Day 4: Bad Habit

Day 4: Bad Habit

Ok, I know it’s healthier to just eat half, but something comes over me when I see a glazed or frosted donut. This never ends well.

(and I know this isn’t a good photo, but I’m drooling here. I can not be expected to function rationally).


Day 3: Water

Day 3: Water

On a warm Mexican beach. It was lovely.

(a little tint to make the picture interesting. Thanks PhotoShop)

Day 2: Brings joy

Day 2: Brings joy

You can not tell me Disneyland (or Disney World) doesn’t bring you joy. I know it makes me happy like a goon when I go. And the Little Mermaid…I mean…happy…sappy…fun.
To be honest, there are a lot of things that bring me joy. I could make a whole 30 day challenge on that alone. It’s all about the simple things, man.

30 Day Photo Challenge

I love pictures about as much as I love words…well, almost as much. Starting tomorrow, I will challenge myself to share a photo a day based on the day’s theme. If you’d like to follow along, I’d be delighted to see what you share. As for the pictures, I am proposing to use only photographs I’ve taken. I was going to try to use only photographs taken each day, but then I realized there are pictures I’ve taken already that fit some of these categories perfectly. So, without further ado, here is the list. 

1.  Morning

2.  Brings joy

3.  Water

4.  Bad habit 

5.  Guilty pleasure

6.  Texture

7.  Black and White

8.  Smile

9.  Scenery

10.  Chocolate

11.  Building

12.  Doodle

13.  Flowers

14.  Sad

15.  Awe-inspiring

16.  Blue

17. Old

18.  Sign

19.  Random

20.  Green

21.  Round

22.  Freedom

23.  Red

24.  Clouds

25.  On the Road

26.  New

27.  Treasured item

28.  Makes me laugh

29.  Fond memory

30.  Night

First picture tomorrow. Good night!


“So together the family danced and sang – a pirate and a duchess, a duke and an artist, a man and a woman – down the many days and byways of a long and happy life.”

So…sigh. Beautiful. This is the last sentence in Eloisa James’ book, The Ugly Duchess. It was the first I’ve read of her, and I’m so glad I gave into the impulse to buy it. Simply wonderful. There is such a richness and texture to her story, which I’m sure her heroine Theo (Daisy) would appreciate. The characters are layered individuals, flawed. They make mistakes and aren’t cool customers at all times, and to me, that makes them real. We’re like that, too. Sometimes I’ve been in a situation where, in retrospect, I wish I’d been more clear or said or done something differently, and just didn’t. Despite the setting, and the outlandish turn of events, I could believe the main problem between Theo and James because it’s one a woman and a man could have today. 

I won’t go into too much depth reviewing the book, but there is a second reason I’m glad I read it. In my last post, I wrote about how I was having issues with timeline in my work-in-progress and I didn’t know if it was going to work out. The Ugly Duchess has a timeline that spans years, and it works. My story doesn’t take place over half that amount of time, so, if I can be as compelling a storyteller as James, I think (hope, anyway) that I can tackle the time issues. 

At any rate, if you’re in the need for a sigh-worthy Sunday, or Monday or Wednesday for that matter, pick up this book. It’s got it all. 

Recipe for Disaster

Well, not so much recipe as formula. 

If you’re a romance reader, you’re aware that romance books are made up of formulas. There are certain ways writers format a story, and it’s pretty cut and dried. It’s up to the writer to add his/her own razzle-dazzle to make it their own. We – I include myself since I’m also a reader – like to think we don’t like formulas. We even criticize certain books because we can see certain events coming up chapters ahead of the action, and yet, we don’t generally appreciate it when a story veers off the beaten path. 

My problem: Sebastian’s story is not conforming to the formula. I thought I had the story all mapped out, but Sebastian had other plans. In the actual writing, certain things started becoming apparent to me. The timeline is an issue, but I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing…yet. Yes, it’s a good thing to explore new things, but in this….hmmm. I’m just not sure yet. So, I guess I’ll keep plugging away and hope the story turns into a cohesive product. Otherwise, I’ll have to throw everything away and start anew. 

As my friend would say,”Rant over.”