Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday Potpourri

Tomorrow's Guest

Author of steamy hot romance (and a bit of erotica under a pseudonym) Thea Hutcheson is this week's Thursday guest. Her post is about fleshing out scenes in your writing. No. the post is not about sex. Sorry! :)

The Lightfoot Chronicles

Northern Colorado mystery author Cricket McRae of the Home Crafting mysteries launches her new series as Bailey Cates in May. The dual author/series website has links to the Hearth Cricket blog as well as the newly launched The Lightfoot Chronicles blog.

"Welcome new witch and professional baker Katie Lightfoot as she shares her lessons in magic and hedgewitchery, herbal craft, baking and the South."

The first book in the new series is Brownies and Broomsticks, already available at online booksellers for pre-order. Cricket....I mean Bailey.....will be my guest blogger on May 31st.

Favorite Tweet of the Week

From @SusanSpann (California attorney and mystery writer): "I am raising a geek. I asked my son if he finished his homework, and he looked at me and said 'Error 404...Homework not found.'"

My Interview with Terri Bischoff at Chiseled in Rock

Terri is the acquisitions editor for Midnight Ink, publisher of crime literature in most sub-genres. If you didn't catch this interview yesterday, here's the link.

Five Star Publishing is on Facebook

Here's a great place to learn about new mystery releases from Five Star. It's worth a visit just to scroll through the gorgeous cover art, so drop by and "Like" the Facebook page.

25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic

This excellent blog post is at My Name is Not Bob, Robert Lee Brewer's blog.

What I'm Reading

I'm just finishing up Tilt-A-Whirl, the first mystery in the John Ceepak series by Chris Grabenstein. I liked it a lot, so I'm jumping straight into the second book in the series, which I think is called Mad Mouse.

Facebook's Timeline Roll Out

If you're on Facebook, everything you wanted to know about the Timeline Roll Out (or should know about it, whether you want to or not) is in this post from Mashable.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

I think I'm tired of winter, even though the weather has been relatively mild. The truth is, I'm missing color in my days. There have been a few spectacular sunrises, or so I hear, but I wasn't up early enough to see them. I'm putting this flower here just to cheer me up:

There. Now I feel better.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - That lovely 'photo would make anyone's day better! Thanks for sharing it. I had to laugh at that wonderful tweet. What a great response to the eternal homework question. Thanks for the news about Cricket McRae, and I'm looking forward to Thea Hutcheson's visit tomorrow.

Cat Woods said...

So much wonderful information. Can't wait to check out Cricket McRae's new series.

Also, thanks for the pic. It warmed my heart on this white morning to see the vibrant splash of color.


Chris Grabenstein said...

H! Glad you enjoyed TILT A WHIRL, The second book in the series is, indeed, MAD MOUSE...altho more than one review called it MAD HOUSE...

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Margot -- I thought that tweet was priceless.

Good morning, Cat. We don't even have any snow on the ground at the moment, so it's sort of brownish/greyish around here. I did notice my crocuses and daffodils have peeked through the ground. A tiny bit of green helps.

Hi Chris. Welcome! Calling book #2 "Mad House" makes me want to read it even more. Chapter One and I have a date for later this evening. :)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

There are few things more cheery than a yellow flower - thanks for posting the picture, Pat!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Elspeth -- I passed a shop this morning that made me stop and window shop -- gorgeous bouquets of silk flowers in vivid colors. Very nice (especially since I'm allergic and can't keep most real flowers in the house).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like her son's response!
And more blog traffic? Now you're scaring me...

Dean K Miller said...

Love the Wednesday goulash you serve up each week. Notes taken, blogs to visit..back to finish a poem.

If I could icon-draw a flower for you I would...

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Patricia Stoltey said...

Alex, my dear, if you get any more blog traffic than you already have, there won't be any left for the rest of us (at least those of us who don't have 4-6 hours to spend blog-hopping unless we give up sleep). :)

Dean, what a sweet thought. Thank you. BTW, my grandmother used to make something she called goulash but was really a macaroni/tomato sauce/onion/ground beef/green pepper meal in a frying pan that I still make and enjoy to this day. I wish I'd thought of that before I changed Wednesday Scramble to Wednesday Potpourri. Goulash is so much more me than potpourri. :)