Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

May the New Year be filled with all that is beautiful.

I appreciate each and every one of you!
Thanks so much for following!

Best wishes for

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas!

December is such a busy busy...and there is no time to do a real blog. (I seriously do not understand how anyone else out there finds the time to blog more often than once a week and still keep up with everything else, especially just before the holidays.) So, in light of my busyness...

I thought I'd put a short excerpt here from Ravenswynd...and if anyone is interested in reading more, you can check out the Excerpts page above!  
I'm a little over halfway through the final edits. (669 pages: 210,527 words)

Please let me know what you think!

From chapter 12: The Calm Before the Storm

...I called down the stairs, “Is it okay if I check out the veranda?”
   “Of course. Take your time; I am not quite ready yet.” I could hear the smile in his voice. 
  I set my purse down on the table, taking some time to smell the roses. Their delicate sweet fragrance reminded me a velvety-fresh spring morning. I inhaled again, enjoying the deliciousness of the moment. Upon opening the glass door, a cool breeze drifted in; not at all like our freezing wind earlier in the week. I was flushed from the wine and heat of the fireplace... and the air felt refreshing on my warm face. I stepped through the door into the night. Bright light from the full moon fell on an angle between the trees, lighting up a small section of the veranda. As I peered over the railing, and looked down, I found that our suite appeared to be the highest point of the building. Far below, a few individuals strolled through the garden pathways, though they looked quite small from this vantage point, appearing to be nothing more than shadows moving among the trees and bushes. I glanced back up into the sky as a thin cloud passed over the moon, making it appear hazy. As the cloud moved away, it left a pale, thin ring circling around it. I marveled at how visible the night sky was here. With no buildings or street lights nearby, the stars sparkled brilliantly like a million pieces of glitter tossed across a huge black canvas. Some of them shone steady and clear, and others blurry and winking. I spotted the constellation of Orion. The distinct row of the three brightest stars of his belt made it easy for me to find. I leaned over the railing and glanced down again taking in a deep breath. A soft breeze billowed through my hair, clean and crisp, bringing along the scent of fallen leaves sprinkled with dampness. These aromas mingled with the fragrance of the flowers from below and the candles burning behind me through the open door. I took another breath, sighing softly. It was a beautiful autumn night. I was unbelievably relaxed. The calmness I felt now was quite unexpected and completely amazed me since I knew full well: this was the last day of my life...


Thanks for reading...and don't forget to check out the excerpt page above for more bits of my story. 

And in case I continue to find myself too busy to blog this month, I hope you all have a very

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Vacations and Reunions and Weddings, Oh MY!

As you may have noticed, I have not posted a new blog since September 12th.  I had been deep in editing mode for weeks and weeks.  I posted a few excerpts here and there, and got a few awesome responses! (Thanks!)

The past few weeks I've been getting ready to travel to California.  My nephew is getting married in San Diego and I've been shopping, organizing, planning and packing.  I'll be taking my beautiful daughter Brandi along, since dear hubby is too busy with his practice.

I am so excited, I won't be able to sleep tonight...and I have to get up by 4a.m., drive to Waukesha to pick Brandi up, and then head to the Milwaukee airport.  We have a short layover in Denver and then we head to San Diego.  I have always wanted to see California, and can't wait to see the Pacific ocean.  I've seen the Gulf of Mexico, been to many states, and to Montreal, but there is just something about the Pacific.  

The rehearsal dinner is on the beach!! 

This is where we're staying:
Bahia Resort Hotel

The reception is on a boat called the Stearnwheeler:

The "reunion" of family members is going to be awesome!  Many of us live in different states.  Only one brother and his family, plus my kids are still in Wisconsin.  I have family members in: Arizona, New Mexico, Alabama, Texas, Maryland, Minnesota, and Nevada. (hope I didn't miss any)

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go:

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Page Added!

Due to being engrossed in the never-ending EDITING mode...I have not had any time to blog.  However...copying and pasting is quite, I have decided to make a new PAGE here, and if you feel the urge to read a bit, I am going to be posting excerpts from my current work in progress. You know, the one I am still editing...

Feel free to click up above on the tab that says EXCERPTS for a quick peek into the world of Ravenswynd.  I hope to post more pieces as time allows.

Please comment and tell me what you think.  

Thanks for following me through my journey!

Are you still here?  Go click on the excerpt tab!!  :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Are We Done Yet?




