me too. I love connecting with people all over the world.

G is for Giggles – Character Sketch

It was tough to choose a photo to represent Janie. Pretty but never coy, smart but sensitive, savvy but down-to-earth. Her blonde hair and blue eyes prove hard to find in vintage photos, which makes me wonder just how much blonde currently comes out of bottles? So the best I could do turned out to be some Mary Pickford photos.
Here’s a peek at Janie’s character, with a snippet from The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone: Book II – Memory Key. Coming October 2017:

F is for Father – Character Sketch

The photo is actually Alexander Graham Bell, from fairly close to 1910 when Miss LiV’s story is based. I imagine Father to be younger than this photo, but there was something in it that caught his spark.
Here’s a snippet from the first rewrite of, The Unwitting Journeys of the Witty Miss Livingstone: Book II – Memory Key.

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…

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…

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…