Wednesday, August 30, 2006

An evening post...

Sorry I went AWOL like that - things were kinda busy this week, between more workouts, contest judging, house-cleaning and other assorted chores.

The judging is almost completely done now - I just have to fill in one more scoresheet and doublecheck my addition on the others and I should be all finished :-) Right in time for the long weekend.

Only downside is I've really done no work on my own mss this week *deep sigh*, but that can't be helped. But at the library yesterday I did find some interesting research info that will be helpful for WTHB, so it's not a completely lost cause and I know the stories are there in the background, with my subconscious working away on it.

We're having another family weekend for Labour Day - should be fun :-) How 'bout everyone else? Any big plans for the last long weekend of the summer?


Currently Reading: August 06 issue of The Writer Magazine
Link of the Day: 17th Century : 1000s of Links - found in Margaret Evans Porter's Sidebar

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Family reunion...

We spent yesterday in Vancouver at a family reunion. One of Sean’s aunts couldn’t make it to the wedding in June, so when we heard they’d be in town yesterday, there was no question of us not going to see them. Plus, Sean’s other uncle and aunt had recently bought a new house and offered to host and the rest of the family was able to make it too. So off we went on the late morning ferry.

By mid-afternoon we were out on the patio, enjoying beer and snacks and watching Sean’s cousins (two little girls) play in the huge garden. A while later Sean’s brother, his bride and our niece arrived, so there were now three little blonde girls running around and having fun. They picked tomatoes and served them to everyone before eating their own dinner a while later. We also looked through some old family picture albums. You can imagine how the historian in me loved that

The weather was just perfect – sunny and about 25º C. Absolutely perfect. There was even birthday cake in honour of those celebrating in August/September. And nothing tops off a beautiful summer bbq than birthday cake All in all a wonderful day.

By 9:30 we were back at Horseshoe Bay waiting for the ferry to take us home. We were all pretty tuckered about by the time we rolled up to the house but pretty happy with the day spent in town.

Needless to say, our girls were pretty happy to see us – meowing and rolling over for tummy rubs as soon as we walked in the door.

Today, though, I’m feeling very lazy and trying to convince myself to go to the gym. Not sure it’s going to work, especially as Sean wants to go there tomorrow morning. OTOH, I did eat two pieces of that yummy cake…


Currently Reading: I finished Undomestic Goddess on the ferry last night - great book!

Link of the Day: Sophie Kinsella’s Website

Now playing: Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing

Friday, August 25, 2006

Yet more time at the gym...

Yep, I'm trying to establish a routine, so am forcing myself to go as frequently as possible. That's always been a problem for me with everything, not just exercising. I start off with enthusiasm, then slack off. It's why I make myself write as often as possible. Interestingly enough, Margaret Moore recently blogged about writing every day, and how for some people it's an absolutely unbreakable rule. She has her own thoughts on this, and they pretty much echo mine.

Yesterday I spent much of my work time on those contest entries. I'm on the third one now and it has lots of problems, so I'm going through and picking out a few main ones, rather than just overloading the writer with tons of critique. I just hope what I'm saying proves helpful. In all of these entries, the writers use a lot of dialect. I mean, a lot. I haven't said anything in the ms itself, but will include something on the scoresheet about this - rather than just adding flavour, the dialect is slowing down my reading. Which is a shame. I'm not one who says there should be NO dialect, I just believe one should find a good balance.

Needless to say, I didn't get any work done on my own mss, but there's time enough for that. I'm still researching agents and looking at various query letters authors/agents have made available online. Not that I have a huge issue with my own, I just like to see what's out there and maybe pick up a tip or two.

On the reading front, I'm almost finished Undomestic Goddess. It's a great read - can hardly wait to get back to it, but as we're going to a bbq this evening, I may not get to it till tomorrow or Sunday. SK's pacing is amazing - she just keeps me flipping those pages! And I love her characters :-)

Anyway, I'll stop chattering now (it's the grande latte kicking in *g*) and wish you all a very happy weekend!


Currently Reading: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Link of the Day: Charlotte Dillon's Links for Writers

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Yep, I had another bout last night. On a bright note, though, I did get much further into The Undomestic Goddess, which I'm really enjoying :-) The story is fun and moves along well and, most of all, Samantha, the heroine, actually learns something. Though when I was thinking about it after crawling back into bed around 5am, she doesn't seem to have an overall story goal. Lots of little ones, but not one main external goal. But that doesn't seem to affect the story. Interesting.