  And more


A lot of this:


                     and a little of that:

         And all I want is this:

Now, I'm not quite feeling this bad...

                                               But I sometimes feel like this

To make matters worse, I've read that average fiction novels are anywhere between 70,000 and 100,000 words.  Well, now what do I do?  Should I worry about the numbers, or divide my novel into two? Take a gander at my word count...

And being so engrossed in the daily activities of editing...I find it hard to read anything else. I find mistakes all over the place, even on my grocery store receipts! 

While perusing the net for cute photos of editing/re-writing, I came across a couple of cute cartoons...Now don't get me wrong, 

             But... this is just too cute to pass up...(Hi Amy!)

I wish we could do this!

I'm sure there are times she (my editor/sister-in-law/dear friend, Amy) feels like I am not listening when she makes suggestions...and she'd like to say this to me:

But, in all seriousness, I would like to thank my "editor", Amy, for all her awesome help, suggestions, ideas, and encouragement throughout this whole process.  She is such a sweetheart, through and through.  I love you, Sis!  

But seriously,

Have a great week!

And remember:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Answers to Last Weeks Movie Quotes


1.   Forest Gump                                                                              
2.   The Sixth Sense                                                              
3.   ET                                                                          
4.   Starwars
5.   Pirates of the Carribean                                                                              
6.   Batman- The Dark Knight
7.   Terminator                                                                                          
8.   The Godfather
9.   Gone With The Wind
10. The Shining
11. Silence of the Lambs
12. The Notebook
13. Goonies

May the Force be with you - Starwars
Here's looking at you kid - Casablanca


1. Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler. -----------------------------Office Space*

2. I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is.-----------------Forest Gump*

3. Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads. ----------------Back to the Future*

4. At my signal, unleash Hell! ------------------------------------------------Gladiator*
5. The question isn't 'what are we going to do?'
     the question is what aren't we going to do?"   -------------Ferris Bueller's Day Off*  

6.You think I'm want to kiss me...
    you want to date me. ----------------------------------------------Miss Congeniality*

7. Listen to me, if we break quarantine we could all die! -------------------------Alien*

8. Do you spend time with family? Good. Because a man that
    doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man. --------The Godfather*                                                                  

9. If I weren't going to be a writer I'd go to New York and pursue
    the stage.-----------------------------------------------------------------Little Women*
10. I've seen things you've only seen in your nightmares... -------------------Jumangi*

11. This is ridiculous. It's crazy. I feel like I'm babysitting, except
       I'm not getting paid.  --------------------------------------------------------Goonies*

12. Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.
       Prepare to die.  ---------------------------------------------------------Princess Bride*  

How many did you get right?
Do you have any favorite movie (or book) quotes?

Thanks for checking in!

And have a great weekend!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Movie Games!

We're all familiar with hundreds of famous movie quotes.  Below are some of them you've probably seen many times over.  The first part of the game is to see if you can name the movies that are pictured below with quotes in the captions of the photos.  If you cannot get the ones that are pictured, you've been living in a cave.  Seriously.

Hello. My name is Forest. Forest Gump.
I see dead people.
E.T. phone home.
Luke, I am your father!

I'm Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?

Why so serious?                      

I'll be back.

I made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Here's Johnny!

Well, Clarice-have the lambs stopped screaming?


    And now, guess where the following quotes  are from?

         (Hint: 3 of them are referenced above!)

1. Excuse me, I believe you have my   

2. I may not be a smart man, but I know      
     what love is."

3. Roads? Where we're going we don't need  
4At my signal, unleash hell.

5.The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is  
   "what aren't we going to do?"  

6. You think I'm gorgeous... you want to kiss me... you want to date   

7.  Listen to me, if we break quarantine, we could all die.

8.  Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man  
     that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real   

9.   If I weren't going to be a writer I'd go to New York and pursue 
     the stage. Are you shocked?   

10.   I've seen things you've only seen in your nightmares. Things  
      you can't even imagine. Things you can't even see. There are     
      things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams.   
      Then you hear them eating, and you hope to God that you're  
      not dessert. Afraid? You don't even know what afraid is. 
 11.  This is ridiculous. It's crazy. I feel like I'm babysitting, except  
       I'm not getting paid.  

12.   Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. 
      Prepare to die. 

Have fun, and post your answers in a comment.  I'll come back next week and post the correct answers. (Or, if you really can't stand waiting, send me an email!)

                                      OK, one more movie quote...but that's it!


Hope you enjoyed playing
and have a great week!

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