Oh, how I miss fall

Wheat

Where did fall go? I swear, just two weeks ago, we had temperatures above zero, leaves still on trees, and that crisp, autumn scent still in the air.

Now everything is covered in snow, the temperature has dropped below -20, and I’ve nearly fallen on the ice more times than I can count.

Scarecrow

Don’t get me wrong, I like winter, too. The snow can be really pretty, and I love cuddling up inside, in front of a fire, all wrapped up in a soft blanket. Plus, winter means Christmas baking and shopping for presents and laughing at Cookie as she hops around under the Christmas tree.

Orange Flower

All of that said, I miss fall. I miss the colours and the smell. I miss the warmer temperatures and the promise of winter still to come (but not yet here!). I miss driving past the yellow fields of crops still waiting to be harvested.

Well, there’s no sense in dwelling on what I miss, I suppose.

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Book excerpt: Dead Blue Sea, by Erin Hayes

How many books have you come across include Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a comp title in their summary? Personally, I’ve only seen one: Dead Blue Sea, by Erin Hayes. Based on what I’ve seen, that comparison may be fairly accurate.

Dead Blue Sea made its way onto my to-read list as soon as I saw its summary, and the excerpt I’m sharing today only helped to cement that status. I’m sure you’ll feel the same way once you get a look at it.

To top all of that off, Hayes is giving away a Kindle Fire. The giveaway is open to anyone in Canada and the United States, so make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the excerpt for the link!

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Wednesday links: Pre-marketing

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Staying organized with: Online calendars

Staying organized with: Online calendars

Like many people, my passion isn’t my full-time job. Yes, I get to write at work, and that’s one of the elements that makes me enjoy my job as much as I do. That said, writing fiction–and this blog–is what I’m passionate about. Since I’m not making enough from that to make it a career yet, I have to relegate it to my spare time.

The only problem with that? When I think about everything I need and want to get done in that spare time, I get overwhelmed. There’s my writing, yes, but there’s also housework, socializing, relaxation, eating, and a million other things I can’t think of off the top of my head.

People talk all the time of work-life balance. A situation like mine feels more like work-work-life balance some days, but it comes down to the same principles. One of the most important is finding the organizational system that works best for you.

I’ve found mine, and I’d like to share it, in the hopes that maybe it will help someone find theirs. It’s too much for one post, however, so instead you’re getting a series of posts over the next three months.

Today, we’re starting with a look at online calendars.

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Cover reveal: Stolen Enchantress, by Amber Argyle

Some artwork is just plain beautiful. Seriously. And “beautiful” was the first word that came to my mind when I saw the cover for Amber Argyle’s Stolen Enchantress.

Well, okay, so the first word that came to my mind was actually “Oh,” followed by “that’s so beautiful.” But I swear, “beautiful” was intended to be the first word.

Rather than try to explain what I mean, though, why don’t I just show you? Today’s post is a cover reveal, after all. So let’s get to the revealing.

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Monthly update: November 2017

Is everybody ready for a nice November?

Hm. “Nice” doesn’t seem positive enough. Neat? No, not strong enough. Noble? Newsworthy? Nifty?

Well, I’ll let you pick your favourite n-adjective. I’m going to go with notable. Having a “notable November” seems like a good thing to aim for, especially with the goals I have planned for the month.

Before I get too far into November, though, let’s take a look back at October.

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Feathered

SONY DSC

Remember last week, when I talked about searching my home for something to photograph? Today, I wanted to share another picture from that little adventure. This one, though, isn’t Halloween related.

Actually, now that I think about it, I did buy these earrings for a Halloween costume. But that’s not why I’m posting this picture.

See, it’s the lines I love in this one. The way the main stems in the feathers act as sharp directions to the top of the photo, but the softer bits let you drift off course. It isn’t anything big or fancy or complicated. Just sort of… nice, and maybe a little calming. Exactly the sort of thing I needed after the busy days that made up the last full week of October.