Monthly Archives: May 2014

TRAINS: Writing on the Coast Starlight

My spouse loves trains, and he heard that one of the most scenic lines in the country is the Coast Starlight. This train runs between Los Angeles and Seattle, and much of its route is right along the coast, so: spectacular views. He wanted to try it, and I said sure… The happiest part of our particular trip was from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo, which is mostly right along the coast. Magnificent ocean views. Dolphins playing in the water. Wine and cheese tasting in the Parlour Car. Complimentary wifi to entertain the spouse while I wrote. Continue reading

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Champlain College: A Fine Place for a Young Writers Workshop

Last week I wrote about the time I’d just spent at Bread Loaf working with high-school aged writers. Well, now I’m just back from a similarly awesome event, the Champlain College Young Writers Conference, in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, overlooking Lake … Continue reading

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Great Covers: Lady of Ashes

This series will appear at random as I find covers that make me say, “Wow!” This cover for Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent immediately caught my eye. It’s not only stylish, it sets both the era and the mood … Continue reading

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My Own Private WisCon

Even more than most conventions, WisCon is not the same experience for everyone. This was brought home to me on the last day of this year’s convention when I mentioned to a couple of writers I know that a friend … Continue reading

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The Moon and the Sun movie news

Filming The Moon and the Sun on the Enterprize.

Recent news about the filming of BVC founding member Vonda N. McIntyre‘s Nebula Award-winning novel The Moon and the Sun. Hollywood stars hit Melbourne Yahoo!7 May 28, 2014, 7:02 pm A touch of Tinseltown has come to Melbourne with former … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday–Cat Kimbriel is Always Reading

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.  I freely admit to having easily a half dozen nonfiction books and several novels going just now, so here’s a brief snippet of what I had at hand: • What did you … Continue reading

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I Love the End of the World

Some years ago, on my LiveJournal, someone kindly mentioned her enjoyment of my novel The Stone War, and noted that “I love a good post-apocalypse.”  My first thought was: gee, so do I.  ‘Kay, not certain what, if anything, that says … Continue reading

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War on the Water: Red River by P. G. Nagle

Marie Hawkland: A Louisiana belle, mistress of a thousand slaves Nat Wheat: a Union Navy carpenter who dreams of piloting his own gunboat Jamie Russell: a Confederate captain, fighting a running battle with the Yankees through swamps and bayous Their … Continue reading

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Place as Inspiration for Writing a Novel

Since the new ebook edition of my romantic suspense novel Islands was released by Book View Café this month, everyone has been asking if the free-diver on the cover is a photo of me, and I wish I could say … Continue reading

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Ode to the Round White Ones

Every once in a while a horse person has to just love on “her” breed. We love all horses, of course, and admire every individual for her good points, and generally try to be fair all around. But we all … Continue reading

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