Yesterday I managed to finish doing the in-manuscript comments on one of the contests entries. 1 down, 3 to go. I'm going to push forward with those today - the sooner I get them finished, the faster I can get back to concentrating on my mss without worrying about the contest deadline for judges.

Kelly was talking today about her Real Age, so I went and took the test too. Turns out I'm 33.8 :-) That makes me feel MUCH better. Not that I've stressed too much over the big 4-0, but OTOH, if really I'm only 33.... *g*

Well, that's about it for today. Must get on with those entries before my sleep-deprivations catches up with me.


Currently Reading: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Link of the Day: Essays - Europe: 1715-1799

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Back from the gym

Yep, we headed off there early this morning so Sean could fit a workout in before going to work. Other than me forgetting the combination to my new lock and having to call my m-i-l for help (fortunately I'd left the numbers somewhere I could direct her to easily) and then later scraping my knee on the console of the recumbent bike, things went pretty well. Of course, I still think my fave part was hitting the Starbucks afterwards *g*.

Thanks for all the sympathy. I know y'all know how it feels. And at least we have lots of photos of him doing cute things to remember him by :-)

In writing news, I made those changes to the last two scenes of WTHR and sent them off to my friend. And I found a fun meme through my friends page on my LJ the other day and posted it there. If you're interested, hop on over to see it.

On today's agenda is the judging I need to finish up and some more work on my query letter.

See y'all tomorrow :-)


Currently Reading: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Link of the Day: Spartacus Educational site (lots of history)

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Another busy day...

but I've started off well, having already emailed out those interview questions. So I can tick at least one thing off my list. Two, in fact, as I've already printed out a cheque the company needed to pay and it's now in an envelope, addressed and waiting for a stamp. So really, I'm moving along pretty quickly here, especially considering I was awake for almost two hours during the night.

A friend of mine called yesterday and we chatted about the end of WTHR and she agreed with me on the minor change I want to make. And as she did one of the most in-depth critiques of it, I trust her judgement. So once I'm done with today's errands, I'm going to tweak those final two scenes to reflect the change. It's so great to have a good friend and fellow writer to hash these things out with :-)

I'm also working on that query letter and have narrowed down my list of target agents.

As for my contemporary idea, I'm playing with another couple of ideas for my heroine and where she ends up and what she does. Don't want to talk about it too much right now, though. Still, it's been a fascinating process, working with someone from the current day.

But what I really want to do is get back to Henri and Madeleine's story. I'm hoping my story percolator has kept on working while I've had them on the back burner and that I'll find lots of new stuff waiting for me when I rejoin them.

So that's my report for today. It's a sad day too, marking as it does, one year since our beloved cat George crossed the Rainbow Bridge.


Link of the day: Canadian Branch of the Richard III Society

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Responding to comments...

Janie asked:
Where do you put your interviews and book reviews. I found one at Romance Central.

The majority end up in The Historical Novels Review and Solander, both of which are publications of The Historical Novel Society, while a few can be found in back issues of various publications from The Richard III Society.

The interview tomorrow will result in an article for the November issue of the HNR.

Gabrielle said:
I'm so with you about reducing the number of chemicals in your system wherever possible. Have you seen Of course, you can't try things online but it'll give you an idea whatc ompanies are out there so you can track them down. I thoroughly recommend Kiss My Face (esp. their lavender lotion--it *really* smells like lavender--and their deodorants.)

Thanks for the reccies, Gabrielle - I'll check out that site :-) And look for the KMF lavender lotion. I love lavender.

Melissa said:
I'm one of those gals who rarely wears make-up. If I'm going out or feel like I need a little boost, I'll put some on. Otherwise, I'm all about being natural (and I HATE washing it off at night!).

Don't get me wrong, I don't tend to wear a lot - if I'm going out during the day, I might throw on some mascara, lipgloss and a little powder, and in the evening add some eye shadow. But I do it often enough I want to make it as natural as possible.

Rene said:
I don't wear much makeup. I do put plenty of chemicals in my body usually in the form of alcohol.

LOL - I'm guilty of the latter as well *g*.

It's really busy here today, so the rest of my post will be short. The neighbours are home - we sat around the fire and chatted for hours last night. It was a beautiful evening, without even that many bugs!!

