Monthly Archives: June 2013

The June Want List


For drinking scotch, perhaps while watching Mad Men all the while hoping they give more on-screen time to Joan (aka Christina Hendricks):

scotchThat’s right, an affordable round ice-ball maker.

For lazy weekend mornings in the summer:


Toddy Cold Brew Coffee Maker…for when the outside temperature makes the thought of hot coffee unbearable.

For napping:


Cradle seat–weird and slightly icky name, but I love the idea of napping or reading inside this overgrown cocoon.

For my new archery obsession:

earringsArrow earrings, just adorable!

For when I want to feel like The Great Gatsby‘s Daisy Buchanan:

dressThis dress sings the jazz-age modernized to me.

And the heels to pair it with:


That’s all for this month…swing by at the end of July for more wants!

Photo credits (top to bottom):  Tasting Table;;;;;

Archer’s Delight


Ready Aim Fire2

This weekend, I took an archery class with a group of friends and found myself in league with some of my favorite fictional archers:

Diana the Huntress
May Welland
Princess Merida
Katniss Everdeen

And might I say that a collective symphony of awes reverberated in the room when our instructor pointed out the type of bow that Katniss uses, and then gave it to one lucky female archery student. If I were a guy, I think I would have saved my sigh of envy for the crossbow that Daryl uses from The Walking Dead, but as I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games trilogy, I too was excited to see the type of bow favored by Katniss yet disappointed that the bow was not in my possession. :sigh:

Moving along…

I loved archery! It was lots of fun…and I actually managed to hit the target fairly well. Though my skill level would track as a bell curve if plotted out. At the start, I was clumsy and stiff and barely made any good hits but midway through, I had loosened up and hit my stride. In fact, I had the most hits within the center zone of my group, though the bullseye eluded me. It’s a little difficult to see from this photo crop but it is proof I hit the center 8 times.


Then at the end, I was still hitting the target but with less precision because I had (perhaps) started to feel a little pressure to hit that pesky bullseye.

All in all, it was lots of fun…much more fun that I had ever imagined. This summer, I plan to check out the range in Queens for some closer to home practice.

Writing Update Plus Insignia



This is it! The basic Insignia for Cardinal Airships!

***Cardinal Airships is the commercial dirigible company that The Fly Tower‘s heroine, Captain Bettyna Marin, owns and operates.

The designer (also my boyfriend) finished the insignia concept last week.  Now he just has to add the treatments.  Eventually, there will be three versions:  weathered, metallic, and 3D/raised texture.  Can’t wait to see the finished products! 🙂

As for the novel itself, I have been making some real progress.  I’m almost done with the second round of complete edits.  I also have a couple of minor POV chapters finished.  Very on track for my end of June deadline though I’ll probably need the month of July for some additional cleanup before I start sending query letters to potential agents.

Also, I sent off the first five pages to a freelance editor for a sample hard edit (content plus copy-edit).  My plan/hope is to have the first few chapters hard edited since most agents/publishers tend to buy off the first 3-5 chapters.  (Or at least they used to.)

I still have a long journey ahead of me but I feel really good about the progress.