We know, we didn't give you any warning. The truth is, we, ourselves, didn't realize that we were going to shut down Running With Quills until a couple of days ago. It was one of those sudden, intuitive group decisions and once it had been made we knew we wanted to do it fast, make it clean and move on.
RWQ has been a wonderful adventure for all of us. You -- the fabulous readers who dropped in to visit and chat -- are the reason this blog worked so well for so long. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your warmth and friendship. But as we all know, if there's one thing that's certain about the online world, it is that the only constant is change. Below you'll read some farewell sentiments from each of us and find links to our other online homes.
We wish you all the best of the holiday season and the New Year. And we hope you will visit us elsewhere in Cyberland.
Jayne, Stella, Elizabeth, Kate, Lori, Carla and Susan
Thank you for sharing our Quills space and for sharing yourselves with us. I shall miss you, my flowers, but I hope you'll keep in touch. Please come and find me at:
It's been such a fun run with the Quillsters. I was leery of blogging when Elizabeth Lowell invited me to join RWQ and at first declined the offer. Then I thought, Are you crazy, girl? Pass up the opportunity to hang out with Elizabeth and Jayne and Stella and Lori and (at that time) Suzanne? So I gave it a pop and discovered a whole new world of online friends.
I've really enjoyed being a part of the Running With Quills community—when Jayne invited me to join in January 2009, I was totally blown away by the chance to hang out with all those fantastic authors whose books fill my keeper shelves. (Sort of a book addict's dream) It's been fun, getting to know my fellow Quills and discovering what terrific ladies exist behind the “author persona,” (They're not nearly as scary as I thought they were...well, not ALL the time, anyway...) and I've also loved getting the chance to meet the rest of Quillsville—you know who you are! The ones who come back week after week to see what kind of trouble we're getting into.
But just as blogs once burst onto the cyber-stage, we're seeing new social networking venues taking their place. As writers, we can only stretch ourselves just so far from our primary goal, which is bringing our stories to life, and after much soul-searching, we all realized that it's time for the blog to end.
Thank you all for your friendship and your fun and fascinating questions, and I do hope you'll come and chat at some of my other ports of call:
And to my fellow Quills—thank you all. This has been so much fun, and it's all because of you.
Jayne Ann Krentz
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at RWQ. The opportunity to hang out with some of my sister writers was great but the truth is it is those of you who came here to visit who made this blog into a true online community. As book people we all – authors and readers -- share a very special kind of bond. I hope you will join me elsewhere on the net:
Stella is traveling, Kate is still in Hawaii, and Carla is in NY. Busy, busy Quills!
Hope y'all won't be sick of seeing me two blogs in a row. :-)
I survived my Black Friday shopping and got lots of fun stuff for the nieces. This year, I have done more than my fair share to help spur the economy!
A few days ago I took my five-year old grandson shopping with me at Toys R Us to get some things for Toys for Tots. For a few months now, hubby and I saved change in a special jar, then he and the grandson rolled it, and the grandson and I shopped. We got quite the haul and truly enjoyed ourselves. It did my heart good to hear my grandson decide what a "little girl" or "little boy" might like best. He was very enthusiastic, and very into the idea of giving to those with special needs.
One cute toy we saw, we loved so much that I have to share it. In fact, I want one! When I get a chance, I'll be back at Toys R Us for my own.
Isn't that adorable? It makes all these long funny noises, and that mouth! LOL. Love it.
If you're like me and like to pick up stuff for your animals too, take a look at this fun cat game/toy. Liger and KiKi love it, but Grim doesn't quite understand. He tends to pounce on the ball, and then run away.
For some of those "hard to buy for" relatives, I picked out memory boards. I like them because you can easily change out the photos so visitors always have some new pictures to look at.
I have a lot of the family gatherings at my house, and I try to always take pictures and later share them in the memory boards.
I have two right by my front door!
While everyone was at my house for Thanksgiving, I took some good photos, and put them into memory boards before wrapping them as gifts.
The personal touch!
This is the first Christmas without my dad, and it's bound to have some pretty sad moments. But I hope everyone will remember him with a smile. He enjoyed the big get togethers, and he was always the first to go around and say "Hi" to everyone.
Will you be missing someone special this Christmas? Do you have any special gifts planned, or are you a gift certificate kind of person? Have you ever seen a kid's toy that you had to have for yourself? LOL. I'm terrible for doing that! Do you buy for your pets?
Baby, it's cold outside! How was your Thanksgiving Day? I hope all of you were warm and cozy, gathered with friends and/or family, eating, laughing, and having a good time.
