Some Consolation

This is what I get for going to work when most people are on vacation/holiday. It's a driveway at one of the farms I pass, with their own streetlight, but we'll just pretend it's the moon, 'k? And these trees on the hill. I like silhouettes. I did not set the camera to black and … Continue reading Some Consolation

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Current Inspiration

This piece gives me chills. I just wish it was longer and didn't end so abruptly. I give you: Two Steps From Hell, "Protectors of the Earth" from their album, "Invincible."   http://youtu.be/ASj81daun5Q   I downloaded the MP3 version from Amazon, in case anyone's wondering. I still don't know if this current WIP is going … Continue reading Current Inspiration

Festival of Carols

The annual tradition of the Festival of Carols begins tomorrow on Portland's classical station, KQAC. They play the most beautiful Christmas music composed through the ages, so many pieces and arrangements that you've likely never heard. It's four days of non-stop glorious music so if, like me, you've had all  you can stand of "Rockin' … Continue reading Festival of Carols

A Little Sunshine

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." -  Nathaniel Hawthorne Only posting today because I've been home sick. Finally felt well enough to wander outside and get a few photos of these gorgeous leaves when the … Continue reading A Little Sunshine

Weekly Card, A Bit Late

The Hermit from Ian Daniels Tarot of Vampyres. I've felt like a hermit the last few days, locking myself in the house to get the revisions done on the vampire novel and sent off to beta readers. I've also been OD'ing on "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and its soundtrack while I write. Seems fitting on … Continue reading Weekly Card, A Bit Late

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

But what the hey, eh? This weekend has been all editing, all the time. I'm working on the vampire novel, prepping it for a volunteer beta reader, and consequently going over it all AGAIN. I'm happy to report that the scenes that made me tear up or laugh as I was writing them are still … Continue reading Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Hard Times Come Again No More

I'm not sure why but this song started going through my head today. This is for anyone going through a tough time. http://youtu.be/vstfG98GxFk The singers are (l to r) Mary Black, Tommy Fleming, Eleanor Shanley, and Maura O'Connell, accompanied by De Danann. For those not familiar, this was written in 1854 by American composer Stephen … Continue reading Hard Times Come Again No More

The Grass Where He Stood

Since I have the great luxury this year of having President's Day off (I can't remember the last time I had it off, maybe not since school?)  I thought I'd post a small tribute to Honest Abe, although that's a little disingenuous. Mostly I'm obsessed with the piece of music that plays over the images, … Continue reading The Grass Where He Stood

Circle of Joy

Since I have no news, other than being home sick for the last three days and trying to work from home a bit, I thought I'd share some music. Here's a beautiful Celtic harp piece called Circle of Joy, by Lisa Lynne. Windham Hill sticks it on their Celtic Christmas collections, which is fine, but … Continue reading Circle of Joy