Spring is here (sort of) along with………Once Upon A Time!

Once Upon A Time is my favorite of all the yearly events hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings.  And it is here just in time as the snow melts away, even on the north side of the house where it was piled high by the shovel.  I am starting my participation of the event with Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  I’ve read this book a few times, and also listened to it on CD.  It’s one of those books that never loses its je ne sais pas quoi.

If you are not familiar, please do treat yourself to a peek at SSD and join the event.  It’s fun, it’s collegial, and it will carry you right into summer!

On a happy note for me, I’ve had an article published in The Literary Traveler, titled Colin McPhee’s Musical Life in Bali.  It sat in the queue on the editor’s desk since last summer, so I am very pleased to see it in print.  There is also a short interview at the ezine’s blog site, Behind the Article: Colin McPhee in Exotic Bali.

And of course, I can’t leave without a few words about tt.  What a growing up girl!  She is already one, and getting into a heap of trouble, as all one year olds should.  What a treat her company is!!

Where’s the cake??



Mmmmm, that was really good.  Is there more?

10 thoughts on “Spring is here (sort of) along with………Once Upon A Time!

  1. I can’t believe a year’s gone by – how can that be? What a beautiful little girl – and how good to hear she has some spunk to go with it.

    Congrats on the publication. I’ve skimmed it but need to go back. This has been a long, hard week (well, nearly two now) at work, and it’s cut into my blogging/web time. Drat!

    I always want to do it all, and I can’t do it all – but if there seems to be a way to get involved in Carl’s latest, I’ll take your recommendation about Gaiman to heart. I have a few books I read and re-read, too, and when I hear someone say they’re doing the same thing with a book, I pay attention.

    Hi Linda. I found Gaiman just a few years ago, and love his books. A very talented man! Stardust is my other favorite. Listening to the author read is such a treat, too. He is amazingly talented. Even his blog/website is fun – he has two beautiful white dogs (and a wife and children whom we never see, but he speaks of). There is a lovely audio interview of him by his young daughter Maddie, too. Good stuff all the way around.
    It’s a good thing you have work, I guess! Hopefully it will slow a bit so you can get back to the REAL work of writing! Thanks for reading and commenting.


  2. Dear Q, so glad to find this post that includes not only link to your article (which I somehow misplaced in my email! ??!) but also TT – omg, she’s one? are you sure? and isn’t she a little love with those pinky cheeks and gorgeous hair? What a doll.- and does she resemble you in some way? Oh, I think yes. oh, my laptop is about to power off….more later…will read your article and look forward to it – hugs to you and all your girls!!!!


  3. Congratulations on your article! How exciting! It was really a very interesting piece! You must be so pleased! I want to thank you for your kind compliment! You just tickled me pink! Thank you! 🙂


  4. Hi Oh! Thanks for dropping in. tt is the spitting image of her mother…. their photos at one year old look like twins. Like her mother, she throws her purse over her shoulder, puts her (pretend) cell phone up to her ear, and waves bye bye. I can’t wait to take her to the library and art museum this summer!!


  5. Oh, she cannot be ONE already! How quickly the time goes. Is there anything cuter than a baby with her first birthday cake? No. Especially when that baby has such rosy cheeks, beautiful curly red hair, and such a winning smile!

    Best of luck with Carl’s challenge. After failing all of last year’s challenges I decided not to go that route any longer. I’ve read Gaiman’s two “biggies” Coraline and The Graveyard Book and enjoyed both. Will have to look for Stardust. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Please put Neverwhere on your tbr pile too. It is the biggie, as far as I am concerned! I decided I could do the challenge this year because I didn’t commit myself to any specific number of books. I have Neverwhere on cd, and listen to it in the car. Two birds with one stone, and all.

    Thanks for dropping in! Yes, little miss rosy cheeks is a little divil!! So much fun.


  6. Happy to hear that your snow is melting and that spring is on the way.

    Wonderful first pick for the challenge. I’ve read Neverwhere many, many times. I have the audio version too but I have yet to listen to it. I really need to do that this year as I do want to revisit this story, it is a true favorite.

    Can’t believe your grandchild is that old already. Time, where does it go? Wow!

    Would you believe we had an inch of hail today? Unbelievable, with thunder and all. Spring is a wild time!!

    I am almost through Neverwhere. Sometimes I can’t turn the car off, and sit listening in the garage until the neighbors must think I am crazy. I will be sad when it is over….


  7. Is it really a year? Oh, my — where in the world does time go? She’s adorable — Reminds me of a little rosy-cheecked curly haired girl I know around her first. I think tt is cuter than I ever was, but seeing those curls, that smile, those cheeks!

    I’m not familiar with this event or books, so you know I’m going to be linking along!

    Today feels and looks like spiring here in my world, so it must be similar in yours. I don’t want to wish my time away, but I have to say, spring brings me much to anticipate!

    Spring? What spring?! Well it is raining, I guess that is spring like…. but 30 something degrees? Hey Mother Nature!!!!!
    Oh yes, the time sure did fly. And you are right, she does resemble a curly haired rosy cheeked girl I know!! Cuties! 🙂


  8. It’s playtime for big girls. This is the most astonishing link, that you actually can make to sound Balinese! Just start clicking – you’ll figure it out.

    Have Fun!

    You are right, it was quite like a gamelan! Thanks, I had fun playing!!


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