Archive for July, 2014

Quotable Beatrix Potter

July 30, 2014

I commented on this blogpost. Vonnie has been asking some interesting questions in her blog postings. I d urge my own readers to find them and think about them or leave your own thoughts. Today’s question is how do you feel about the various endings a story can have? Do you like to be surprised or do you like to guess? Read on. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Beatrix Potter “This looks like the end of the story; but it isn’t.” – Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

I love this quote, because in the best books, you think you know the end of the story. But you don’t! Everything you need as a reader to figure out the conclusion of the book is there, but the writer has woven the tale so masterfully, you don’t see the finish line until you’re nearly upon it.

Of course, there are times I want a happily-ever-after ending, and I know by the final page characters will die, dreams will collapse, and wars will be lost. Like in the movie, Atonement. We think the joyful story of young lovers reunited is true, but alas discover the soldier was killed and never returned to his beloved.

How about you, do you always recognize the “real” end of a story

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Quotable Cicero

July 23, 2014

I could not agree more with this. My Complete Tales were inspired in part by my then 3 year old next door neighbor and our adventures in the garden my husband and I created in the front of our old stone house. My little friend came every day whether to pull maple seed spinners for a penny a pull or to help plant seeds, to water, to wrinkle noses up at stinky compost and then to hang with me in shady trees where we had hammocks and she and. I read many books. In part the Complete Tales began because after knowing her ten years, when her teen years began things were tough as they are for many. It was something I thought to do to comfort her. We spied many a faerie and ran giggling from possible witches. Those were good times. Gardens, books and children are a definite match.

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154 “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

As a gardener and an avid book reader, I agree. Which is why I not only share books with my grandkids, but encourage them to help me in the garden. Yes, sometimes they pull up flowers instead of weeds. Yes, mulch goes everywhere. Yes, I end up covered in more dirt and debris than I would if I gardened alone. But visiting a library and gardening with children are ways to make the world a better place.

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

(And, yes, I know Cicero is kind of a geeky favorite — but I took Latin for years, and read quite a few quotes by him).

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Help Needed from Readers

July 20, 2014

Check out this new book

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I’m really excited my newest book, Owl Light, has been published. I’ve added owl information and videos to Whimsical Words, but I need help from my friends and readers to make Owl Light a success.

My publisher, Cold Moon Press, is indie. What that means is their marketing budget is tiny, but YOU, my friends and readers are mighty.

I’ve compiled a list of things you can do (#1 requires spending money, but the rest are free) to help promote Owl Light. (And, if you choose, my other 2 recent books, The Enchanted Skean and The Greener Forest, also from indie presses).

I’ve tried to make the tasks on this list as easy as I can – in some cases, a simple cut-and-paste. But, as easy as these tasks seem, each and every one of them will have a huge impact.

I hope you’ll consider taking…

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More Barn Owls

July 19, 2014

Check out the book about Wesley the true life orphaned barn owl chick

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This is the ninth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

12 Bells large Owl art: One of my owl pen and ink sketches from Owl Light.

Owl fact: A barn owl can eat up to 1,000 mice per year. No wonder farmers try to attract barn owls to help control rodents!

Owl folklore: Because of their association with the goddess Athena, owls are sometimes viewed as guardians with a magical inner light that enabled them to see at night.

Owl link: The Barn Owl Conservatory Network focuses on British Barn Owls. Still, there is a lot of information…

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Quotable Diana Gabaldon

July 17, 2014

Makes me think of Gabrielle, Merthwyn, Moti and more

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Oct 2013 import 459 “Character, I think, is the single most important thing in fiction. You might read a book once for its interesting plot—but not twice.” – Diana Gabaldon

I agree with this quote. I return to books to revisit the characters I’ve grown to love. I enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books as a girl because of central character, Laura, and her family and friends. I re-read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, because I wanted to be like Jo. I’ve twice-read Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and its sequels because of Katniss Everdeen. And I’m currently caught up in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress because of the characters.

Today’s quotable author, Diana Gabaldon, created two wonderful central characters: Claire and Jamie. And let’s be honest, most women would fall for Jaime.

Here’s another Gabaldon quote which would send many women into a swoon: “When the day…

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3 Mistakes New Authors Make

July 10, 2014

Good link about writing

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Here’s a post (and blog) worth reading if you’re an author. Funny, I have to remind myself sometimes that I can’t be an expert at everything! I built my website, so I thought setting up my blog would be just as easy – and to some extent it was. But ocassional help from friend Katie is needed to add and manipulate some features.

Do you ask for help when you need it, or do you always have to do things yourself?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. 🙂

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Deja Vu All Over Again by Rachael Ikins appearing on today!

July 10, 2014

Four Waves and counting

July 7, 2014

Four Waves and counting.

Summer Things

July 7, 2014

Lovely images

Clover's pages

Summer, and nature seems to take off with activity.  These photos were  all taken July 5, 2014.

Ripening Currants Ripening Currants

Currants are an old-fashion berry, used mainly for jelly!  And it is delicious.

Honey bee Enjoys Knockout Rose HoneybeeEnjoys Knockout Rose

 Honeybees were busy on many flowers.

Suppertime! Suppertime!

This bluebird was a complete surprise to me.  I went out with my 150-500 mm lens to see if I might see one; they had been calling as they hunted for supper for their nestlings.  I took some test shots of the nest box, and accidentally photoed one!

Evening Sun Evening Sun

Late day sun can great beautiful rays!

Moon, Early Evening Moon, Early Evening

White this moon photo isn’t the greatest, it’s part of my first efforts at taking the moon during  early evening with the long lens.  I’m pleased at the size of the moon when shot with this lens!  It’s always been just a “pimple” on a photo with other…

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July 5, 2014

Haiku, fireworks
Rachael Z. Ikins (c) 2014

Sulfur scent, dragons
linger, glowing jellyfish,
floating dark, spit smoke