The Celtic Cross Spread: Cutting to the Chase

•January 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Music Monday and Jim Morrison

•August 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

The Lizard King Himself…

Music Monday and Jim Morrison.

The Celtic Knot by Shannon MacLeod @TheMacLeod #Romance #Suspense #bookreview

•August 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A wonderful review for The Celtic Knot: Suit of Cups

– check it out here:

The Celtic Knot by Shannon MacLeod @TheMacLeod #Romance #Suspense #bookreview.

Music Monday and Robert Johnson

•August 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Music Monday and Robert Johnson.

We write because _______________

•August 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Blog Event

Join Marie Lavender and a whole bunch of super talented writers (and me) for the 250th Anniversary today…it’s happening right now…find your new favorite author here!

Why Do I Write? Find out here…8/7/2015

•July 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Blog Event

Cover Reveal – A SNAKE IN PARADISE – My #LeiCrimeKW novella

•March 21, 2015 • 1 Comment

Oooooh….Snakey. 🙂

Cover Reveal – A SNAKE IN PARADISE – My #LeiCrimeKW novella.

On the Subject of Self-Editing

•February 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

This is a most excellent article by the Truly Fab Eden Baylee!

I am a writer and a reader. On occasion, I am a reviewer, but one thing I can never be is an editor of my own work. Given that, I’d like to speak about self-editing, the important process I do before I hand off my manuscript to a professional editor.

Even if you are an indie writer who does not use a professional editor for whatever reason, I hope the following information will be helpful for you.


Many writers hire two types of editors, and the same person can be both in some cases.

Content Editor – looks at the big picture: plot, characterization, voice, and setting.

Copy Editor – specializes in grammar, punctuation, fact-checking, spelling, and formatting.

The reason I self-edit is to provide my editor with the best possible draft of my work, free of: typos; grammatical errors; plot holes; etc., but I know that even with the…

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Thinking Magically™ | How to Have Made-to-Order Magic in No Time

•February 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Wonderful post – please read:


The crucial discovery was made that,
in order to become painting,
the universe seen by the artist had to
become a private one created by himself.
– Andre Malraux

I’ve always loved the word bespoke. It’s the British term for “made to order.” When you have something that is custom-made it is bespoke. The word literally means “to speak for something.” Another way of saying this might be reflected in a passage from Matthew — “ask and it shall be given to you.”

Now imagine that word applied to the world of magic.

Tailor-made magic matters

Bespoke magic!

Would you have it any other way? You don’t want your uniqueness to be reduced to what is common or off-the-shelf.

How your magic is interpreted, accepted, and recognized by . . . you . . . are perhaps the most influential parts of…

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•January 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Good, simple, filling 🙂

Outlandish Recipes

A frequent breakfast for most people in Scotland is porridge (parritch, oatmeal). This dish hasn’t changed much in the years since it’s arrival in human diet. Today, you can add flavours and seasonings to your porridge, but here is the basic recipe as eaten by most of the Scotsmen in the Outlander novels.

Scottish Parritch

One pint (half litre) water or milk
2.5 ounces (2.5 rounded tablespoons) medium-ground oats
Pinch of salt

Bring the water to a rolling boil. Slowly pour in the oatmeal, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon (in a clockwise manner). Keep stirring until the mixture begins to boil and reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer very gently for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the salt and simmer and stir for a further 5-10 minutes. It should be a thick but pourable consistency. (Serve in wooden bowls with double cream

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