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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and happy tomorrow where ever you may be.  Welcome to my new followers and hi to my loyal readers.  November was a very busy month for me and I wasn't blogging much as you can tell by the lack of posts.

I won National Novel Writing Month by the skin of my teeth with 50,049 words. Eyes in the Ashes is flowing along and I will be going back to look at what I wrote, outline and finish the story.   Halfway through I could tell I needed to go back and expand on the story a bit, include more details and yes, some background to how some of the characters knew each other.  Little details that when mixed in with the rest, added to the mystery and provided clues.

My art history class started the first of November and I had to write a project paper last week as well about an Egyptian work of art.    Reason number one why I did a major push with Nano to get it done early.  Fortunately and surprisingly, we had a copy of an egyptian work of art - The Faience Hippo - sitting in our living room.  You can imagine my surprise when I read about the Hippo in my Art History book.  I had no idea.

I'm excited because I pre-ordered the Barnes and Noble Nook E-reader back when it was first announced and my nook is shipping today.   I'll be sharing pictures and thoughts when it arrives.   I've been perusing B & N's and other ebook sights and am pleased that lovely young woman by the name of Rachel aka Athenagwis, short for Athena Goddess of Wisdom, is hosting a book nook forum called Nookboards.  We've already been discussing a book club, plus I'm hoping someone out in the blogosphere is going to host a e-book reading challenge.  It will give me incentive and help me find more e-books to read.

Speaking of reading challenges, I am working on one of my own called

Mind Voyages

I have enjoyed reading science fiction and fantasy  ever since I was a teenager, many many years ago.    Recently I discovered the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Award web site. I looked at all the winners and nominees and it made my mouth water. So many good books to read and many authors I was already familiar with and some I'm not.   I even have a few of the older books packed away in my closet. It gave me an idea.  At first, I was going to base the challenge on just the Hugo awards. Then as I thought about it some more, I decided to go with a number of quests including the Hugo winners, taking side trips through the decades reading the nominees, two quests featuring Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein.  Plus, since I am the type of person who likes variety will include a discovery quest to read new science fiction and fantasy books.  And for those who want to just dip their toes in the water and choose from the book buffet.  an "I'm giving it all she's got, Captain" quest.   

Plus,  if you have any suggestions for side trips - authors to highlight, web sites to link to or new releases I should be aware of, let me know.    The blog will be going live in the next few days.  Now I just need to figure out what's wrong with Mr. Linky and why he doesn't want to work. 

"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke


  1. YAY for the SciFi/Fantasy challenge! I'll definitely be participating.

    And congrats on the NaNo completion thing too!

  2. I think it is so awesome about you winning !!! I love that hippo!! Gorgeous..I want one! The SciFi/Fantasy Challenge sounds great..have fun with that one!

  3. Congratulations on finishing NaNoWriMo!

    Isn't Egyptian art fascinating? I love it.


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