I have errands to run a little later, but this afternoon I have to sit down and put down onto the screen the questions for the author of the book I read. They've been going through my mind since I finished the book on Saturday night. It would be nice to see her in person, so I could talk to her and record it, but email is also great, cause this way I don't risk misquoting her. I discovered that can be an issue when I recorded an interview with Sandra Gulland a few years ago - I ended up emailing with her just to make sure what I heard on the tape was what she'd said.

Must dash - hope you're all having lovely weather :-)


Link of the day: Jen Holling's Blog

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Teresa and Sean's instant menagerie!

Well, only for the weekend. My in-laws are away, as are our neighbours, so we're holding down the fort, so to speak. Hence my avatar standing outside with the dog.

In our care are 8 chickens, 5 cats (our 2, + neighbours' 3) 3 llamas and 1 dog. They're all fairly low maintenance, though and all lovely animals, so I'm quite enjoying looking after them :-)

We did take a quick trip into Vancouver yesterday, so Sean could get parts for the motorcycle - it was a glorious day and traffic was good, so we were able to get where we wanted and return on the 6:20 ferry with no hassles. I'd been to a book sale first thing in the morning and found three great books - watch my LibraryThing widget for details. LT is down right now, so I can't add the books yet.

We stopped at Whole Foods on the way back to the ferry and I discovered there's natural make-up sold there. Yay!! I've been trying to reduce the number of chemicals in my system, so have been looking for more natural cosmetics. There are places on line like, but I'd rather be able to see the colours and test them on my skin before buying.

And sitting in the ferry line-up allowed me to make great progress on the book I'm reading, so much so, that by last night I finished it :-) So I now have a couple of days to think about what I read before doing the interview.

That's about it for me for today. Happy Sunday, everyone. We're sticking close to the ranch today - lots of little chores to do.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Reworking that synopsis...

has proven an interesting exercise, as I haven't really read it since last November, just before sending off my GH entry. Parts of it are really good, but wow, did I ever have a lot of useless little phrases in it as well. Very annoying. Can't believe I thought it was good at that point. It's now been tightened and seems a lot clearer. I still haven't decided about the new ending, so I've left the old one in place for now.

Yesterday I had a great session at the gym. The trainer showed me hand positions on the weight machines that won't bother my wrists, or recommended other equipment (like the bands or the ball), so I'm going to actually try to keep to the programme, instead of just doing cardio. At my age, I really have to be conscious of muscle tone. I discovered there's one eliptical trainer that looks out onto the highway, which is kinda cool - I can exercise and watch the cars go by :-)

Later at Starbucks, I made some notes on my contemp idea. It's my heroine who is speaking to me, so I'm letting her tell me about herself. Her hero I'll worry about some other time.

Well, I'd best finish off and go do some bookkeeping for the company. Can't let that slide!! The bank accounts won't reconcile themselves, though I sure wish they could *g*.


Currently Reading: Book for research/review
Link of the Day: AlternaTime (links to Chronologies on the web)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Report on yesterday's work...

But first, thanks for the reassurance that I'm not crazy re the contemp story. It hasn't happened since I was a teenager and tried to write a First Love from Silhouette book (I still have the opening chapters of the ms).

As for yesterday, I reworked my long synopsis and brainstormed a different ending to my book. Yep, you heard that right. Something about it has always niggled at me, so I noodled around with some alternatives, playing the "What if..." game. Will bounce the ideas off Sean on the weekend. Do you ever change things like this so late in the process? The alternate ending I settled on (I think) isn't too different from the one that's in place now, but somehow I think it fits better. We'll see.

In other news
Did I mention last week that I'd finally joined a gym here? Well I did. And this morning I'm going for my free training session. Sean and I hope to go at least once every weekend and a couple of times during the week. It will be good to belong to a gym again - we've managed to get a fair amount of exercise during this glorious BC summer, but know that come autumn, we'll need somewhere indoors to work out. So we're giving this place a try.

And speaking of exercise, I'd best go. Chloe is crying for me to play with her dangle toy and as she's slightly large for her size, I should get her moving. The toy has to stay hidden away as they both love to chew and swallow stuff they shouldn't. Kitty cries getting really loud now. Gotta go!


Currently Reading: Book for research/review
Link of the Day: Selling that Manuscript by Jo Beverley

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Am I crazy?...

I actually have an idea for a story set in the present day. Never thought it would happen, but it just keeps niggling at me. Yeah, like I need ANOTHER story idea! Sheesh. Still, I'm going to play around with it, start a file - record the basics. At least I figure if I get it out of my head and down on paper, it might be safe to leave it till I have more time to actually DO something with it. Who knows?

