Interesting tidbits, Other, Romance Writing

Fairytales revisited

There's a lesser-known fairy tale than some more familiar ones in which a sweet young girl shares a cake with an old woman she meets at the well. Turns out that the old woman has magic powers (of course she does, it's a fairy tale) and is so grateful for the young woman’s generosity that… Continue reading Fairytales revisited

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Berries are berry confusing

As a writer, I know words are important. I also know that language evolves and words change. Still -- shouldn't a berry be a berry? No matter the year, the century, the country or the language, shouldn't a person be confident knowing that something labled 'berry' is actually what the label says? Nope! Doesn't happen!… Continue reading Berries are berry confusing

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5 fascinating facts about cats.

I've been learning about cats. I've had a cat for eleven years now so you'd think I'd know a bit by now. I did end up making one a major character in my novel, A Very Black Cat. But these strange critters never cease to surprise me. Anyway, I ran across a few cat facts… Continue reading 5 fascinating facts about cats.

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Some flowers are tough! Not mine.

I always thought of flowers as delicate and fragile. And some are. But not all. Some of the loveliest are some of the toughest. Lotus flowers, for instance, begin life in the yucky, muddy bottom of a pond where they struggle until they grow enough to reach the water's surface where they finally have fresh… Continue reading Some flowers are tough! Not mine.

Fun facts, Interesting factoids, Interesting tidbits, Other, The Writing Life

10 facts about you that will make you laugh. Guaranteed.

I saw this list of facts on a minion site and laughed myself silly: 1.You are reading this right now. 2.You realize that is a stupid fact. 4. You didn't notice that I skipped three. 5. You're checking now. 6. You're smiling. 7. You're reading this even though it's stupid. 9. You didn't realize I… Continue reading 10 facts about you that will make you laugh. Guaranteed.

Fun facts, Interesting factoids, Interesting tidbits, Other, Romance Writing, The Writing Life

Royal weddings, oh my! I love cake.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are all set to tie the knot. I love a royal wedding, and I love wedding cake -- okay, I love any and all cake and I have a special love of the kind of bakery cake that is normally used at weddings, don't know why, there's just something about… Continue reading Royal weddings, oh my! I love cake.

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A black cat can rust. Really? Yes, really!

More about black cats: A black cat’s color is genetic. There are three variants of the black fur gene (solid black, cinnamon and brown. If a cat has a solid black hue that overwhelms other gene colors or stripes, heavy exposure to the sun can make the pigment in its fur break down to reveal… Continue reading A black cat can rust. Really? Yes, really!