Sunday Salon: Row 80 3rd round wrap up and Fall Reading

"There is a harmony
In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been!"
-   Percy Bysshe Shelley   

Happy Fall, my darlings!    I just realized it is time to change my header again so will be on the look out for a beautiful fall picture to go with the new season.  So much going on.  6th grade lessons started a couple weeks ago and so far, thumbs up.  James mental math skills have kicked in, plus he and father are getting used to the new science program. A lot more work this year and we are all adjusting to the new schedule. 

The third round of A Round of Words in 80 days has come to an end and I'm happy to say I accomplished my goal of finishing the first draft of Red Thief.  Happy dance!   Going to let it sit on the shelf and rest while I work on editing another WIP3 Eyes in the Ashes.  I started WIP3 during 2009 NaNoWriMo and am ready to get back into it.  Have been reading over the story and realized that I have 3 couples involved in the story and possibly the makings of a series.  So during Round 4 of ROW80 going to be doing some major world building, character workups and outlining and making lots of notes on what have so far.  Also discovered that I never finished typing up the rest of the story.  Once NaNo was over, went back to handwriting the tale and then let it rest. 

I had a wonderful time being a sponsor on this round, providing some encouragement and getting to visit with all the participants.   Speaking of which, check out here how everyone else faired with their goals.   It isn't too late to join in for the last round which will run from October 3rd to December 22nd.  Click here to join in on Round 4.  During the break, I'll be reading and studying up on editing methods and figuring out which works best for me. 

Speaking of reading, it's time for Katrina of Callapidder's Day's  Fall into Reading 2011 casual reading event.  There are a few books on my nightstand that have been calling my name a bit loudly lately that I'm looking forward to reading. 

1.  An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears - a historical art mystery 
2.  Map of Bones by James Rollins - one of his sigma force murder mystery novels
4.  Tenth Stone (A.d. chronicles) by Bodie Thoene - historical biblical
5.  The Priest's Graveyard by Ted Dekker - Thriller
6.  Death comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather - classic
7.  The Snake's Pass by Bram Stoker - Stoker's first novel
8.  Promissory Payback by Laurel Dewey -  mystery and part of the Spread the word initiative.

I'm keeping the list short this year because I'm sure there will be other books that spark my fancy, taking my attention elsewhere.  Speaking of that, I have joined the Spread the Word initiative being led by publisher Lou Aronica and Peter Miller of The Story Plant.
Their authors include Michael Baron, Laurel Dewey, James LePore and Emily Sue Harvey. 
They are still looking for readers to help spread the word about their upcoming titles.  Participants will receive electronics copies free of charge as long as you help spread the word by posting a review at online bookselling sites and sharing your opinion with friends on facebook and twitter.  Email them at if you are interested.

What's on your reading list for fall?

The Sunday


  1. Congrats on finished your book draft. I listened to The Priest's Graveyard earlier this year, think I would have enjoyed it more, had I read it.

  2. Oooh, good list! I'm going to have to add some of those to my own "read someday" list. Stopping by from Caddapillar Days... congrats on finishing the manuscript! I am just trying to get started as a writer (for more than just myself), so I will definitely come back for more! :) Happy reading!

  3. P.S. - I'm glad you haven't changed your header yet... I love that photo and quote about the sea! I'm originally from near the coast of NC, and I miss the ocean practically every day!

  4. I have to admit, I haven't read any of the books on your Fall Into Reading list, but some of them have me intrigued. I've enjoyed many of Dekker's books and didn't realize Priest's Graveyard was out -- off to Amazon to put it on my wishlist! Thanks for being part of Fall Into Reading 2011!

  5. Great reading ahead for you for Fall into Reading. I've read the Cather book. Your mysteries all look good to me.


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