Posts Tagged ‘Flowers’

Miscellaneous Updates etc etc etc

Sunday, December 18th, 2022


December 17 was the official reversion date for My Forbidden Desire. I hope to have the reversion in hand soon. It will take a few days to get the various vendors on notice about the reversion before I start uploading the two reverted books . . .

Social Media

Many of you may have noticed how bad I am at Facebook. I apologize for this, but I’m there and I post on my Author page and on my Reader Group page. Both those will be somewhat more interesting places for a bit once the reversion comes through and I start uploading. Technically, I’m on Insta, but I almost never post because I do not allow Facebook and its related entities on my phone. I may or may not have a Pinterest account at this point since that company persists in informing me that I am some kind of bot and won’t let me login. ::shrug:: Whatever.

The one social media app I was good at and actually enjoyed was Twitter, which I joined in 2007. Sadly, recent events there have led me to deactivate my Twitter account. I simply cannot personally justify being present on what the app has become. I also cannot justify the security risk given all the talk about forcing users to share data and personally identifying information without the ability to opt out.

You can find me at Counter Social (@cjewel) or on Mastodon ( Mostly you’ll find weather reports and pet news, but some writing news as well. Regarding the two, I think I like Counter Social better. I get more friendly post engagement there (which is not to imply that there is unfriendly engagement. There hasn’t been at either site), but there are more people and organizations I want to follow on Mastodon. And, Mastodon has #Mosstodon which is an ongoing thread of pictures of moss, many of which are absolutely stunning.

I was in mourning over Twitter turning into a cesspool, but I’m over it now. I hope those who remain there stay safe and/or are able to find safe and welcoming alternatives. Mastodon is currently somewhat absorbed in conflating “Not Twitter!” with being safe for all voices, and that will prove to be untrue because people are imperfect and flawed and some of them are trash. However, I have far more hope that, at the right mastodon server, there will be progress. Counter Social is very aggressive about bringing down the hammer. For the interested, Counter Social is a fork of Mastodon but not a part of the Mastodon federation of servers.


My son will soon arrive for a visit. I haven’t seen him in two years! I have some time off to spend with him. May everyone’s holiday season be wonderful and joyous.


Here is a picture your your enjoyment:

close up of a bouquet of calendula. There are two colors of flow They are either orange, and shades of yellow. They are about the size of the average palm and have narrow petals with an oval tip. The orange ones have a dark center while the yellow ones have a yellow center. There are some water drops on the petals because I'd just put them in the vase. They are very cheerful!

Orange and yellow Calendula. Photo by Yours Truly.



News for The Times

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

In writing news, I am closing in on the Bound in Smoke edits from the trusted reader and expect to have the MS back to my editor shortly.

I have good news and bad news on the flower front. February’s lack of rain and summer-like conditions has made our tulips a total bust. Normally by this time we have hundreds of tulips in full boom. There are two. That’s it. Many didn’t come up at all, and those that did are stunted. This is so sad.

In happier flower news, I recently planted a variety of flowers from seed and thought those were a bust too because the packages mostly said 5-10 days and there was nothing but a few weeds. But now, a couple days past 10, I can see seedlings. Hopefully they will survive to bloom. Expect pictures if that happens.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in this time of global pandemic.


Here. Pretty Flowers

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

While I’m working on finishing up a completed first draft of Surrender to Ruin, Sinclair Sisters Series Book 3, here are some flower pictures I took.

picture of jasmine. If there were smells this would smell awesome


Yellow Freesia close up. Also would smell great if there were smellorama.

Yellow Freesia

A closed new pink tulip with bits of orange.

Pink tulip

Pink Pearl Apple Blossom from the side. It's pink and very delicate.

Pink Pearl Apple Blossom

This is a purple flower, possibly clematis only mostly i have no idea. Kind of Passion Vine ish. It's light purple.

Clematis thingee? I don’t know. Flower names are not my job.


For Your Viewing Pleasure

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Spring is coming! Yay!!!

Here are some pictures I took today. There are some LOL cat worthy ones, too. I haven’t uploaded them to flickr yet, but I’ll update the post when I do. Creative Commons, non-commerical, attribution, so yes, you can use these, just give me a link back. The full size (5MB or more) will be at my flickr account.

white flower, orange center

Photo by Yours Truly

Plum Blossom taken looking toward the sun

Photo by Yours Truly

Abu, my blue abyssinian

Are You Effing Kidding me? Photo by Yours Truly

Abu, Blue Abyssinian looking pissed off

I said No. Photo By Yours Truly


RWA Thursday/Friday

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Yesterday, I attended the workshop with Lee Child and Suzanne Brockmann. I was giddy just being in the same room with Lee Child. It was a great workshop.

