Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weird Word Wednesday


A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes.

Today's weird word is:


Definition: Fleeting

This seems like such a strange word. I can't imagine ever using it in a sentence without laughing. The definition makes an odd kind of sense if you think of the slang word, fuggedaboutit. Forgetting it = fleeting thought.
What do you think?

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weird Word Wednesday


A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes.

Today's weird word is:


Definition: Smelling like horse urine
I'd like to know why there is a particular word for this phenomena. Wouldn't you sidle up to the person - holding your nose, of course - and say, "Excuse me but you smell like horse piss. Just thought you'd want to know," then run like the wind?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Huzzah and Thank You!

The Realms Faire 2013 is but a fond memory at the bottom of my empty mug of grog but it was a blast! I hope you had time to go visit all the participants.
Next year's Realms Faire is already in the planning. It promises to be even bigger and bolder. If you'd like to participate, please see the page tab at the top and get your medieval-speak on!

And now to announce the winner of the Dragon Hunt.


Congrats to Kristy N.! You've won a $25 GC to Amazon.

Thanks so much to everybody who participated. I hope you found lots of interesting sites as you hunted for those wily dragons.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Welcome to the Realms Faire

Come one, Come all

To the fabulous

Realms Faire

Awesome prizes, multiple sites, hilarious games, many ways to win. Includes a grand prize of a huge book bundle and a Kindle! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter on the Untethered Realms site to enter. Let the games begin!

Dragon Hunt

Find the hidden dragon on each of the following sites and email your findings to:
Put: Dragon Hunt on the subject line of the email.
Each dragon will have a number printed on it. You can copy/paste this list below if you like and put the dragon # next to each one. The winner with the most correct answers gets a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
There are ten dragons total. Find as many as you can. In case of a tie, the names will go into a hat and the winner selected at random. The winner will be announced on this blog on Monday, November 18th.
Good hunting!

Participating Site       Dragon Number

1. Untethered Realms            _____
2. Gwen Gardner                   _____
3. Julie Flanders                    _____
4. Cherie Reich                     _____
5. Angela Brown                   _____
6. Samantha Geary                _____
7. M Pax                                _____
8. Christine Rains                 _____
9. Laura Eno                         _____
10. Ellie Garratt                    _____

Be sure to check out the other participating sites for more Realms Faire fun!


The Realms Faire is Monday, 11/11 through Friday, 11/15. Books, ebooks, jewelry, cds, giftcards, and a Kindle. Enter to win by playing games. Yes, games. Have fun and win!



Dragon Hunt




Collective Performance


Dueling Bards

Dueling Bards

Castle Jumble


Stockade Brigade

Gwen sheriff



Thank You!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

IWSG and Weird Word Wednesday

Today is the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by our favorite ninja, Alex “no hyperlink needed” Cavanaugh. The success of this group is due to the overwhelming support of so many great people – all of you who work tirelessly to help others and give encouragement or a helping hand.

A couple of weeks ago Alex asked "Who's your Hero?" on his blog. My answer:

"Anybody who keeps trying, pushing against the stream. *sounds like salmon is my hero*"

He said I made him laugh! Squee! I made the ninja laugh!

*clears throat*

Anyway, it got me to thinking about salmon.

*holds nose for a closer look*

In a way, I guess I'm serious. Writers do behave an awful lot like salmon. We are trying to spawn a book, swimming upstream against incredible odds and never giving up, no matter what obstacles are in our way. We could do a lot worse than emulating salmon. Except the dying at the end part.

So keep swimming, or trucking, or whatever keeps you writing!

I don't have the regular Weird Word Wednesday definition today. Instead, I have a question for all of you.

Would someone please explain to me why there is an "L" in salmon? Maybe I talk like a valley girl, but I've never heard anybody say that word and sound the L. Of course, I (properly) pronounce the town of La Jolla as "La Hoya" so I discriminate against the letter L anyway.

Anybody know the answer? Anybody feel like having salmon for lunch now?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Diamonds & Dust cover reveal!

I'm so excited to show off the cover for Diamonds & Dust! Yes, I know it's sitting on the left-hand side already. That was a pre-cover reveal...reveal...

Anyway, here's a bigger photo of it, worthy of petting.

The greatest thing about today's announcement, though, is the fact that you can pre-order a copy! Now that is woot-worthy!

Order your copy here:


Barnes & Noble


Amazon and Smashwords aren't set up for indie pre-orders, so you'll have to wait until the release day on Dec 9th. Don't you fret, though. I'll be reminding you. Don't you think I won't. ;)

Friday, November 1, 2013