Usually we do Thanksgiving at my Mother in Law's, but this year hubby and I hosted it - with hubby doing the majority of the cooking since I'm on a very tight deadline and I'm hopeful to be done before Christmas. :-) I counted 3 times, but all I know is that we had somewhere over 30 people.
Here's the carving of the turkey...
I'm not a Black Friday shopper, and in fact, I always finish my shopping early so that I won't have to be out and about in the crush. But one niece asked to spend the night during her school break (she's 13) and I'm taking another niece shopping so she can pick her own Christmas gifts (she's 11) and so... the girls stayed over after Thanksgiving for a Black Friday shopping trip. Egads.
That's Mackenzie, me, and Katie. Fun girls!
I LOVE to go shopping with the girl relatives. I have 3 sons, and a grandson, so I rarely get to buy girlie things. Normally I'm totally in for an all day spree. But with this deadline, and the holiday sales and madness... Oy. Under normally circumstances I'd never deliberately go anywhere near a mall on Black Friday. But what can I say? I'm an awesome auntie. :-) At least, I hope that's how they see me.
My gifts are all wrapped, but since my tree isn't up yet, they're all stacked in my living room on the couch, the chairs, the floor... I'm betting that by the time I get the tree up (first week of December) the cats will have removed most of the bows and ribbons that I painstakingly attached.
Around finishing this book (please, please) I'm also taking part in a booksigning on Dec. 4th, 1:00 to 3:00 at the West Chester, Ohio B&N on the Streets of West Chester. If you're in the area, join me! I'll be giving away some goodies.
On the 17th, a bunch of us are meeting at Dianne Castell's (aka Duffy Brown) for a holiday gathering where we'll gab, share cookies and ornaments, and just plain have fun! (I'll share photos!)
On the 19th, I'm meeting for brunch with mega talented and super fun radio personalities Chris and Janeen - Married with Microphones. I listen to Chris and Queen Janeen every weekday morning while checking emails and drinking my coffee.
We'll have Christmas Eve at my house again. It's become a tradition and I wouldn't change it for the world. So much family, so much laughter, so much chaotic fun. Way more people than we had for Thanksgiving. I need a new house that includes a banquet hall. LOL
What about you? Any fun stuff planned? Have you finished shopping? Not even started yet? Somewhere in between?
Do you have a tradition of going out on Black Friday, or like me, do you usually steer clear? What about for Christmas?
I'm going to give away 3 books - readers choice - to a randomly drawn name out of all posters. I'll pick the name on Sunday night, maybe 8:00pm Eastern or somewhere around there. (Give or take an hour or two.) Remember to check back to see if you won! Or feel free to leave your email address with your post and I'll notify you. (Books of your choice must be books I have available from my own stash.)
If your family's like ours, I imagine during the holidays a lot of your younger couples do the trade-off thing with their respective families. For years the soul mate and I alternated Thanksgivings between my parents and his. I don't remember exactly when that changed, but it was probably when his mom and dad went into assisted living and began celebrating more of T-day with my husband's sister on Vashon Island. Around that same time my oldest brother and his wife assumed the hosting duties for my side.
So a new tradition of going to Ken and Sue's for Thanksgiving to celebrate with both my side of the family and Sue's was born. Then her father's Alzheimer's got to the point where being away from his home on Whidbey Island for too long sister sue made him anxious and her niece started hosting the rest of her family up on Whidbey, where they live. By the time Walt died, they had established a new tradition.
After the transition, Thanksgiving dinners went from around 30-40 people down to as few as 8, depending on where our now grown kids celebrate. wrong holiday but right season, year and guests
But some things remain the same. I always bring the pumpkin pie. We always eat too much. And K & S's house always rings with laughter and the sound of little kids running wild and guys arguing with umpire calls during the Turkey Day football game.
Have a great holiday, everyone! What is your Thanksgiving tradition?
Wow, where did this year go? Thanksgiving coming up this week and then it's December and then it's 2011! A new year means a new book for me. And this year that book is IN TOO DEEP, the first book in the Looking Glass Trilogy. For those who follow me into my various Arcane worlds, this is Fallon's book.
I'll be doing only one signing for this book, that will be at Seattle Mystery Bookshop at noon on Tuesday, December 28th. If you'd like a signed copy (and a Collector's Packet) and you can't attend the event, you can reserve both by contacting the store at email@example.com or Phone: (206) 587-5737. They do a great job with mail orders and they'll be happy to send you a Collector's Packet as well. It works like this: I'll sign — and personalize if you wish — your copy while I'm in the store that Tuesday. Afterward, the friendly staff will mail the book and packet to you. Makes a great gift!
