Edgy Inspirational Romance: When I’m not reading: Fiction Steps Into Reality at the Renaissance Faire. (Sort of.)

Edgy Inspirational Romance: When I’m not reading: Fiction Steps Into Reality at the Renaissance Faire. (Sort of.)

What a great idea! I have to admit, it never would have occurred to me and until I read this, neither would the idea of dressing up as one of the characters from my own books. Yes, for all my creativity, it seems I sometimes fall short in the marketing department. Fortunately, I have plenty of time to remedy that before the 2014 convention season! Now…who should I be?


‘Depressed’ Cake Shop Will Cheer You Up

What a great idea! Not only are the “visuals” fascinating but sweets are often one of the ways depressed people self-medicate. And adding color inside is an excellent reminder that even those suffering from depression are not always exactly what they seem. I grew up with charity bake sales, everyone from the high school band to the library held them but they’ve largely vanished from my social scene. So glad to see someone bringing the back in a meaningful way! Now: who can send me a care package from Los Angeles later this month?


A new charitable project makes battling depression seem like a piece of cake.

The Depressed Cake Shop is a series of pop-up bakeries that sell gray desserts created by volunteer bakers to raise awareness about depression, then donate the proceeds to lesser-known local charities devoted to mental health issues. The first one popped up in London from August 2-4 and served up tasty treats like Swiss rolls that say “nutjob,” macarons decorated with rain clouds, and even a “fruitcake” — British slang for a crazy person. While the treats are uniformly gray on the outside, bakers have added splashes of color on the inside to signify that there is hope for the approximately 350 million people worldwide who suffer from depression.

“There isn’t a visual representation of mental illness, so we make the desserts gray, an ugly color, because not taking care of your appearance is a symptom of depression,” says…

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Real friends, virtually

Can real friendships grow out of online acquaintances?

Yes. At least, they can in my experience. And one of those real friends, bc, who I might add is also an amazing friend in the RP verses we share, nominated me for this Award. I have to admit, I’m surprised, but then I’m often surprised when anyone reads, let alone likes, my personal ramblings. Frankly, I’m afraid that if anyone got know the real me, they’d realize I was a fraud about two minutes later. I’m told that’s not an uncommon fear among writers, probably because so much of our lives happen in our own heads.

versatile-blogger-award-imageFortunately, my friendship with bc, the fascinating lady behind Never Pity the Past, is very real and I am very grateful for that. I tease her that a writer can never have too many librarians in their life, but it’s more than that. It’s more than a shared appreciation of knowledge, books, train travel and the diverse voices in our heads that find expression online. It’s the kind of friendship that supports, comforts, encourages, indulges, grounds, uplifts, teaches and makes the universe a better place. It’s laughter and tears, consoling hugs and Gibbs’-style smacks to the back of the head, silence and endless conversations. In other words, it’s the best kind of friendship to have!

I’m flattered she likes and reads, this blog, but I have to admit, it puts me at a disadvantage, because now I have to come up with seven (actually 14, since she nominated two of my blogs, this one and RolePlayWriter) interesting things about me. Since this is sort of my “real life” blog, I’m going out on a limb and posting real life points of interest. Here goes:

  1. “Home” is a boarding school in Fairbault, MN. Even though I only spent 2 years there more than 2 decades ago..
  2. I love my handwriting. It reminds me of my grandmothers. My printing reminds me of my dad. My signature is my mothers.
  3. I finally started making my own bed every day…this year. I also stopped leaving my clothes on the floor. Better late than never, I suppose.
  4. I have strong opinions but I hate making decisions.
  5. When I say I don’t care after being given a choice, I really mean I don’t have a preference.
  6. I really wish I’d never grown up. In some alternate universe, I am forever in 5th grade, wintering in Key Biscayne, summering in Omaha and living at home without a drivers license.
  7. I think i am a lousy friend, floating in and out of people’s lives on an irregular basis, yet I still manage to have friends I’ve known since before pre-school and all over the world.

Ok, that wasn’t as bad as I feared. Of course, it probably isn’t as interesting as it could be, though it is a lot most personal and revealing. And no, I’m not telling what I scratched off to get to that list. I also wouldn’t make a character with those traits, which explains why I am stumbling on that advice to treat my life like I was one of my characters.

Now then, for the 15 blogs I would like to nominate for the Versatile Blogger and WordPress Family Award…. In no particular order, they are:

wordpress-family-award1So now the ball is in their court. In the unlikely event that I am the first person to have nominated any of them (which even my fertile imagination has trouble imagining given the wonderful quality of the content they produce and provide), here’s a recap of the rules I was given and hope the will work with.

The rules are:
Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
Announce your win with a post. Make sure you post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.

Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers.
Leave them a comment to let them know after you have linked them to a post.
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

That’s all there is to it. Pretty simple, when it’s all said and done. Not to mention a great way to recognize and reward the writers who make your corner of the blogosphere a little more interesting while sneaking a peek at their Muses.

“Even though yo…

“Even though you have a day job, develop that writing work ethic.”

This comment from freelance writer and first-time novelist Tim Sunderland (he blogs using TypePad btw) got me thinking about my own writing work ethic. Thanks to the Wordcount Blogathon I am back on a daily posting schedule, which I will continue. And like Tim, I’m up early (usually by 5 a.m.) and have published at least one blog post on Informed-Ideas.com by 10 a.m. My evenings (after 5 p.m.) are usually reserved for fiction (RP) or skill building (I’m addicted to how-to books at the moment). What do I do in between? It varies but you can bet much of it is blogging or social media related!

The Writer’s Work Habits – What If You Could Not Fail.

The Fatherly Figure in Fantasy

An interesting look at fantasy fathers…until I read this, and started thinking about it, I hadn’t realized how absent fathers were in the fantasy world. Those that do appear are not, necessarily, the best examples or parental role models as this list reveals.


As a warm up for reading this blog, please  say the following five times as quickly as possible: The Fatherly Figure in Fantasy.

I shared some thoughts on Left Coast Voices regarding Father’s Day this Sunday. But it occurred to me that the father figures in epic fantasy gets a tough time. Here is a brief overview of a few of our beloved characters and their fathers (I acknowledge that I am encompassing a wide definition of the genre for this post. Purists – please excuse me this once).

WARNING: There might be spoilers here, so I am giving the name of the character first and won’t be offended if you skip that part.

1. Luke Skywalker:

I know this is sci-fi and not fantasy, but we have all hung there with Luke as his father, who had just chopped off his arm, now looms over him with…

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Your mission should you choose to accept it

Today I made new local connections on LinkedIN. That’s both something I’ve been meaning to do and talking (well, sort of) with people I’ve never talked to before.

The Princess Bard

And you will….well okay you don’t have to but…..

Here is the mission for today, do something you have been meaning to do, talk to someone you never have before or you would like to again, smile at a stranger, hell hug a stranger do something outside the box, outside the comfort zone, just get out there and do it.

That is all.

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