Nature’s answer to Christmas
Merry Christmas to you and all your family, Sarah. Hope it’s spectacular!
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Thank you, Leigh 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family, too. I think that “spectacular” sounds a bit exhausting, so will be opting for “peaceful” instead!
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Loveliness Sara. Happy Holidays from Chilie!
Thank you, Cindy 🙂 I never know where you will be next in the world! Sorry I’ve been a bit neglectful of late, visiting your lovely blog. I will be doing a big catch up before 2018 hits us. Wishing you happy holidays, too.
And a very Merry Christmas to you, dear friend. Blessings always!
Ditto to merriness and blessings, my dear friend 🙂
So simple, yet so beautiful 🙂
I’m so glad you liked it 🙂 And thank you for following my blog.
You’re welcome 🙂
Love this Sarah – the image of the bauble is inspired.
Thank you, Andrea 🙂 I love all the variations of sunrise, with not one of them exactly the same as another. I thought the sun looked most extraordinary at that moment I caught it on camera in this picture. A few seconds later, it was swallowed up by cloud!
Merry Christmas my special Sarah
Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you, too, my special Shey 🙂 By the way, I did review “Splendor” on Goodreads & Amazon the other day, but have only just got around to telling you! Its not a long review, as I’m sort of trying to squeeze three days into every one day at the moment, plus fighting for writing time. But I did love the novel, so had to spin off a speedy few lines praising it and awarding it 5-stars, of course xxxx https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2150117789
Sarah, I just read and…thank you THANK YOU. I did want to write about a pair no-one else would love except the other, which is apity cos they are basically good people. And I LOVE this review. I especially love that you would not normally read this genre, cos how I ever ended up writing it is a story in itself xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sarah, thank you xxxxxx
I’ll be fascinated to hear the story of you writing in this genre. I’ve meant to ask you for ages… were you ever signed up to the Litopia Writing Colony several years back, before it was revamped? It’s just that you seem to know a few of the same people as me online and some of them were members of the colony, plus they write roughly in the same genre as you — I say, “roughly”, as your writing is rather unique! I’ve had such a strange experience with NaNoWriMo, where my literary Muse transformed my latest novel into something so different from the one I set out to write. It has got me so excited 🙂 I’m so pleased to have made you happy with my review, Shey 🙂 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I was never with Litopia but my first publishers were Etopia and a number of folks there were members. I ‘ve just met folks online. I’m smiling at what you say re what you have written is so different from what you set out to write. Hoping to do a blog post on that in the New Year, so I always find that plotless and all as I start, I sort of think, this book will be like this and it NEVER IS! I always liked to write historical fiction but with a group of characters against a certain backdrop and that is my first love and what I would love to write but like that you get all this guff about not having a lot of characters etc etc. So I thought what about romance cos you can get in a door with that? I mean I had not got a clue but I had a nosey over it all, started writing what much, much later became Loving Lady Lazuli….the idea anyway of a woman starting again and running into the one man who can identify her. Anyway I subbed the first 3 chaps quite high up the tree. Start big you know. And they were interested but my fear was not about rejection, it was about being accepted for something I really couldn’t stand writing, that really wasn’t me, cos it’s not. So I put that story aside and went again, this time writing romance but my way if you know what I mean. A way I could stomach. My voice. My kind of characters. So when I read a review like yours you have no idea how happy it makes me and how much it means. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I’m a real pantser when it comes to writing and always think up my main characters first, which is why my initial synopsis on NaNoWriMo was only about the characters, with nothing about the plot or the setting. I am about to write a “proper” synopsis now to replace the original, so I can update my book’s details before signing up for Camp NaNoWriMo. And I have come up with a new one-word title, which I love and hasn’t been taken by anybody yet, other than for a poetry anthology published in 1980.
About romance, I love it that your characters are flawed, quirky, and a bit impossible. Mine are mostly like that, too. I also love it that you manage to make your sex scenes really erotic without getting explicit. Some authors cannot write sex scenes and should avoid doing so at all costs. Once, at a writers’ meeting, I had to sit through someone’s reading of a so-called “erotic sex scene” they had penned, and it was excruciatingly bad, with the mention of certain body parts as named in a biology book or sex education classes at school!
I used to know an author who is quite famous now because he switched genre. His old publisher used to insist that a sex scene was thrown in somewhere in his books and would complain if there wasn’t one. Such scenes written by authors who are reluctant to do so, always come over as tacked on.
But you are a natural, Shey 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aw Sarah…Firstly I am going to myself,….I wonder what one word she has got for a title. And I can’t wait to see it with your entry. Also, I am a pantser. I get a wee idea for the opening scene and that is it. Then I wonder what world I can set this in…the world of time travel, piracy, whatever. That’s it. Total torture. I am then teasing out what kind of person is in this mess etc. what are they doing about it. So I can get to 85 thou words and I still don’t know what is coming next. re sex scenes? Personally I don’t like writing them and I won’t write them for the sake of it. I know a lot of folks who get told like that man to get more scenes, when we’re none of us performing seals. If you are not comfortable writing them that comes right over. I know one writer friend, an older lady who thought she’d give it ago under a diff pen name and truly hated it and you could see that. Now she has retired that pen name. I don’t use explicit words because we don’t think in these explicit body part terms now do we, when we are in the middle of things? Also I try to use the scene for a specific reason. I’m thinking for example what is different here for a hero or heroine who has been round the block, or who hasn’t. With Splendor I wanted it to be something quite ordinary really but sincere for him because she’s not experienced, but he’d forgotten what that was like, if indeed he ever knew that to begin with. So he it’s in his head, chipping away. Thank you for your comment Sarah. I truly treasure it xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
You know, Shey, I once tried writing a Black Lace novel, but gave up after two chapters. There’s only so much a person can write about sex. If I’d got stuck writing stuff for that imprint, I might have ended up booking myself into a nunnery, just for a rest from the subject! There’s no sex in my latest novel, but two of my characters might decide to vent their passion for each other when they get the chance. At the moment, he’s been imprisoned by the main baddy and she’s doing her amateur sleuth bit, so no chance of getting it together with him just now…
I like to write scenes of passion from the psychological viewpoint within the context of the setting, so it’s both cerebral and sensual — which, I think, is what you do.
Anyway, Happy Christmas Eve to you, which is where I’m at this minute. I’m off to sing at the Grand Hotel shortly, so no chance of doing any writing. I hope your oven door stays on this year, Shey, and your wonderful planned feast goes well. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Well, my oven door stayed on but my kitchen sink is blocked, last week we already had the broken loo flush push button handle repaired, and then I had to take the Mr to out of ours NHS 24 yesterday. But smiling…smiling. Know what? You are spot on about writing about sex. There is only so much you can write. Have a wonderful Christmas Sarah and good luck with your writing xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Try pouring about five kettles’ worth of boiling water down the sink. Also, using a kitchen cloth like a plunger can work! And no pouring fat down that sink. I always pour my fat into an old ice-ream tub and dispose of it in the bin. …Right, I’m really signing out now, as Mister will be collecting me soon and I’ll be in trouble for not having my coat on, ready to go. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I never pour fat down the sink cos we have the upper half of a house and the sink has obviously been moved from it would have originally have been. We had probs in the last house where the sink had been moved and the pipe ran straight under the floor. Anyway, we are going to tackle this today with the boiling water and the cloths and the plunger xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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