Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Bits and Pieces

The Blood-Red Pencil

My post on where story ideas come from is up today at The Blood-Red Pencil. I hope you'll stop by and see the oddball ideas that came out of a recent meeting with my local critique group.

Tomorrow's Guest

I'm excited to have Alex J. Cavanaugh here tomorrow as he makes the rounds on his virtual blog book tour. His sci fi novel, CassaStar, is scheduled to release on October 19th. Many of you already know Alex as a blog follower who visits often and regularly leaves comments.

Last Weekend in San Francisco

Just got back from a quick weekend in San Francisco to visit the grandbaby (and her mom and dad, too). Short trips are hard, but being around an energetic and happy 18-month year old made it totally worth the effort.

Writers' Retreat

This weekend I'll be at the annual retreat for members of Northern Colorado Writers. We're taking over the Wagon Wheel Bunkhouse at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Each writer has a private bedroom and many have private baths as well. There's a kitchen and huge community room for group events. And best of all, we get to eat our breakfasts and dinners in the ranch dining room. It's a great getaway with large chunks of enforced quiet time to focus on writing projects. I'm looking forward to getting a lot done.

What I'm Reading

I'm finishing up those two books I need to review. Next up is a mystery for fun: The Koala of Death, the second book in Betty Webb's new Gunn Zoo series.

And the Most Annoying Thing Ever

I built my website with Yahoo's SiteBuilder. All of a sudden, SiteBuilder will not let me save changes to the pages or publish changes to the site. The next step will be to go into the site's file manager and see if it will let me make changes there. Unfortunately, I first have to remember how to do that since I've been relying on the (formerly) user friendly SiteBuilder so long.

This is not a good week for the computer devils to strike.


Ann Best said...

I'm planning to read Alex's book.

Sounds like you should have a wonderful/productive weekend!!

Computer devils: they're frustrating.

Your bits and pieces are always so informative. I'm now heading to the Blood Red Pencil.

Mary said...

With all of this, will you be awake for the retreat? LOL

Ann Best said...

p.s. I just posted a comment on Blood Red Pencil.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patricia - You are busy! I hope you will have a wonderful time at the retreat. to BRP to read your post...

Patricia Stoltey said...

LOL...Mary, I've been wondering the same thing.

Thanks for hopping on over to The Blood-Red Pencil and leaving comments. Ways to generate new ideas is always a fun topic.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Have fun at the retreat! And with your reading--I've heard good things about "Koala of Death."

Terry Odell said...

Sounds like you're one busy lady. The scariest task you've listed is dealing with Yahoo. I've been going around with them about their email system. Critical emails from my agent are getting refused, and there's no way the user can white list anyone. Stupid? I think so.

Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

irishoma said...

Hi Patricia,
I'll pop on over the the Blood Red Pencil. There's always something new and exciting there. And the writer's retreat sounds like fun!
Donna Volkenannt

KK Brees said...

Sounds like you'll have a great and well-deserved writing time at the retreat. Thanks again for sharing my info on the blog, Patricia.

Kay Theodoratus said...

I'm wondering if Yahoo site builder had already changed when I tried to use it. Good luck in getting your changes made.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Your writing retreat sounds wonderful - I'm envious! However, I am not envious of your tussles with computer devils. Perhaps cloves of garlic around your computer would help. Yes, I know that's vampires, but you never know!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I just realized I have a different version of SiteBuilder on my laptop. Perhaps if I try to do the updates there...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ann, thanks!

Looking foward to tomorrow, Patricia.

Alex - Blogging Ninja!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a fun visit - 18 month olds are so much fun!!! :) Good luck with the site - I'm always terrified when I have to change/fix/update anything!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Looking forward to Alex's interview.
I love SanFransico went there 2 years ago and hope to return some day,
Loved your bits and pieces post.

Clarissa Draper said...

Sounds like a great line-up.