Snowy Sundays and Christmas Stars

Snowy Sundays and Christmas Stars

We got the first snow of the year here in Maryland. It wasn’t very much, and I’ll definitely have to go to work tomorrow, but it was just enough to make the treetops sparkle when I took Rally for his walk this morning. With the snow coming down outside, I figured it was a perfect …

Progress Pics: Painting the Cover for Devil’s Den

Progress Pics: Painting the Cover for Devil’s Den

Hello, bookish friends! I’ve gotten a lot of wonderful comments on the Wildheart book covers, and I’m so glad you guys like them! Today’s post is a behind-the-scenes look at my glamorous desk (ha!) and how I put together the cover for the third book, Devil’s Den 🙂 Gathering Inspiration Devil’s Den pulls in a lot …

My Magic Word Count Formula

OK, book friends, I have a confession: I don’t actually like NaNoWriMo. I mean, don’t get me wrong. The camaraderie, the ‘let’s just DO THIS!’ attitude is great. But banging out 50K+ words in only one month, especially if it’s someone’s first crack at a novel, is pretty much insane. When you do the math, …

Bookish Treats: Giant Cinnamon Rolls

I feel like these would be the kind of cinnamon rolls that Aunt Tulia would make at La Petite Etoile diner: fresh from the oven, spiced just right, and big enough that you’ll need a coffee refill halfway through 😉 This recipe is a little more involved than the Mexican Hot Chocolate, but well worth …

How to Make Your Own Signature Stamp

How to Make Your Own Signature Stamp

We’ve all been there: you need something for your missives and letters, something cool that says “From the Desk of Moi”. But wax seals are messy, and signing stuff in blood squicks you right the heck out. It’s time to make your own signature stamp…and practically for free!   How to Make Your Own DIY …

To Do: Go to a County Fair!

To Do: Go to a County Fair!

It’s fair season!   If you read Welcome to Fort Kickass, you know that I grew up in a relatively rural area. Corn and soy in all their rustling splendor, a designated drive-your-tractor-to-school day, and (of course) a day off for the county fair every September.   The fair ran all week, featuring everything from …

How to Make Lavender Lemonade

How to Make Lavender Lemonade

Fall may be just around the corner, but there’s still a little summer left! There’s some lavender blooming in the backyard, so I thought I’d experiment with making some lavender lemonade.   I had actually never heard of lavender lemonade until recently, but it’s super easy to make! (I also think it’s something the Sterling …