Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

NaNoWriMo

Just six days left to organize my life so I can churn out those 50,000 words in November. Many of my posts will be short, but I'll still have some great guest bloggers this month. Historical mystery writer Ann Parker will be my guest on Monday.


The Cold Case Squad blog

I'm also making a guest appearance at Joe Giacalone's Cold Case Squad blog on November 3rd where I talk about the crime writer's research into new technology such as Touch DNA to keep their stories up to date. I know, it's so unlike me to do a serious post on writing, but Joe's blog is serious business.


Your Chance to Win a Copy of Peas and Thank You (a vegan cookbook)

Writer friend Carolyn has a wonderful blog about food and artsy-crafty things at Hooked and Happy. Check out her post (with yummy-looking food photos) from yesterday where she offers her followers a chance to win a copy of this well-reviewed cookbook. The giveaway at A Week of Peas and Thank You is open to U.S. residents and will close at 8:00 PM Mountain Time on Monday, October 31st.


The Weather

A big snow was forecast for Colorado, expected to start around 9:00 PM last night and lasting at least into midday today. I'll have some photos for you on Friday. This is a drastic change from temperatures in the 70s and 80s we've enjoyed this fall. But after all, it is Colorado.


My Wine in Progress

I added raspberries and a pound of red wine grapes to my Concord grape harvest and am trying to make my wine without additives or yeast...just a little sugar to help the fermenting along. It will be interesting to see if I get wine or vinegar. I'll keep you posted.


What I'm Reading

I'm finishing up Swedish author Kitty Sewell's excellent novel of psychological suspense, Bloodprint, and will then start the new novel from South African author Dyon Meyer, Trackers. I seem to be reading my way around the world these days.


A to Z April Challenge for 2012

This blogging challenge has grown so fast that it now has its own site for friends of the alphabet called Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. Pop on over and join as a follower if you want to know more about the challenge or subscribe to receive updates.

16 comments:

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! Snow already? It sounds like you are going to be very busy...

irishoma said...

Snow already, my goodness.

Here is Eastern Missouri, yesterday hit the mid-80s, but today we're expecting rain and a temperature drop to the mid-50s. I just hope the weather is clear for the Cards-Rangers World Series game this evening.
Donna

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm sure it'll be snowing here soon, too.

Good luck with NaNo. I'm guessing you won't be the only one with short posts. I bet for some people, the number of posts they write will dwindle for during November, especially near the end. ;)

Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - I give you so much credit for doing NaNo. I know that I certainly couldn't. No way. And thanks, actually, for sharing the progress on your wine; I'll be really interested in how it turns out. Oh, and everything I've heard says that Trackers is terrific - hope you enjoy!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Pat -- Luckily hubby does most of the hard work. I'll just use a broom and work on the trees (after I take a few pictures).

Donna -- I wonder what this storm will look like when it gets to Missouri. Let me know...

Stina, I bet you're right. I'm going to try to write a few posts ahead, but time is running out.

Margot -- Meyer is such a good writer. I'm looking for Brit author Matt Hilton's new book next (to continue my trip around the world).

Carolyn said...

Thanks for the shout-out. I love Peas and Thank You! I've got to say I was pretty good about Vegan cooking, but cheated using "real" cheese and milk sometimes :)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Lurking...lurking...lurking...

Wait. That's a comment. That's against the lurking rules.

Crap-doodle.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Carolyn -- cheese is the main reason I could never be a vegan, even though I enjoy most vegan recipes a lot. Must have cheese...real cheese.

Elspeth -- it's pretty bad to flunk lurking. I'm shocked. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I want snow!!!
Lee will be happy you mentioned the A to Z Challenge blog.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex, we had plenty to share, probably a foot. It's beautiful, but big wet snows do a lot of damage to trees. Part of the neighbor's tree is now in our yard.

Dean K Miller said...

A life well led, written and read. Enjoy Nan!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'll do my best, Dean.

Arlee Bird said...

Alex is right--I'm pleased that you mentioned the new A to Z Blog. Hope to be really organized this year.

I still plan to do NaNo if nothing else interferes.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hey, I wouldn't miss A to Z for anything, Lee, and I try to help spread the word.

I wonder if I'll feel that way about NaNo when November is over. :)

chickdickmysteries.com said...

Patricia,

I'm doing NaNoWriMo too! Hope things go well for you, good luck!

Nancy Lauzon
http://chickdickmysteries.com

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Nancy. I wish you the best with NaNo as well. I've met one young lady who wrote 102,000 words during NaNoWriMo 2010...