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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 8 May 2018 – SPECIAL EDITION – BLOGIVERSARY and COVER REVEAL DAY THREE

BLOGWORDS  – SPECIAL EDITION – BLOGIVERSARY and COVER REVEAL DAY THREE

“I’ve been thrown in the deep end.  Of a deep ocean.  In a tidal wave.  And all I want to do is write my stories.”

https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/

 

“the battle for identity… one story at a time”  Stories by Design

Website: two years— http://www.robinemason.com

Blog: five years— http://www.robinsnest212.wordpress.com

and kitties: six years! — meow.kittylove.meow

 

And I missed ‘em all! Leastways, I missed making mention of them, let alone celebrating them.

Then again, I’ve been, well, “thrown in the ocean, in the deep end, in a tidal wave…” Of writing. And I’m happy to say, the series is DONE! Finis. Complete! And ready to format and upload to CreateSpace!

Both the blog and the website have gotten some much needed attention—facelift, and a few tweaks here and there.

And both the blog and the website are a place for friends to gather, to get acquainted. A place to kick back and have a cuppa—and a cookie! All are welcome (unless you’re spam! LOL), the more the merrier—because virtual coffee and cookies never run out, right!

I’ve made countless author friends, and met so many in person. I’m honored and humbled to be in the company of other such gifted and prolific authors. I’ve found my niche and my calling, and I work to produce the best I can, both on the blog and in my stories; I strive for excellence not perfection. And I can’t imagine doing anything else anymore.

 

So Happy Blogiversary to Robin’s Nest and Stories by Design!

And to Juniper, Penelope, Jake, and Jasper!

* Shadow decided two years ago she’d rather live outdoors (and besides, I don’t know exactly when she was born—but I do know she’s seven.)

And a million thanks to all my followers and anyone who has ever read a post or commented! You’re the reason I’m here! And for those who didn’t know, I’ve started a readers group on Facebook—Robin’s Readers Flock—and I’d love to have you join us!

 

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

 

And today’s cover tease:

C’est moi!

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

I am all about family, and my website is designed like a home. In fact, the drawings are my design for my dream home. I love family gatherings, the bigger and louder and zanier the better. My house is designed for company and for fun. I love windows and window seats. I love the outdoors so there’s a sun porch or Florida room. I love to cook and the kitchen is spacious, and I love to entertain. There’s even a movie room in the basement for movie night.

 

Come on in, take off your shoes, and let’s have a nice hot cuppa. Come sit by the fireplace or on the back deck, and let’s visit a while.

 

 

because The Whispering Winds of Spring releases this month, I give you…

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

 

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

 

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

 

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

rem:   Hullo Robin, welcome to… your party!  If you could live anywhere in any time period, where would you go?

ROBIN:   I’ll stay here and now to live—but I’d visit any number of ages in history in a heartbeat. I’m enamored of the Medieval Era, and my current series is set in the Edwardian Era, so those would be my first stops.

rem:   Oh, yes, the Medieval Era! So Celtic-ish… Where did you find this story idea?

ROBIN:   Like all the rest of ‘em, it came to me. I think I had the girls’ names first, then each of the titles. As a pantser, the story unfolds as I write it and I discover more and more detail along the way. And this series!! Let me just say, I was stunned—and heartbroken—more than once!

rem:   Stories on the breeze… Who was the easiest character to write and why? The most difficult?

ROBIN:   Truly, because I write in first person and am “in” the head of my characters –slash- meet them like I meet anyone in person, each one is relatively easy—and difficult—to write. I’ve identified with each of my main characters on some way, which goes a long way to writing. Clara Bess, though, gave me a bit of trouble early in her story—she wasn’t talking to anyone and it seemed she thought that included me!

rem:   I’ve been there for that. You nearly hyperventilated writing a scene once, didn’t you?

ROBIN: [nods] Yup. And utterly bawled at… well, no spoilers.

rem:  What do you munch on while you’re writing / researching / editing?

ROBIN:   I graze more than have a single preferred munchable. Therefore I have a supply of snackies available. It varies depending on what I’m craving…cookies, cashews, I try to be good and eat fruit… And my blood sugar is dictating more what / when / how I eat than ever before… OY

rem:   mmmmm, CHOCOLATE…. What do you do to recover once you’ve typed “THE END?”

ROBIN:   So far I’ve jumped right into the next story… Yes, again!

rem:   Yeah, well, that’s not exactly what I meant by celebration… 😉

 

 

What’s your favourite part or feature of my blog or the website?

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Blogiversary, unsavory heritage series, Tessa, Clara Bess, Cissy, Seasons Series, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, The Silent Song of Winter, The Whispering Winds of Spring, #IlovewhatImdoing, #amwriting

 

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BLOGWORDS – 18 September 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW NO FACE – GUEST GHOST POST

NEW WEEK NEW NO FACE – GUEST GHOST POST

 

Just.didn’t.happen.this.week.ya’ll.

 

In light of Sunday’s post (09-17-17) Sanctuary, and writing deadlines, there is no post today. Please enjoy the music while you wait.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaia32TsPq0

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New No Face, #NWNF, Guest Post, Sanctuary, Writing Deadlines, #amwriting, Colossians 3:17, Acts 11:23, Hebrews 13:15, 1 Peter 4:11, Psalm 69:30, Matthew 5:16, Psalm 100:2, Psalm 63:3, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Living Sacrifice, Signature Song

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BLOGWORDS – 27 May 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE – writing recovery continues

 

Bronchitis is GONE—PRAISE GOD—and RECOVERY MODE

is now SWAMP MODE,

aka CAVE TIME

 

as in WRITING CAVE, which we writers are notorious for hiding out in to get some words done, as in writing.

