Have I told you I love loons? Every year we spend a week in the Adirondacks at Chimney Mountain, a small peak just outside of the village of Indian Lake. “The Cabins at Chimney Mountain” are at the end of a country road that winds through the woods and mountains. It used to be a … Continue reading Up the Chimney
Alina de Florac wants to be a musician. No big deal, right? Except the year is 1172. Smack dab in the middle of the Middle Ages. You know—the Crusades, kings and queens, journeys and jousts and fair maidens and all that jazz. Alina’s instrument is the lute and she has been taught by the best—her … Continue reading Book Review: “Alina: A Song for the Telling” by Malve von Hassell
Susannah and the loons have been on hiatus for quite awhile but we're back with a new look thanks to the awesomeness of @kjharrowick. If you're reading this post in your email, please take the time to visit my site and tell me what you think. I think this new look was well worth the … Continue reading A new look for Utter Loonacy!
Five months ago, the world exhaled a collective groan at the announcement that the COVID-19 virus was officially a pandemic and everyone had to isolate. Stay at home, they said. No bars, no work, no sports, no parties, no nuthin’. Reactions ranged from panic to indignance. I, however, was thrilled. I am a card-carrying, certified … Continue reading My Name is Susannah, and I’m an Introvert
Today I finally managed something I've been trying to do for ages: I imported my photography blog written in the early 20-aughts in "Blogspot." It still doesn't look quite like I want it to, but it's a start. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Summer is lazy. But then again, so is every day for me: I'm retired! I've always been a voracious reader. The first book I ever read by myself was And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (or was it Horton Hatches the Egg?) by Dr. Seuss. I think I was four at … Continue reading What I’m Reading
My rating: It’s July 1976. Dana Franklin just woke up in the hospital—minus an arm. She swears her husband, Kevin, had nothing to do with it but the police are skeptical. Clearly Dana and Kevin know exactly what happened and it somehow involves a wall and an explanation no one in his right might would … Continue reading Book Review: “Kindred” by Octavia E. Butler
Not everything in my life revolves around writing, and this past weekend is a prime example. We had guests from Junìn de los Andes in Patagonia, Argentina. They arrived via bicycle. That’s not an unusual occurrence for us—we are hosts for an organization called Warm Showers whose members volunteer to host touring cyclists for a … Continue reading Warm Showers
If you’re a part of the writing community, you’ve probably heard the term “beta reader.” What’s that, you say? Beta readers are part of the writing process. Let’s start from the beginning: When you finish that first rough (and awful!) draft, the rule of thumb is to set it aside for a few weeks, then … Continue reading Beta Me This
I’ve decided I’ve done all I can with Hope. I’m driving myself crazy trying to make it perfect and at this point I’m afraid I may be making things worse instead of better, so after a couple of weeks of self-cajoling I have started querying agents. Tally three weeks in: 10 queries sent, 5 responses … Continue reading Querying