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

Out With Venn Diagrams, In With the Whirling Dervish (and Steampunk)

This is going to be a bit of stream of consciousness writing… the whirling dervish in my brain is wreaking havoc with my Venn diagrams and I am a bit incoherent.  Lots of photos then!  But first, I have to mention, Diana has a fun book giveaway going on at Oh! Books…Paper…Real life.  Diana went … More Out With Venn Diagrams, In With the Whirling Dervish (and Steampunk)

The New Look

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) on writing: When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint; Don’t state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint; And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint.

Along came a spider…. and a toad….and a tree…

Mother Nature, queen of all she sees… Marbled Orbweaver, Araneus marmoreus Not dangerous; the dogs found it clinging to the side of the house yesterday afternoon.  So that’s what’s been spinning all those webs on the porch rails!  Its bulbous body was approximately 18 mm across – HUGE. Bufo Americanus? We were walking along the … More Along came a spider…. and a toad….and a tree…

savage by david almond, illustrated by dave mckean

The Once Upon a Time Challenge from Stainless Steel Droppings has pushed me into unchartered waters again.  Thus I have read a young adult book titled Savage, by David Almond, illustrated by Dave McKean. How I came about reading this particular book is a sad story.  Harry Schwartz Bookshop has been a Milwaukee meeting place … More savage by david almond, illustrated by dave mckean

as shadows fade – the gardella vampire chronicles by colleen gleason

Vampires? Romance? Bodices bursting on book covers? I don’t read those types of books.  And then Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings introduced me to Colleen Gleason and the Gardella Vampire Chronicles.  I read, enjoyed, and reviewed the first four books in the series last fall. Unlike most vampire stories which are set in modern time, … More as shadows fade – the gardella vampire chronicles by colleen gleason

The Lady in the Loch – Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

January has been Science Fiction month, due to Carl’s encouragement at Stainless Steel Droppings – and The Sci Fi Experience 2009, which will run from January 1st through February 28th, 2009.  Inspired by the Carl’s reviews of John Scalzi’s work, particularly Old Man’s War, I decided to plunge into another world.  Trying to find a … More The Lady in the Loch – Elizabeth Ann Scarborough