Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday Meanderings - February 9th

First Meandering ...

I'm working on a ghost story, believe it or not. I don't do horror, so it's not going to be too scary. It involves a castle. Now I really a want to go back to Ireland. That place gives Yanks a whole new feel for what's "old".

For example. This is a picture I took during my Ireland trip a few years ago. This is the outside of Ross Errilly Friary. It was abandoned only a few years after Columbus "discovered" America.

Abandoned.

Yeah, those Irish built things to last.








Here's a shot from the inside.












Second Meandering ...

Got to attend a book signing by Michael Jensen and David Powers King for Woven (I'll be reviewing it on Friday).

It was a hard week last week. I look really tired. lol

I'm standing next to the awesome Michelle Argyle who is not only a wonderful author but designs my book covers (as Melissa Williams) as well.


Third Meandering ...

We've been doing some house hunting again. My brother-in-law is visiting for a genealogy conference he and hubby are attending this week (while I'm at LTUE). Later this summer BIL and SIL will be moving here, and we're looking at possible retirement houses. A nice duplex would be lovely, but so often they're just rentals. 

It's frustrating. Everything is so dang expensive. I love this place, but that is one drawback.

Fourth Meandering ...

Out of curiosity, how's your weather been? Ours has been breaking records for warmth. I complained not long ago about wishing it was April. Um, that's just about what we've been getting here.

32 comments:

  1. That castle is impressive.
    Cool you got to attend David and Michael's book signing.
    And we were really cold. Now we're in the upper 60's. Go figure.

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    1. I know, right? Yeah, they did a Q&A and a reading. It was a lot of fun to finally meet Michael.

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  2. I wish I had some castle ruins in my yard...
    It's been snowing here yesterday, and slush today

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    1. I'd be happy for rain here and snow in the mountains--though we are a mountain valley here. Our elevation is about 4500 feet above sea level.

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  3. That is one heck of a building! Built to last, indeed.

    Our weather has been running between cold and colder. We just got another 5" or so of snow yesterday/last night with more coming. My driveway is getting narrower with each snowfall!

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    1. We had a winter like that the first one we were here. Brrr

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  4. I'm writing a ghost story, too. Isn't it fun? Nice picture of the book signing. Could you send some of that warmth to Boston? We're currently in the middle of snowstorm #3. In the last two weeks we'll have reached 5 feet total snow. Oh, my aching back!

    Have fun at the LTUE!

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    1. *hugs* I think it's ironic that the full-novel critique I'm doing happens to have a ghost too!

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  5. Awesome you got to go to David's and Michael's book signing. And hope you get to Ireland. Good luck with the house hunting.

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    1. I was only barely thinking basic plot for Safe Harbors #4 when I made my first visit to Ireland. I really want to go again though. Research, right?

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  6. Florida weather, sunny and chilly. Good meanderings. I'd opt for a travel trailer.

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    1. Hard to get the travel trailer across the pond though. ;)

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  7. Cold as can be at our sea. Wow, they really made them to last indeed

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    1. I guess I should quit complaining about wishing winter gone. It was only really here for about a month.

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  8. Oh, I love ghost stories -- and the kind that are NOT horror stories, so I'm rooting for yours. And that castle looks like an ideal setting. (How I would love to go to Ireland!)

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    1. Yes. Not all ghost stories are scary. Well, horribly scary, anyway.

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  9. I'd be delighted to roam the grounds and within of Ross Errilly Friary!

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    1. There were fields all around with flocks of sheep.

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  10. You can't beat British and Irish history.

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  11. Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you. And a ghost in that castle will definitely work.

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    1. The inside was so amazing. It was religious building so the inside has lots graves. They even had a clever way of storing fish for their food.

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  12. Lots of fun. I won a copy of Woven; wish I could get it signed.

    The weather here has been mostly warm; but it rained all weekend. I love the rain. I live in a touristy and farming area, so rainy winters are much needed for summer of all kinds. Plus, I like an excuse to cuddle up with a book in my comfy chair under a blankie.

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    1. I'm game for it to rain down here and snow in the mountains. One ski resort closed for the season yesterday.

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  13. Beautiful pics. I wrote about ghosts for the first time in 52 Likes. I'm glad I pulled it off. I really want to read Woven--I've heard nothing but great things about it. I'm in Miami, so our winters feels like spring.

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    1. True about your winters. It's your summers that are a little tougher. Yeah. I'm picky. :D

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  14. I love that building in Ireland. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see it restored.

    I, also, am hearing great things about Woven.

    If you complained your way into mild weather, get out to Boston. They need help! (Here in Ohio, it's just cold.)

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    1. The East has sure been slammed this winter, hasn't it?

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  15. Ghosts? YIKES! That certainly seems paranormal for you. good luck with it though. It reminds me that I've got to get back to my edits on 'Not Quite Right', it's starting to really bother me that I've let it sit for so long.

    Weather, what weather? We had one day of winter and it's been springlike ever since Christmas and that's in the High Sierras. The water conditions are looking pretty grim for this summer round abouts here and I'm sure it will be worse in California.

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    1. Yes, you need to work on your ghost story again!

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