Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Good Deal


All Romance eBooks is having a 50% off Earth Day extravaganza. Check it out. Is that a good deal or what? My other books are half off too, except the free ones. Those are still free.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Vintage Monday: Ladies Too


Another Pinterest find: an illustration of sapphic love and amazing coiffure. I can't imagine how long it must take create those hairdos every morning. No wonder people needed servants.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Word: Badinage


badinage |ˌbadnˈä zh |
nounhumorous or witty conversation cultured badinage about art and life.ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from French, from badiner‘to joke,’ from badin ‘fool,’ based on Provençal badar‘gape.’

It's seems like half the English words are French. WTF is up with that? I understand when it comes to culinary terms, because the French are a bunch of hedonists and epicures.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vintage Monday: The Odd Ones


This is one of the more peculiar vintage photos I've discovered on Pinterest. That place is like quicksand for a visual hoarder like myself. It has a wonderfully clean interface, simple but easy to use search, and the option to both link and upload images. When you search one image leads to another till you've killed hours.

I've set up my own boards, covering subjects from food to street art, and I have them for my books too. Being rather visual, I tend to look up pictorial references for all sorts of stuff as I write, even if thing is question only appears for a few lines. Like the steampunk wristwatch that plays minor role in Spirit Sanguine. In the old days I kept the images in folders on my desktop, later in folders within Scrivener. Now I put them on Pinterest too, keeping the board private till the book's release day.

I have no idea how many readers actually look at the images I've put up to illustrate my stories. The Dead in L.A. board has a photo of the lookout spot in Griffith Park where Jon and Leander have a conversation, and the Dead in the Desert one has pictures of the library in the desert where Leander make an important discovery. They are both real places, even if the characters and events are fictional.

Now excuse me, I have important "research" to do.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday Word: Jigger

jigger 1 |ˈjigər|nouna machine or vehicle with a part that rocks or moves back and forth, e.g., a jigsaw.a person who dances a jig.a small fore-and-aft sail set at the stern of a ship.• a small tackle consisting of a double and single block or two single blocks with a rope.a measure or small glass of spirits or wine.dated Golf a metal golf club with a narrow face.used to refer to a thing whose name one does not know or does not wish to mention see them little jiggers?verb [ trans. informalrearrange or tamper with.PHRASESwell, I'll be (or I'm) jiggered used to express one's astonishment.ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (originally a slang word for a door): from the verb jig (the relationship with which is obscure in certain senses).

According to my other dictionary, "I'll be jiggered" is a British expression. I've sure never heard it before yesterday—from Charlie Cochrane.  Brits have the awesomest expressions. I want to steal them all. And sometimes I domy poor editor keeps asking if I'm intentionally making my characters sound British.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Vintage Monday: On the Beach


Cyanotype is a photographic process going back to the 19th century. It's original purpose was to create technical drawings, and as far as I know it is the origin of the "blueprint."

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday Word: Aslant


aslant |əˈslant|adverbat an angle or in a sloping direction some of the paintings hung aslant.prepositionacross at an angle or in a sloping direction rays of light fell aslant a door.

A simple word, yet seldom used.