|Photo courtesy of Fremont United Methodist Church, Michigan|
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
|Carved Wooden Turkey Statue--Turkeyville, Michigan (near Marshall)|
Photo taken by J.Q. Rose
|From ideal wellness.org|
|Photo courtesy of Fremont United Methodist Church, Michigan|
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Knitted gifts also make great "swag" gifts for giveaways, like the pair of fingerless gloves I made for an ebook giveaway last month. (Who wants to take their gloves off to read an ereader in the cold?)
|Bagged fingerless gloves|
Take a peek at Jane's e-book,
The Boys Upstairs, the perfect read for the upcoming Christmas season.
|Three homeless children. Two estranged brothers. One last chance.|
At Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family, she blogs about what happens when a distracted daydreamer and a gamer geek attempt to raise four kids.
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And a link to my knitting projects on Ravelry.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
|Badge created by Jeremy at Being Retro|
M.J Joachim's generous, giving spirit has led her to a really creative idea for a blogfest, The Holiday Food Drive Blogfest. The fest is co-hosted by Tina Downey.
The idea behind this blogfest is to give back to the community during this season - to help those less fortunate. Whether the holidays fill you with cheer or dread, helping others is always a good idea.
Please keep the people of the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers this week. If you can make a donation to help with the clean-up, food and water, and re-building the lives of these folks, please do so. UMCOR is an agency of the United Methodist Church and 100% of your money will go directly to disaster relief for the people devastated by the typhoon.
Monday, November 18, 2013
So ya'all come back now on Thursday because knitting is much more than a hobby for Jane.
See ya' there!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The dahlias were a different matter. To tend them she would actually tiptoe into her garden. My sister thought she did this to be quiet, but Mom said she did it to keep from packing down the soil. I saw Mom lift a blossom slowly once, cupping the giant flower in both hands, as though she was looking into a face. She smiled, and I thought she intended to kiss the bloom. A couple of times I saw her talking to her flowers. My sister didn’t see this, and said that Mom wouldn’t talk to flowers. My sister may have been right Mom did not have time to spend talking to flowers. She hardly had time to talk to us girls.”
Coming in March 2014 from MuseItUp Publishing, Fish Kicker by Margaret Mendel
Monday, November 11, 2013
On Veteran's Day we honor those who gave their lives in service to our country and say a huge thank you to veterans especially those who served during the VietNam War. During that never-declared war, the military servicemen and women never received the recognition they were due. We will never forget you.
Today I am also thinking of the thousands of people devastated by the history making storm in the Philippines. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
My author friend, Heather Fraser Brainerd invited me to take part in a huge BLOG TOUR this week. You can link back to her page and discover other authors who are participating today. At the end of my interview, I have listed three authors who will be blogging next week. Have fun on the tour!
This BLOG TOUR is where authors answer a series of questions about their writing, sharing their journey with other authors and interested folks.
I am working on another mystery novel and having a blast with it. My main character is Lauren Staab. Her family is in the funeral business, the Staab and Blood Funeral Home. They discover a dead body in the garage of the funeral home. Well, I know you are thinking a body in a funeral home, that's not unusual, Janet. But this is the body of a murder victim sprawled on the floor of the garage. Why was he dumped at their funeral home? Well, for sure they do better work than Schultz Funeral Home across town, but doubtful that is the reason. At this point I have so many men in the story, I don't really know which one Lauren is going to choose for romance, but it will be fun watching her make up her mind in the midst of a murder investigation. Stay tuned!
My family was in the funeral home business. I'm the daughter of a funeral director just like Lauren. Needless to say, I am an insider and I reveal what it's really like living in such a stressful, but fulfilling business. Helping families through such a difficult time is an honor and a privilege.
I enjoy reading mysteries because they are like solving puzzles. When writing I giggle when I leave little hints, whether a red herring or valuable information for readers, for solving the "whodunit" puzzle. Developing well-rounded characters with all their foibles and strengths keeps it interesting.
Before I start the story, I know who my strong heroine will be. The story develops around her. I usually make notes as to what will transpire from the beginning to the end. These notes are not set in stone. As I write, I scratch out some and add others in order to produce the best story line.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. What genres do you like to read and why? Your comments, questions, and waves are always appreciated!
Sunday, November 10--Yesterday I kicked off the first post in MuseItUp Publishing's Mystery and Suspense Week on the MIU blog. I discussed Conflict in Stories. Check in all week to discover great writers and books. You can catch my blog post on the Sunday, Nov. 10 MuseItUp Publishing blog.
Thank you for stopping by. You have a fantastic week!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Please welcome author Heather Greenis to the Hobby Hoedown! Thank you, Heather, for sharing your hobbies--knitting, gardening, and curling (and I don't mean curling your hair!)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
- Correct grammar and spelling
- A hook that gets the editor's attention
- An emotional connection with readers
- A unique plot with unique characters
- A satisfying ending with all the loose ends tied up in a neat package
- The writer follows the publisher's guidelines
Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great day!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 10--I will be posting on the MuseItUp Publishing blog which spotlights the mystery/thriller books available at MuseItUp Publishing. Check in all week Nov.10-16 to discover great authors and their stories.