Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Dad, Daughters, Dogs, and More with Linky


I took today's photos a few weeks ago. In them, you'll see my husband, our youngest and oldest daughters, and our two rescue dogs. The tall grass in these pics is foxtail buffalo grass. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving if you celebrate it!






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This November, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Instead of doing my regular book reviews, I'm sharing my writing journey on the blog and in my new Facebook group, C.A. Morley's Wayfinders. I'd love to have you join me!



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Saturday, November 21, 2020

My Writing Journey - Part 3


This November, I embarked on a new journey. It's my first time participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal is to reach 50,000 words in one month and I am presently at 17,000+. If you are thinking of doing it next year, then I recommend that you do most of your prep ahead of time so that you can focus on the writing. I didn't. Now I'm spending more time researching instead of writing. It's fine if I don't get much written, because at least I'm finally doing it. The trick will be to stay motivated and continue writing. I could certainly use a few cheerleaders in my corner, so I invite you to follow along on my journey here on the blog and in my brand new Facebook group!

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Check out today's excerpt below!

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Here is today's sneak peek:

Both the man and dog stood calmly watching her. She scowled from her prone position. He held out his hand to her. That’s when she noticed his long slender fingers and smooth sinewy arm. She was already disadvantaged, so she slapped her hand in his with a huff. He braced himself and, with a strong grip, easily pulled her to her feet. 

Once she was upright, she got a better look at him. His face was angular with no facial hair. He looked mature, possibly hardened by life, but also young. Perhaps he’s in his early twenties, she mused. He wore a blue short-sleeved tunic over brown pants. One item of clothing that stood out was the chestnut-red scarf wrapped around his head.

He looked her up and down, maybe to check if she was alright. She wasn’t sure. “Where are you going?” he asked, using a slow cadence in a pleasing accent. Thankfully, he spoke in Ziglish, the common tongue. She had been forced to study it even though Livanian’s were no longer speaking to outsiders.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Wild Cotton and a Linky


We had a wide selection of wildflowers blooming this spring. Most of them have flowered and are now at the seed spreading or dispersal stage. The wild cotton above is a photo from several weeks ago, and the photos below are of the cotton that we see now. The cotton is super soft.

I am participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and my fantasy story takes place in the Medieval period. I have been learning about the history of cotton, among other things, so it's really neat that we have bushes of it growing in the wild near our house. By the way, our seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere.




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Friday, November 13, 2020

My Writing Journey - Part 2


This November, I embarked on a new journey. It's my first time participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It was spur-of-the-moment, so I'm scrambling to get my prep in and still write those words! The internet has so much information that I'm researching more than writing. The goal with NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in one month. If you manage it, then it's called a win. I'll probably not make it. However, I am reminding myself that I'm still a winner because I will have written more words than if I hadn't attempted it at all. I invite you to follow along on my journey here on the blog and in my brand new Facebook group!

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Below is another snippet from Chapter 1.
You can read the first two paragraphs here.
  

And here's the above paragraph along with the next one:

Myra’s knowledge of plants gave her more freedom than most. Sometimes she needed to replenish their herbs or search for wild mushrooms. That is how she first met Damien. It was springtime and the season for wild mushrooms. The first time she saw him, she thought he was a ghost. He stood so quietly and appeared as if out of nowhere. To ease her fear, he held out his fur cloak, offering her the mushrooms within that he had gathered. That memory still made her smile.

He was taller than her sister, whom she knew was just under six feet. He could pass as a Livanian with his fair complexion, but he spoke her language haltingly and with a strange accent. She liked the sound of his voice. It was rough and had a low timbre. His clothes also marked him as different, the fur being the most obvious. Something she could never figure out was how Damien managed to sneak past their scouts. The Livanians protected their land fiercely, enough to deter outsiders, but not Damien.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Pastel Sky and a Linky


These sunset photos were taken one evening from my balcony. It was a pastel sky of pink clouds and blue sky.

I'm participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Instead of doing my regular book reviews, I'm sharing my writing journey on the blog and in my new Facebook group, C.A. Morley's Wayfinders. I'd love to have you join me!



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Sunday, November 8, 2020

My Writing Journey - Part 1


This November I embarked on a new journey. Just over a week ago, I asked both of my adult daughters if I should participate in this year's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and they gave a resounding yes. Recently, they asked me a couple of times to resurrect a book I began writing for them when Jessica was twelve, which was ten years ago! I read through that incomplete story to refresh my memory two days before November. My goal is to attempt the 50,000-word challenge for this month with all new words. I am already behind, so I don't know if I will manage it. Once NaNoWriMo is finished, I will look for pieces that are worth saving from the original book and incorporate them. I am inviting you to join me on this journey, here on the blog and in my brand new Facebook group!

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Here's a snippet from Chapter 1 -
the first two paragraphs. Enjoy!
  

Here are the first two paragraphs in text format:

Myra knew she was in trouble when she saw Nuala’s irate expression. Myra now stood in the solar, after being summoned. It was their private family sitting room with sleeping quarters attached. Unfortunately, the only family left was her and her sister. Nuala was nineteen, only two years older, but she behaved like their mother. Myra preferred her mother’s chastising over her sister’s, but their mother was no longer alive. Ever since their mother’s passing, Nuala had changed, and so had their relationship. Being the new ruler would do that to someone.

She could guess why she was in trouble. She knew the last time she had secretly met with Damien, someone had seen them as she glimpsed movement and a retreating form. There was nothing that she could do about it now. Squaring back her shoulders, she prepared herself for whatever came next.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Spectacular Sunset Part 2 and a Linky


A few days ago, I grabbed my Canon PowerShot before heading out for an evening walk in the veld (grassland) with my husband and our two dogs. I captured this spectacular sunset and this is Part 2. No filters were added. These pics are straight from the camera.









The Blue Moon on Halloween


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