Thursday’s Walk on the blog side… & Talking about the book…

Today’s Walk is a stroll around the grounds of Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. This was home to Robert Dudley, a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I. The photo is from my 2010 trip to the UK. Don’t you love the angle of the shot?

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

BLOG HIGHLIGHTS & MORE

The Hobbit – a new trailer! Are you excited? I am.

From Bottledworder: Six ways to become a more productive writer
On stress, mapping your writing persona, exploring, realistic goals, “good enough,”  & distance. Do you do any of the things he suggests?

Dean Wesley Smith talks about The New World of Publishing: Pricing 2013
Food for thought as I prepare my novel for its December debut.

Good advice from Nathan M. Farrugia: “Don’t let your plot hinge on the stupidity of your characters.”–from an interview on Chuck Wendig’s blog.

And something new this week!!

Talking About the Book
Valknut: The Binding

A tidbit about the author: Marie Loughin is a statistical consultant and was into online journals before it was cool as an editor for E-scape, a speculative fiction journal. She curls.

The scene that made you laugh out loud: Laugh? I know there were some scenes that made me laugh, but who needs laughs when you’re holding on to the seat of your pants on a roller coaster ride, with unexpected twists and turns?

This line did make me chuckle: “The small print on the welcome sign didn’t help: 40% Discount with Parole Card.”  Now you have to admit you’re intrigued, right? (Click on the book for the link to Amazon & Marie’s world of Norse Gods, hobos, & a young woman’s quest to find her father.)

The place where you wanted to throw the book across the room: I can’t tell you that because it would be a huge spoiler. Let’s just say somebody dies, and it’s just NOT right. Okay, okay. Marie needed to do it for the plot. But that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

A memorable line: “There are easier ways to kill me. I might even cooperate, as long as I don’t have to go through that again.”–Lennie Cook

A quote from someone about the topic of the book: As one reviewer writes, “Did I mention bad-ass hobos?” And another: “Yellow doesn’t just mean sunshine anymore!”

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