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An Eclectic Collection of Musings on Life, Living, and Blogging | Kestrel's Aerie

An Eclectic Collection of Musings on Life, Living, and Blogging | Kestrel's Aerie

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update #4

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time. My sympathies to you who had to get up early this morning. On the other hand, those of us in more northerly climes can celebrate the imminent arrival of grill season! Here in Rapid City, we’re enjoying our  fifth straight day of highs in the 40s or better (and 60…

Something Different: New Zealand Pictures!

Earlier this week—Monday, to be more precise—I finally offloaded the photos from my camera (and my wife’s iPad) to my computer so I could upload them to Picasa.1 Before I give you the links to the libraries on Picasa, here are a few highlights (and naturally, you’ll want to click to embiggen):   This sign…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update #3

Hello again, and welcome back to the continuing saga…wait. If you read the title of this article, you know it’s a continuing saga (“Update #3″ was a dead giveaway, right?). Even if you didn’t read the first two installments, you know. So let’s dispense with the hackneyed boilerplate and get down to brass tacks. *ahem*…

World of Warcraft: My Odyssey Ends

Earlier this week, I made a decision that has been in gestation for a long time. After six and a half years (including beta), I stopped playing World of Warcraft. As early as last summer, as our guild began to splinter—people not happy with the pace of progression, looking for greener pastures, the occasional bit…

National Grammar Day 2011

That’s right: National Grammar Day is back! This year marks the fourth annual celebration of writing right, and is hosted by New York Times bestselling author Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. From the website, Language is something to be celebrated, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. It’s not only…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update 2

Welcome back for the second in my series of articles on my writing odyssey from (extremely) rough draft to finished novel. If you recall from Monday’s installment, I had rewritten the first chapter to create a more compelling premise for Connor to begin his journey from his home village of Rockbridge. I had also changed…

Obsidian Throne: WIP Update

Welcome to the first of what I trust will be many updates on my work-in-progress (WIP), The Obsidian Throne – Book 1: The Magic Returns. As I wrote last month, I intend to chronicle my odyssey of transforming what is currently a very rough draft (in truth, not much more than a narrative outline) into…

Home From New Zealand!

Just a quick update: The Mrs. and I returned to the good ol’ US of A shortly before 6 a.m. PST Friday morning, via Qantas Flight 25 from Auckland to LAX. We got in ahead of schedule, and before US Customs was open. We then had a couple uneventful flights to Denver and Rapid City,…

What a Novel Idea

Welcome to February, and to what seems to be a trend here lately: my monthly post on the blog. The good news is, I’m hopeful the funk is over, and I’ll be posting more regularly.1 Now, you may (rightfully) be wondering why this professed change in my blogging habit. (And yes, I know: Seeing is…

My Experience With A Standing Desk

Before we go any further, you may be wondering just what is a standing desk? The “duh!” answer is that any desk stands on the floor…doesn’t it? Well, yes. But in this case, I’m talking about a desk at which you stand to work, rather than sit. Last Sunday, I read Gina Trapani’s account of…

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