What joy! A great long book by Neil Gaiman which I hadn't previously read! Though it was published over ten years ago, somehow I missed it but now... well, it's held me in thrall for the past few days. I fell asleep reading it Thursday night and after a little refreshing nap, woke up and finished it in the wee hours.
I adored this epic fantasy. The premise is that all the gods that were ever brought to America by their worshippers -- Odin, Ganesh, Anansi, Baron Sameda, Kali, Brigid, Eostre, to name only a few-- are still around, hanging on as long as someone, somewhere, believes in them.
But the old gods are being challenged by new ones -- gods with names like Media and Technology . . . And a storm is coming; an epic battle for existence is in the offing.
The protagonist is a man called Shadow, an ex-con hired by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday to...
...but there's no way I can do justice to this magificent wild ride of a novel. I will mention that it won a Hugo and a Nebula -- among other top SciFi/Fantasy awards -- and that it's being made into an HBO series, due out next year.
I've read and reread Gaiman's Neverwhere and Anansi Boys -- what a treat to have another of Gaiman's fantasys to fall into!.
My husband assures me that putting granola on ice cream turns the combination into health food. Who am I to argue?
Not just any granola though -- this is homemade and I think it's kind of special. Here's my recipe.
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
6 cups old fashioned (not instant) rolled oats
1 cup hulled green pumpkin seeds
2 cups sliced almonds
1/2 cup hulled, raw sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup crystallized ginger, chopped fine
2 cups chopped dried apricots or dried cranberries
Heat oven to 350 F
In a pot over low heat, heat the honey, vanilla, and canola oil together just till the honey is easy to pour. Stir together all of the ingredient EXCEPT the ginger and dried fruit. Spread the mixture on a greased baking sheet (or two.) Bake 15 minutes then stir. Continue to bake another 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool. Stir in fruit and ginger. Store in glass jars. Store extra in freezer.
We normally have granola for breakfast with homemade Greek yogurt and maybe some dried figs. (I think that milk sogs it up too much.)
you can observe
Religious Louboutin footwear grinning for you.
I've mentioned before how I enjoy some of the spam I receive. The above 'spoem' was copied without changes from a longer email.
And I manufactured the collage by combining two images from the Internet -- a pair of Laboutin heels and a picture of Madid's Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso -- and there you have it -- Religious Laboutin footwear grinning (well, smiling ) for you.
June 1o - Speaking at a luncheon at Montreat College
June 25-July 1 -- John C. Campbell Folk School. I'll be teaching A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction. Your novel starts here with this intense, week-long class. We will focus on writing realistic dialogue and creating characters that move through and interact with a fully realized setting. We will discuss different approaches to plotting, tricks for building suspense, means of ensuring continuity, and the avoidance of info dumps. We'll also talk about forming or joining critique groups, the ins and outs of self editing, agents and how to query them, as well as the various publishing alternatives available today. All levels welcome. Link to JCC HERE.
July 8-15 Wildacres Writing Workshop. I will be leading a workshop on the novel. Here's your chance to spend a week surrounded by writers of all sorts. More info for 2017 HERE.
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/