By the way, this year the special Collector's Packet includes a Jones & Jones pen. If you want to reserve a book with a packet check this list to see if there is a participating bookstore near you.
If there is no participating store near you or if you buy your books at another store or in electronic form, you can order a Collector's Packet by sending your receipt for the purchase of In Too Deep along with your name and address to:
IN TOO DEEP Packets
P.O. Box 620613
Woodside, CA 94062
Now, here's your first look at Fallon from IN TOO DEEP.
Fallon picked up midway through the first ring.
"What the hell is wrong?" he asked. "I knew I shouldn't have let your drive out there in this weather."
"I need backup," Isabella said.
"Huh. Don't tell me you found a real ghost."
"There's something in this house that needs to be found," Isabella said. "Not sure what, yet, but I don't think it's going to be anything good."
What, you might ask, is she talking about? Why, the STORM OF THE CENTURY, it appears...at least, that's what my husband AND the weatherpersons have been saying all week. We're supposed to get our first snowfall this weekend, which, in our household, is a VERY BIG THING because that means that, no matter what else is planned, Bompa (husband) brings in LOTS of firewood, and the grandkids that live closest will arrive, along with the granddog and a ton of snow gear, and Dabba (me) starts cooking...AND COOKING, and then we wait.
And hope. We live on a hillside--it's the perfect, gentle slope for little ones on sleds, and the few times we've been able to "schedule" a big snowfall with a free weekend for the grandkids have been absolutely wonderful. So I'm hoping the weatherman got it right, hoping we get enough snow to freeze fingers and toes and noses, and hoping we really do fill the house up with the grands--Luca is 9, Gracie 6 and Cole 4--all perfect ages for sledding, though their mommy and daddy are usually right in there, sliding down the hill with them.
Does it snow where you live? We never get all that much--just a few times a year, though this one, if it happens, is coming about two months earlier than normal. I have to admit I feel like a little kid when it snows. The pictures are from snowfall last year, but you can see why I love it--it's absolutely gorgeous, covers up all the rough edges and makes the world look new. This photo to the left was taken in the early morning--I love fresh snow on the branches!
Another thing that's coming is my next to the last Wolf Tales--and I finally received some early copies of Wolf Tales 11 along with Advance Reader Copies of StarFire, my third book in the DemonSlayers series. I'll be giving a choice of one or the other to a reader leaving a comment.
PS: the downside to snow and grandkids coming, is shoveling it out of the driveway--Bompa's back conveniently gets REALLY SORE when it snows, and Dabba "gets" to help...aren't I the lucky one! (At least Bompa had the camera handy for proof!)
I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and a terrific Thanksgiving. Even in tough times, we all have so much to be thankful for. And if you DO get the "storm of the century" this weekend, please drive carefully, stay warm, and enjoy some quiet time with a really good book.
Good morning, everyone! I'm writing from rainy Boston. I finished the first draft of my work-in-progress on Monday and took of Tuesday morning to visit friends from out west who are in town. We had a fun, relaxing lunch that included a lot of laughs and Boston cream pie. Now we're spending the day with our little guy, who is playing with his trains and going, "Toot, toot!"
A nice, much needed break...
I'm catching up on RWQ, and now I want to go to that cabin pictured in Stella's blog! I love to hear and read writers on their writing process. I'm not a regimented writer but I'm disciplined. I've found that I do best when I can let the forces of "abandonment" and "concentration" play out.
For instance, on the drive to Boston yesterday, I figured out a problem that's been bugging me in SAINT'S GATE, my work-in-progress. I'll address it in the next draft, but I know this epiphany couldn't have happened if I'd stayed at my desk and tried to force it. It took walking away from the story. "Abandoning" it for a while -- which is different from abandoning it altogether! It's not quitting, and it's not really taking a break. I know I'll be back at my desk tomorrow. I know when I want to have the next draft finished. Deadlines give the abandonment a necessary framework. But I wasn't thinking about the story. I was thinking about lunch with our friends.
I love the way Kenneth Atchity in A WRITER'S TIME describes the creative process. I highly recommend this book to any writer.
This yin-yang of focusing on the work and walking away from the work helps me on a day-to-day basis, too. A long walk along the river in the midst of a pressing deadline gives everything a chance to sift around in the back of my mind. I don't consciously focus on the writing. I just walk.
Okay, the trains aren't amusing Leo anymore. Off I go!
Have a great day, everyone, and I'd love to hear how your approach a creative project -- or what you do when you've been nose-to-the grindstone and get a bit of a break.
Oh, the other thing I do after finishing a book? Clean the refrigerator. ;-)