Well, I finally got my Facebook author page up. Sorry it took so long!
The Bliss Quest
Located in Portland
Last update: January 6th, 2014 at 09:21 pm
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Eat My Bliss!
Writer Peeps: The Northwest Independent Writers Association’s Symposium on Independent Publishing is February 1st, and 2nd. Lots of really good, important information. Check it out here. This conference is an excellent way to network, learn and get your foot in the door if you’re interested in pursuing a future
Strange, disturbing dreams have been keeping me up of late. Tossing, sweat drenched, tangled nightmares mixed with moments of blissful dreaming… about pregnancy. While I’ve had dreams with symbolic pregnancy before, I’ve yet to be able to puzzle out this particular set of clues to unravel the intensity. As I understan
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014. May it be as adventurous as you imagine, and as romantic as you dream. May you be blessed with more bounty than you can quantify, more joy than you have words for, and more magic than you ever believed yourself worthy of receiving. May synchronicity align all the desires [...]
Moroccan Lamb. This is the Moroccan Lamb Tagine I made for Christmas this year for folks who wanted the recipe – this is the one I used. Modifications for lamb shanks instead of cubes; also added pinky-finger pinch of saffron to the sauce; mixed sauce cold and let the legs marinate overnight, then roast. [...]
I can’t believe I’m posting on this site about the freakin’ Duck Dynasty crap, but after my feed exploded, I put this on my FB and left it. “Per the duck dynasty spat on my feed…. Freedom of speech does not obligate people to respect, like, or employ you for what you speak. Yes, you [...]
In the middle of Nanowrimo this year, I broke for a day to check out Orycon 2013. OBVIOUSLY, I had to get my picture taken with the Mandolorians and a Jedi. As one does. And there were a bunch of awesome folks! And lots of great costumes. Of course, when I wandered through the merchandize [...]
I might have a bit of an issue with the masculine-archy at the moment. Struggling to put some comments in perspective. Him: Well, we love the writing and the concept. It’s a big concept – but it needs more male characters to balance it out. Me: *paused for confusion* I’m confused. There’s almost an even [...]
Made it through Nanowrimo. Barely. I didn’t hit my 80K word goal. I didn’t even come close. But I did squeak past the 50K minimum to finish with a win. Still recovering and catching up a week later. More news to come… when caffeine kicks in.
I fully intended to get some posts up this week, but after a crazy hectic week at the office, an impromptu Halloween gig, and then the beginning of #NanoWriMo – I’m buried. Yeah, it’s that time of year, again. This year I decided to aim for an 80,000 word goal. Why? Because this is my [...]
All my best laid plans to get three chapters written, a short video filmed for the Kickstarter, and the final business plan approved while on vacation clearly went bust. Furthermore, I came back still fighting the upper respiratory infection, exhaustion and one of the most stressful vacations I’ve ever had the audacity to
Because when you’ve been hangin’ out with childhood friends from Alaska at a “build your own pizza party” – some things just never get old. The salami-stuffed wiener roll. It’s been almost seventeen years, and while some things change – the good stuff always stays the same.
This trip to Alaska has been a very much needed homecoming. Many of my friends are already joking and prodding for me to move back – and I have to be honest and admit, I consider it often. This last week especially was such a beautiful mix of friends, family, nature and glorious landscapes that [...]
I’ve been taking pictures of different mushrooms and trying to figure out what they are. This one is a mystery and I’ve got another half dozen to hunt down on the interwebs. Go Go gadget internet!
Well, I haven’t yet been eaten by a bear. Although, it’s not for the lack of bears, but perhaps they just don’t prefer my type of chub. Anywhoo, there’ve been bears sighted around town all week and I took this picture out by the hatchery this afternoon. Needless to say, MeMe has been reminding me [...]
And there was bear crap all over the grass… Also, this is Sleeping Lady Mountain from Kincaid Park. Arrived safely and am setting out to catch up with everyone!
It’s no secret on this blog how much I hate panty shopping. In fact, I suspect everyone is tired of hearing about it. So much so, that several of my girlfriends over the years have purchased either sexy panties, or gift cards to Victoria Secret for me so I can own some underthings that aren’t [...]
After yesterday’s post I got a slew of Facebook posts and emails from people alternately thinking it was funny or just really tragic. I won’t deny my fictional dating life is very much a tragedy, but I’m also happy that my schadenfreude is of use to others. Of course, most people assume I’m talking about [...]
Jessica: Have you been thinking about any guys lately? Me: (shrugging and blushing) Well, there is this guy… I’ve been thinking about him a lot… Jessica: Is he real? Me: (stalled) um… well… not exactly, no. Not…technically. Jessica: (bursts out laughing) See? You’re the only one I ever have to clarify that wit
The flood rains began in earnest this weekend. The Portland spring deluge has been underway, meaning the gutters overflow no matter how clean they are simply because the amount of water pouring off the roof is still too heavy for the downspouts. During these downpours, I love to get up and go to the back [...]
My dreams have been unusually active of late. Often I’m waking up more tired than when I went to bed. There are lots of new characters emerging, some plot lines being worked through and a few seeds being planted for conflicts I hadn’t thought of before, but would add a lot of depth to the [...]
It’s no secret that I’m homesick. The kind of homesick that creates a distracted longing and often a despondent lack of motivation. It’s no secret that I miss the mountains, real mountains. I miss the fresh air and green of Valdez, and the cool, tourmaline waters. I miss the eagles and the glaciers, the peaks [...]
It’s not too late to register for Summer in Words at the Oregon Coast! I won a scholarship for tuition, so this will be my second year attending! I’m so stoked. Can’t wait to spend the weekend in Cannon Beach, talking about writing, words, story building and character with other passionate writers and creators. As [..
It’s been a rough and beautiful few days. While my heart is heavy with the tragic news of a death in our circle of friends, and the unrelated, but heart-crushing horrors of the tornado in Oklahoma – there is also news of a new pregnancy in our circle, an unrelated but very much anticipated engagement [...]
Proof of age gap…. Admiral Fubar: I finally found some jeans that were long enough, but get this? They didn’t even have a zipper – just these five stupid buttons! WTF? Me: Uhm. Were they Levi 501s? Admiral Fubar: Yeah! Just buttons! Me: Yeeaaahhhh, that’s because it’s a button fly. Admiral Fubar: So when did [...]
The highlight of the Tiki-themed birthday party was not the drinking of my first Jet Pilot, which took two hands to hold and was on FIRE. It wasn’t the whole pig roasting on a spit. It wasn’t the strange cast of characters dressed as mermaids, pirates or island explorers… No, the highlight of the party [...]
The opening scene from book two of The Pillars of Dawn is now up for review on Wattpad. If all goes well I’ll be pushing through beta reads this summer, and setting up a kickstarter in August to cover editorial, design, and marketing. Crossing my fingers for an October 2013 launch! A Scold of Jays [...]