Or, a playlist for a romance writer. Not all writers can write with music (or noise of any sort) in the background, but I sometimes feel the most inspiration listening to silly, or sad, or yearning songs.
So here's a little of what's been inspiring me lately...
What's on your playlist?
Diamonds & Quicksilver has been one my difficult children, causing so much heartache and anxiety I didn't think it would ever see publication.
But with the support and encouragement of some good friends, Diamonds & Quicksilver, the first Quicksilver adventure, will be available in ebook form at fine ebook retailers everywhere, August 7, 2015.
*click cover to pre-order at Amazon.com!
Last week I found out that a friend, fellow writer and one sixth scale hobbiest has died.
The advent of the internet means we can form long lasting friendships with people we've never met in person. Richard "Dick" Harnett was one of the longest. He was one of the first people to welcome me to the Flickr doll community, and one of the first to support my writing (though he never did care for my taste in subject matter, he did like my style.) We talked each other through photocomics and websites and self-publishing.
He shared resources with me from sites on customizing to Kindle blogs and Bookbub. I sent him to Goodreads and tumblers about women in armour.
Please check out his author page on Amazon. Don't let the Plastic Ladies on the covers fool you, they were his actresses and muses and the stories within are worth the price of admission.
Blue Jasmine by Violet Winspear
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I picked this up at a thrift shop, curious to see how it was done in 1970. Some of it was plus ca change ("Time in the desert seemed timeless" -- E.L. James worthy prose, right there) and omg, racist!
Evidently being kidnapped by a bedouin is only okay if he's not actually a dirty, polygamous Arab (which is implied to be a genetic trait) but instead a civilized European raised as an Arab... irrational and skin crawling characterizations.
Also, evidently a convent education at the time included feminist ideals along the lines of "No man is the boss of me!"
I find it hard to believe this was ever "cool" but oh tempora and all that.
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