Still lots going on here, so I'd better get moving :-) Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


Currently Reading: Book for an author interview
Link of the Day: Author Margaret Moore on The Rumour Milll

Monday, August 14, 2006

Family weekend...

Yep, we had a full-on family weekend, including two nights of desserts courtesy of our lovely and talented niece. On Friday she baked scrumptious blackberry tarts and followed those with chocolate zucchini cake on Saturday (with help from Grandma). Below are a couple of shots of her with her cake. My brother-in-law and his lovely bride took on most of dinner on Saturday, serving yummy ribs, hot dogs and green salad, while my mother-in-law contributed an amazing potato salad (with enough leftovers for last night's dinner).



And, in case you're wondering, we did more than eat! Sean and I played tennis with our niece, Sean and his bro helped their dad with some work round the house and we all went swimming on the lake yesterday, along with Sean's aunt and her grand-daughter. And Saturday night, following the rib feast, we lit a campfire, then settled back to watch the Perseid meteor shower before the moon rose too high. Fortunately it was a clear night and we were able to see quite a few spectacular shooting stars before bedtime was declared.

So now it's back to regular life :-) I'm hoping to join in the BIAW over at A Villa in Tuscany later in the week. Today I have some errands to run, including posting the present I found for my god-daughter the other day (two regular books and one book with small jigsaw puzzles.)

Responding to Comments
Kelly - yep, the postal service and Canada Customs aren't tops on my list right now (I'm also still waiting for a mag from the US and my CD of Atlanta workshop handouts from National)

Melissa - LOL. Yep, our weekends are busy. And during the summer I'm just fine with that, especially when family is involved - part of the reason we moved out here is to because our niece is so close by. Come autumn, though, I hope things calm down a bit.

Don't forget to visit the Blog Carnival today, over at Rene's - it's my Link of the Day!!


Currently Reading: Madame de Staël by Maria Fairweather
Link of the Day: This Thing Called Love Blog Carnival over at Rene's

Friday, August 11, 2006

Off shopping...

my god-daughter's birthday is week after next, and given my recent luck with the postal system, I figure I'd best get the gift in the mail on Monday. As we have a busy family weekend coming up, I realized this morning is my best chance to shop. So off I go :-)

Teresa (who STILL didn't receive the book yesterday and finally broke down and ordered it online)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Another quick post, but this one with links...

Our niece is visiting, so I won't be at my desk for a lot of the day, but I figured I'd drop in here, so y'all know my head hasn't yet exploded from the frustration caused by the non-appearance of the book I'm expecting.

I spent a lot of time yesterday finding to find a site I coulda sworn I'd bookmarked. No success. Grrrr.

Then I tried to finish off the last change I want to make in WTHR, only to run into a brick wall. All I want is one more physical reaction from my heroine as the hero holds out a ring to her. Everything I write just sounds so f***** hackneyed, it's driving me round the bend. Yet I know I need something there. I even tried a poll over at my LJ. What do you do when you just can't find the right words? Especially with something like this, where there really are a limited number of ways to describe how someone feels when they see a ring. You catch your breath, your pulse quickens etc. Or maybe I'm over thinking this?

Thanks Kelly!! Great suggestion. It really helped. I went with the following:

Mon dieu, he is proposing. She swallowed hard and tried to keep her voice from squeaking. "It is so beautiful."

I'm still not sure it's perfect, but it's better than before.

Bren - normally I do what you said, but this is pretty much one of the last things I need to do before sending this ms out to someone for a final read-through (though I still haven't found someone who can help me out with this).

This is why I believe in the power of critiquing, though. Sometimes we find ourselves so focussed on something that we can't think laterally, whereas a neutral person will often do just that. Or just speak from their own experience, which is equally valuable :-)

Some links for you:
Loretta Chase's Random Notes
BIAW at A Villa in Tuscany
Writer Unboxed's first Contest
Less is More by Kimbery Logan over at the Jaunty Quills blog
Finding the Joy - thoughts from Claire Delacroix

Have a great day :-)


Currently Reading: The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship and the State (the chapter on travel documents during the French Revolution), by John Torpey

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Why am I frustrated?....

