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Birthdays, Sewing Machines and Submissions

This week has been rather busy. On Thursday it was my birthday, one more year and I’ll be thirty, the thought makes my heart beat fast and sweat break out on my forehead. Anyway I ended up going out with a bunch of friends, I’m not a great fan of going out and drinking alcohol but it was spurn of the moment and I thought it would be nice to spend my birthday doing something different. Anyway, there was random singing and some very odd drinks. I woke up in the morning with a headache and I felt delicate but since it was self inflicited I’m not asking for sympathy.

On Friday I heard from my dad. Now for the people who regularly read my blog you know that I love my dad, he is all kinds of awesome. He regularly helps me out with stuff, he made me my first computer, my first bike and my latest addition to the family, which is a sewing machine.

Now I asked my dad for the instruction manual or at least give me a crash course. After all I handsew, I have zero real experience with a machine. Unfortunately my dad seems to have a lot of faith in me. You’ll figure it out, I’m sure that the manual can be found somewhere online. The horrible truth is I think my dad must hate me, well maybe a teeny tiny bit. How can I drive my daughter insane? I know she likes to sew I can give her this infuritate machine. Mwah ha ha ha. The thing is this machine is older than I am. Actually it might have been new around the same time my dad was actually born. So it’s 50 plus years and I’m sure it hates me. Which is surprising since I usually get along well with OAPs.

The only way to tackle it is to go to a sewing shop and get a lesson. I will not be beaten by this machine. I will make beautiful dresses and christmas gifts. This is WAR…okay enough of the dramatics.

My latest story ‘The Schoolteacher and the Dom’ has been picked up by Evernight Publishing for their Romance on the Go line. These stories range between 8k-12k, they are meant to be read in one sitting.  I like the story of Nora Pryce and Alex Winchester, it’s very hot but it has some funny moments in it.

My latest bit of news involves my Molly O’Brien series. I wrote the first novella two years ago and I’m happy to say that I’m halfway through edits for its sequel. So I hope you’ll all have a look at the first story in Molly’s series ‘What a Way to Start the Day.’ I’ll keep you updated on ‘An Impossible Task’ as and when I start to know release dates and cover art.

Hope you all have a good week.

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Steampunk Snow Globes by Maeve Alpin

This is the most awesome thing I’ve seen today. Pretty sure nothing else can top this today.

STEAMED!

I have a special treat for everyone today, and I don’t mean the drop of whiskey I put in the tea, Camryn Forrest has boarded the airship today. She is a Steampunk artist, who works with  the enchanting, whimsical and technical art of water globes and snow globes. We take our seats on the crimson settee in the parlor just in time for tea. The engine purrs for take off.

“Camryn, we’re so pleased to have you aboard the Steamed airship today. Your Steampunk globes are fascinating. Why did you choose this particular art?” I lean toward her. “What draws you to water globes and snow globes?”

 “I am drawn to small items. As a child, I made my own dollhouse furniture – carving little legs for my chairs, making a clay bird in a wire cage, covering tiny books with strips of leather and painting titles on the…

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An Update

I managed to get the edits finished for Wings and emailed back before Nano started. I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s finally back with my editor. I’d even thinking of writing more steampunk written in the same world but that will probably be a project for next year.

It’s hard to think we’re already in November. It’s my son’s birthday next Saturday. The thought is a little terrifying. Every day he’s changing, becoming less of my baby and more a little boy. He doesn’t even let me call him baby anymore, he just points at himself and say ‘I’m a boy mummy.’ He’s speech is coming on leaps and bounds. If he wants to be picked up it’s usually ‘daddy, carry me please.’ it’s so cute and completely annoying at the same time.

Nano is proving to be an interesting experience. I’m writing contemporary romance for it, not really a genre I write a lot but I’ll try anything once. The mini projects I’m working on, are a lot more fun. They have a lot more humour in them and I realised I missed that. Especially after I stumbled upon a complete manuscript on my netbook. I can’t believe I forgot about it. I forgot I liked to write funny and sarcastic characters. I know you’ll love Selina Blue, that main character. Hopefully soon I’ll find a publisher for that story and than I can write some more.