I had lunch with my Grand Central Editor, Michele Bidelspach and then I went in search of donuts for the donut party my roomie and I were threw Thursday night. The hotel concierge only knew of a Krispy Kreme rather far away so instead I downloaded the Dunkin Donuts app on my iPhone, got in a cab and told the driver to take me to the Dunkin Donuts the app informed me was nearest to the hotel.

Donuts in the cab

At the donut shop, there were two young ladies who asked me if I worked for Avon — we were having a moment of confusion because I was thinking Avon Romance, the publisher, and they were thinking Avon the cosmetics, because I still had on my conference badge, which I later found out, had the words Avon on it. So I just said, no, I’m a writer. And they look at each other and ask me what kind of books I write. When I said romance, they both jumped up and down and squealed. I paid for my donuts, and took them back to the cab where I had left my bigger bag, which happened to contain several copies of Indiscreet. I went back and gave them each a copy and signed them for the young women. They were very excited. When I told the cab driver why I went back inside, he told me his daughter loved romance, so I signed another for his daughter. Back at the hotel he said if we ran out of donuts, he’d go get more for us. So all in all, a very fun outing!

When I got back to the room with the donuts, I discovered that GCP had sent me flowers.

RITA good luck flowers from Grand Central Publishing

Then we had very good sushi for dinner with a bunch of folks. The donut party was a great success. Someone came with a small suitcase that turned out to contain a blender, tequila and margarita mix. OMG! We jabbered away about all kinds of stuff and things finally wound down about 2:30 AM and my roomie and I went to bed.

Number of energy bars consumed: 1 on account of other people paying for my meals.

Friday So far

We got up at 7:00 am and went down to meet with the Risky Regency ladies, then I was off to breakfast with my agent (very nice) and then a meeting with my Grand Central editor (productive). Then back upstairs to write for an hour, then downstairs for keynote luncheon and now back here.

Later today, the Berkley Books signing, the RITA reception (overlapping, will be late to the reception), the Berkley cocktail party, then the Grand Central Author dinner. After that I’m totally free. Heh.


Flowers! (no, I’m not procrastinating, why do you ask?)

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

You can look at these while I. . .

  • make word count
  • run pre-RWA errands
  • take son to get new shoes
  • panic at my lack of preparation for anything
  • Procrastinate

These pics are all from the various garden areas here at Jewel central. I like to go out either very early in the morning (doesn’t happen often) or very late in the afternoon when the sunlight isn’t too harsh. I thought I was out too early (in the afternoon) for the daisy shots, but as it turns out, not for these shots of the daisies, as they were in a shaded area and the sun was just above the horizon and so coming in at a very interesting angle. The images are a little prettier at full size and resolution, but you get the idea. Edited to add: If you right click, you can see the image at near full size!

Edited to add: That list is in no particular order. Also I fixed some typos.

White Shasta Daisy

A Flower -- OK, a Shasta Daisy

Same Daisy, Another Angle

White Shasta Daisy

Golden bronze rose with rain drops, shot taken indoors


Pink Roses Blue Sky Green Leaves



Things will be sketchy here for a bit

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The book’s due August 15 and I have the RWA National Conference in the middle of that so I’ve had my nose to the keyboard where it will stay until it gets stuck there probably. So, just an alert.

Here’s a random picture.

Red Dahlia

It’s a Dahlia.


Discovery Day, Sweetpea!

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Today was Discovery Day. I was very happy to discover that I met my minimum word count two days in a row. Doing so got less painful once I discovered that I’d started the book in the wrong place — too far in, as a matter of fact. Today I wrote a new chapter 1 and discovered that the story starts with a party and the hero arriving with his good friend. I have 6,183 words so far.

We went to my nephew’s birthday party today where I discovered that my sister-in-law has a long-time family friend who is writing a romance! I’m taking her to my local chapter meeting next Saturday and seeing if she can’t get signed up for Nationals, too. What a nice discovery!

Pink Sweetpea
As for sweetpeas, I went down and cut sweetpeas today, which has the happy effect of bringing on even more sweetpeas and now the kitchen has a vase full of sweetpeas and when you walk in, there’s just an incredible scent. I love sweetpeas, and here’s two pictures of some I took this afternoon.
Dark Pink Sweetpea