(see my current Punkymood, if you're confused by this subject line)

Because the main book I'm expecting for review and interview, has STILL not arrived. And it was posted, AirMail, from the US almost two weeks ago. Sheesh. I'm really, really annoyed. And frustrated. Our postmistress figures Canada Customs has it. At this point, I'm just about ready to go buy it - it's not like it's a book I wouldn't pay money for anyway.


UPDATE - Wednesday August 9, 06

Still no sign of the book today. Frustration continues. I may end up running into Sechelt later to see if the indie there has it. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.


Check out my LJ for other thoughts 'n stuff.

Quick Tuesday post...

I've lots to do today, and not a lot of time to do it, so I can't spend too long here. And, of course, it's raining. I'd much rather stay home and write, but these things won't get done unless I do them, so I don't have much choice. And if I scoot now, I should still have some time left for that last little bit of work on WTHR when I get home :-)

Yesterday, however, was gorgeous. Sean had fixed up our bicycles on Saturday, so yesterday we put them in the truck and drove until we found a good place to park, then set off on a little ride. Went to a great little village called Roberts Creek and parked our bikes near the beach. I have a gallery of pics set up at livejournal.

Glad you enjoyed my photos from the rest of the weekend. Yes, it is gorgeous up here and we were so lucky to get such great weather too.

However, since you had a pic of Cleo yesterday, you get one of Chloe today:


Currently Reading: Contest entries
Link of the Day: Ottawa Romance Writers' Sweet or Spicy Conference
Bonus link of the day: ORWA president Annette McCleave on Writing Synopses

Monday, August 07, 2006

My weekend in pictures...

Technically, as today's a holiday, it's still the weekend, but I figured I'd post photos from the last few days anyway.

First up is a nice shot of Gibsons, taken last Thursday afternoon:

As I mentioned on Friday, we were planning on going to the Sunshine Coast Wooden Boat Festival - and so we did. Of course, I didn't get to wear a cute mini-skirt like my avatar sported the other day as we went over on the motorcycle, but that was more than ok. I loved the ride. First we had lunch at the pub, then we headed out onto the dock to see the boats:

What turned out to be really cool, was finding a boat built my Sean's great-uncle back in the 1920s. Here's Sean reading all about the boat:

and here he is posing beside it - as you can see, it needs lots of work, but considering its age....

As always, I had to take scenery shots, especially when I noticed this line of geese swimming along just beyond the dock:

On one of the boats, the owner had a collection of old diving equipment, including this diving bell. Yikes! I'm not sure I'd want to get inside it, but it sure was neat to look at:

We wandered around a little more, looking at the scenery:

and then headed home.

Yesterday we got ready for our bbq dinner with the neighbours. Sean was up early to start the steak marinating in his grandad's famous marinade. By late afternoon all was ready, so I went down to the dock with my mother-in-law to watch the family dog swim. Why? Because Tiva has a new life-jacket and actually loves to swim with it on. She's getting on in years and tires easily, so my m-i-l bought her the Outward Hound flotation device. This way she can swim and we don't have to worry about her so much. Here are a few shots of her playing fetch with a piece of wood:

By the time we got back, the neighbours had arrived, along with their cat Axel, who loves to party with us:

We stayed out late - here's the moon just starting to rise:

Here it is in its full glory, with everyone gathered by the campfire:

And, because no picture post is complete without at least one pic of Chloe or Cleo, here's the little one in the laundry basket, snuggling down on Sean's clean t-shirt:

Today we're catching up with other chores and getting ready for a visit later in the week from my brother-in-law and our niece. My new sister-in-law can't make it till Friday, but the others will be up earlier. Now we just have to hope the lovely weather holds!!

Oh, and yeah, I'll get some writing done too *g*.


Currently Reading: Books for research/review
Link of the Day: Jane Porter - A Writer's Perspective: Attitude is Everything

Friday, August 04, 2006

I was pretty certain historicals weren't dead....

but I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking that. Hence my skepticism re the article by Anne Marble. We all know that everything cycles around in this business and the most we can do is write the best book we can and stay true to ourselves.

I made more progress yesterday on my ms. Am about 3/4 of the way through all the little changes etc. Should finish today. Yay. Then I have to find one more person to read through the full. Just to make sure I got them ALL this time. Then I have to look at the synopsis again and rework the query letter. But hopefully, that won't be too bad. After that's, it's off to a couple of agents. I already have a couple picked out, ones I really think would suit. Just have to hope at least one of them thinks so too :-) Then it will be back to Henri and Madeleine and their story.