 

This story, though, this series, is set in a tenuous, as in fabricated setting, sort of a mash up of river and marsh / swamp, otherwise known as black river which is prevalent in the South. Saisons is a town somewhere between Columbia and Charleston, along the Santee River, close enough to the ocean to host marshes.

Ergo, SWAMP MODE!! Ergo, WRITING MODE. As in #AMWRITING, gotta make some words.

 

Interviews are back with a fun feature this Thursday (contain your excitement) but Wreading Wednesdays and What’s in Your Kitchen are still suspended. RemApWriMo flopped, sort of, but I have designated June as a second chance, RemJUWriMo!

 

Did I mention, IT’S GOOD TO BE INDIE!!!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Swamp Mode, Writing Recovery, It’s Good to be Indie, RemJuWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, #AMWRITING

 

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BLOGWORDS – 24 May 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE – writing recovery continues

 

Bronchitis is GONE—PRAISE GOD—and RECOVERY MODE

is now SWAMP MODE,

aka CAVE TIME

 

as in WRITING CAVE, which we writers are notorious for hiding out in to get some words done, as in writing.

 

This story, though, this series, is set in a tenuous, as in fabricated setting, sort of a mash up of river and marsh / swamp, otherwise known as black river which is prevalent in the South. Saisons is a town somewhere between Columbia and Charleston, along the Santee River, close enough to the ocean to host marshes.

Ergo, SWAMP MODE!! Ergo, WRITING MODE. As in #AMWRITING, gotta make some words.

 

Interviews are back with a fun feature this Thursday (contain your excitement) but Wreading Wednesdays and What’s in Your Kitchen are still suspended. RemApWriMo flopped, sort of, but I have designated June as a second chance, RemJUWriMo!.

 

Did I mention, IT’S GOOD TO BE INDIE!!!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Swamp Mode, Writing Recovery, It’s Good to be Indie, RemJuWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, #AMWRITING

 

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BLOGWORDS – 17 May 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE – writing recovery continues

 

Bronchitis is GONE—PRAISE GOD—and RECOVERY MODE

is now SWAMP MODE,

aka CAVE TIME

 

as in WRITING CAVE, which we writers are notorious for hiding out in to get some words done, as in writing.

 

This story, though, this series, is set in a tenuous, as in fabricated setting, sort of a mash up of river and marsh / swamp, otherwise known as black river which is prevalent in the South. Saisons is a town somewhere between Columbia and Charleston, along the Santee River, close enough to the ocean to host marshes.

Ergo, SWAMP MODE!! Ergo, WRITING MODE. As in #AMWRITING, gotta make some words.

 

Interviews are back with a fun feature this Thursday (contain your excitement) but Wreading Wednesdays and What’s in Your Kitchen are still suspended. RemApWriMo flopped, sort of, but I have designated June as a second chance, RemJUWriMo!

 

Did I mention, IT’S GOOD TO BE INDIE!!!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Swamp Mode, Writing Recovery, It’s Good to be Indie, RemJuWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, #AMWRITING

 

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BLOGWORDS – 13 May 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE – writing recovery continues

 

Bronchitis is GONE—PRAISE GOD—and RECOVERY MODE

is now SWAMP MODE,

aka CAVE TIME

 

as in WRITING CAVE, which we writers are notorious for hiding out in to get some words done, as in writing.

 

This story, though, this series, is set in a tenuous, as in fabricated setting, sort of a mash up of river and marsh / swamp, otherwise known as black river which is prevalent in the South. Saisons is a town somewhere between Columbia and Charleston, along the Santee River, close enough to the ocean to host marshes.

Ergo, SWAMP MODE!! Ergo, WRITING MODE. As in #AMWRITING, gotta make some words.

 

Interviews are back with a fun feature this Thursday (contain your excitement) but Wreading Wednesdays and What’s in Your Kitchen are still suspended. RemApWriMo flopped, sort of, but I have designated June as a second chance, RemJUWriMo!

 

Did I mention, IT’S GOOD TO BE INDIE!!!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Swamp Mode, Writing Recovery, It’s Good to be Indie, RemJuWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, #AMWRITING

 

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BLOGWORDS – 10 May 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE

NEW WEEK NEW FACE NEW MONTH NEW ME – SPECIAL EDITION – SWAMP MODE – writing recovery continues

 

Bronchitis is GONE—PRAISE GOD—and RECOVERY MODE

is now SWAMP MODE,

aka CAVE TIME

 

as in WRITING CAVE, which we writers are notorious for hiding out in to get some words done, as in writing.

 

This story, though, this series, is set in a tenuous, as in fabricated setting, sort of a mash up of river and marsh / swamp, otherwise known as black river which is prevalent in the South. Saisons is a town somewhere between Columbia and Charleston, along the Santee River, close enough to the ocean to host marshes.

Ergo, SWAMP MODE!! Ergo, WRITING MODE. As in #AMWRITING, gotta make some words.

 

Interviews are back with a fun feature this Thursday (contain your excitement) but Wreading Wednesdays and What’s in Your Kitchen are still suspended. RemApWriMo flopped, sort of, but I have designated June as a second chance, RemJUWriMo!

 

Did I mention, IT’S GOOD TO BE INDIE!!!

 

 

#Blogwords, Special Edition, Swamp Mode, Writing Recovery, It’s Good to be Indie, RemJuWriMo, Seasons, The Long Shadows of Summer, The Tilting Leaves of Autumn, #AMWRITING

 

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