Jaunt Round the Blogosphere! Also, I Need a Title!

blog, you blog, he/she/it blogs...

I'm visiting blogs and bloggers today that I haven't had a chance to visit in weeks. Come with me!

First we're off to see Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh... And then over to Hilary in England...

And Trisha in Australia!
Then it's off to see:
Taylor Tamara SP Shan ZanMarie The DMS Neurotic Workaholic Sonia Susan Crystal Michael Nick Karen DL Carol Tiffany

For ROW80, I have a new goal this week -- I have to change the title of At Summer's End. Here's the blurb:

Having completed her medical studies at home in Canada, Ayşe is visiting her grandparents in Istanbul for an extended break before throwing herself into residency work. Her vacation heats up a notch when she meets Hakan, who is working for Doctors Without Borders in southern Turkey.

They share an intense afternoon on a sun-drenched, secluded rooftop -- and then he disappears.

Just when Ayşe's decided to chalk up their affair as a one-time pleasure, he's back -- calling from the ca…

Canadiana Part II: KnitTraders and A New Leah Mercer

nitting news!

I haven't visited Kingston, Ontario, in a long time, but they have a great Little Yarn Shop, KnitTraders, and I love getting the KnitTraders newsletter in my inbox. It's always full of interesting news and ideas, and adds to my growing list of projects I'd like to start.

Here's one, from a Canadian based yarn company, Spinrite: "a free, online Lookbook, filled with all manner of knit and crochet projects (like this EH! pillow) sure to please all Canucks."

There's also this happening, which I really unfortunately just don't have time for this summer, but could maybe try over the winter!

Summer Shawl Alongwith Trisha for Canada 150 
Welcome to our second annual Summer KAL.
This year we will be hosting a shawl knit-along that features Canadian yarn and Canadian designers
-Simply pick a shawl pattern from a Canadian Designer.Can you believe it? There are over 700 patterns that fall into that category on Ravelry alone.-Check out all the Canadia…

Goals for New Round of ROW80, IWSG Day, Canada Day! and RIP to Michael Bond, Frank Delaney, and John Freely

new month, with new goals!

The next round of ROW80 is coming up. I didn't really do a recap of the last round (I did finish that Future Learn course -- turns out it was only two weeks long!), but here are my new goals:

Enter scribbled edits for the short story The Tattoo and find some betas...
Keep editing The Charm of Time on paper, including writing missing scenes
(I wrote a long missing scene last week, and also uncovered a way to raise the stakes and make them more personal!)
Finish the synopsis for The Charm of Time
Submit Druid's Moon somewhere, perhaps a small press...

Keep writing about Austin and Brother Arcturus for CampNaNo!
Clean everything in preparation for guests...
Stop adding to the To Do pile!
Catch up on blog comments!

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

IWSG Day Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

Only one? I've learned so many! All about character development (not that my characters weren…

Mini Book Reviews -- Two New Books by Kait Nolan!

ew releases abound!

Kait Nolan has a new book in the Wishful series, See You Again:

A mother of the groom billionaire romance for the Wishful wedding of the year

Mayor Sandra Crawford has survived divorce. She's survived cancer. But she's not at all sure she'll survive the discovery that her town's billionaire philanthropist benefactor is actually the man she nearly left her husband for almost thirty years ago.

Gerald Peyton, III didn't fight for Sandy back in college--a decision he's regretted ever since. Now Trey's older, wiser, and determined to win the heart of the woman he's never forgotten.

When they wake up married in Vegas, Sandy chalks it up to a reckless mistake, but Trey's not willing to let her go so easily. Can he convince her to give their marriage a legitimate chance, or will she let him go for good this time?
Wishful is a lovely little town that makes you want to move in and make friends with everyone there! I think I like it also…

Chamonix and Mont Blanc, and Knitting Spies in Wartime

ross-posting to the knitting blog today because I've realised that five posts from now I will have 200 posts!

Trying to get my anniversaries to run concurrently -- on 6 September, I should reach 1,100 posts on this blog and, come August, I will have been blogging for 10 years!

Came across an interesting article the other day, about knitting used by spies in WWI and WWII:

"During World War I, A grandmother in Belgium knitted at her window, watching the passing trains. As one train chugged by, she made a bumpy stitch in the fabric with her two needles. Another passed, and she dropped a stitch from the fabric, making an intentional hole. Later, she would risk her life by handing the fabric to a soldier—a fellow spy in the Belgian resistance, working to defeat the occupying German force. Whether women knitted codes into fabric or used stereotypes of knitting women as a cover, there’s a history between knitting and espionage. “Spies have been known to work code messages into knitt…