It's a long weekend here in Canada (except for Quebec). Sean and I don't have any huge plans, though we do want to stop by the Sunshine Coast Wooden Boat Festival over in Sechelt at some point. A childhood friend of his is organizing it this year, plus, it sounds really cool. I LOVE looking at boats, especially wooden ones - very cool. Other than that, I believe he'll play ball hockey on Sunday and there's a good chance we'll do some BBQing for family and neighbours.

Hope everyone has a great weekend :-)


Currently Reading: Books for research/review
Link of the Day: The Domesday Book Online at The National Archives (link courtesy of my friend Lori Alpert)

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Typos and more....

Thanks, everyone, for letting me know I'm not alone on this. I figured I wasn't, but was horrified at some of the bigger oopsies I found - like the half-written sentences, or two versions of the same few paragraphs. Yesterday I got another 50 pages into the corrections/changes. Then became stuck on how to set a certain scene for the villain without going into huge detail. Figured it out last night as I was cleaning up my desk (the cats would scatter the ms if I left it out overnight!)

Rebirth of Historicals?
It's funny, despite the recent commentary by Anne Marble at AAR (normally I don't link to this site as their reviews drive me nuts - see the recent savaging of author Alice Valdal as an example - but for once I'll make an exception), it seems historical romance is on the upswing again. More and more debut historicals are selling, while people who went to the Spotlights in Atlanta report that editors are hungry for stories set in the past. If you write historicals, does this give you hope that our genre is finally on the path back to popularity? Or do you fear it's just an anomaly, a temporary blip?

Research Bonanza
Yesterday I discovered another of the VPL's Electronic Resources. Wait for it....The Times Online. Going all the way back to 1785. Now, I knew this lovely archive existed, I've just never had access before. So imagine my bliss! I spent about an hour there, printed off a couple of things and noted lots of stuff to go back to read in more detail. The British coverage of the French Revolution was pretty amazing!!

I have a ton of errands to run today, so I'd better get moving.


Currently Reading: Books for research/review
Link of the Day: Carolyn Jewel's References and Resources for Writers

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

100 pages in...

Yesterday I managed to get through the first 100 pages of my ms and make the needed changes. Most were minor typos, but there were some spots it appears I forgot to finish sentences. Yep, you read that right. Fortunately those didn't appear in the chapters read by the first round GH judges, but had I finalled, by some fluke, I'd want to crawl under a rock from embarrassment.

How does that happen? I mean, I read that ms over I don't know how many times. But I guess all those edits I did leading up to entering the GH just got away from me. So I vow that the next time I submit an ms, whether to a contest or an agent/editor, I'll triple proof it.

Does this happen to you too? Are you certain you have your ms whipped into shape, only to discover some rather frightening typos/errors/omissions?

Back to the timeline for a moment - I discovered I can only export it to html, not to comma delimited. Well, I can get there, using an html editor, but it takes a while. Still, the expanded version is useful :-)

And now for something completely different

Remember that family wedding I went to a few weeks back? I now have permission to post a few photos. So here they are:

My brother-in-law and wedding party awaiting the bride - doesn't our niece look lovely in her flower girl dress?:

The radiant bride with her father:

Taking their vows:

The bridal party (you can see Sean on the right):

We'll be seeing them next week and hope they'll have some of the official pics with them along with photos they took on their honeymoon.


Currently Reading: Books for research/review
Link of the day: Claire Delacroix on typos

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Update on my hero's timeline...

I've been working on it. And, as it's a companion story, have for now, combined it with that of his sister, my heroine from WTHR. I've done this using the trial version of Timeline Maker Pro. At this point, I can't afford to buy it, but I figured I'd try it out to see if it's worth putting pennies aside for, and it definitely is. And it does allow me to export, so now I've joined the two timelines and added extra stuff, I can maniuplate the info using Excel. Timeline Maker Basic is still great for simple timelines, so I'll keep using it too.

On another topic entirely, I'd like to thank all those who went to National and blogged about it :-) Special kudos to Jude for her Blogging National blog. It's fantastic!! I feel like I didn't miss nearly as much as in previous years when I couldn't make it. Seeing all the photos and reading daily updates was so cool.

Ok, on with the day. I have to head out and do some weeding before I can get on with my ms. Not much fun, but it has to be done or the weeds will take over!!


Currently Reading: books for research/review
Link of the Day: Elizabeth Hoyt's Research Articles