Things look a bit different than the last time I posted one of these.
Winter is definitely here. These pictures were taking early this afternoon.
The plow is on the plow truck … and the most sunlight we see these days is the sun in the trees at the edge of the yard. Soon we won’t even have that. (We’re behind a hill, so we get no direct sunlight from November to mid-February.)
Today I have a guest post from Jessica Skye Davies, author of Half the World Away! So I’ll turn the blog over to her.
Thanks to Layla for playing hostess to Dade Faber and myself here today.
Get to Know Dade Faber
In Half the World Away we meet photojournalist Dade as he’s wandering around an Australian swamp with his writer and assistant, Sheamus. He’s not particularly happy with the insect population of Australia and tired of being eaten alive… at least, until he nearly is eaten alive by a croc. It can only get better from there, right?
I sat down with Dade to get to know him a little better.
J: Hi, Dade, great to see you!
D: Hello. Thanks. Glad to be here. Continue reading
I’m way behind in announcing this (and I completely missed the Steamed Up release chat at the Dreamspinner blog yesterday; totally spaced it, aargh) but I have a story in DSP’s new steampunk anthology! I have a guest post today at Brynn Stein’s blog talking about my story, “Untouchable”, which is a sort of 1930s detective pastiche with a steampunk flair.
You can learn more about Steamed Up and buy copies here:
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Frost-covered dead leaves on rocks.
We have been having still, cold weather for the last few days, which allowed frost to build up on everything until it almost looked like it had snowed. These pictures don’t really do it justice; this wasn’t morning frost, but an all-day-long frost that got deeper every morning. Anyway, I took this pictures a few days ago, and then last night it warmed up to 50 degrees, and rained all the frost off. Now there are puddles everywhere, and it’s back to being brown and dreary again.
October continues to be unusually snow-free, which on the one hand is wonderful because I love fall and we’re getting an extra-long one this year … but on the other hand, it’s been brown and gloomy for weeks now.
Walking with the dog.
And I figured I’d share a photo of the absolutely terrifying homemade bridge over our creek. My husband knocked this together from scrap lumber the first year we lived here just so we could get to the other side. We always meant to replace it with something better, but nine years later we’re still using it, even though some of the plywood scraps are rotting through and sag alarmingly when you step on them. It’s funny how life works out that way, and makeshift workarounds become The Way Things Are Done … do you have anything like that around your house?
My Homespun blog tour is over, with my last posts going up Monday and Tuesday at the blogs of SL Huang and PD Singer. I’m going to wait to do the scarf drawing until Friday, though, because it’s going to take awhile to collate all the entrants and it would be easier to do it when I’m not in the middle of a work/school week! So you still have a couple more days to enter if you want to – obligatory link to the scarf giveaway! Many thanks and good luck to everyone who’s entered; I’m really delighted at the response this has gotten!
Well, actually these are from a walk in the woods this weekend, but it hasn’t changed much.
Yellow birch leaves look like gold coins scattered on the ground.
Still quite a lot of blueberries clinging to the bushes! They’re much too withered to eat (although the dog seemed to enjoy them) but I hope they’ll be good for the birds this winter.
Dog eating blueberries in the swamp on the backside of our property. Silly dog.